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Experience the thrill of watching a shark swim past you during a scuba dive experience in Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary’s giant oceanarium. Your expert guide teaches scuba basics to prepare you and stays with you the entire time, providing a safe and amazing experience with some of the most misunderstood creatures of the sea. Swim with grey nurse sharks: large enough to be stunning, but entirely safe for nearby humans. You also watch stingrays, sea turtles and vibrantly colored fish glide around you in the tank during your 30-minute dive.


  • 2.5-hour Shark Diving Xtreme experience at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, near Sydney
  • Receive a comprehensive introductory scuba course from a professional instructor before your dive
  • Enjoy a 30-minute dive in the Shark Harbour tank
  • Choose between first-time dive or the certified shark dive option (if you already have scuba certification)
  • Includes all diving equipment, instruction, and changing rooms with hot showers

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What You Can Expect

Shark Diving Xtreme in Sydney

Shark Diving Xtreme in Sydney

Start your shark dive by making your way to Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary at the designated time,

After checking in, meet your expert diving guide and receive a safety briefing. Your guide provides all the necessary gear for your dive, and there are changing rooms with hot showers where you can get ready. Then, begin with an introductory dive course that teaches you all the skills you need for your shark dive. Learn about the grey nurse sharks and other animals in the aquarium before taking the plunge into the tank.

Expect the entire experience to last about 2.5 hours, including about 30 minutes in the shark tank waters. Observe the toothy yet non-aggressive grey nurse sharks in addition to three other shark species, plus stingrays, fish and green sea turtles that swim around you, a great way to see these amazing marine creatures in a safe environment.

You are guaranteed clear visibility and perfect conditions in the giant oceanarium, which holds more than one million gallons (four million liters) of water. Learn about the habits of the sharks and other fish and be amazed by sharing the waters with them.

Your guide ensures that you stay safe throughout your experience. Basic SCUBA training is provided so that you can delve into the underwater habitat of our deep sea-friends, with no experience necessary.

While you are diving, your family and friends can watch you from the acrylic tunnel that runs through Shark Harbour. Ask them to snap pictures of you — an incredible souvenir of your swim with the sharks.

After your Shark Dive Xtreme experience, enjoy seeing the rest of the exhibits at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary on your own, with general admission to the aquarium included in your Shark Dive package.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Breathtaking! My sister and I got there early, but don't arrive until 9AM. We are both certified, but they did a little refresher for the couple who was doing it with us. The water was freezing! Even with all the gear, rashguard, and shortie, and 6 mm. The animals are HUGE! Will recommend to everyone!

Angela M Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was extremely exciting and even if arrive a bit early then you can look at the Fairy Penguins, other marine life in small tanks. The big event at this place is the sharks and there is a tunnel for people to watch when you are diving. My son a novice diver enjoyed this event and the others who were nervous with us enjoyed it too. The certified divers taking you on the adventure are really great and knowledgeable as they are marine biologists who work with the sharks/turtles, etc.

Frederick M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

safe, fun, very nice staff, good training and preparation, highly recommended

Tera B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was without a doubt one of the best experiences of my life! I dove about two weeks ago with dive instructor Laurie, and everything was flawless! I felt completely educated, safe, and like a total daredevil, all at the same time. I would wholeheartedly recommend this experience to anyone with a sense of adventure!!! Worth every penny!

Ian R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Wow, what an experience

Deborah M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Unable to have this experience because of a medical condition. However, Viator gave us a full refund! The Sea Life Sanctuary is a great facility, so we still enjoyed viewing the sea animals. And the staff was great--friendly and lots of energy.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Manly was great. Thia was our first dive. They gave exvellent instruction, top quality equipment and safery came firat! The experience to be so close to many sharks, rays and turtlea was mind blowing! This is a MUST for anyone visiting Australia.

Debra D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Staff very friendly,and clearly cared about the animals. Son 19 doing the dive was confident in the water,and was the only one doing the dive at the early time. A lot of time spent underwater with the sharks extremely close. Much better than the Melbourne Aquarium.

Kathy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Staff great and a terrific experience all round

Cinda and Drew

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Super fun! Would highly recommend if you are even possibly thinking about it!

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