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Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino

Las Vegas, United States
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)

Overview

Come face-to-face with some of the world's most fascinating creatures at the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, North America's only predator-based aquarium and exhibit. This Las Vegas aquarium is home to 2,000 animals, including saw fish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, jellyfish, rare golden crocodiles and — sharks. Get close to more than 100 sharks, including 30 in the 1.3-million-gallon main tank, one of the largest in the US. Explore two underwater tunnels and experience Sea Monsters Revealed, the world's largest exhibit of uniquely preserved sea creatures. Also included is a new VR Experience, suitable for all ages!
  • Admission to Shark Reef Aquarium at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip
  • Admire more than 2,000 aquatic animals and reptiles
  • See rare and endangered animals including golden crocodiles, green sea turtles and black piranhas
  • Experience a diver's view by walking through two underwater tunnels
  • Includes the Undersea Explorer VR Experience

What's Included

  • Admission Ticket
  • Box Office fee
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Parking/Valet fees

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Mandalay Bay
    3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Visit the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip anytime during its normal operating hours to see 14 different exhibits devoted to dangerous aquatic predators. 

There are more than 100 sharks at Mandalay Bay — and 30 of them appear in the aquarium’s largest exhibit, the 1.3-million-gallon Shipwreck. Visitors can experience several species of sharks (Galapagos sharks, grey reef sharks and zebra sharks), plus endangered sea turtles, stingrays, sawfish and many other fish through a mesmerizing acrylic tunnel. 

Other exhibits include the popular Touchpool, featuring stingrays and horseshoe crabs in a 2,500-gallon, interactive saltwater exhibit. Also, look for the rare golden crocodile, Komodo dragon, cichlids (one of the largest families of fishes), Burmese pythons (one of the five largest species of snakes in the world), Amazon predators (home to the giant arapaima, arrowana, pacu and freshwater stingrays), plus a Caribbean reef teeming with parrotfish, pufferfish and other beautiful tropical fish.

There are also venomous fishes, moon jellies, piranhas, a giant Pacific octopus and much more.

You have the opportunity to virtually swim with sharks and whales in the Undersea Explorer VR Theater. This motion-platofrm theater with 360º 3-D virtual reality technology transports you to the oceans of the world to discover what's hidden beneath the surface. The immersive pre-theater area is a great way to learn more about these wonderful aquatic creatures. Suitable for all ages.

Casino at Mandalay Bay

Make your way to Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino to visit Shark Reef, an underwater odyssey in the heart of the desert.

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Shark Reef Aquarium

Enter the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino to witness an incredible array of aquatic and reptilian life. Shark Reef contains more than 2,000 animals in 14 exhibits, which offer visitors the chance to escape the desert heat and immerse themselves in a marine oasis. See more than 30 sharks swimming in the 1.3 million-gallon (4.9 million-liter) main tank, one of the biggest in the US. Plus, observe a multitude of other sea life including pufferfish, green sawfish, piranhas, Moray eels and jellyfish. Check out the touch pool to feel horseshoe crabs and a variety of rays and walk through two underwater tunnels for a more intimate view of the sharks and other marine life. Also included is the Undersea Explorer VR Experience, After an immersive pre-show area, take your seat in the 36-seat motion-platform theater, don your headset and be transported to the ocean depths. You'll soon be swimming with a humpback whale, diving next to a 15-foot tiger shark and more!

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants aged 0-4 are free of charge and do not require a ticket
  • You may enter the attraction up to 59 minutes after the selected time on your ticket
  • VR films for ages 5 and older, younger children can enter the exhibit but must be accompanied by an adult. During VR experience children under 5 will need to rotate with a guardian or parent.
  • If booked same day, tickets cannot be picked up less than 2 hours after placing order
  • Most travelers can participate

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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      Frequently Asked Questions

      The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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      Q:What will I see at the Shark Reef?

      A:You will see more than 2,000 animals, including sharks, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, and a Komodo dragon. This exhibit gives you the chance to dive with a higher concentration of exotic sharks than you'd ever find in the wild.

      Aug 2021

      Q:Where in the Mandalay Bay is Shark Reef located?

      A:From the casino, take the walkway towards Mandalay Bay Convention area. Walk past Border Grill and the wedding chapel, Shark Reef Aquarium is located on your left.

      Aug 2021

      Q:What are the opening hours of the Shark Reef?

      A:The Shark Reef Aquarium is open daily from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM with the last admission at 5:00 PM.

      Aug 2021

      Q:Do I have to exchange my ticket upon arrival at Shark Reef?

      A:Yes, you will need to exchange your ticket for a direct entry ticket at the box office. Please allow two hours from placing your order for same-day tickets.

      Aug 2021

      Q:Can I bring my young child to see Shark Reef?

      A:Absolutely! Children 4 years old and under enter free with paid adult admission. Children 4 and under are free and do not require a ticket.

      Aug 2021

      Q:Is Shark Reef a guided experience?

      A:The tour of Shark Reef is not guided so that you may explore at your own pace.

