Mermaid Magic Making a Splash

Dreams can come true every Tuesday at AQWA, where you have the chance to swim with a mermaid!

Mermaid Magic is an exciting, one of a kind adventure activity that is an extension of AQWA’s Snorkel Discovery program. Like in Snorkel Discovery, you’ll discover snorkelling and master the equipment, safety checks and basic skills.

Then, it’s time to test out your new tricks by swimming with a mermaid and schools of shimmering local fish in AQWA’s newest exhibit, Adventure Bay!

Mermaid Magic is available to good swimmers aged 8+ and no previous snorkelling experience is required. This Adventure activity is lead by a qualified Divemaster along with one of the Perth Mermaids (discover more about the Perth Mermaids here).


  • Full equipment hire
  • Snorkel instruction by one of AQWA’s PADI qualified Divemasters
  • Chance to swim with a mermaid! Discover basic mermaid swimming styles, like the mermaid kick and glide
  • Full program length 1 hour: At least 20 minutes in-water and up to 10 minutes of “free snorkelling time” with our Perth mermaid in Adventure Bay
  • Chance to have a chat and take a photo with a mermaid
  • Souvenir mermaid print, signed by your new mermaid friend!
  • Free entry to all of AQWA’s marine exhibits
  • *Please note participants will NOT wear a mermaid tail/mono-fin during this experience. Standard snorkel fins are used

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Adventure Bay Launch Party!

On Thursday January 12 AQWA is premiering three new snorkelling and diving activities with a fun launch party at our recently opened Adventure Bay!

AQWA visitors can enjoy tonnes of free entertainment from 10.30am-2.30pm, including performances from local favourites the Perth Mermaids and Captain Boots the pirate, plus face painting, balloon twisting, bubble blowing station, photo booth and more.

On the day we will also be randomly selecting visitors* from the crowd to try the new adventures for free. So make sure you bring your bathers!

The Mayor of Joondalup Troy Pickard will kick off the festivities with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11am. The in-water action will then begin with an underwater performance by the Perth Mermaids, followed by demonstrations of each of the new activities; Snorkel Discovery, Mermaid Magic and Treasure Hunter.

Snorkel Discovery is for ages 8+ and is perfect for those who want to snorkel in a safe and stunning environment.

Mermaid Magic is also a guided snorkelling experience for ages 8+. To add a touch of magic, the Perth Mermaids will make dreams come true and give little snorkelers the chance to swim with a mermaid!

For those who want to try SCUBA diving, there’s Treasure Hunter for ages 12+. This activity is an introduction to SCUBA diving for novices and also incorporates a fun underwater scavenger hunt.

Each of the new programs are designed to encourage people of all ages and abilities to jump in the water and discover snorkelling and diving. You don’t need to have any previous experience, you just have to be a competent swimmer.

For more information on the new Adventure programs,

Standard AQWA entry price applies. No additional costs to join in the festivities.

AQWA Opens New “Adventure Bay”

AQWA’s brand new exhibit and interaction zone “Adventure Bay” opens this Thursday, December 22!

Adventure Bay is an outdoor aquarium and activity hub, home to a toddler playground, amphitheatre, kiosk café and alfresco area overlooking the Hillarys Boat Harbour. The area has been redeveloped with value-adding interaction in mind and to take advantage of the sun-soaked seaside location.

The raised Adventure Bay aquarium will feature local marine life that will be introduced over the coming months, which can be viewed from a large front panel, a side portal and an overlooking platform.

AQWA General Manager John Lowe is thrilled with the design and functionality of the new area,
“There is nothing like this anywhere in Perth. This redeveloped area at AQWA is the perfect coastal setting for a wide range of activities,” he said.

Starting Boxing Day the aquarium will be the new playground for the Perth Mermaids, who will perform each day from Dec 26 – Jan 1, as well as each Monday until April for Mermaid Mondays. Their magical underwater shows delight children (and children at heart) and are included free with your AQWA entry.

Scuba Santa will also be plunging into Adventure Bay on Christmas Eve at 12noon. This event is a family favourite for Perth locals and is included in your AQWA entry, so bring the kids for an underwater present hunt with Santa and to check out the new aquarium.

Adventure Bay will soon play host to AQWA’s three new dive and snorkel Adventure programs and free children’s activities, as well as operate after hours as a unique function and event venue.

The Perth Mermaids this Summer at AQWA

Watch the Perth Mermaids performing an underwater spectacular in AQWA’s new Adventure Bay aquarium!

Visit for Mermaid Mondays every Monday until April for twice daily Meet & Greets and Underwater Performances, now at the new Adventure Bay activity hub and aquarium!

Meet & Greets are at 10.30am and 12.30pm followed by Underwater Performances at 11am and 1pm. 

OR catch one of the twice-daily surprise shows from Dec 26 – Jan 1.

The Perth Mermaids are a free event included with AQWA entry, no additional costs apply.

Summer Shark Sleepovers!

We have a magical surprise for our Shark Sleepover guests in January… You’ll be spending your morning with a mermaid!

As part of our Summer Shark Sleepovers, the Perth Mermaids are having a sleepover at AQWA too, which means you get to watch an exclusive performance and have a meet and greet with them when you wake up in the morning!

Click here for full Shark Sleepover details