Want to experience what it’s like on the reef?
Go snorkeling in our Marathon aquarium, which is filled with a living ecosystem that closely matches what one would find on any coral reef just a few short miles from our location in the Florida Keys
The coral reef snorkel encounter enables visitors to get in the water and be a part of the action in the thriving ecosystem that exists in our aquarium environment. This unique Encounter introduces our visitors to the reef environment in the best way possible, via immersion in our exclusive Coral Reef tank.
Hand Feeding Sharks? Who would believe you?
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Experience life as it exists in nature
During the Coral Reef Snorkel Encounter, visitors will experience a personal interaction with a wide variety of marine fish species, while swimming over our custom creation of a simulated Florida coral reef patch.
The most exciting feature of our Coral Reef Snorkel Encounter is that it is separated from our shark tank by a clear plexiglass window. This allows Marathon aquarium snorkeling participants to come face to face with sharks while being protected from the predators!
For our participants who are looking to get a bit more “hands-on” during the Coral Reef Snorkel Encounter, our uniquely designed aquarium technology allows diving participants the opportunity to feed sharks and other predatory fish from our underwater feeding ports that connect the tanks.
Coral Reef Encounter Information
Look who you will meet on the Reef!
Coral Reef Encounters Run Daily for Marathon aquarium snorkeling on the Hour between 9 AM – 4 PM. Please see below for booking and availability of the Coral Reef Encounter.
Click here to download the Coral Reef Encounter Liability Release Form prior to visiting our facilities.
Each Coral Reef Regulator Encounter lasts roughly 90 minutes with a total of roughly 30 minutes in the Coral Reef Tank.
Each Coral Reef Snorkel Encounter lasts roughly 60 minutes.
Participants do not need to be certified to participate in the coral reef snorkel encounter.
Participants must be over the age of 5 in our Coral Reef Regulator Encounter and must be at least 8 to dive below the surface of the tank. Any age is welcome to participate in our Coral Reef Snorkel Encounter. No matter if you’re diving or at the surface you still get the opportunity to feed all the animals while snorkeling at our Marathon aquarium—including the sharks!
Children under 5 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian in the tank. A parent/guardian must be available on deck (dry) if their 5-12yr old is participating in a snorkel encounter. A parent/guardian must be in the FKAE facility if their 12-16yr old is participating in a snorkel encounter. Any child between the ages of 5-12 participating in a Regulator Encounter must be accompanied in the water by a parent/guardian. A parent/guardian must be available on deck (dry) if their 12-18yr old is participating in a Coral Reef Regulator Encounter.
Maximum of 12 participants per Coral Reef Snorkel session.