On my trip to Miami, Florida this past week, I got to SCUBA dive without actually SCUBA diving. I booked an “experience” through Tinggly to go on the Sea Trek Reef Encounter at the Miami Seaquarium. I had the best time! Not only does the experience include an underwater journey in their 300,000 gallon tropical reef, you also get admission to the seaquarium for the day where you can see all of their shows and exhibits!
The experience underwater on the sea trek was amazing! First they give you a wetsuit and water shoes, and you watch a safety video. They take you over to the tank and place a helmet over your head. The air is held in the helmet in the same way that an upside down cup holds in water. The helmet is attached to a tube that is constantly bringing fresh air into the helmet.
You go down a ladder to the bottom of the tank, and get to walk around behind the guide and explore the tank for about 20 minutes. You can touch and pet all of the tropical fish, sting rays, and other sea creatures! They also give you a bottle of food to feed the fish so that they all come up close. The fish are not afraid of humans and will let you pet them! It was really cool!
After the sea trek, you are provided with a towel and showers which is really nice because I didn’t want to walk around smelling like fish for the rest of the day. They take pictures of you underwater, so there is an option to purchase those. But you are allowed to bring a small camera underwater with you, like a GoPro, so I did that!
I spent another hour in the seaquarium walking around and seeing all of the other exhibits like the dolphins, sting rays, manatees, and crocodiles. Unfortunately I was not able to stay long enough to watch any of the shows, but they have multiple shows and feedings all day long.
I would definitely recommend using a Tinggly experience to go to the Miami Seaquarium! Especially if you have always wanted to SCUBA dive…It was a great experience that felt like SCUBA diving without all of the training. Next time you’re in Miami, make sure to go swim with the fishies!