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Astronaut turns Aquanaut to launch Atlantis, The Palm’s new scuba diving programs

April 24, 2014 Hotel Deals No Comments Email Email

Apollo 11 legend Buzz Aldrin took a small leap for mankind into The Ambassador Lagoon at Atlantis, The Palm when he dropped by to launch the iconic Dubai hotel’s new diving programs.

The scuba loving astronaut, an extremely fit 84-year-old, dived among the ruins of the lost city of Atlantis and performed some impromptu anti-gravity antics for Atlantis guests viewing him through the glass observation windows.

Buzz was the second person to walk on the moon. He was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history, and set foot on the Moon on July 21, 1969, following mission commander Neil Armstrong.

You too can experience what zero gravity feels like on one of the fun new diving programs at Atlantis, The Palm’s Dive Centre. Come face to face with sharks, rays and 65,000 fish swimming in the 11.5 million litre Ambassador Lagoon, the largest open air marine exhibit in the Middle East, on one of three scuba diving options:

  • Atlantis Dive Discovery – 2-hour programme suitable for those with no prior diving experience, AED 1150 (approximately A$333) 
  • Atlantis Dive Explorer – a 30 minute single tank dive for fully certified divers. AED 950 ($275) 
  • Ultimate Dive – for fully certified divers wanting a VIP experience. Includes two dives and the unique opportunity to hand feed our giant rays followed by light Arabic mezze AED 2500 (approx $724) 

Guests must be at least 10 years old to participate and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult who is dive certified.  Dive Explorer and Ultimate Dive participants must be fully certified divers and present a valid dive card. Programmes take place daily but space is limited to just 4 divers and reservations are highly recommended.

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