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Dive with the Sharks at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay

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Tampa, United States
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • 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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30-minute shark dive
Hire of dive gear
One souvenir photograph of the dive
Souvenir shark dive t-shirt
Face mask
Food and drink
Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Florida Aquarium
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.
Itinerary
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The Florida Aquarium
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A maximum of 2 people per booking
  • All divers must be SCUBA Certified
  • Bathing Suit
  • Cert. Agency (YMCA etc)
  • Cert. Level
  • Certification Card
  • Date of Last dive
  • Face Mask (optional)
  • Height
  • Minimum age is 15 years
  • Shoe Size
  • The dive master reserves the right to deny any guest diver the opportunity to leave the shark cage if the safety of the diver or the animals is in jeopardy.
  • Towel
  • Weight
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Florida Aquarium

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Dive with the Sharks at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers.

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I thought this would be a touristy...
Brett J
, Feb 2018
I thought this would be a touristy mess. I was very happy with the aquarium and the level of freedom they gave you and the professional handling of the entire event. Highly recommend this and the penguin experience.
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We were a little nervous because we...
Mike D
, Aug 2017
We were a little nervous because we thought it was more like having a couple Dive Masters babysitting us but that was not the case. We did have a couple of VERY nice helpful Dive Masters with us but were there more as a dive partner and yes when the sharks got too close 10 or 12 inches they nicely kept them from getting closer. I have dove for 25 years and have to say this was one of my highlight dives I have done. I would highly recommend doing it and feel it was well worth the money especially seeing how we did not have to tote dive gear on a plane to get there or rent it. One side note is they videoed us and the video was for sale after. We did opt to buy the video and we are very happy with the quality and the job they did so if you are going to do it tuck away a few extra bucks to get the video. Thanks for a great time, Mike and Jamie
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This was an amazing experience. The...
Andrew D
, Jan 2017
This was an amazing experience. The staff took excellent care of us and really went out of their way to ensure we had a memorable experience. The visibility was perfect and the amount of amazing things to look at was overwhelming. I would recommend this to anyone.
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Loved this dive. Saved me 30 over...
Keely S
, Jan 2017
Loved this dive. Saved me 30 over regular price. Easy to use .
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If you are a diver, but have never had...
Jessica M
, Mar 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!
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Dive was nice, you can sit on several...
dannyfur
, Nov 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 :)
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This was probably the most amazing...
Angela M
, Feb 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!!
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A little more of being in the tank with...
Charles N
, Dec 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.
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It was a great experience, everyone was...
Karen H
, Mar 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...
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should be really be called Neil with...
MR C P K
, Nov 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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