There was a time in my life where I was doing too many adventurous activities. I was not scared of anything. Because of my daring and rebellious attitude, I booked the Shark Dive Xtreme at Manly Sealife. I did not think much! I think from that time on, I have grown a lot as a person and have understood sharks better.
Note: The Manly Sealife is unfortunately closed and the Shark Dive Xtreme tour is now conducted at SeaLife Sydney.
Where is SeaLife Sydney and how to get there?
SeaLife Sydney is one of the attractions that can be done in Darling Harbour.
- The aquarium is open from Thursday to Sunday between 10 AM and 4 PM.
- The closest train station is Town Hall train station.
- Up-to-date information can be found on the Transport for New South Wales (NSW) website.
Booking and Cost
The booking is very simple and can be done on the SeaLife Sydney website. One needs to go to the website, search for the attraction, select the date and make the payment. As I mentioned, I did this experience in Manly Sealife and the cost has changed. I think when I did it was somewhere around AUD 200 to 250.
The dive was divided into systematic steps.
- Step 1 – We filled in the paperwork,
- Step 2 – We were given instructions on the dive and were shown a DVD,
- Step 3 – We were provided with the diving gear,
- Step 4 – We practiced the breathing underwater in a pool and
- Step 5 – We were taken inside the aquarium.
The dive was from 6 PM to 8 PM. I reached well ahead of time. There were 3 people who were waiting as well. The entire process was smooth and safe (Trust me! It was totally safe). During the dive, the two instructors were always by our side, making us feel completely safe and comfortable in the aquarium.
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Once we were comfortable with breathing under water, we jumped into the aquarium through a passage connected between the pool and the aquarium. The aquarium had many small fishes, two big stingrays (as big as queen size bed), two huge marine turtles and four ‘3’ meters long grey nurse sharks. The grey nurse sharks have sharp pointy heads with a bulky body. They are quite docile and are not a threat to humans.
I personally felt the stingray was really very cute. And I think it probably thought I was its food 😀 as it brushed over me twice, once over my head and the second over my right arm. It was as soft as velvet, just so beautiful.
I was overwhelmed with the experience of being in the same tank as that of the sharks and stingrays. The Shark Xtreme Dive was definitely thrilling and mind-boggling at the same time. It was a mix of emotions, fear, excitement, and happiness.