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Take an Underwater Adventure Through the Great Maya Reef WITHOUT Going to Mexico

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Ever dreamed of going diving with the colorful fish in one of the world’s largest reefs?

Now you can get the unforgettable experience without even having to leave New Orleans.

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is offering it’s Maya Dive Experience in the Great Maya Reef exhibit, which opened in March.

The Great Maya Reef at the Aquarium is a replica of the real one in Mexico.  It’s the second largest reef in the world.

“This one has 130,000 gallons of water and it’s 17-feet deep.”

Matt Holcomb, Dive Program Coordinator at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, said, “This is an experience like no other.  Most of the other tours are just tours, this is an interactive experience where guests can swim and interact with other guests that are going through the dry tunnel exhibit.  It takes the behind-the-scenes tour to a new level.”

A whole new level…below sea level.  With Mayan ruins, coral reef, stingrays, angelfish, and lobsters.

“If they swim all over you then just give them a friendly little nudge and say goodbye,”  Holcomb said.

For guests not daring enough to scuba or snorkel, you can still feel like you’re part of the action.

“You get to wave, you get to blow bubbles at each other.  It’s really an experience that’s hard to come by,” he said.

Take it from me, under the sea, is where you want to be.

The program is offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

The Maya Snorkel Adventure is open to anyone 8 years and older.  Tickets are $175 for non-members and $150 for members. Wet suits and dive gear are provided.

The SCUBA experience is open to certified divers 10 years and older.  Each diver must bring proof of certification.  Tickets for the Maya SCUBA Dive are $250 for non-members and $225 for members.  Wet suits and dive gear are provided.

Tickets for the Maya Dive Experience can be purchased at:  AudubonInstitute.org.

For more information: 504-565-3033.