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Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, Manly

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Learn about Australia's creatures of the deep at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary and how the center promotes conservation of marine life through rescue, breeding, and protecting. Observe a colony of penguins at Penguin Cove; watch sharks, rays, turtles, and tropical fish at Shark Harbour; and view seahorses, octopus, and lionfish at Underwater Sydney. The sanctuary puts on daily presentations about its conservation efforts and even gives you the opportunity to scuba dive with sharks. Children tend to enjoy the touch-pool, where they can pick up starfish and sea slugs. Make Manly Sea Life Sanctuary a part of your Manly vacation plans using our Manly vacation trip planner.
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  • Took my grand daughters to visit, interesting but expensive $75 for a family of 4,They enjoyed seeing the divers feed the fish. The lady explaining the penguins was hard to understand.  more »
  • I have been to many sea worlds and sea sanctuaries around the world but this was the poorest experience ever. Not worth the money or the time to get from Sydney to manly island. Besides the entrance t...  more »
  • I decided t get on a Manly Ferry and make my way to Sea Life Aquarium. I recall visiting the Aquarium in 1976 when I first arrived in Sydney! I had been to see the Aquarium in Montreal that had been r...  more »
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  • It's a bit small and hard to justify the admission cost but it was fine for us as we have a Merlin pass. Street parking can be terrible on a Saturday/public holidays but it's not too far from the ferry terminal. The penguin enclosure is pretty amazing and my kids had a wonderful (and memorable) time.
  • I went to the Shark Dive extreme June last year and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Harry and Laurie were amazing. Both made myself and my partner feel extra comfortable with the dive. Laurie went above and beyond and kept me calm and helped me through a panic attack i was having in the dive pool. She stayed with me most of the dive to make sure i was okay. They both have so much passion for their jobs and the animals they work with. The rest of the sanctuary was amazing and love how much time and effort they put into conservation. Will be back again soon!!
  • Took my kids to the aquarium. What I wasn't expecting was the extent that staff go out of their way to make this an educationally rich and engaging experience. Robert, (the staff member doing the face painting?) was exceptional and went above and beyond to make our time amazing. He answered all our kids questions and facepainted their intricate requests. My children did not want to leave. I strongly recommend visiting.
  • My kids love this place. The place is a bit small but can occupy a lot of sea creatures. The penguin cove is located at the top floor. The shark, manta ray, and turtle are the best part of this place. The touch pool area is very small and not much things for kids to play with. But, there is a play area for kids at the exit. Stroller has to leave just after you enter. Overall, good for 1-3 hours activities.
  • Fun little sanctuary. The staff there was very friendly and informative. I wish we had a little more time so we could have done the shark dive

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The range of accommodations in Manly caters to different budgetary needs, and offers a relaxed, cheerful alternative to the busy hotels and bed and breakfasts of cosmopolitan Sydney across the water. Many of the lodgings boast beachfront locations, within ideal walking distance of all the amenities on the Corso strip. With most of the hotels and bed and breakfasts so conveniently located, you'll be perfectly positioned for June's Manly Food and Wine Festival and October's International Jazz Festival, both attended by scores of tourists and locals--just be sure to reserve in advance.
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