Luckily, they built an aquarium exhibit right under the ride, specifically for people like me. I spent the time gazing upward at the mantas floating around over our heads.
We went and saw the Dolphin show, which was outstanding! Besides the dolphins, they had people do acrobatics in the air and diving off a high dive.
Then we went to the Shark Encounter. This was an aquarium tunnel that you went into and stood on the conveyer belt. The tunnel brought you through the aquarium where you could see the sharks from every angle.
It was time for our "special treat". Our guide Kate had said it was a surprise that involved something black and white. I was sure hoping it was penguins, and it was! We each got to pat the penguin and see them up close and personal.
This little guy wanted to be my friend. He was fascinated by my camera strap that was dangling above him. As I wiggled it, his little head wiggled back and forth. I wanted to put him in my backpack and take him home!
Of course we went to the Shamu show. We got to see a newborn whale with her mommy before the show began.
Finally, at night we went to a luau. It was amazing! The dancers were perfectly synchronized and very, very energetic!