Firstly, apologies for a lengthy delay (over a year - oops!) in posting a review on your delightful aquarium. As other reviews have said, it's not the biggest, flashiest fishy place ever but what it lacks in size it makes up for it in many other ways. The staff on duty when we were with you were very knowledgeable and didn't seem to mind the daft questions fired at them left, right and centre! To be honest we thought we would just pop in to kill an hour but ended up staying nearly 4 hours and loved every minute of it. Our group consisted 2 adults (45yrs+) a 24 yr old and 2 teenagers and we absolutely loved the opportunity to get to see, touch and learn about some of the marine life that makes the waters around Sidney their home. Visiting you inspired us to try Scuba diving when we returned to the UK and a year on we're now PADI Advanced divers and are looking to arrange a diving trip to Vancouver Island next year to introduce ourselves to your critters in their natural habitats - and call in and see you again! Thank You Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre for opening up the other 70% of this wonderful planet to us xx
Hi Beki M,
No offence to any other amazing reviewers who have sung our praises over the years, but your post about your visit to our aquarium is definitely our absolute favourite! First of all, thank you for visiting us and enjoying the aquarium SO much...four hours much, to be exact! It's thrilling to know that you made such a huge connection with the underwater world of the Salish Sea and with our Oceaneers, that is exactly what we're here to help people do. And the fact that you started diving and are PADI Advanced certified as a result, well, we're glowing with pride. Your story is our absolute best case scenario of what happens after people come and see us...thank you for sharing!
We can't wait for your return to Vancouver Island. If you find yourself with some time ABOVE the water line, please come in to see us again!
Everyone here at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre