To be and be perceived as the premier entertainment provider in the world.
To be a leader in providing leisure seekers in Barbados, customer centered entertainment experiences or adventures, which are safe, high quality, environmentally friendly, fun, unique, educational and perceived as value for money.
Atlantis Submarines (Barbados) Inc is our registered name and we are incorporated as a local limited liability company in Barbados and a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlantis Submarines International (ASI) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The company was incorporated in 1986. The submarine, which operated in Barbados from 1986 to 1995, was Atlantis II (TS II), a twenty eight-passenger submarine and a passenger shuttle was called the Yukon. TS II was the second submarine ever built and the last one of its kind and Barbados was the second site established by the head quarters. The official opening was celebrated on Feb 15th 1987 with a ceremony at the Waterfront cafe.
Below is a detailed summary of our history.
History of Atlantis Submarines (Barbados) Inc.
1986 – The Atlantis II submarine vessel arrived on board a cargo ship in the Bridgetown port on Dec 15th 1986. The 28 passenger submarine was shipped directly from Expo 86 in Canada where it was on display coincidentally next to the Barbados Tourism Authority’s booth. Carlisle house in Bridgetown was home to the check in facility.
Earlyn Shuffler was the first General Manager, Roseanne Myers Marketing Manager
1987 – Official opening of Atlantis Submarines Barbados on Feb 15 at the water front café by Min. of Tourism, Min. Branford Taitt.
1990 – Moved to Horizon House
1991 – Roseanne Myers appointed to General Manager; Earlyn Shuffler appointed Caribbean Manager.
1995 – Ocean Quest, new home in the Atlantis building at the Shallow draught
1995 – New home of Atlantis Submarines; Upgrade to larger Atlantis III 48 passenger submarine; new passenger vessel
1996 – Atlantis Submarines completed construction of their new home and moved in the Shallow Draught.
2001 – Atlantis branches out into other adventure tours in collaboration with local partners. The Carlisle Bay Snorkel, Barbados Ecohike and Carlisle Bay kayak adventure started.
2002- 2003 – Diversification and start up of Natural Wonders island tours and alliance to offer Turtle and Shipwreck snorkel tour and Beach Carnival to several cruise lines.
2003 – Start up of Rhino Rider Water Safari tours. The rigid inflatable mini boats were sold to another operator overseas in 2005.
2005 – Start up of the Atlantis Power snorkel tour.
2006 – Winner of the Achievement of Excellence Award at the Tourism Awards
2007- Atlantis celebrated 20 years with a church service, lunch and other activities. Atlantis was finalist in two categories of the Tourism Awards, Pillar of Tourism and Achievement of Excellence.
2008 – Atlantis Submarines Barbados embarks on green certification process.
2009 – Though in a recession, the management team and staff decided to use the slower months to dedicate themselves to becoming Green Certified. Atlantis Submarines Barbados became the first attraction in the world to achieve the double award from Green certifications and Green Globe, signaling our recommitment to environmentally responsible operations.
2009 –Atlantis Submarines took receipt of a second submarine, the 48 seat submarine Atlantis XV which was sent from its home in Atlantis Submarines St. Thomas, USVI as a casualty of the recession. Though Barbados was in the heart of a recession, the team took the decision that as well as being caretakers of the second vessel that they would seek to utilize both vessels on busy cruise ships days to maximise sales.
2009 – In this same year, due to continued focus on safety and quality in tough times Atlantis went on to cop three Awards at the Barbados Tourism Awards. Atlantis Submarines Barbados won, in the Achievement of Excellence Business category for Attractions and Activities for the second time in three years, the Environmental category, and Victor Cooke, a tour guide for the Natural Wonders tour, won in the Achievement of Excellence individual category.
2010 - Atlantis Submarines Barbados – Wins “ Tourism Services Member of the Year award at the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA’s) Presidents Awards
2011 - Atlantis is wins the award for the Tourism and Hospitality category Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry and has embarked on international service quality certification by the UK based agency "Hospitality Assured".
2011 - Green Globe announces recertification of Atlantis Submarine Barbados.
2012 - Atlantis Submarines Barbados Cops three more awards at the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Presidents Awards.
2012 - Atlantis Submarines Barbados Celebrates 25 Years in A Gala Dinner And Awards Ceremony.
2014 - BHTA Presidents Awards Direct Tourism Services Award of Excellence; Finalists in Green Award Category , Schools Tourism Education Program Award.
2014 - CTO Travelmole Caribbean Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Awards 2014 Special Mention Biodiversity Conservation.