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Curacao Sea Aquarium

#21 of 109 things to do in Willemstad Features Animals
Bapor Kibra z/n, Willemstad, Curacao
+599 9 461 6666
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Snorkel with Stingrays and Feed the Sharks at Curacao Sea Aquarium
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The Curaçao Sea Aquarium belongs to one of the most unique aquaria in the world. The reason being that, from the very beginning of the aquarium in 1984, the Sea Aquarium managed to create natural habitats for all its marine creatures without using sophisticated technical equipment. Due to an open-watersystem all the aquaria are in immediate contact with the open sea. It is this advanced pump system that continuously pumps fresh seawater directly in all the aquaria. Openings in the roof allow natural sunlight to fall directly on the aquaria, so there is no need to use artificial light sources. The combination of the open-watersystem and the natural sunlight create the natural circumstances that are needed to replicate the underwater world outside the aquarium. Everything in the aquaria, from the fish and corals to the sand on the bottom of the exhibition tanks, originates from the seas surrounding the island of Curaçao. Nothing in the displays is artificial, everything is 100% real. The same conditions apply to the lagoons in which the dolphins, sealions, sharks, rays and turtles are kept. The only thing that separates these lagoons from the open ocean are breakwaters built out of big rock boulders and an occasional fence, allowing fresh seawater to freely flow through all the lagoons. The Curaçao Sea Aquarium operates according to the principle that all animals need to be kept in circumstances that as much as possible mimic their natural living conditions. This goal is accomplished by employing all the available natural sources and resources surrounding the aquarium.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Bapor Kibra z/n, Willemstad, Curacao
+599 9 461 6666
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a wonderfull place to go with family. And a lot of activities you can do as well. We could touch a shark skin, feed the flamingo and also took picture with dolphin for a reasonable price

Thank Richeline K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On my vacation in Curaçao we went to see the dolphins at the sea aquarium. Great experience!!! I can not stress this enough. We saw the dolphin training show and we went to get a kiss from the dolphins. Of course they have other interesting...More

Thank Robere P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good experience and food is fine and not pricey for the day. Souvenir shop with variety. Some facilities showed a little lack of attention.

Thank basscrow72
Reviewed 1 week ago

Next to other things to do, you can have he expierince to feed sharks and other fishes. Good fotos from the underwater fotographer.

Thank lilianevankan
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great time, small aquarium though however quite interesting, lots of cool spots to hang around and the staff were quite knowledgeable and helpful.

Thank Rnmfg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went here with my teenage son and it was incredible. We did the animal encounter and we were the only ones there so we had the whole lagoon to ourselves and the staff member Ben and the photographer. It so so cool to be...More

Thank daniells78
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I so want to rate this 5, but had to go with 3. Would I go again? NOPE. Very small and kind of boring. It was $3.00 (USD) to park, the $21 (USD) per person to get in ($11 for kids under 12). We were...More

1  Thank Matt L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very nice place to visit. The Dolphins are great. Nice show and even in the open sea. Sharks, tropical fish, ray. Everything that you can see while snorkling, is there. But this time with signs and explanations. Buy a week or two week pass...More

Thank MaartenO
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Initially disappointed to see how small the whole aquarium is. About half the area for the dolphin basins, for the very expensive additional dolphin encounter business. However, they have almost non-stop free activities, such as feeding and dolphin shows. All with lots of free interaction,...More

Thank DutchCarioca
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I went because he loves Sharks. However, it was not what we expected a lot of families were there for the Dolphin Academy and to swim with the Dolphins. A nice small display of reef life. The SeaLion show was the best!

Thank Collie M
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22 May 2017|
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Response from Magline | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Mambo is in walking distance. Enjoy your stay.
26 November 2016|
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Response from BryanHorne | Property representative |
Taxi's will vary in price also local buses are available too. Regarding a ferry service, check with Pelican Express. Please check with the Cruise Tour Desk as they can arrange transportation.