Sounds like the set of some Hollywood blockbuster, right? Not quite - it’s Aquaventure at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas. But Aquaventure is more than just a water park. It’s an experience, tying together thrilling slides and rapids, enchanting waterfalls and water holes, and “first of its kind special effects and technology.” And because some of the rides are dark, the special effects take precedence and create a unique experience – one that changes every time you ride. Using fire, water, mechanical systems, smoke and fog, and video technology, the ride isn’t just about the thrill – it’s about a one-of-a-kind experience.
"Go big or go home"
We know Atlantis doesn’t do things by halves – their motto might as well be “go big or go home.” Even by that standard, though, Aquaventure is pretty impressive. The centerpiece of the whole waterscape is the Power Tower – 120 feet tall and offering four thrilling ways of getting down. The Abyss is a near-vertical body slide that drops 50 feet into a deep cenote. The Drop, the Falls, and the Surge are all inner tube slides, but that’s where the similarities end. The Drop spirals through the center of the Power Tower, The Falls drops riders 58 feet before taking roller-coaster worthy twists and turns, and The Surge “drops into a cavern and ends in a flash flood.”
The Current is a river ride system that surrounds the Power Tower – it’s a mile long and holds about 3 million gallons of water. It’s also not your typical lazy river – The Rapids area holds a wave generator that makes the ride a little more exciting! The coolest thing about The Current, though? It lets you go right back to the slide complex and ride a conveyor back up the tower so you can try the next slide without ever having to get out of your tube.
Leap of Faith
You’ve seen the life-size Mayan Temple replica, right? Of course you have; it’s hard to look at pictures of Atlantis without seeing it. So you know The Leap of Faith is a 60-foot near-vertical drop – what you might not know is that it ends in a clear tunnel that goes through the shark lagoon. And what you probably don’t know is that the Temple is home to another ride, the Serpent Slide, which gets you an even better look at the sharks without having to be a daredevil about it.
Not all about the thrills? No worries. Check out The Baths, an enormous pool with waterfalls and columns. And kids will play the day away in Splashers, a Mayan-themed water play structure with child-friendly slides and a 320 gallon bucket that showers guests below with 8,000 gallons of water per hour.
Are you ready to discover all that Atlantis has to offer? Check it out! And remember, the water park is complimentary for Atlantis guests, but you can also purchase a day pass through one of the resort’s partners - so it’s easy to experience it all for yourself.