Surround Yourself with Whale Sharks, Rays & More

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.

Please note:

To attend, you must provide proof of autonomous Open Water SCUBA certification from a nationally or internationally recognized organization.

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CANCELLATION AND DATE CHANGE POLICY: The program fee is non-refundable; however, the program will be rescheduled whenever possible. The Aquarium will reschedule your encounter if given notice more than 48 hours in advance. There will be a change fee of $20 per ticket if notice is given within 14 days of the original reservation date. Cancellations and no-shows will not be refunded or rescheduled.

You'll Get To...

  • Work With a Trainer

    Our divers are with you at all times to answer questions and ensure your safety.

  • Spend 30 Minutes in the Water

    You bring your excitement, and we'll supply everything you need during and after your dive.

  • Take Home a T-shirt

    A souvenir photo and an exclusive t-shirt will remind of this rare experience for years to come.

See a Dive in Action

The manta rays are very playful and love to come over and swoop right above your head! It's also fun to go over the tunnel and up to the window and interact with the people since you have become part of the exhibit... It's such a unique experience.

Sal42 from Cleveland

Recent Dive Photos

  • Rebreather Dive Program
  • Journey with Gentle Giants — Dive
  • Journey with Gentle Giants — Dive 1

Unique Gifts from Georgia Aquarium

Bring the memories home with you! Stop by our gift shop for all your whale shark gifts or shop online here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • If I buy my tickets online, do I need to print them, or is showing the email on my phone is enough?
  • Can I bring my own scuba mask/snorkel?
  • Do participants have to wear a mask?
  • My picture was taken by the professional photographers at Georgia Aquarium, how can I find it?
  • Do I need to reschedule my Animal Encounter if a friend or family member tests positive for Covid 19?
  • What is Georgia Aquarium doing to help guests and staff stay healthy?
  • Do you offer private changing rooms?
  • What is your cancellation/no-show policy?
  • What is your rescheduling/date change policy?
  • When should I arrive for my program?
  • Do I have to pre-register or can I sign up when I arrive?
  • How do I make a reservation?
  • Are guests welcome to watch? Do they have to buy a ticket?
  • I’m an experienced diver and am very comfortable in the water. Is there a program for divers like me?
  • I’m a new diver/I have not been diving in a long time – Can I still participate?
  • Will there be a guide in the water with me?
  • Can we touch the animals?
  • Can we take our own photos/video?
  • What are the physical limitation of the Dive Program?
  • What should I bring with me?
  • Are you able to dive with special needs?
  • What equipment is included in the dive program?
  • What are the age requirements?
  • What is the Aquatic Advocates Program?
  • What else can I add-on to my experience?
  • What is the cost of the program?
  • How big is the Ocean Voyager exhibit and what will I see?
  • What is the duration of the program?
  • What times are available for the scuba dive program?
  • What if I am not a certified diver?
  • Do I have to be scuba certified?
  • What is the purpose of this program/overview of the dive?
  • How do I get to the aquarium?
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