Florida “Under The Sea” Is A Vacation Experience

Underwater Vehicles in Florida

Due to the sensitivity and depth of Florida’s reefs and poor visibility in most coastal area, Florida does not have the underwater submarine tours found in the Hawaiian Islands and in Catalina Island, California. Florida is mainly the place for incredible scuba experiences to sunken ships, some dating back to the days of pirates and seadogs.

There are some fun underwater activities you can experience in Florida:

SeaVenture at Sea World’s Discovery Cove

At Orlando’s Discovery Cove, the underwater and above water park next to Sea World, you can not only swim with the sharks and play with the dolphins, you can walk underwater like a member of the crew of Captain Nemo of the Nautilus in 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.
FLORIDATRAVELER seaventure tour group

The adventure does not require special training and most visitors adjust to the air system. Of course, you can’t look for sponges nor handle the sea life. You can imagine the kind of photographic selfies you can make in this setup.
FLORIDATRAVELER SeaVenture people and residents
The HydroBob Tour in Key West

Over on Stock Island in Key West at the Marina Village there are dozens of tour boats specializing in taking scuba and snorkel divers out to the Florida Keys reefs. Billy Ocean Underwater Adventures has those tours, but they have something else.
FLORIDATRAVELER hydrobob scooter goes past
Underwater water scooters which require no scuba certification to travel around Stock Island following the fish. These devices probably would be discouraged around some of the shallow coral reefs, but these tours travel other waters. From the looks of the photographs you will see lots of fish.
FLORIDATRAVELER hydrobob tour explore-floridas-only
Jules Undersea Lodge in Largo
http://www.jul.com 305-451-2353

Florida’s underwater hotel off the Florida Keys in Key Largo is a rather expensive place to vacation, but you will have the most unique photographic experiences of any trip. The 600-square foot, two bedroom lodge isn’t fancy like that place in the Maldives, but it is just a short drive from Miami.
floridatraveler JULES LODGEFloridatraveler inside-Jules Verne Lodge livingroom
And you get pizza delivered by underwater scuba divers.

About floridatraveler

Historian and travel writer M. C. Bob Leonard makes the Sunshine State his home base. Besides serving as content editor for several textbook publishers and as an Emeritus college professor, he moderates the FHIC at www.floridahistory.org
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