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Journey with Gentle Giants Immersion Program

Journey with Gentle Giants is the only opportunity in the world where you are guaranteed to swim or dive with whale sharks, manta rays and more! Suit up and SCUBA dive or snorkel in the Ocean Voyager exhibit, built by The Home Depot, with thousands of amazing animals for the experience of a lifetime!

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  • Swim with Whale Sharks Program
  • Diving with Whale Sharks Program
  • Specialty Certifications
  • Frequently Asked Questions


Swim with Whale Sharks Program Description:
Journey with Gentle Giants is the only opportunity in the world where you are guaranteed to swim with whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, in Georgia Aquarium's Ocean Voyager exhibit built by The Home Depot. Guests will swim at the surface with a floatation device and air supplied by either a small compressed air cylinder or a snorkel. The following equipment is provided: mask and snorkel, gloves, booties, wetsuit, floatation device and compressed air cylinder. Personal masks are permitted.

$234.95 plus tax. Price includes admission to the Aquarium, AT&T Dolphin Tales show, 4D Theater, all equipment, the swim, certificate of participation, t-shirt and souvenir photo.

Daily at 4:30 p.m. This is a 2.5 hour experience. The swim portion will last approximately 30 minutes, and participants will also view some behind-the-scenes areas of the Georgia Aquarium. You may need to arrive earlier if you wish to experience AT&T Dolphin Tales show and the 4D Theater.

*To make an advance reservation for the AT&T Dolphin Tales show following your online purchase, please contact the Call Center at 404-581-4000.

All participants must be age 12 and older. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult in the water. No diving/snorkeling experience required.

Date Change Policy:
A date may be changed free of charge if the change is made more than 14 days in advance of the original date of your visit. If the change is made less than 14 days prior to the original date of your visit, a $50 change fee per ticket will be charged.
No changes can be made less than 48 hours prior to the date of your original visit, and the guest will be charged the full program cost.

Cancellations/No-Show Policy:
Cancellations and no-shows will not be refunded or rescheduled. Guests arriving late (after the required program check-in time) will not be permitted to participate in the program and will not be refunded or rescheduled. We encourage guests to arrive at the Aquarium with plenty of time to park, enter, and check into the program. Please plan accordingly.

To change your reservation, please contact the Georgia Aquarium Call Center at 404.581.4000.

Reserve your spot today online or by calling 404-581-4000.


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