Dive with the Sharks at The Florida Aquarium

Florida Aquarium

Shark Bay is a 93,000-gallon saltwater exhibit that is home to shark species from around the world including sand tiger sharks, zebra sharks, nurse sharks, black tip reef sharks and a green sea turtle. The Dive with the Sharks program is designed to dispel the commonly held myth that sharks are man-eaters and to convey a strong conservation message to visitors.

What You'll Do

The program is approximately 90-minutes and includes an educational presentation about sharks and a 30-minute dive in the Shark Bay exhibit. Exit the shark cage with a qualified dive master and position yourself on the bottom of the exhibit for optimal viewing of the sharks. Family and friends will be able to watch from the exhibit gallery.

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 world wide 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.

Advanced reservations are required to participate in the Dive with the Sharks program, it is not available to book on the day.

Cancellations & Refunds

Can be canceled up to 48hrs in advance


90 minutes


Hotel pickup and drop-off
Face mask
Food and drink


Hire of dive gear
Souvenir shark dive t-shirt
Entrance fees
One souvenir photograph of the dive
30-minute shark dive

Departure Point

Florida Aquarium

Voucher Requirements

A paper voucher is required for this attraction/activity. You must print and bring your printed voucher with you on the day of the activity, as required by our local provider.

Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Minimum age is 15 years
All divers must be SCUBA Certified
A maximum of 2 people per booking
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.
Adult pricing applies to all travelers

What to Bring:

Bathing Suit
Certification Card
Face Mask (optional)

You MUST advise the following information at the time of booking:

Shoe Size
Date of Last dive
Cert. Agency (YMCA etc)
Cert. Level

Departure Point: Florida Aquarium

"We were a little nervous..."

August 21, 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

"This was an amazing experience...."

January 29, 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.

"Loved this dive. Saved me..."

January 22, 2017 - 

Loved this dive. Saved me 30 over regular price. Easy to use .

"If you are a diver,..."

March 30, 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!

"awesome experience..."

February 23, 2016 - 

awesome experience

"In December of 2015 my..."

December 23, 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.

"Dive was nice, you can..."

November 13, 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 :)

"This was probably the most..."

February 16, 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!!

"A little more of being..."

December 1, 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.

"It was a great experience,..."

March 16, 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...

"should be really be called..."

November 27, 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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