Have a unique experience in Istanbul Akvaryum, the world's biggest thematic aquarium, by diving with sharks!

If you like the idea of diving with the most magnificent creatures of the ocean, you only have to come to Istanbul Akvaryum! By diving with sharks, one of the most popular activities of our aquarium, you get a one in a lifetime experience with these spectacular creatures or you can give this special activity to someone you love as a gift, that they won't forget for the rest of their lives.

While diving with sharks in Istanbul Akvaryum you get the chance to see more than twenty sharks from different regions around the world up close and swim with them. With this activity, which you can do alone or with your family and friends, you will experience unforgettable moments.

Everyone who is over the age of 14 and doesn't have any medical problems that would prevent one from diving can participate at the shark dive, accompanied by experts. After the dive the participants receive a special "Istanbul Akvaryum Diving Certificate". This certificate only states that you participated in the shark dive activity and doesn't hold any official validity.

In order to be able to experience the Atlantic Ocean in Istanbul, to see these impressive creatures up close and to be able to swim with them you only need to contact us and make a reservation via the number 444 97 44 or via e-mail dalis@istanbulakvaryum.com. (For detailed information and direct contact you can reach us via the number 0553 244 8798 during business hours 10:00 – 18:00.)

Diving program is composed of the following stages:

  • 30-minutes of theoretical briefing (Providing information about breathing through the regulator, ear equalization, how to use diving fins properly, basic underwater diving signs, species of the living things in our main tank)
  • 15-minutes of dressing
  • 30-minutes of diving (Taking the divers into the water in guidance with the diving instructors and starting of the diving)
  • 15-minutes for getting out of the water and leaving the diving equipments For the divers, who have not dived for a long time; the following skills will be reminded for 5 mn. In the water, after they are taken into the water and before diving starts.
  • Proper Breathing Through the Regulator
  • Ear Equalization
  • Buoyancy Check
  • Basic Diving Signs

Diving Rules

The divers are required to be present at Istanbul Akvaryum on the reservation date and hour and get the confirmation of their reservations from the booking desk.

Written approval from the family is mandatory for the divers younger than the age of 18 and identity card is required to be shown for the age verification.

All the diving equipments, required for diving is being provided by us, and no other equipments are accepted under any circumstances.

Diving attendees are required to sign the diving registration form before the dive; in order to declare that they do not have any obstacles to diving.

Diving attendees should follow the standard diving program. Diving with sharks have been done according to a specific route, determined by the diving team of Istanbul Akvaryum, and any kinds of actions such as; performing the dive by leaving the diving instructors, attempting to touch or touching the living creatures in the aquarium, feeding, following the living creatures, blocking their ways are strictly prohibited. In the contrary case, Istanbul Akvaryum has the right to stop the diving activity.

The diving attendee should not make a plane ride 24 hours prior and after the dive.

The diving attendees are recommended to have items such as the followings with them;

  • Swimwear,
  • Towel,
  • Slippers,
  • USB memory stick (Videos taken during diving are delivered after diving.)
  • Shampoo and shower gel. In case of absence of these items, each of them, except the swimwear and USB memory stick, can be provided from Istanbul Akvaryum.


Videotaken underwater is including and delivered to youby USB memory stick

Diving reservation : For weekly day minimum 2 days ago - For weekend until Thursday at 12:00 am

Diving reservations can be made by telephone number 444 97 44 or online from dalis@istanbulakvaryum.com.

The fees for the reservations, should be paid at the very latest 2 days prior to the dive to the bank account of Istanbul Akvaryum.

Cancellation of the Diving

  1. In case that the diver cannot succeed diving due to causes related to him-self and because that he fails to fulfill the competencies under water, the fee would be non-refundable.
  2. In case of cancellation up to 24 hours prior to the dive, the fee would be non-refundable.
  3. In case of any violation of the diving rules by the diver, the diving session would be cancelled and the fee would be non-refundable.