Surround Yourself with Whale Sharks, Rays & More

Journey with Gentle Giants is the only opportunity in the world where you are guaranteed to swim with whale sharks, manta rays and more. You’ll get to swim with a snorkel in the Ocean Voyager exhibit, built by The Home Depot, with thousands of amazing animals for the experience of a lifetime.

Please find this program’s FAQ here.


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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 swim.

  • Take Home a T-shirt

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

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

See a Swim in Action

Recent Swim Photos

  • Journey with Gentle Giants — Swim 1
  • Journey with Gentle Giants — Swim
  • Journey with Gentle Giants — Swim 2

Animal Fact

The whale shark is the biggest fish in the sea.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Need to Know
  • Before You Arrive
  • Getting Here
  • Guest Code of Conduct
  • During Your Visit
  • If I buy my tickets online, do I need to print them, or is showing the email on my phone is enough?
  • Re-Entry
  • What’s included in my general admission ticket?
  • Can I visit the Gift Shop without a ticket to Georgia Aquarium?
  • 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 can I wear to the aquarium?
  • Do you have preferred hotels near the aquarium?
  • What is Georgia Aquarium doing to help guests and staff stay healthy?
  • Can I buy shirts that look like the ones staff wears?
  • Lost & Found
  • Can I bring my service dog into Georgia Aquarium?
  • Can I bring my pets to Georgia Aquarium?
  • How do I get to the aquarium?
  • Plan Your Day
  • How do you acquire your species?
  • How big is the Aquarium?
  • What can I bring into the Aquarium?
  • Why are no weapons allowed in Georgia Aquarium?
  • Where can I park?
  • What are your operating hours?
  • Where is Georgia Aquarium?
  • Vehicle Height/Size Restrictions
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