Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

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Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Las Vegas Reviews

WalterC WalterC
389 reviews
Nice aquarium on the Strip May 04, 2017
Located in Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is a public aquarium inside the casino itself. It is quite a walk to get to it, if coming from the tram, as you have to walk through the casino floor, basically going from one end to another.

There are 2 different parts to this place, with the first one being the aquarium itself. This is the self-guided walkthrough, first taking you through the ruins of a temple, where you see the golden crocodile and piranhas. Then going “inside” the temple itself, with the stingray pool, where you can touch them. Plus jellyfish and a few other marine life. And finally, inside a shipwreck, where you can see a variety of sharks. And you do go through a couple underwater tunnels, which are nice to do.

The second part is Polar Journey, which is included in the admission. Located separately from the aquarium, this part is basically an interactive exhibition. Basically playing around with touch screens and even a simulation ride. While this may be fun for the kids, I honestly thought it was not worth my time. Very short, and it did not really appeal to me.

The cost of admission is $25 (as of this review), and can see the price has increased pretty fast over the years. And it can be done in less than an hour. So I do think admission is overpriced. Otherwise, I do think it is a nice aquarium, with a good collection, with very good exhibits.

If time permits, I definitely think this place is worth a look. I would give this place 4 stars out 5.
aquarium entrance
golden crocodile
replica of temple
Komodo dragon
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WalterC says:
Yeah, it is. As it seems to be with almost all attractions.
Posted on: May 28, 2017
Zagnut66 says:
It would be mighty expensive for a family to visit. Too bad.
Posted on: May 27, 2017
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acgemt acgemt
17 reviews
Great Time at the Shark Reef Apr 27, 2009
The Shark Reef and Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is an excellent showcase for adults and children of all ages. The viewing costs about 17 dollars for adults and is discounted for children; the price seems pretty reasonable in comparison to other shows and exhibits in Las Vegas. There is a large variety of fish, sharks, jellyfish, stingrays, etc; one of my favorite parts of the aquarium was that the attendants let you touch the sting rays (one finger only - but its still neat). There is also a tunnel you walk through which goes through the aquarium so you can view the fish from all angles. Upon entering the aquarium, one of the attendants will take your photograph which is available for purchase upon completion.
tiffybear24 tiffybea…
5 reviews
Jan 13, 2008
The cost for adults is $15 USD, which I felt was worth it. The shark reef is an aquarium which initially has a jungle feel to it, then turns into an underground shipwreck experience. The animals are separated in different tanks and exhibits, and you are allowed to spend as much time as you'd like at each. At the main entrance, you are given a handheld device where you can enter the number next to each exhibit and you are given information about the animals in front of you.

The types of wildlife there are varied and interesting. They have crocodiles, jellyfish, sharks, MANY types of fish, sea turtles, and stingrays (just to name a few). They have a petting pool of stingrays so you can touch them and an underwater tunnel where sharks and fish can swim all around you. At the shipwreck area, it feels as though you are underwater at a mock shipwreck, surrounded by a tank of sharks, fish, turtles, etc. There are even glass areas on the floor to view animals swimming underneath you.

It is a self-guided tour, although for more money you can try an educational behind the scenes tour with one of their professionals. My friend and I did the self-guided tour and spent just over an hour going through. I found it educational, interesting, and I highly recommend the experience.
sugarhigh321 sugarhig…
11 reviews
Jun 22, 2007
We spent a long time in the Shark Reef. If you are interested in undersea creatures at all you will love this place. They had so many different types of fish to look at and they had sharks everywhere! We saw jellyfish which were our favorite, eels and sting rays (which we got to touch!!)

You can walk through these amazing glass tunnels where the fish and sharks are swimming all around you and you could just sit in there forever watching them.

The only bad thing was since the lighting was so low in there and with all the glass tanks it was hard to get a good picture of the animals, but cameras were allowed which is a plus!

I would definately love to go back to this, and for $15.95 per person we can afford to go back!!
Sting rays
hannajax hannajax
63 reviews
Oct 31, 2005
For $16 dollars, walk into a world of sunken temples and pirate ships inside the Mandalay.

The creators of this awesome aquarium got it right when they created the humid and tropical climate of the jungles of the Amazon. Upon one's first steps into the exhibit, one is enveloped in a humid warmth, and the sound of jungle life fools the senses. Here a unique assortment of species such as the rare golden alligator, the water monitor, and the arapaima gigas (fish that can grow to 14ft) can be viewed through glass displays. Often, one can virtually be right next to them and see them up close, through the glass.

Once you have passed the tank of ravenous piranhas, the aquarium's glass walls rise at least 15 feet, and within its enclosures one can see a wowing display of ocean life. Tropical fish such as large, friendly-looking puffers, angel fish, multi-colored tang, and graceful sting-rays provide an entertaining display.

The second room in the aquarium is my favorite, as there is a touch pool where people can get up close and personal with some of the marine life. Tiny rays, sharks, and horse shoe crabs move about in the shallow pool, and you can reach into the water and "pet" them. In addition, I love to watch the jellyfish floating about in an etheral lavender light, looking almost like silk blown about by breezes.

The final room of the habitat is the Shark Reef. a unique aquarium that makes the visitor feel as though they are deep sea diving, and have come upon a shipwreck with sunken treasure aboard. One is surrounded by glass, and a plethora of underwater sea life. Nurse sharks, sand sharks, large rays and seat turtles, residing in a world of sand and coral, float around and above you. In the glass tunnel, one can get an incredible up-close view of the sharks.
friendly puffer fish
jenn79 says:
You always have the most gorgeous pictures!
Posted on: Jul 30, 2007
vances says:
Your review made me feel better about our recent visit. Shark Reef was done fabulously, but I came away with the impression that the entrance fee was a bit steep...largely because it was so much more petite than aquariums charging similar admission.

Readily agreee that the jellyfish display was phenomenal --- I have not seen anyone present these creatures so beautifully. However, we've been to other venues with shark tunnels, and these had so much more (Newport Aquarium across the Ohio River from Cincinnati immediately jumps to mind). Not only do these places have much larger exhibits, you can usually attend a command performance (like the dolphin show at the New England Aquarium in Boston) for no extra charge.

The best ever touch tank we experienced was Aquarium on the Bay in SF...which included tiger sharks and rays which actually buoyed themselves above the water line to look at us (the attendant said they were 'curious').

But these notions should be are right on that Shark Reef is splendid, and I'll try not to be penny wise and pound foolish going forward! ...thank you.
Posted on: Jul 03, 2006

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