Comfortable, entertaining and educational, glass-bottom boat tours are ideal for non-swimmers and sightseers of all ages. As you glide over the sandy sea bed and multicolored coral reefs, the views of fish darting beneath you are spellbinding. Bring your camera or video camera to capture the brightly colored fish as they swim beneath your feet.
Peering through the glass, you’ll see coral gardens and giant clams, turtles, shells and all kinds of darting tropical fish.
Cruises often include fish-feeding activities, so you can see whole schools of tropical fish swimming beneath you. On some cruises you might be able to feed the fish by hand. Snorkel equipment is provided if you want to take the plunge to join the fish in the water.
Glass-bottom boat tours depart from coastal locations around the globe, including the Mexican resorts of Cozumel and Cancun. Glass-bottom boats also cast off from Sharm el-Sheik to view the coral reefs of the Red Sea in Egypt.
The Caribbean waters can be viewed aboard glass-bottom boat tours from Barbados, where spotting sea turtles is the local specialty.
From Cairns and other tropical Queensland destinations in Australia, the big draw is the immeasurable beauty of the coral reef and tropical wildlife of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.