The Reef Lagoon is a fascinating marine habitat home for Paradise Island’s bottom-dwelling nurse shark residents. And an opportunity for resort guests to get an up close and educational look at a collection of marine animals who protect Atlantis’ myths and treasures.
Nurse Sharks: Primarily nocturnal, Nurse sharks (Ginglymostoma cirratum) spend the majority of their time resting in small groups on the bottom of the lagoon. Unlike most sharks, Nurse sharks have a special ability to use their muscles to pump water over their gills.
It is unclear where nurse sharks received their name. It could come from the sucking sound they make when consuming their prey. Others believe it may be derived from the archaic word, nusse, which means cat shark. The most likely explanation is that the name is derived from the English word for sea-floor shark, hurse.
Day passes are required for non-Atlantis guests to access the Atlantis waterscape, Dolphin Cay, marine habitat and beaches. The passes are only available to guests of our established partners and Bahamian residents, and can be purchased - on a limited basis - at the Atlantis Adventures desk located at the clock tower in front of The Coral. Day passes to Aquaventure, marine habitat, and beaches are complimentary for guests of Comfort Suites Paradise Island and The Ocean Club Resort Bahamas.
To purchase a day pass guests must present a valid partner hotel room key, a valid ID from a partner cruise line, or proof of Bahamian residency. View our preferred partners here.
To book your Day pass online Click hereIndividuals under 18 years old must be accompanied by an Adult 18 years or older.