Atlantis, The Palm launches world's deepest Aqua Trek experience

Aquatrek Xtreme is available for those with little to no scuba diving experience

  
Fish swim in Atlantis ,The Palm, currently under construction on the breakwater of the Palm Jumeirah, April 28, 2008. Atlantis, The Palm is scheduled to be completed on September 24, 2008. REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh

Fish swim in Atlantis ,The Palm, currently under construction on the breakwater of the Palm Jumeirah, April 28, 2008. Atlantis, The Palm is scheduled to be completed on September 24, 2008. REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh

Reuters/Jumana El Heloueh

Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai has announced the launch of a brand-new Aquatrek Xtreme experience which will offer adventure lovers the chance to explore the depths of The Ambassador Lagoon and go deeper than ever before.

With an experience starting from Dh720 ($195.9) per person, the latest state-of-the-art water thrill will see intrepid explorers descend a ladder 10 metres to the bottom of The Ambassador Lagoon whilst wearing an Aquatrek helmet. This helmet receives a continuous supply of air (3x more than what you normally breathe), so that the entire head remains dry, including hair, glasses or prescription contacts. Once guests have reached the bottom, they will embark on a guided underwater walking tour of one of the biggest open-air aquariums in the world, coming face-to-face with over 65,000 marine animals including sharks, stingrays, and schools of multi-coloured fish.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Aquatrek Xtreme differs from the resort’s existing Aquatrek offering in that it is deeper – the deepest in the world – and also covers a lot more ground as participants traverse the floor of The Ambassador Lagoon. The experience currently operates in 27 countries across five continents, but this is the first time that it will reach a depth of 32 feet/10 metres.

For the uninitiated, Aquatrek Xtreme is available for those with little to no scuba diving experience, neither do you have to be a strong swimmer.

Natasha Christie, director, The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Atlantis, The Palm, said: “We are all incredibly excited by the latest addition to The Ambassador Lagoon which, yet again, proves that Atlantis, The Palm remains at the forefront of innovation. We can’t emphasise strongly enough how passionate we all are about the marine environment, and this technology allows visitors the opportunity to share our passion for the resort’s remarkable aquatic life and to learn more about their habitat.”

The whole experience lasts approximately one hour, including check-in, briefings on animal safety and equipment, and being kitted out with a wetsuit. The underwater trek itself lasts around 20 minutes. What’s more, guests will be able to relive their experience over and over again courtesy of footage recorded by the GO-PRO cameras which are available for rent. Photography and videography are also permitted, while professional photographers will be on hand to record the experience. - TradeArabia News Service

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