When you think of getting the opportunity to SCUBA dive to see whale sharks, you might assume that you have to go to some tropical location halfway across the world. However, if you live in the Atlanta area, you're in luck. You can actually go SCUBA diving at Georgia Aquarium.\nThat's because the Georgia Aquarium has a Journey with Gentle Giants program, which gives whale lovers the opportunity to go SCUBA diving with whale sharks and thousands of other sea creatures, including manta rays, in the Ocean Voyager exhibit.\nWhile there are places where you can do this in the wild, this is the only opportunity in the world where you're absolutely guaranteed to swim with these sharks. Plus, you don't have to worry about the environmental impact, because you'll be in a closed, controlled environment.\nThe swim program occurs daily at 4:30 p.m. and lasts for two and a half hours. The dive program is also daily at 3:00 p.m. If you're more of a weekender, you can jump in at 11 a.m.*\nKeep in mind that you have to be SCUBA-certified to participate in the Journey with Gentle Giants dive, so if you haven't gotten your certification yet, you should do that before booking.\nView this post on Instagram One of those out of body kind of experiences where you are just in total awe the whole time of what you're getting to do and the things you're seeing. These majestic creatures pass within arm's length of your face at times. There are just no words for how amazing this dive is #journeywithgentlegiants #diving #divegeorgiaaquarium #oceanvoyager A post shared by Sarah O'Shea (@mrsoshea104) on Jul 30, 2019 at 4:59am PDT\nYou'll be working with trainers the whole time, so it will be as safe as possible. Once you're in the water, you'll get to spend 30 minutes swimming around and meeting the animals.\nView this post on Instagram Dive with whale sharks and mantas ✔️ #journeywithgentlegiants #georgiaaquarium #betterpicturestocome A post shared by Gracie Randle (@gracierand) on Jul 22, 2017 at 10:25am PDT\nThe cost for this super cool swimming experience is $189.95 for members and $233.95 for non-members. You can purchase your tickets online today at the Georgia Aquarium website.\nView this post on Instagram Blog post about my @georgiaaquarium diving experience is up! Check it out! [Link in bio.] 🐟🐠✌🏼🐳💙 ———•———•———•——— 📷: @joanisawesome ———•———•———•——— #journeywithgentlegiants #georgiaaquarium #whaleshark #scubadiving #underthesea #ispeakbubbles A post shared by Sky (@skyscoots) on Oct 30, 2017 at 3:35pm PDT\nWant to visit the Georgia Aquarium but not keen on actually getting into the water with sharks? Check out the new shark exhibit coming this fall or spend the night at the aquarium.\nJourney with Gentle Giants\nPrice: $189.95 to $333.95\nWhen: From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily\nAddress: 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta, GA\nWhy You Need To Go: You'll actually get the chance to dive with whale sharks and thousands of other sea creatures without even leaving the city.\nWebsite\n\n* This article has been updated.