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.
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.
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.
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.
Jules Undersea Lodge in Largo
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.
And you get pizza delivered by underwater scuba divers.