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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  • August 15, 2017
    We went as a large group and found the staff to be friendly and knowledgable. The displays were great and it was all within a smallish area. The tours were interesting. The only issue was that we had ...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    We had a great time at the sanctuary, great presentations and introductions made by very knowledgeable, passionate and inspiring staff. Lot of animals, big and small that didn't stop to amaze us. Plea...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    This was an amazing place. We got the 5 event pass for $70 on the harbor so it was a win-win. If you're trying to decide if it's worth it. Go!!  more »
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  • June 29, 2017
    Arrived just as seahorse feeding time started. Staff member friendly and provided lots of information. Kids loved listening and asking questions. Then made the shark tank tour which was also wonderful. Great to be so close to some beautiful but endangered species. It's a great shame it is going to be closed at the end of the year. Great afternoon out, can highly recommend if you have children. The dive with the nurse sharks is well worth it.
  • July 24, 2017
    Manly Sea Life Aquarium is a great place to take a young family too, but it has been around for many years and is a little run down now, compared to the Darling Harbour Sanctuary. Manly feels more spacious, less busy but probably has less attractions than its DH counterpart. The underwater shark tank is still probably its biggest attraction. It's a shame its closing down at the end of the year.
  • August 16, 2017
    Great for the kids. Took my 2 year old there, free for the little guy and $25 for me. The place is a little dated since i was a kid but the underwater tunnel blew his mind. Great to get him away from finding nemo and happy feet to see the real thing....
  • July 29, 2017
    O my god what a time I have doing the dive with the sharks. The instructors were brilliant made me feel so relaxed before the drive and I was and still and buzzing from it. Highly recommended.
  • June 14, 2017
    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.

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