Whale Shark Dive at the Georgia Aquarium

Date:

6/22 – 6/24/12

 

Location:

Georgia Aquarium

225 Baker St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 581-4000

http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/swimOrDive/index.aspx

Time: (All times are Approximate)

6/22
0800 – Group Meeting & Van Loading
0900 – Departure from Miami
1800 – Arrival in Atlanta/ Hotel Check-In (4/room) 
2000 – Atlanta Nightlife
 
6/23
0800 – Breakfast
0930 – 1st Dive Group/
      Rest of group Aquarium Tour
1500 – 2nd Dive group/1st group tour
1800 – Return to hotel
2000 – Dinner
 
6/24
0800 – Breakfast and check out
0900 – Departure from Atlanta
1800 – Arrive in Miami 
 

Equipment Needed

Mask (Optional)

Certification Card

WEATHER

Doesn’t Matter

DIVE INFO

Journey with Gentle Giants is the only opportunity in the world where SCUBA diving with whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, is guaranteed. Open Water certified divers are eligible to participate in the SCUBA dive program, which is in the Ocean Voyager exhibit built by The Home Depot, with the following equipment provided: mask, fins, tank, buoyancy device, regulator, weights, booties and wetsuits. Personal masks are permitted.

This is a 2.5 hour experience. The dive portion will last approximately 30 minutes, and participants will also get to view some behind-the-scenes areas of the Georgia Aquarium.

Aquarium Info 

The AT&T Dolphin Tales Theater, a state-of-the-art enclosed facility designed as the perfect backdrop for a spectacular musical theatrical performance highlighting the strong emotional bond between dolphins and humans. The show incorporates the beauty and agility of dolphins, live human actors, dramatic costuming and amazing effects. This memorable story is narrated by the StarSpinner, a mysterious seafaring adventurer who leads the way through an interactive journey across the oceans and through an epic battle against villains of the ocean. It’s a timeless tale of good against evil, with exhilarating performances and a powerful, enlightening subtext of the importance of caring for and about aquatic creatures.

The AT&T Dolphin Tales show, a first-of-its-kind production, was more than two years in the making. An original score was recorded by a 61-piece orchestra at Sony Studios in Hollywood. Emmy-winning producers and directors, along with a team of talented individuals from TV, film and Broadway, developed the show. Some of the world’s most accomplished animal trainers were recruited. Together, they have created an experience which entertains, motivates and inspires guests.

 

Aquarium Exhibits

Cold water Quest

From Oregon to Japan, from South Australia to South Africa, cold ocean waters teem with fish and marine mammals. Beneath the waves curious animals such as Australian weedy sea dragons, garibaldi damselfish and Japanese spider crabs hang among rocky ledges and kelp forests.

Two juvenile beluga whales, Grayson and Qinu, join adult beluga whales, Maris and Beethoven, in the Georgia-Pacific Cold Water Quest gallery. The two whales, which were born at SeaWorld San Antonio, are smaller than Maris and Beethoven. Qinu (pronounced Kee-nu), a two-year-old female, and Grayson, a three-year-old male, are light gray in color, a trait seen in this species before they mature into adults.

The African penguin exhibit features more than 25 nesting areas integrated into naturalistic rockwork and comes equipped with a state-of-the-art lighting system that mimics the natural light cycle from twilight to moonlight. Acrylic tunnels and pop-up windows, built into the exhibit, allow guests to come face-to-face with their feathered favorites.

The gallery’s Southern sea otter exhibit has doubled in size and has been modified to include additional deck space for trainer-animal interactions. New to the exhibit, a sneak peek window has been added, giving guests a look into the behind-the-scenes area for the sea otters.

Georgia Explorer

The SunTrust Georgia Explorer gallery is a highly interactive gallery with touch pools full of horseshoe crabs, sea stars, stingrays and shrimp. Several large habitats feature a loggerhead sea turtle and the fish of Gray’s Reef — an underwater area off the Georgia coast designated a National Marine Sanctuary. Whales live right off the Georgia coast! This gallery will connect you with right whales, which are one of the most endangered mammals on the planet.

Ocean Voyager

Georgia Aquarium is home to FOUR MANTA RAYS! Georgia Aquarium recently added a fourth manta ray to the Ocean Voyager exhibit. Our newest ray is the first male added to the exhibit and will join our three female manta rays, Billi, Nandi and Tallulah, as well as four whale sharks and thousands of other fish in the 6.3 million gallon exhibit, the largest aquarium habitat in the world. The fourth ray, who measures almost nine feet across and weighs approximately 265 pounds, was collected off the coast of Florida.

 

River Scout

Rivers are a source of life for animals, people and cultures throughout the world. In the Southern Company River Scout gallery, you will discover a wide diversity of animals found in the rivers of Africa, South America, Asia and right here in Georgia.

Albino alligators inhabit the River Scout waters, while an emerald tree boa lounges on a branch nearby. Around the corner, kids can safely “enter” an area filled with piranha and get a close-up look at the razor sharp teeth of these voracious predators.

The highly sociable Asian small-clawed otter is sure to spark interest.

Tropical Diver

While you can visit any gallery in the Georgia Aquarium at any time, you may wish to visit Tropical Diver presented by Southwest last. After a long journey through all the regions of the world, we have saved the most relaxing for the end: tropical coral reefs. These exhibits are appropriately arranged like a gallery of living art.

You will encounter curious garden eels popping up out of the sand and above them a swirling mass of thousands of tiny glassy sweepers. Children finally “find Nemo” as well as seahorses, fairy basslets, yellow-head jawfish and other jewels of the sea. Further along, three impressive exhibits of jellies (“jellyfish”) will mesmerize you. At the center of this gallery is one of the largest living reef exhibits of any aquarium in the world. Living corals and thousands of colorful reef fish are presented in a faithful recreation of a tropical Pacific coral reef, complete with an overhead crashing wave.

Frogs A chorus of colors

Frogs – A Chorus of Colors will open at Georgia Aquarium on Jan. 12, 2012. This fascinating exhibition introduces visitors to the amazing and colorful world of anurans – the frogs. Regarded as the most advanced traveling frog exhibition in the U.S., visitors will come eyeball to eyeball in a hands-on, minds-on adventure with living frogs from around the world.

Sign Up NOW!!  5/20/12 is the last day to sign up

Option  1 – Pay in Full – $490.00 (refundable ONLY if another diver takes your place) (save 15$ by paying in cash )

Option 2 –

Deposit – $315.00  NOW (save 10$ by paying in cash)
(refundable ONLY if another diver takes your place)

and pay 177$ before 5/23/12   (save 6$ by paying in cash)

This price includes:

  • Whale Shark Dive
  • Dolphin Show
  • Entrance to Aquarium
  • Back Stage Tour
  • Hotel (4 per room)
  • Gas
  • Tolls

The first 14 divers to sign up are guareenteed a spot. All others are placed on stand by.

Only 6 out of 14 spots are available now!

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