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Come face-to-face with some of the world's most fascinating creatures at the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, North America's only predator-based aquarium and exhibit. This Las Vegas aquarium is home to 2,000 animals, including saw fish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, jellyfish, rare golden crocodiles and — sharks. Get close to more than 100 sharks, including 30 in the 1.3-million-gallon main tank, one of the largest in the US. Explore two underwater tunnels and experience Sea Monsters Revealed, the world's largest exhibit of uniquely preserved sea creatures. Also included is a new VR Experience, suitable for all ages!
  • Admission to Shark Reef Aquarium at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip
  • Admire more than 2,000 aquatic animals and reptiles
  • See rare and endangered animals including golden crocodiles, green sea turtles and black piranhas
  • Experience a diver's view by walking through two underwater tunnels
  • Includes the Undersea Explorer VR Experience
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Mandalay Bay , 3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA
This activity will end right where it started.
Visit the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip anytime during its normal operating hours to see 14 different exhibits devoted to dangerous aquatic predators. 

There are more than 100 sharks at Mandalay Bay — and 30 of them appear in the aquarium’s largest exhibit, the 1.3-million-gallon Shipwreck. Visitors can experience several species of sharks (Galapagos sharks, grey reef sharks and zebra sharks), plus endangered sea turtles, stingrays, sawfish and many other fish through a mesmerizing acrylic tunnel. 

Other exhibits include the popular Touchpool, featuring stingrays and horseshoe crabs in a 2,500-gallon, interactive saltwater exhibit. Also, look for the rare golden crocodile, Komodo dragon, cichlids (one of the largest families of fishes), Burmese pythons (one of the five largest species of snakes in the world), Amazon predators (home to the giant arapaima, arrowana, pacu and freshwater stingrays), plus a Caribbean reef teeming with parrotfish, pufferfish and other beautiful tropical fish.

There are also venomous fishes, moon jellies, piranhas, a giant Pacific octopus and much more.

You have the opportunity to virtually swim with sharks and whales in the Undersea Explorer VR Theater. This motion-platofrm theater with 360º 3-D virtual reality technology transports you to the oceans of the world to discover what's hidden beneath the surface. The immersive pre-theater area is a great way to learn more about these wonderful aquatic creatures. Suitable for all ages.
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Stop At:  
Casino at Mandalay Bay
Make your way to Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino to visit Shark Reef, an underwater odyssey in the heart of the desert.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Shark Reef Aquarium
Enter the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino to witness an incredible array of aquatic and reptilian life. Shark Reef contains more than 2,000 animals in 14 exhibits, which offer visitors the chance to escape the desert heat and immerse themselves in a marine oasis. See more than 30 sharks swimming in the 1.3 million-gallon (4.9 million-liter) main tank, one of the biggest in the US. Plus, observe a multitude of other sea life including pufferfish, green sawfish, piranhas, Moray eels and jellyfish. Check out the touch pool to feel horseshoe crabs and a variety of rays and walk through two underwater tunnels for a more intimate view of the sharks and other marine life. Also included is the Undersea Explorer VR Experience, After an immersive pre-show area, take your seat in the 36-seat motion-platform theater, don your headset and be transported to the ocean depths. You'll soon be swimming with a humpback whale, diving next to a 15-foot tiger shark and more!
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants aged 0-4 are free of charge and do not require a ticket
  • You may enter the attraction up to 59 minutes after the selected time on your ticket
  • 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.
  • If booked same day, tickets cannot be picked up less than 2 hours after placing order
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY MGM Resorts International
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What will I see at the Shark Reef?
    A:You will see more than 2,000 animals, including sharks, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, and a Komodo dragon. This exhibit gives you the chance to dive with a higher concentration of exotic sharks than you'd ever find in the wild.
    Aug 2021
    Q:
    Where in the Mandalay Bay is Shark Reef located?
    A:From the casino, take the walkway towards Mandalay Bay Convention area. Walk past Border Grill and the wedding chapel, Shark Reef Aquarium is located on your left.
    Aug 2021
    Q:
    What are the opening hours of the Shark Reef?
    A:The Shark Reef Aquarium is open daily from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM with the last admission at 5:00 PM.
    Aug 2021
    Q:
    Do I have to exchange my ticket upon arrival at Shark Reef?
    A:Yes, you will need to exchange your ticket for a direct entry ticket at the box office. Please allow two hours from placing your order for same-day tickets.
    Aug 2021
    Q:
    Can I bring my young child to see Shark Reef?
    A:Absolutely! Children 4 years old and under enter free with paid adult admission. Children 4 and under are free and do not require a ticket.
    Aug 2021
    Q:
    Is Shark Reef a guided experience?
    A:The tour of Shark Reef is not guided so that you may explore at your own pace.
    Aug 2021
    Q:
    Can I bring food/drink inside Shark Reef?
    A:Food and drink are not permitted inside the Aquarium.
    Aug 2021
    Q:
    How big is Shark Reef?
    A:The main tank is 1,300,000 US gallons (4,900,000 l), one of the largest in North America. The facility is 95,000 sq ft (8,800 m2), and displays numerous species of sharks, rays, fish, reptiles, and marine invertebrates.
    Aug 2021
    Q:
    How long should I expect to spend at Shark Reef?
    A:The experience typically takes 3-4 hours, depending on how much time you spend at each exhibit.
    Aug 2021
    Q:
    Is Shark Reef accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums?
    A:Yes. Shark Reef Aquarium is the first and only facility in Nevada accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The AZA accreditation ensures that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals.
    Aug 2021
    Q:
    What should I wear to the Shark Reef?
    A:Dress comfortably. The 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.
    Aug 2021
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    See all safety measures taken by Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

