View, Dive, Feed & Experience

See more than 2,000 animals, including sharks, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha and a Komodo dragon. This unique exhibit gives you the chance to dive with a higher concentration of exotic sharks than you'd ever find in the wild. Become an Aquarist for a day and feed our stingrays, shark or turtle in our Animal Encounters program.

Date & Times

Shark Reef Aquarium: Daily 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Last Admission 5:00 PM

Contact

Information 702.632.4555

Admission and Ticketing

Reserve your entry time! To manage capacity limits and provide for physical distancing Shark Reef Aquarium has timed ticket entry. During peak times, the Aquarium may sell out of tickets, please reserve in advance for a preferred date and time. Entry time is good for the 30-minute window selected.

Shark Reef Aquarium & Undersea Explorer VR Experience

Adult: $29.00
Seniors (65+): $27.00
Children (ages 5 - 12): $24.00
Children (4 & under): Free

Nevada Resident Admission

Resident discounts are not available online and can be purchased at the Shark Reef Box Office.

Best Value Package

Upgrade available at the Shark Reef Box Office. Please upgrade your pre-purchase admission ticket at the Shark Reef Box Office prior to your entry time.

Includes: one admission to Shark Reef, one 6x9 photo and a souvenir gift.

Adult: $43.00
Child (ages 5 – 12): $37.00

Education

*Reservations dates to be determined.

Animal Encounter & Dive with Sharks

Special experiences have been temporarily suspended. Please check back for more information.

Annual Pass Holders

Active annual passes will be extended for the time of the closure. To visit the aquarium please call 702.692.1618 or email ticketoperations@mgmresorts.com to reserve your entry date and time. We may not be able to accommodate without a reservation.

Annual Pass

Adults: $50.00
Children (4-12): $30.00
Children (3 & under): Free

Annual Pass Benefits

Unlimited entry to Shark Reef Aquarium

10% off Shark Reef Gift Shop Merchandise

10% off Birthday Party Rentals

10% off Cashman Photo Enterprises

Access to the Dive with Sharks Guest Dive Program

 

Mission Statement

Shark Reef adheres to high standards of animal care, while providing an entertaining and educational experience, as well as contributing to education and research initiatives.

Conservation

Shark Reef Aquarium is committed natural resource conservation and has implemented many initiatives to reduce our impact including; converting exhibit lighting to LED, installing variable frequency drive motors on our pumps, recycling exhibit water, sorting trash to divert for recycling and buying sustainable seafood.

Education

Shark Reef offers a comprehensive educational program for organized school groups of all ages, offering daily one-hour tours, as well as classroom sessions. 

*Reservations dates to be determined.

Undersea Explorer VR Theater

Have you ever dreamed of swimming with a humpback whale in Tonga or diving next to a 15-foot tiger shark in the Bahamas? Now’s the time to make that dream a reality. . . virtually.

A 36-seat motion-platform VR theater is at the heart of the experience. Put on your headset, sit back in the motion seats and be immersed in a world of undersea adventure. 360º 3-D virtual reality technology transports you to the South Pacific where a marine biologist takes you on a live-action journey to the nurturing grounds of the humpback whales, where you swim side-by-side with mother humpbacks and their new-born calves. Or if excitement is on your agenda, dive with tiger sharks and great hammerheads in the turquoise waters of Tiger Beach in the Bahamas.

A fully-realized experience that can be enjoyed by the whole family, the Undersea Explorer VR Theater engages the guest from its very start with an immersive and entertaining pre-show area, where guest learn about sharks and whales. 

Take a selfie in the hyper-realistic shark cage, learn about the amazing anatomy of the humpback whale, track the movement real-time of sharks around the world and learn the secrets of the humpback whale songs, all as you prepare for your virtual adventure.

Included with Shark Reef Aquarium & Undersea Explorer package. VR films for ages 5 and older, younger children can enter the exhibit but must be accompanied by an adult. During VR experience children under 5 will need to rotate with a guardian or parent.

Dive with Sharks Program

*Special experiences have been temporarily suspended. Please check back for more information.

This unique exhibit gives you the chance to dive with a higher concentration of exotic sharks than you'd ever find in the wild. There are over 30 sharks; including Sand Tiger, Sandbar and White Tip Reef Sharks. 

Experience Overview:

  • Guided Tour of the Aquarium
  • Exhibit & Equipment Orientation with Dive Guide
  • Dive Experience with Dive Guide
  • Showers and Dressing
  • Total Experience Time: 3 to 4 hour

Includes:

  • Dive Experience
  • Video of Dive
  • Up to 4 admissions for diver's guests to Shark Reef Aquarium (Tour & Exhibit only) to view dive

Pricing

1 Diver: $650
2 Divers: $1,000 (must be booked together)

All divers must be dive certified and 18 years or older. This program is available to Mandalay Bay guests, M life Gold and above, and annual pass guests who are open water certified divers.

Cancellations:
A cancellation or date change must be requested more than 72 hours in advance. All confirmed dives will be subject to a cancellation or change fee of $75 per diver. Late cancellations (less than 72 hours) and no shows will not be refunded or rescheduled.

Animal Encounters

*Special experiences have been temporarily suspended. Please check back for more information.

