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.

Date & Times

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

Contact

Information 702.632.4555

Ticket Information

Timed-Entrance

Reserve your entry time! To manage capacity and allow visitors to plan their day, 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 one-hour window selected.

Anytime Tickets

Now offering Anytime Tickets – need flexibility, unsure of your plans? Book an Anytime Ticket, valid for your selected date of entry ANYTIME during aquarium hours. Limited quantities available. Last entry is 5 pm daily.

Admission and Ticketing

Reserve your entry time! To manage capacity limits and allow visitors to plan their day, 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 one-hour window selected.

Now offering Anytime Tickets – need flexibility, unsure of your plans? Book an Anytime Ticket, valid for the date of entry ANYTIME during aquarium hours.  Limited quantities available. Last entry is 5 pm daily.

Shark Reef Aquarium & Undersea Explorer VR Experience

Timed Entry Pricing:

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

Anytime Pricing:

Adult: $36.00
Seniors (65+): $34.00
Children (ages 5 - 12): $31.00
Children (4 & under): Free*

* Virtual Reality 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 parent or guardian in the party.

Nevada Resident Admission

NV Resident discount is $3.00 off Adult or Child Admissions and Combos. Discounted tickets are not available online and can be purchased at the Shark Reef Box Office with a government issued NV ID. Tickets are based upon availability and may sell out in advance.

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: $41.00
Child (ages 5 – 12): $36.00

Animal Encounter & Dive with Sharks

See program and booking information below.

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.

Animal Encounters

Stingray Feed

Reach into our touch pool and feed our fabulous stingrays and other inhabitants a smorgasbord of shrimp, krill, and fish.  You’ll enter Shark Reef Aquarium before opening at 9:15 am and enjoy the aquarium 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

4 maximum guests (ages 5 and over)

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

Offered 9:15 AM daily, excluding Wednesdays.  Reservations required.

Pricing

Adult: $65 per person
Children (ages 5-12): $50 per person

Annual Pass Holders:
Adult: $60 per person
Children (ages 5-12): $40 per person

Sea Turtle Feed

Our sea turtle interactive feeding program offers you the opportunity to get up close and personal with the gentle giants of Neptune’s Fury, the Shipwreck exhibit.  During this exclusive interaction, you will get 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 see 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 Educators and Animal Care staff

4 maximum guests (ages 13 and over)

Minors between ages 13-18 must be accompanied by a paying adult (ages 18+).

1:45 p.m. Monday - Saturday; reservations required

Pricing

Adult: $99 per person

Annual Pass Holders:
Adult: $89 per person

Want to learn more about all of the animals at Shark Reef? Book a guided tour through the aquarium. The cost for this optional experience is $50 for your entire group with an Animal Encounters experience. Reservations required.

Shark Feed

Have you ever wondered how sharks eat?  Are they ferocious eaters?  Watch and decide for yourself during this interactive shark feed.  Learn 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 45 minute program includes:

  • Admission to Shark Reef Aquarium
  • Participation in an intimate, interactive zebra shark feeding session alongside Shark Reef Educators and Animal Care staff (based on animal behavior and needs, feeding amounts may be limited)
  • Learn about shark conditioning
  • Watch a feeding session of our large sharks in the 1.3 million gallon exhibit

4 maximum guests (ages 13 and over)

Minors between ages 13-18 must be accompanied by a paying adult (ages 18+).

12:45 p.m.  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; reservations required

Pricing

Adult: $99 per person

Annual Pass Holders:
Adult: $89 per person

Want to learn more about all of the animals at Shark Reef? Book a guided tour through the aquarium. The cost for this optional experience is $50 for your entire group with an Animal Encounters experience. Reservations required.

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.

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, photography and video are not permitted.

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.

Cancellation or date changes must be made at least 48 hours in advance.  No shows and late cancellations will be subject to no refunds.

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

Monday - Friday: divers are scheduled in the morning and afternoon, exhibits will vary

Pricing:

$150 for two guests, additional guests at general admission rates.

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

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.

Behind The Scenes: Shark Reef

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

Box Office Hours

Daily 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Phone Number

Information 702.632.4555

Age Requirements

Children 12 & under must be accompanied by a paid adult. Children 4 and under are free and do not require a ticket, however for safety may not ride the virtual reality experience.

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