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Manly Sea Life Sanctuary

West Esplanade, Manly, New South Wales 2095, Australia
02 8251 7877
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Ranked #5 of 8 attractions in Manly
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Type: Aquariums
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Puckapunyal, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We went in the morning during the week and were treated to both feeding of the sharks/rays/turtles and the penguins. Seeing the feedings and getting a bit of the tour / up close experience with the animals was truly the highlight of our visit. There's also a great value for tickets online to go during the weekday mornings.

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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

great environment, outstanding beliefs to protect manly Penguins. Staff were very passionate in their work.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Hi. My child loved the place. We had a good family based activities here. Recommended for people have young children.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Staff good, knowledgeable, committed. Penguins lovely. Some good stuff on conservation and so on. Enough to see; some hands-on for children with a rock pool; able to walk under the aquarium tanks and have rays and sharks swimming above you. Enjoyable. Not sufficient on its own to drag you from Sydney to Manly, but worth a visit once in Manly.... More

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Houston, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

First off they said to be there at 8:45, but kept us waiting to 9:30 to even enter the building (doesn't open to the public until 10). If we had friends or family with us, they had to sit outside until 9:30. How rude and unprofessional. We had gotten up at 6:00 am to catch the bus to catch the... More

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Michael G, Manager at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi Andy, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your Shark Dive Xtreme experience - I passed it onto our operations team so they could fully investigate your comments. Here's Dan Henderson, Head of Operations at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary: I’m sorry to hear you found the experience was disappointing and overpriced. We value all feedback from... More

Brisbane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The ticket for the shark dive included entry to the rest of the sanctuary. Not having been before, it seemed a nice place to spend the day learning about sharks, fish and other ocean animals. The staff are all friendly and love educating on different sea life. I probably wouldn't go separately into the sanctuary if you have previously been... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We loved our trip to the SeaLife Aquarium. The staff were friendly, hands on and helpful. We felt like we had the place to ourselves mid-week. It's alot more spacious than it looks from the outside. A great touch pool for the kids and friendly encouraging staff who want to make your experience. There was even free face painting the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

There is a package of tickets they are selling now including five attractions, with Sydney aquarium and Manly Sea Life between them. It do not worth going in both. I would say that Manly Sea Life is a smaller version of Sydney Aquarium.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014 via mobile

We were spoiled as we had already visited the Sydney Aquarium. However if this is the only sea life center you are able to visit it does provide an over view of the Australian waters

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Best value if combined with the Sydney Aquarium ticket. Hands on activities, good displays, especially the Turtles and Rays. No lift though, so not ideal for the very young/old. Excellent few hours.

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