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

Although it’s the largest fish in the world, the whale shark eats some of the tiniest creatures in the ocean, called zooplankton.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What else can I add-on to my experience?
  • Can I buy out a time slot for a more private experience?
  • Can we take our own photos or video?
  • When should I arrive for my program?
  • Do you offer private changing rooms?
  • What is your cancellation/no-show policy?
  • Can we touch the animals?
  • What is your rescheduling / date change policy?
  • How do I make a reservation?
  • Will there be a guide in the water with me?
  • Are guests welcome to watch? Do they have to buy a ticket?
  • What are the physical limitations of the Swim Program?
  • Am I able to participate in the swim with impairments or disabilities?
  • Do I have to pre-register, or can I sign up when I arrive?
  • What should I bring with me?
  • How big is the Ocean Voyager exhibit, and what will I see?
  • What is the duration of the program and what is included in the experience?
  • What equipment is included in the swim program?
  • What times are available for the Swim Program?
  • What are the age requirements?
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