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Glass Bottom Boat Tours

By Viator, December 2010

Want to view coral and tropical fish without getting your feet wet? Then step aboard a glass-bottom boat tour for the closest thing to snorkeling, while staying dry.

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.

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Key West Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 182 Reviews

No visit to South Florida is complete without a journey to Key West! There are plenty of ways to enjoy your time on this culturally and history-rich island. ...  Read more

Location: Miami, Florida
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.99

Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 281 Reviews

Cruise to Green Island from Cairns and find a tropical paradise on the Great Barrier Reef. You'll spend either four or five hours at Green Island, with plenty ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $81.45

Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 Reviews

Not a confident swimmer, but want to experience the Great Barrier Reef? At Low Isles you can snorkel straight off the beach, enjoy coral viewing on a glass ...  Read more

Location: Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $178.06

Green Island Half Day Trip from Cairns

4 star rating: Recommended 46 Reviews

Explore the tropical paradise of Green Island on a half day trip from Cairns. Enjoy around two hours exploring the Great Barrier Reef island with time to ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.45

Explore and Discover Barbados Tour with Boat Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

For a more in depth exploration of Barbados, whether it's your first time on the island or not, book the Explore and Discover Barbados Tour! This extensive ...  Read more

Location: Barbados
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.99

Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

Not a confident swimmer, but want to experience the Great Barrier Reef? At Low Isles you can snorkel straight off the beach, enjoy coral viewing on a glass ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 10 - 11 hours

From USD $193.21

Entrance to Dolphin Cove at Treasure Reef

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Discover the secrets of the Jamaican pirates at Treasure Reef, a mini replica of Port Royal. See pirates roaming around and enjoy the many activities included ...  Read more

Location: Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Duration: Varies

From USD $49.49

Glass Bottom Boat departing Cozumel

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover the underwater beauty of Cozumel and admire a wide array of multicolored fish and amazing reefs. Submerge yourself underwater using snorkel gear and ...  Read more

Location: Cozumel, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.99

Glass Bottom Boat Cruise and Coral Reef Viewing

4 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

No need to get in the water to enjoy the spectacular coral reefs of the Red Sea near Sharm el-Sheikh. Board a glass bottom boat to see the underwater world ...  Read more

Location: Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $22.00

Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Palm Cove

Not a confident swimmer, but want to experience the Great Barrier Reef? At Low Isles you can snorkel straight off the beach, enjoy coral viewing on a glass ...  Read more

Location: Palm Cove, Australia
Duration: 10 - 11 hours

From USD $193.21

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