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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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“sea lion show” (69 reviews)
“nurse sharks” (46 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Bapor Kibra z/n, Willemstad, Curacao
+599 9 461 6666
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nice enough to pass the time but seemed expensive for what was there. Lots of people swimming with dolphins, they seemed to be having a great time and dolphins seemed well looked after. Very hot inside hard going for the little ones. Very close to...More

Thank Sarah J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We just love this aquarium. It's small but not crowded. The best part is you can touch and feed everything. Loved it!

Thank Paula S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We walked here from sunscape. The aquarium is nice but small. We did the animal encounter snorkeling. We snorkeled with fish and huge stingrays. We also got to feed the rays and sharks. Turtles wouldn't eat. Feeding the huge stingrays was great. You sit on...More

Thank Nikkir98
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The aquarium was average. I have definitely been to bigger & better aquariums but snorkeling with the rays & sharks was amazing. My guide was Benjamin, a really nice guy. There was a good assortment of interesting sea life in the lagoon like giant rays,...More

Thank obtampa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The overall impression seems to be a lack of funding. The animals were living side by side, and some of the sharks in the bassin had open wounds. This was not a pleasure to witness.More

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BryanHorne, Guest Relations at Curacao Sea Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear lucas2111, Thank you for your review and concerns. To address your concern regarding the open wounds... the fact is that the nurse sharks are incredibly healthy & now pregnant. But here is the answer to your question; There are not many absolutes in shark...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We booked our snorkel and feed the stingrays, sharks, and turtles trip though our cruise ship. The good: the place was large, and all encompassing, clean and safe. The equipment was safe, we would have used their dive equipment without hesitation if we had booked...More

Thank Courtney T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would strongly reccomend an afternoon visit to the Aquarium. They have sharks and really cater to kids and did I mention sharks.

Thank Greg F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent aquarium with informed staff. Shows were great and able to see everything in relatively short time frame by staying with the guide. Ask for Senior Discount if over 60.

Thank meddleman2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were staying at The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort next door. From our balcony we could watch almost everything - or so we thought LOL!. Once we walked over to the Aquarium - there was SO MUCH more to see and learn. This facility is...More

Thank Patty H
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

We visited the aquarium and it's a wonderful site to visit.. A standard set apart from the rest due to its connectivity to the ocean itself... There were rare species of fishes like the lion fish, eel n the Goliath fish.. The sea lion training...More

Thank 544judem
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Hello! I have a simple question which I cannot find the answer to. If we visit the Seaquarium, can we simply walk to Mambo Beach or is it not logistically possible? Also, what is the current taxi fare from punda to Seaquarium. Thank you!
21 May 2017|
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Response from Magline | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Mambo is in walking distance. Enjoy your stay.
How much is the cost of the taxi from cruise port to the aquarium? It's there a ferry avaliable? Thanks!
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.