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    Traveler Tips


    • "Beautiful place to see se and know better about the sea world, the tour is just 1 hour but it worth it, kids are to mostly exiting!" See review
    • "Unpleasant, it was a very far walk for people with health issues,when asked for a wheelchair back to the entrance it was never received." See review
    • "Don't get me wrong the aquarium was over all awesome." See review

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    star-4
    Better deal from Viator.com than at door
    Erin_O
    , Jun 2022
    It's a good 30 minute walk through with lots to see and it moved well. I'm just really glad I paid your price instead of the $41 per adult at the door.
    star-5
    Will come back soon definitely.
    Maria_S
    , Jun 2022
    It was awesome to see them right there in real life same as the piranhas. Thanks for sharing all that with us.
    star-1
    Worse experience ever
    Johnny_D
    , Jun 2022
    Nothing just was not big like I thought it would be. For the price not worth it. So save your money and go eles where
    star-4
    Fun, informative and great time for the family!
    Rosalina_D
    , Jun 2022
    Shark reef was very informative and lots of different animals to see. Some hard to find while others you can touch. Virtual Reality was fun!
    star-5
    The experience was great...
    Edna_S
    , Jun 2022
    The experience was great found alot about the anatomy highly recommended very nice learned alot will come again
    star-4
    Great experience
    John_N
    , Jun 2022
    The tunnel was fantastic! To see sharks on top of and swimming underneath us was fantastic. It was educational as well.
    star-2
    I was very disappointed...
    Michael_P
    , Jun 2022
    I was very disappointed they said the tour would last an hour and 14 minutes . We walked through it in 20 minutes I have been to the same thing in Atlanta and Baltimore and those both were fantastic.
    star-5
    Awesome, but crowded.
    Rebecca_B
    , Jun 2022
    We loved our experience at the shark reef at Mandalay Bay. The reptiles and fish were awesome. The only negative thing was that there were so many people there. It was difficult to get up to the glass at some of the exhibits due to the amount of people. Overall, it was worth the time and money to go. We would totally recommend.
    star-1
    Disappointed
    Ricky_T
    , Jun 2022
    We got in late the night before and we missed our 10am schedule and couldn't reschedule. We were really excited about it
    star-5
    Sharks
    Teresa_F
    , Jun 2022
    This is a trip you can make as long or short as you want. We enjoyed it got some great photos of the sharks, felt a little sad for the stingrays as I felt there tank was a little small. Would definitely recommend.
    star-5
    Awesome
    Jessica_G
    , Jun 2022
    This was fun to kill time with. It only took about an hour to go thru the whole thing but it was nice
    star-5
    Kid friendly
    Neelima_S
    , Jun 2022
    My son had a whale of time of here. Fun watching the numerous sharks here. Have not those many in one place. It’s a nice aquarium in Mandalay Bay.
    star-5
    So much fun
    Theresa_I
    , Jun 2022
    My friend‘s grandson petting the ray’s How excited it was to see a nine-year-old was to actually see a shark for the first time when he saw the octopus it was even better we had a wonderful time
    star-4
    User friendly
    Kashyap_M
    , Jun 2022
    Easy to get the tickets very nice place . Happy to have an great and enjoyable vacation. My kids enjoyed a lot
    star-5
    A must see when in LV, especially with kids.
    Katherine_S
    , May 2022
    I did not expect to see the amazing underwater experience that I did at Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Shark exhibit. The variety of species was amazing, along with the tactle experience. Amazing
    star-4
    Very nice presentation
    David_H
    , May 2022
    All the different kind of ocean life up close and learning about them. The tunnel was a good viewing area
    star-2
    Did not care for this. ...
    Pam_B
    , May 2022
    Did not care for this. Too crowded and too many kids for me. Beautiful place but too many people. Nice hotel.
    star-5
    This was a great...
    Anson_K
    , May 2022
    This was a great experience!!! The VR Dive was most entertaining! Would definitely recommend this activity to anyone who is in Vegas!
    star-3
    Nice Aquarium
    Eric_W
    , May 2022
    It was a nice walkthrough. Honestly, you could do the entire aquarium in 20 minutes. I can see touring rge whole Mandalay Bay in 2-3 hours their facility is humongous.
    star-5
    Shark’s reef is a Must
    Tashonda_S
    , May 2022
    We LOVED LOVED, this is a Must. If I didn’t have to pay I would have went back. Some of the fish was soooo big, me and hubby went but it also great for kiddos

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