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Diving with Sharks at Manly Oceanarium

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by Dora Bona (subscribe)
A freelance writer, and amateur photographer Dora also teaches creative writing classes. Check out her website at www.creativejuicy.com
Published March 7th 2011
Update September 15th 2018
This venue is permanently closed.

What could be more of an extreme adrenalin rush than having an encounter with a shark and living to tell the tale.

Well, you can actually get up close and personal with sharks, stingrays, giant turtles and all manner of strange looking marine creatures in a 5 million litre water tank. Shark Dive Xtreme at Oceanworld Manly is a must-do for those who want to face their fears.

You can choose an introductory dive to start with. You don't have to be a qualified diver to do this. Instructors will teach you the basics of scuba diving, or refresh any prior knowledge, before you take the plunge. You'll be briefed on the origins of sharks, their reproduction cycles and how to tell which ones are which.


You're first introduced to the sharks from a distance in a tunnel tour, and once the instructors feel you're comfortable with the equipment and being in the water, you'll enter the main shark tank for 30 minutes.

You're first introduced to the sharks from a distance in a tunnel tour, and once the instructors feel you're comfortable with the equipment and being in the water, you'll enter the main shark tank for 30 minutes.

If you choose the hair raising Shark Feed Dive, you'll be standing in an open cage while the divers hand feed the different species of sharks. For the first part of the dive though, you won't be in a cage. You'll be in the middle of an awesome stingray feeding frenzy.


Then, from the safety of your cage, only a few metres away, you'll watch the shark feeding.



The enormous oceanarium tank contains an endless number of creatures that are very keen to meet you with 4 different species of sharks including 7 adult and 1 juvenile Grey Nurse Shark, who was born at Oceanworld. There are 4 different species of stingrays including the huge queen mattress-sized smooth stingrays. The lumbering giant turtles will have you mesmerized, and you'll see the marine life of Sydney Harbour including snapper and mulloway any fisherman would be proud of.

If you have nerves of steel, then this is definitely for you.
Introductory Shark Dives cost $250
Shark Feed Xtreme is $350

Oceanworld Manly is only a 2 minute walk from Manly Ferry Wharf. To get to Manly via public transport, you can catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Wharf, or catch a bus going to Manly.
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Why? Because an adrenalin rush comes in all shapes and sizes
When: 7 days a week
Where: Manly Oceanworld, Manly
Cost: Not for the faint hearted
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Oceanworld Manly closed in January.
By brian - reader
Saturday, 15th of September @ 10:52 pm
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