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“Snorkel with sharks, a great experience”
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Whale-Watching Cruise and Hillarys Boat Harbour Day Trip from Perth
Ranked #2 of 21 things to do in Hillarys
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: An awesome underwater adventure awaits you at AQWA! AQWA is WA’s premiere marine attraction located just 20 minutes north of Perth City. Discover more of WA’s spectacular marine life as you go on an underwater journey along our coast, from the icy-cold waters of the Southern Ocean to the tropical wonderland of coral reefs in the Far North. You’ll encounter sharks, stingrays and turtles, meet rare and unusual sea creatures like seadragons, be captivated by a living Coral Reef and face a dangerous and deadly line up of marine life in the DANGERzone. There’s also the chance to gently touch marine life or try an Adventure and dive into one of our aquariums! AQWA is open every day from 10am-5pm.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Gothenburg, Sweden
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Snorkel with sharks, a great experience”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

This aquarium is really good. The walk-through tunnel offers magnificent views of the sea creatures they have on display. Sharks, stingrays and turtles swim right above your head. The rest of the aquarium contains smaller tubs with some really nice little fish in them but I would have hoped for more informative signs. The outside areas with stingrays and the interaction areas were also pretty good.

The snorkelling with sharks was amazing. A really thrilling experience to swim just a few centimetres away from these huge, deadly fishes and our dive leader (think her name was Cheryl) was very fun and informative. Would really recommend this snorkel to other people even if the price ($179 with snorkel hire) is a bit much. Wish I had my diving certificate so that I could have dived but the snorkelling was a lot of fun.

Visited November 2013
2 Thank Jesper A
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Galway, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Poor value all all round”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

Would never go back here.
Loads of fish but very little hands on activity for kids to do.
The café is unbelievably slow.
We were told there was a ten minute wait for two coffees, YES , two coffees. We looked around all the tables and they were only 25% occupied !
Twenty minutes later the two coffees turned up !
Would never go back or recommend anyone to go back there again !

Visited November 2013
1 Thank fred s
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Australia / Guyana
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“DONT BOTHER VISITING - Worst aquarium I've ever seen: Massively overpriced with very few fish”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

I've always make a point of visiting aquariums wherever I travel. Having been to several dozen all over the world I'd rate AQWA as the equal worst Ive been to.

Admission prices are very steep ($28/adult, $16/child, $75/family) for a very disappointing experience that will take less than an hour to walk through.

Supposedly the aquarium is designed to show the diversity of the aquatic life along the West Australian coast. This is an excellent idea in concept but AQWA fails miserably to fulfill this potential.

The range of environments and fish on show is particularly limited with numerous tanks containing essentially the same display from the local waters around Perth. No longer does the AQWA have seals, dolphins or dugongs. In particular the showpiece walk in tank contains the same display as seen in more than one smaller display elsewhere in the complex. For those with young children in strollers, access downstairs to the showpiece walk-through tank is very difficult as the only way down is via stairs or a tiny, antiquated, slow and creaky lift on it's last legs. I ended up having to physically carry my young one and stroller down the stairs.

Displays from elsewhere along the coast are absent or sparsely populated with fish and the saltwater crocodile display was a huge disappointment with the juvenile crocodiles not even visible.

Furthermore, the design of the complex is also poor with visitors being led on essentially a one way (rather than roundabout trip) to the large display tank outdoors and then having to backtrack to make your way out of the complex. Additionally, the outdoors touch tank was quite disappointing for my children with very little available for the kids to touch and experience whilst staff at AQWA seemed very bored and disinterested.

Finally, the cafe food was mediocre and again terribly overpriced. I was particularly unimpressed to see them charging $1.50 for tomato sauce to go with chips.

In summary, I'm quite disgusted with the aquarium and the atrociously poor value for money.

Visited October 2013
4 Thank Shmemley
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Westbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“If you're into fish, you'll love this”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

Walk or dive with the sharks or just be amazed by the variety of marine life from around the Australian coast. Great layout & informative friendly staff. Lots of educational stuff for kids & adults alike.

Visited October 2013
Thank Ian G
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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
“Informative and Fun Visit”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) is located at Hillarys Boat Harbour, right on the coast of Western Australia. It took us approximately 30 minutes to drive there from central Perth. Opening time is 10.00am. When we entered I thought the entry fee was expensive but after spending a few hours there I thought the cost was reasonable. AQWA is well set up with the various fish in separate tanks. The facility pumps fresh seawater from the ocean into its pools and tanks and heats or cools the water as appropriate for each tank. On entry visitors are given a leaflet which gives times for talks by staff at each of the tanks/pools. We went to a number of talks but missed one because we had lunch in AQWA’s café. The talks were informative and the staff were pleased to answer any questions. Visitors stand under the large aquarium and look up to see the sharks, sting rays etc swimming closely overhead. The ‘touch pool’ contains various sea creatures that can be touched, which is a fun place not only for children but also adults. The café has an array of food and is a great way to break up the visit and refresh for more viewing.

Visited October 2013
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