The Lost Chambers at Atlantis is now giving guided behind-the-scenes tours that take you even closer to the 250 marine species swimming around the attraction’s pools, lagoons and tunnels.
Visit the fish hospital (yes, the fish hospital) where newborns, ailing and acclimatising marine life are quarantined and cared for. You can also get involved with feeding beasties like giant groupers, moray eels and even piranhas (try not to actually become the food if you’re brave enough to take those on). If you really want to get up close, you can paddle about in the shallow waters of the Shark Lagoon to feed cownose Rays, which are actually pretty cute, as rays go. Bring your cossie, though – you’ll get wet.
For anyone over the age of six, it costs Dhs75 for back-of-house tours (day visitors, as opposed to resort guests, are required to also pay admission to The Lost Chambers. Admission costs Dhs100 for those aged 12 years and upwards, Dhs70 for three to 11-year-olds). Ray feeding costs Dhs175, but day visitors are also required to purchase admission to Aquaventure at a cost of Dhs165 per person.
Call 04 426 1000 or visit www.atlantisthepalm.com.