Vegas 24: Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

Have you ever been watching “Shark Week” and thought, “I’d give my left arm to swim with those powerful beasts.” Well, don’t say that too loudly, because at Shark Reef Aquarium inside Mandalay Bay, you can get up-close-and-personal with the ancient predators, no cable subscription needed.

Housing more than 2,000 animals including sharks, exotic fresh and saltwater fish, massive sea turtles and more, Shark Reef offers an aquatic experience of a lifetime. Fun fact about the Shark Reef Aquarium, when divers swim in the tanks, they wear stainless-steel mesh (think knight) attire. As hard as it is to believe, the metal helps the divers not look like food.

Think you can handle swimming with over 30 Sandtiger, Sandbar and White Tip Reef Sharks? Slide into your wet suit, because Shark Reef Aquarium allows certified divers to swim amongst these gorgeous creatures.

Don’t believe us? Check out the video below. Follow “Vegas 24” host, Roberto Raad (wait, he’s really scuba certified?!) and his date (wait, Roberto landed a date?!), as they explore Shark Reef Aquarium’s numerous exhibits. And if that’s not enough, Roberto suits-up and actually swims with the sharks! We know it’s “Shark Week,” but c’mon, Roberto! We haven’t felt safe in the water since ’75… thanks a lot, Steven Spielberg.

If all of this shark talk has you whipped into a frenzy, swing by to check out all of the great Las Vegas attractions or to learn more about things to do in Las Vegas.


It gets cold in Northern Nevada. Like, Leo in “The Revenant,” type of cold. Maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but after spending the majority of my life up north, I was ready to kick the crappy weather to the curb and start working on my year-round tan. Initially, my desire to move to Las Vegas solely revolved around the weather, and that’s it. Little did I know what this city truly had to offer. Where else can you pop into a grocery store at 3 a.m. and see a showgirl buying almond milk and kale, or hit the local dry cleaners to catch a Cirque performer dropping off their costume? This town is 24/7 excitement, and I haven’t even mentioned gettin’ down at the hottest nightclub or the questionable decisions you make at sketchy downtown dive bars. Adventure in abundance is why I love Vegas. And it’s usually available where you least expect it.