Manly Sea Life Sanctuary - Review

We recently visited the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary with the little ones and enjoyed checking out the marine life on display and walking around Manly. It is a smaller aquarium compared to the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium but nonetheless it is a nice visit for the little ones. Make sure you checkout the guide provided at the entrance which gives you Show and Tell Times and Tips to enjoy your visit at the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary.


As we arrived, the Meet Our Penguins Talk in Penguin Cove was about to take place on the Upper Level. Although the small crowd filled the seats, there was still room to stand and look over and admire the Little Penguins colony and enjoying the feeding experience. We also experienced eels and sea horses being fed downstairs during our stay which was also fun.

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Little Miss was happy to look at the show for a few minutes but was to eager to explore downstairs, so we did quietly as most of the visitors were upstairs. Little Mister enjoyed staring at the penguins and fish from one of the nooks on our way downstairs


After our recent visit to the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, little Miss is addicted to Discovery Rockpools and once again was happy along with her little brother to explore and touch the shells and shark eggs, sea urchins and starfish on display. I must say this Discovery rockpool has the perfect view of the Manly harbour!

Next to the rockpool, there is a discovery sandpit as well as some small tanks to explore and at times the staff do face painting and do arts and crafts.


On the Entry Level, there are quite a few tanks where you can see starfish, sea horses, lobsters, jelly fish, eels as well as Nemo and Dory! My favourites being the cuttlefish and the lion fish!


On the Lower Level, you can loop around the Underwater Viewing Tunnels and see cuttle fish, sharks, turtles, giant sting rays, cray fish and more as well as divers experiencing a Shark Dive Xtreme session.


Last but not least, kids can enjoy a play in the NEW Shipwreck Shores Play Zone on their way outThere are lots of soft areas to crawl and climb around like spongy coral sticks as well as rope tunnels to explore.


Kids can take part in the Pirates Treasure Hunt during their stay, it's easy - use the map provided and just follow the clues provided throughout the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary. 


We enjoyed our visit at the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, it is an enjoyable aquarium among beautiful Manly. Don't forget to grab your swimwear for a swim afterwards!

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For more info about the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, head to their website.