      Aug 2021

      Q:Can I bring food/drink inside Shark Reef?

      A:Food and drink are not permitted inside the Aquarium.

      Aug 2021

      Q:How big is Shark Reef?

      A:The main tank is 1,300,000 US gallons (4,900,000 l), one of the largest in North America. The facility is 95,000 sq ft (8,800 m2), and displays numerous species of sharks, rays, fish, reptiles, and marine invertebrates.

      Aug 2021

      Q:How long should I expect to spend at Shark Reef?

      A:The experience typically takes 3-4 hours, depending on how much time you spend at each exhibit.

      Aug 2021

      Q:Is Shark Reef accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums?

      A:Yes. Shark Reef Aquarium is the first and only facility in Nevada accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The AZA accreditation ensures that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals.

      Aug 2021

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      Traveler Tips


      Beautiful place to see se and know better about the sea world, the tour is just 1 hour but it worth it, kids are to mostly exiting!
      Unpleasant, it was a very far walk for people with health issues,when asked for a wheelchair back to the entrance it was never received.
      Don't get me wrong the aquarium was over all awesome.
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      Great time
      ingrid_m, Nov 2022
      Very nice experience . Friendly staff and super cute place most definitely recommend it it’s a nice outing .
      It was all great....
      Rick_G, Nov 2022
      It was all great. Particularly enjoyed the virtual reality part. Seeing all of the creatures swimming above and below.
      Great
      Julie_P, Oct 2022
      Our family enjoyed the aquarium and the virtual experience. It was clean and welcoming. Good job Thank you.
      Title
      Zac_K, Oct 2022
      30 bucks for a 5 minute vr dive. Great idea, needs to be lingers and better explained. We were under a different impression
      Great
      Maria_E, Oct 2022
      Under aquarium was so beautiful 😍. Kids had a experience to remember. The jelly fish tank is amazing The photo page was beautiful
      Not the best exhibit. Not worth it
      Ali_H, Oct 2022
      I was promised an hour and a half it wasn’t, it was 15 minutes. Super crowded, unorganized. Your home zoo is better
      Wonderful creatures!
      Kristine_W, Oct 2022
      Loved all the creatures, staff was great, and not too crowded to rest if I needed. The shark reef was magnificent I loved all the decor in the tanks!
      Not as expected
      Arthresa_J, Oct 2022
      It was okay😔. Thought it would have more species of life than what I saw and it was very short exhibit. This should be free when you stay at the resort or a part of some type of package. Definitely not worth the money spent!
      Very clean and the fish looked healthy
      Adele_R, Sep 2022
      Beautifully kept aquariums and the fish looked very healthy. I real site to see. Would definitely recommend for anyone
      My family and I enjoyed ....
      Antoinette_F, Sep 2022
      My family and I enjoyed . Comes once a year. My family is looking forward to coming back.I really like the attractions.
      Unfair Business!!!!
      Hollie_M, Sep 2022
      My family were headed to Vegas the 20th I booked tickets for that day payed and got my confirmation code. It said I booked for the next the 21st tried calling and canceling they told me non refundable and I couldn't book a different date. $83 Dollars down the drain and a disappointed 10 year old. Never will I go or recommend this place to anybody.
      Peaceful
      Victoria_K, Sep 2022
      I loved atmosphere, felt I was on tropical island. Loved seeing the fishes swimming all about you I’m glad I went.
      1 traveler found this review helpful
      Nice experience
      Robert_M, Sep 2022
      Beautiful fish and great scenery. Wasn’t crowded, so got to enjoy each display. Very nice! Would definitely come back next time in Vegas.
      Great experience for the...
      Frankie_F, Sep 2022
      Great experience for the family. We really enjoyed the jelly fish and sharks. Clean environment and helpful staff.
      Everything was awesome to...
      Jasmine_T, Sep 2022
      Everything was awesome to see and it’s a great adventure for couples and families I recommended it to everyone
      An Amazing Experience!
      Autumn_J, Aug 2022
      It was absolutely amazing, you can spend as much time as you like it’s great for kids the fish Sharks turtles or mesmerizing just a beautiful Experience
      Down under
      Edward_T, Aug 2022
      The divers working in the tanks, awesome variety of sea creatures and the design of the facility wonderful experience….thank you see y’all next year😃
      Great experience!
      Joseph_R, Aug 2022
      This was a great experience, the kids really loved the petting area with the rays. Also the sharks were swimming directly above your head.
      We loved seeing sharks...
      Myndi_M, Aug 2022
      We loved seeing sharks we’ve never seen before. We were amazed on how big the saw tooth sharks were. We only caught a glimpse of the sea turtle but it was awesome.
      To small of a tour
      Adriana_S, Aug 2022
      How quickly it was over it was about a 10 min walk and then it was over. Was to short of a tour, then the prices at the gift shop are ridiculously expensive and that’s not talking about the photos.
      1 traveler found this review helpful
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      Product code: 5156SHARK