The Georgia Aquarium’s Journey with Gentle Giants is the only opportunity in the world where you’re guaranteed to dive with whale sharks, manta rays and thousands of other sea creatures. Suit up to SCUBA dive in the lively waters of the Ocean Voyager exhibit, and have the experience of a lifetime.
Your chance to dive with the whales sharks comes in the 6.3 million gallon Ocean Voyager exhibit. Depths range from 20 to 33 feet deep with a water temperature of about 76 degrees.. This exhibit houses thousands of fish including whale sharks, zebra sharks, sawfish, leopard whiprays, bowmouth guitarfish, humphead wrasses, pompano and several species of rays. That’s just to name a few
For your dive, all equipment is provided except your swimsuit. You can bring your own mask, snorkel, and dive computer if you wish. No under water cameras are allowed on the dives.
After arrival and check-in there will be an orientation to the aquarium, whale sharks, and the dive. We’ll suit up and become part of the exhibit as we dive into the aquarium. Be sure to wave at the people on the outside as they see you as part of the exhibit.
If you have friends and family that want to come but not dive, they are welcome to watch you during our dive. They must purchase a General Admission ticket and check in at the Animal Interaction Kiosk at the same time as our event. Aquarium staff will escort them through the gallery during our dive so that they can view the event from the tunnel and the main theater window. Children who are visiting as friends and family of the dive participants must be chaperoned by an adult.
You can get your PADI Whale Shark Diver Certification during your experience.
The PADI Whale Shark Distinctive Specialty Certification at the Georgia Aquarium offer the unique opportunity for guests to learn more about whale sharks or manta rays through academic lecture and direct observation. Participants will receive a Student Manual beforehand, an educational tour, additional time in the water for the opportunity of an intimate whale shark encounter, collector’s pin, bracelet and a PADI Whale Shark Distinctive Specialty certification card.
Georgia Aquarium is the only environment in the world to offer these unique distinctive specialty certifications. Guests have a guaranteed opportunity to dive with manta rays, whale sharks and thousands of magnificent animals in the Ocean Voyager exhibit, built by The Home Depot. Any certified diver from a recognized dive organization is qualified to participate in either of these specialty certifications.
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Dive with the Whale Sharks - $407.00 (includes state and local taxes)
PADI Whale Shark Distinctive Specialty Add-On - $76.25