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Add a heart-pumping swim with sharks to your short time in Tampa! A must-do for thrill-seekers, this shore excursion offers SCUBA-certified divers an educational presentation and the rare chance to swim with chilling sea predators. Enjoy the beauty of a live Coral Reef and an up-close look at sharks, eels, turtles and other magnificent sea creatures.


  • Dive with sharks shore excursion at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay
  • Scuba dive with sharks, eels, turtles and colorful fish
  • 30 minutes of diving in the 500,000-gallon (1.9-million-liter) Coral Reef exhibit
  • All gear and a souvenir photo included

What You Can Expect

Tampa Shore Excursion: Dive with the Sharks at the Florida Aquarium

Tampa Shore Excursion: Dive with the Sharks at the Florida Aquarium

Use your time at port in Tampa to have an unforgettable marine experience. Make the 10-minute walk from port to the Florida Aquarium — renowned home of more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals — for the morning Dive with the Sharks program. Over the course of 90 minutes, your small group will enjoy an interactive presentation on the resident animals and conservation, and a half-hour dive in the Coral Reef exhibit, a 500,000-gallon (1.9-million-liter) tank filled with sharks, coral reef fishes, turtles, moray eels and more. (Divers must be SCUBA certified.)

Get acquainted with ocean’s notorious — and commonly misunderstood — predators. Delight in the animals’ curiosity as they investigate you. Due to the intimate group size, each swimmer will have a designated dive master guide. 

When your swim is over, towel off, tour the rest of the center and enjoy some tasty nibbles from the café or restaurant (own expense). Don’t forget to pick up your souvenir t-shirt and photo of your swim!

Advanced reservations are required for the Dive with the Sharks program; same day booking not available.

Please note:
This excursion is located within a 10-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Tampa. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our Worry-free policy.


Customer Reviews

Nancy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Grandson absolutely had the greatest experience...Forest/Josh and staff were incredible! The knowledge and caring in regard to individuals as part of their team gave our grandson a memory for a lifetime! Thanks again to all for making it such a wonderful experience! We don't think he'll ever part with the t-shirt as well ..don't hesitate doing this ...they share the passion of the sea!! Brightest A Happy Grandmother

lacramioara t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Thrilling, exciting ,scary and awesome I all in one
Staff at the aquarium were great we felt very safe

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