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Shark Cage Snorkel

Swim With Our Sharks
  • Every Saturday & Sunday 10 A.M. & 11:30 A.M.
  • Maximum 6 people per session
  • 1-hour experience (incl. briefing & prep time)
  • Places limited, book early!
  • Participants under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • All participants must be 1.3m or more. 
  • Strict wet suit sizing limitations apply (see important information tab below) 

Take the Plunge

Get closer than you ever imagined to these amazing predators of the deep!

Snorkelling with sharks at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium is an exhilarating experience and one of only a few experiences worldwide where you're guaranteed an underwater encounter with sharks.  


You'll not only come face-to-fin with School and Broadnose Sevengill Sharks, you'll also snorkel with other local Auckland marine life. Be submerged with massive stingrays (and we mean MASSIVE) and hundreds of amazing sea creatures with nothing but a cage between you!

Shark Cage Snorkel

The cage is submerged in our predator tank so you're guaranteed to have a close encounter of the shark kind, every time. Through the cage's clear perspex bottom you can marvel at sharks, stingrays, and other fish from New Zealand's coastal waters swimming below, or past the mesh walls of the cage - often only feet away. 

This snorkel experience is the easiest, safest, and most exciting way to meet the often feared predators of the deep!

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What's included?

  • Instructional training session and briefing from our experienced guides
  • All snorkelling equipment, wetsuit and bootie
  • An exhilarating 15-minutes snorkel with sharks, giant stingrays and more in the Shark Tunnel
  • A sneak peak of our back of house area
  • All day general admission to explore SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
  • A hot drink after the experience

Book Your Shark Cage Experience

This experience includes all day aquarium admission. Spaces are limited, pre-book now to secure your spaces!

If you have an open-dated ticket or voucher that you would like to book - please contact us via email at

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Annual Pass Member's Benefit

Did you know you can participate in this unique experience from just $99 for TWO people?

Become a Kelly Tarlton's Annual Pass member to take advantage of this huge discount.

Find out more about Kelly Tarlton's Annual Pass benefits.

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Criteria for Participation Summary

Please note this important information

  • If you are pregnant you will not be allowed to participate in this Shark Adventure.
  • Minimum height restriction is 1.3 metres. The tank is 3.3 metres deep. 
  • All persons aged 17 and under must have signed parental/legal guardian consent (guardian must be 18 years or older) and must be accompanied into the Shark Cage by an adult 18years or older.
  • Participants must follow the instructions given by the guide
  • All participants must complete and sign both the Kelly Tarlton's Animal Adventure Terms and Conditions which includes a Statement of Understanding and Assumption of Risk Agreement and the Medical Declaration. If applicable, a doctor's medical clearance must be displayed to the adventure guide.
  • If you are purchasing this experience as a gift you must make the recipient aware of the Terms and Conditions which includes a Statement of Understanding and Assumption of Risk Agreement and the Medical Declaration.

Full participation details and experience terms and conditions are available in the below documents:


The water inside the tank is between 16-20 degrees Celsius year round. So any time of the year is a great time!

The water temperature in the tank is between 16-20°C year round.

The booking time is the session start time.  We operate the Shark Cage Adventure at 10am and 11:30am on Saturdays and Sundays. You will need to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the session start time.

You should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your session start time to get ready for the experience.  We are usually very busy during school holidays, carpark might be full, we recommend that you plan ahead and allow plenty of time.

Swimming togs, a towel and a bag to carry your wet gear after your session.

Please also wear closed toes shoes as you will be walking around our back of house area.

No, however, you are welcome to bring your own underwater camera if you wish to film your experience.

Come through our Main Entrance and let our Admissions staff know your booking number. If you have a Gift Voucher or a third party voucher, please ensure to present it with a Shark Cage time slot booking number.

Yes, your Shark Cage Adventure ticket includes all day entry to the aquarium. You are welcome to stay for as long as you wish.

There's no age limit to participate, however, participant must be 1.3m or taller. 

All persons aged 17 and under must have signed parental/legal guardian consent (guardian must be 18 years or older) and must be accompanied into the Shark Cage by an adult (parent or guardian).

Our Shark Cage Adventure does not have a weight limit. Our largest spring suit is 4XL.

Yes, it is an underwater experience. Make sure to bring a towel with you to dry off!

  • This ticket is non-refundable.
  • Date changes are not permitted 3 days or less before the booked experience.
  • Date changes are possible 4 or more days before the booked experience subject to availability, with notice in writing to
  • Transfers to friends/family members possible as long as friend/family member meets participation criteria.

Spectators are welcomed. However, since all child (3-15yrs) must be supervised by an adult at all times, you will need to arrange an adult to be with your child if you are going to be in the Shark Cage.