Glass Bottom Boat Trip
Pictures of the Glass Bottom Boat
Look Through The Glass
This article is about being on a glass bottom boat, which can be an amazing experience. From the bottom of a glass bottom boat you get to see everything deep under the water. It is like another world underneath the water. Just a warning from my own personal experience I would check out what the tour boat consists of as a glass bottom boat. The tour boat we had been promised was a rip off. It has 8'x 8" glass bottom boat. That is not enough that you could actually see anything and it is one at a time. You would certainly bump heads with the other guests and that is truly awkward and uncomfortable for a trip. I just don't want you to learn the hard way like we did. We did enjoy our trip but, it was not what we expected.
Amazing Look to the Bottom
Some sections of glass are submerged far below the water so that people can come down and basically scuba dive without getting wet. If you catch the water on a clear day, you should have great visibility. The glass on the bottom of the boat is angled enough to make you think you are looking through a magnifying glass, to the bottom of the ocean.
Besides, touring the ocean from the glass bottom boat, you can also relax in the sun on the top of the boat and learn about different forms of sea life that gets caught in cast nets during these trips.
Still all in all, it's worth trying if you love sea life and exploring. Some glass bottom boat tours take you to an island to get sea shells and take pictures.
Also, you never know what you may find on a glass bottom tour including shipwrecks.
The ships usually have an area where you eat and drink refreshments, and the tours of the glass bottom boat trips usually take place in the ocean.
When you think of glass bottom boats you probably think of California or Florida but, these tours go on in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina and across the country for that matter. Depending on what area you are traveling in, would depend on what wild life would be in the area.
The tours last anywhere between 2-4 hours and the guides are very knowledgeable on sea life.
History of the Boats
Glass bottom boats were first made and used in California. Florida, however, has more boat tours than any state in America. It began as a natural spring viewing boat and migrated over time to be a deep sea boat that can let you walk fifteen (15) feet below the ocean and view it while eating and chilling. The boats are year round tourist attractions and always will be. This is a great way to be connected with nature.
Riding the Boat
Other than just going to the bottom of the boat to be beneath the ocean, it is a must to see the ocean floor from a different perspective. Casting nets are used to catch fish by the deckhands. Before the fish are bought, by the customer, the fish are explained to the customers. From discovering different fish, to seeing sting rays, you might see an old car, dolphins or, even a stop sign might be seen from the view of the glass bottom boat. It is also a great way to relax and get sun, well On the top area of the boat anyway.
Please share any stories with me that you may have about glass bottom boat tours in the capsule located at the bottom of this article.
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A Word of Advice
One time I was on vacation in Gulf Shores with my grandmother, aunt and mom. With the purchase of our stay at the condo, we got a complimentary dolphin cruise. This particular cruise advertised a glass bottom boat. We thought, how neat, So, we decided to take the tour. The tour was disappointing in most ways. I would just call it neat. I will admit, in defense of the advertisement, they did say that this boat had a glass bottom. The boat that was supposed to be a "glass bottom," boat. It was. The only problem with that is that it was only one little square out of the whole bottom of the boat.
My advice would be to know the difference between a dolphin cruise vs. a glass bottom boat tour.
While my trip with my family was the dolphin cruise, the glass bottom boat tour is a little bit different.
The glass bottom boat tour that my friend went on, took them out into the ocean, far enough that you couldn't see any land behind you. Then they came upon a small island. They went ashore to look for shells. They stayed for about 30 minutes or so, and then went back to their starting point. Looking back, I think that this particular tour would be the one to go on.
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