The Shark Lab
The Shark Lab
3.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Shark Lab is an intimate aquarium that offers an opportunity to swim with two female smooth hound sharks. The aquarium houses a range of exotic tropical coral fish from around the globe and select shark species.
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< 1 hour
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Christiaan
Nelspruit, South Africa9 contributions
Couples
Not bad. But do yourself a favor and rather go to the Bartolomeu Dias Museum. They have a shell museum area with plenty more marine tanks with live Crayfish, Angel fish, and plenty others. Entrance is R20 and there's WAY more to do and see.
Written May 18, 2021
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Willem G
Somerset West, South Africa32 contributions
Don't think it is really worth the money. You can almost see more fish live looking done the rocks just outside the aquarium.
I think they are doing a great work but entry fee is quite high in my view for what is on display.
Written February 5, 2020
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JThaysen
Cape Town, South Africa41 contributions
Family
Dark and dank. The only reason I would pay is because it would help feed the animals there. They are clearly cared for by the staff. Poor sharks you can swim with have a tiny space and can barely move more than a few metres, no way for a shark,and they have 2 to live. Hate that we do this to wild creatures.
Written August 28, 2017
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Berdine J
29 contributions
Family
My son was very excited to visit the ‘Aquarium’. Unfortunately that what we found was not worth the visit. We paid R90 for entrance fee and additional R60 toward so called research (donation). The Aquarium is nothing by a few tanks filled with fish. It is really not worth any amount of money spent.
Written December 20, 2021
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Juanita K
Pretoria, South Africa20 contributions
Family
Why advertise that you have the friendliest octopus? That is why we visited your "aquarium". But as soon as someone comes close the lady tells Ursula to go under the rock! I understand people can't touch her but wow, we also can't look at her? The rest of the place is even more disappointing with a few lonely fish and 2 sad sharks in a small tank. I am glad we didn't pay more. Not worth the visit. Could have been a real gem
Written December 30, 2020
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dezzz.
1 contribution
Family
I personally think it was the best experience in Mossel Bay. It's small, but totally worth the money. Swimming with the sharks changed my life and helped me step out of my comfort zone, gave me so much more confidence. The octopus is also very friendly which helped to cheer up my day! I'd love to go back and would highly recommend going there! xx
Written January 4, 2020
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Thank you for your review Desirejvv, it is much appreciated.
Written January 5, 2020
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Murry1973
1 contribution
Family
Smile, we have had the most amazing experience diving with 2, two meter Smooth Hound Sharks,was a tick off my bucket list,
Love their names, Bonny and Bean, the staff was very hands on and pleasant, the octopus Paddy gave us a beautiful display playing in the open undersea tank, the clown fish are beautiful and we can see a lot of love goes into looking after each fish and sea life in this mini aquarium. When we visit again i am definitely making this a yearly stop.
Kind regards
Riemer Family
Written January 4, 2020
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Many thanks for your review Murry1973, very much appreciated. Look forward to seeing you again in 2021.
Written January 5, 2020
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Paul W
South Woodhan Ferrers3 contributions
Couples
We were in Mossel Bay last week and decided to go to the Shark Lab to see for ourselves what it was like. We had seen several poor reviews but thought we would make our own minds up. Yes it's small, but very informative, the staff are lovely and are happy to spend time with you explaining their objectives and coaxing Max (the octopus) out to feed. The admission price is only 20 Rand. Please make a visit with an open mind as we did, you will be delighted with what you find.
Written February 28, 2017
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Many thanks for the review Paul W. Much appreciated. I am very pleased that you enjoyed your visit.
Written March 1, 2017
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ZandradT
Hazyview, South Africa4 contributions
Couples
Tavelling to the area we were looking at all the option on the internet to do in Mossel bay and Shark Lab caught my eye from the great website.

How dissapointing to get to this building which is in bad shape and worst of all.....EVERYTHING IS CLOSED. The door is even closed off with wooden planks.

The sign is still outside and I really think that if you close a business, take down the sign and delete your website.

This is in the school holidays and I saw 3 school groups that were also disappointed.
Written July 4, 2014
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Michael S
Johannesburg, South Africa216 contributions
Lets understand this isn't Sea World or an International Aquarium, it's a small research facility that opens it's doors and needs support. Take 30 minutes on a cloudy day, take the kids and support this initiative.
It's small, it's informative and as long you are not expecting too much it is time and money well spent
Written January 15, 2014
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The Shark Lab is open:
  • Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM