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.
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.
There are two dive masters in the exhibit with you and one surface tender present during all dives. This program is operated with the highest standards of recreational diving. The Florida Aquarium dive team is trained to supervise recreational diving activities by recognized scuba-training agencies. Emergency oxygen and first aid kits are onsite for all diving operations. The dive and security team have a well-practiced emergency action plan in order to handle medical emergencies. All team members are trained in the use of emergency oxygen, first aid and CPR.