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From swimming nose-to-nose with wild dolphins to soaring in a seaplane like 007, there are endless ways to enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Bahamas (which, by the way, are at least 27°c all year round). Here are eight of our favourites:

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1/8 Slide through a shark tank

Whatever water-based activity you're dreaming of, chances are you'll find it at Atlantis on Paradise Island, the biggest resort in the Caribbean. Want to swim with dolphins? Sure. Fancy strolling along the bottom of a shark tank wearing a see-through astronaut's helmet? No problem. Atlantis invites you to get close to any manner of exotic and scary sealife and snorkel, swim, scuba and snuba (snorkel-come-scuba) to your heart's content.

Away from the aquariums, get your kicks on Atantis’s brilliant rides. Buddy-up and drift down the lazy river in an inflatable double ring. Or, dare to ride the near vertical Mayan Temple slide (above) and come nose-to-nose with hammerhead sharks as you shoot through their tank in a see-through tube.

Reassuringly, all this is underpinned by a genuine commitment to looking after our oceans. A team of Atlantis Aquarists is always standing by to teach families about marine conservation, coral reefs and the colourful life that inhabits them.

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