Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, located only a short walk from the Manly Wharf, could be called a brother of the Sydney Sea Life Aquarium in Darling Harbour and those two sites are also often confused with each other.
The official name has been recently changed from Oceanworld Manly, which has been opened since 1965. The public aquarium undergone several reconstructions and renovations and multiple new attractions and inhabitants were added during the years.
Manly Sea Life Sanctuary:
is a large aquarium enabling visitors to encounter broad spectrum of marine life including sharks, sea turtles, little penguins, giant stingrays, seahorses, lionfish, octopuses and many other species.
The aquarium also encourages visitors to take an active part in animal conservation and protection and teaches them about their breed, rescue and protect program.
Among the most popular attractions belongs for instance the Penguin Cove which was opened in 2012. This is the sanctuary’s newest exhibit and serves as a home to a small colony of Little Penguins, who are there given a safe place to reproduce.
Another spectacular exhibit is the Shark Harbour, which is an aquarium featuring some dangerous sea life animals including sharks.
An extraordinary experience can be provided by the Shark Dive Xtreme (within the exhibit), which is an opportunity to dive in the aquarium and share the water with its impozant residents and also to swim along the scary looking, though harmless Grey Nurse Sharks.
The attraction requires booking in advance and undoubtedly belongs to the top things to do while visiting Sydney.
Apart from those attractions, the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary also offers the underwater viewing tunnel with stunning views, multiple interactive rock pools and wide range of entertainment and educational activities all discovering the sea creatures living within the Sydney Harbour area