Being hours from the nearest body of salt water doesn’t mean Disney can’t offer some incredibly fun and educational diving and snorkeling experiences. I mean, it’s the most magical place on earth, right? So for all you divers and Jacques Cousteau wanna-bes, here are some opportunities to “get wet” and swim with the fishes in Walt Disney World.
Epcot Divequest — DiveQuest is a SCUBA experience open to guests 10 years old or older with a SCUBA certification. The program lasts three hours and includes a 40 minute dive in the 5.7 million gallon The Seas With Nemo And Friends saltwater tank. If you’ve visited this attraction or eaten in the Coral Reef restaurant, you may have seen these tours in action. Aside from the dive, which offers a chance to interact with tons of fish without the bother of actual ocean currents, guest tour the massive backstage area where the tanks are controlled and their inhabitants cared for. This tour costs $175 per person and all equipment is included. A park admission ticket is not required.
Epcot Seas Aqua Tour — This tour also allows guest to swim with the fishes in The Seas With Nemo and Friends’ big salt water tank, but doesn’t require a SCUBA certification. Instead of diving, you will use a supplied air snorkel device to swim on the service and view the sea life below you. The tour lasts two and a half hours with a half hour swim in the big fish bowl. The Seas Aqua Tour is open to guest 8 and older, but guests under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. The cost f this experience is $140 per person and park admission is not required.
Shark Reef at Typhoon Lagoon — One of Disney’s two water parks, Typhoon Lagoon, offers more than just water slides, a wave pool and a lazy river. Shark Reef is a snorkeling experience included in the water park’s admission, and it’s really fun. Guests done mask, snorkel and a life vest and paddle around a salt water tank filled with colorful tropical fish, stingrays and even SHARKS! Yep, real, live bonnethead and leopard sharks are swimming freely in the tank with you and your family. They are harmless (this IS Disney), but it is a really fun experience, especially for those who don’t get a chance to see such things at home. While Shark Reef snorkeling is included with Typhoon Lagoon admission, guest can rent Supplied Air Snorkeling systems from Hammerhead Fred’s Dive Shop for an additional charge if they want to spend more time under water than their lung capacity will allow. All age swimmers are welcome to Shark Reef, but those under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
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