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Dive with the sharks at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay. This guided, 90-minute expedition replicates the Florida Keys' most beautiful coral reef dive sites. Just strap on some provided scuba gear to experience the thrill of scuba diving from the bottom of the incredible Shark Bay exhibit, enjoying all the sights a real coral reef adventure has to offer, including massive sharks, moray eels, a green sea turtle and more. Souvenir t-shirt and photograph of the dive included. All divers must be SCUBA certified. 

Highlights

  • Dive with the Sharks at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay
  • SCUBA dive with sharks from around the world in the incredible Shark Bay exhibit
  • Get up close and personal with the ocean's top predator
  • Shark Bay is a 93,000-gallon saltwater exhibit that is home to shark species from around the world

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What You Can Expect

Dive with the Sharks at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay

Dive with the Sharks at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay

The 250,000-square-foot Florida Aquarium is one of the top aquariums in the country, with over 20,000 sea creatures, including sharks, otters, alligators and many more. On this 90-minute simulated scuba diving expedition, learn to dive with the sharks. 

This program exists to educate and inspire, but it also facilitates a greater understanding of these amazing, oftentimes misunderstood animals through a personal interactive experience. The dive includes an educational presentation about sharks followed by a 30-minute dive in Shark Bay, a 93,000-gallon saltwater exhibit that is home to shark species from around the world. 

Each SCUBA-certified diver (15 years of age and older) enters the water with a qualified dive master and then heads to the bottom of the exhibit for optimal viewing of the sharks. Family and friends view the divers during all phases from the exhibit gallery. Each guest is paired with a Florida Aquarium dive master whose sole responsibility is their safety. There is at least one dive master in the exhibit with the guest and one on the surface during all dives. This program is operated within the highest standards of recreational diving.

Advanced reservations are required to participate in the Dive with the Sharks program.

Customer Reviews

Jessica M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

If you are a diver, but have never had the chance to see sharks less than 2 feet away, or at all in the open water this is a unique and safe way to do it. Each diver has their own dive master, and it's a rather interesting to dive with onlookers on the other side of the glass as well. It was awesome, and I would highly recommend it! Make sure to take your gopro and get some close footage!

jthomas701

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

awesome experience

Daniel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

In December of 2015 my family and I did the dive with the sharks at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. We had a great time. The event was well organized and a lot on fun. One reason we choose to make the trip to Tampa was that The Florida Aquarium will allow divers to carry their own hands free underwater cameras with them on the dive. Additional pictures taken from inside and outside the tank are also available.
After an orientation we met our dive masters at the top of the Coral Reef tank. Each diver had a dive master with them. We entered the tank through a shark cage. The tank holds 500,000 gallons of salt water. The dive consisted of viewing the abundant sea life from various spots around the tank, some on the bottom and some from the artificial reef areas. The dive lasted 30 minutes. There were huge sand tiger sharks, nurse sharks, a large green moray eel, a sea turtle, and lots of other sea creatures. We had a great time and would recommend activity to any certified diver.

Angela M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This was probably the most amazing experience ever! My husband loved his encounter and cant beat the price! Thank you viator for making his birthday extra special!!

Charles N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

A little more of being in the tank with the sharks (and other marine life) than actual diving. We viewed the sharks for two different locations on the bottom, one from the coral, and another near the exit. But did not swim with them. But the sharks came within an arms length of us. Full dive was 30 minutes just as stated. Entry and exit in and out of the water was smooth and simple. Each diver has their own DM with them the whole time and gave excellent safety/equipment briefings. Cost is a little high, but worth it for a unique experience, and included admission to the aquarium after the dive, a nice tee shirt, and choice of photo. If you have a non-diver (as we did), they will provide an escort that stays with them and points out where the divers are and will be moving to. Very glad we did this.

Karen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

It was a great experience, everyone was super nice.

Only thing was I wish more time in tank with sharks. And when multiple people go with you, would have been nice to know where the cameras were to get good pictures...

dannyfur

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

Dive was nice, you can sit on several spots in the aquarium to enjoy the fish, sharks and the turtle. Dive is about 30 minutes. Only bit negative is the 20 minute wait before the dive, because dive is individual. You get a T-shirt and a photo at the end :)

MR C P K

3 star rating: Worth doing December 2011

should be really be called Neil with sharks, as you don't do a lot of diving, its also a bit disconcerting when the Neil/dive guide is hanging onto the on/off fist stage regulator throughout the dive,
and the photographer needs a bit of training as i paid 40$ for a cd full of out of focus photos. dont waist your money.

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