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Manly Sea Life Sanctuary - CLOSED

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“sydney aquarium”(57 reviews)
“touch pool”(19 reviews)
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West Esplanade | Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, Manly, New South Wales 2095, Australia
+61 2 8251 7873
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 14 November 2003

It was my idea to do the shark dive and I dragged two friends along for the ride. We decided to do the early dive mainly so we couldn't back out and having already paid there was no choice. Everyone at the aquarium was fantastic....More

17  Thank Stay10352
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

There is nothing extreme about this place rather boring sharks are not wild they are not normal sharks there and are grey nurse which dont attack humans anyway will cost you $250 for 30mins dive over rated using smelly wetsuits from other people seems not...More

5  Thank Dave S
Dan H, Manager at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2014

Dear Dave, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your Shark Dive Xtreme experience. My name is Dan Henderson, Head of Operations at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary and it’s with a great sense of disappointment that I read you found the experience...More

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Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

Sadly no longer there but it was great when it was. Small as an aquarium but still great as a day out.

Thank JaredYSyd
Reviewed 29 April 2018

Sanctuary has been permanently closed. We sure enjoyed it when we visited back in 2016, sad to not get to see the Little Penguin enclosure, that was worth the price of admission.

Thank Jackrg35
Reviewed 3 March 2018

We were fortunate to be visiting Australia just prior to the Sanctuary's closure on the 28th January. Our two young granddaughters (six and three and a half) loved this place and it was a final chance for them to see it. The place was very...More

Thank MartinG_53
Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

The kid will love this place and couples and everyone will find this place very interesting and just nice to visit for a day out. A lovely trip over by ferry to manly beach then a short walk down the esplanade containing great shopping and...More

1  Thank butterflyrose12
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Sadly this attraction is now permanently closed. Such a pity as it was great for children and adults alike. Hope all the fish and penguins, etc, found good homes!

5  Thank BKP-Sydney
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

It was a great place to come with young children particularly as we live locally and venturing into the city can be tiring for everyone! Sad this venue has now closed and trust that the sea life are in good hands. Thank you Manly Sea...More

Thank Alexandra K
Reviewed 29 January 2018

Was great for our little one to see loads of Marine life, a live penguin show, the only low point was there were lot's of stairs and they recomend you leave your pram at the entrance, but we had alot of valubles on pram so...More

Thank Rachael N
Reviewed 22 January 2018

for the price of a ticket in this extremely small place you could go visit the 10 times larger attraction in darling harbor. the experience is short lived only taking about 10 minutes to do the whole place. not even great for kids to go...More

Thank Tristan L
Reviewed 22 January 2018

This venue is due to close after many years of entertainment, education and service to the aquatic environment. It should be resurrected by a new owner. One week left to visit.

Thank Bill515515
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Glad I got to return here one last time Training is excellent and whilst the adrenaline pumps you feel safe Good to see this place do so much for conservation and rehabilitation of grey nurses and also offer templet care for other shark species. One...More

Thank Shaun M
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A 40-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay will take
you to the famous northern beach of Manly. The beaches
here are perfect for learning to surf or spending the
day sun-tanning. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is
a great way to experience Sydney Harbour Bay and the
Australian bush land. Along the foreshore, there are
plenty of watering holes and wine bars with excellent
cuisine. There are plenty of kid-friendly restaurants
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