Stingray Feed

Reach into our touch pool and feed our fabulous stingrays and ancient horseshoe crabs a smorgasbord of shrimp, krill, and fish. You'll enter Shark Reef Aquarium at 9:15 AM and enjoy the aquarium all by yourself with a private VIP tour before heading off to begin breakfast with the rays.

The hosted one hour program includes:

  • Special early entry into the aquarium before opening to the public
  • Guided tour through the exhibits with one of Shark Reef's resident experts
  • Exclusive opportunity to feed stingrays and horseshoe crabs with a Shark Reef Aquarist
  • Photos of the experience
  • Admission to Shark Reef Aquarium

4 maximum guests (ages 5 and over)

Minors must be accompanied by a paying adult (ages 18+).

Offered 9:15 AM daily.  Reservations required.

Pricing

Adult: $50 per person
Children: $40 per person

Annual Pass Holders:
Adult: $45 per person
Children (ages 5-12): $25 per perso

Shark Feed

Have you ever wondered how sharks eat? Are they ferocious eaters? Watch and decide for yourself during this interactive shark feed. Stand alongside Aquarists as they teach you about how the food is prepared, what kinds of food we use, how we feed them, and other myths and truths about shark behavior. Then grab a feeding tong and try your hand at serving lunch to our resident zebra sharks.

The hosted one hour program includes:

  • Admission to Shark Reef Aquarium
  • Participation in an intimate, interactive zebra shark feeding session (based on animal behavior) alongside Shark Reef Aquarists
  • Watch a feeding session of our large sharks and rays alongside Shark Reef Aquarists
  • Learn about shark conditioning
  • Photos of the experience

Want to learn more about the animals at Shark Reef? Add on a Guided Tour before your exclusive experience:

  • Guided tour through the exhibits with one of Shark Reef's resident experts
  • Exclusive tour through Shark Reef's Behind the Scenes areas

4 maximum guests (ages 13 and over)

Minors must be accompanied by a paying adult (ages 18+).

Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:15 PM Times are subject to change.

Pricing

Adult: $80 per person

Annual Pass Holders:
Adult: $70 per person

Guided Tour

$25 per group

Sea Turtle Feed

Our new sea turtle interactive feeding program offers you the opportunity to get up close and personal with the gentle giants of Neptune's Fury. This exclusive, personal interaction allows you to feed our 300 pound sea turtles and go above our 1.3 million gallon shipwreck to experience meal time at Shark Reef. You will also get to meet some of the other toothy residents of this exhibit.

The hosted 45 minute program includes:

  • Admission to Shark Reef Aquarium
  • Participation in an intimate, interactive sea turtle feeding session alongside Shark Reef Aquarists
  • Photos of the experience

Want to learn more about all of the animals at Shark Reef? Add on a Guided Tour before your exclusive experience:

  • Guided tour through the exhibits with one of Shark Reef's resident experts
  • Exclusive tour through Shark Reef's Behind the Scenes areas

4 maximum guests (ages 13 and over)

Minors must be accompanied by a paying adult (ages 18+).

Sunday - Friday at 12:45 PM Days and times are subject to change.

Pricing

Adult: $80 per person

Annual Pass Holders:
Adult: $70 per person

Guided Tour

$25 per group

Accreditation

 

Shark Reef Aquarium is the first and only facility in Nevada accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The AZA is dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science and recreation. The AZA accreditation ensures that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals.

Notices

Tour includes work areas where floors may be wet; wear shoes with nonskid soles—no flip-flops, dress shoes, or heels. For the safety of the animals, you will be asked to remove sunglasses, bracelets and other jewelry. Food, beverages, and video are not permitted. To access feed areas, participants must be able to navigate through foot baths and up to 5 stairs.

 

All tours leave on time, late arrivals will be joined with the group, no refunds or discounts for missing all or part of the tour. All tours are subject to change due to animal procedures or unforeseen circumstances. Cancellations must be received 48 hours in advance for a refund. No refunds for no shows or less then 48 hours notice. Management reserves all rights.

Behind The Scenes: Shark Reef

Underwater Proposal

How deep is your love? Make one of your most memorable days even more special with a private tour and a surprise proposal presented by one of our divers.

The hosted one hour program includes:

  • Guided tour through the exhibits with one of Shark Reef's resident experts
  • A diver will present a custom marriage proposal to your significant other
  • Photographer to capture this unique moment

2 guests minimum

Available daily. Dives are scheduled in the morning and afternoons.  Exhibits will vary.

Pricing:

$100 for two guests, additional guests at general admission rates.

To book this special moment, please call 702.632.4555, select option 6.

Venue Details

Property Map

Location

Mandalay Bay

Walking Directions

From Front Desk

Walk past guest elevators to the casino floor and follow the pathway along the left hand side. Go straight until you reach the cobblestone flooring and walk towards Mandalay Bay Convention area. Walk past Border Grill and the wedding chapel, Shark Reef Aquarium is located on your left.

From Parking Garage

Enter the doorways from the garage area and follow the cobblestone walkway towards Mandalay Bay Convention area. Walk past Border Grill and the wedding chapel, Shark Reef Aquarium is located on your left.

Hours of Operation

Mon - Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Phone Number

Information 702.632.4555

Age Requirements

All Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

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