Are you fed up with your regular travel holiday destinations? No trekking big mountains, no beaches, no museums, looking for some change ?? Then how about planning a trip where you have dinner with whales, sharks, manta rays, meet dolphins and octopus, amuse by watching many colourful marine animals and blue water? Yes, you get right, we are talking about paying a visit to the largest and beautiful aquariums worldwide which are famous. And if you’re aquaphile then surely we can help you out on your trip.
All our readers, yes this post is dedicated to marine lovers and those parents who are are looking for some refreshing spots to take their kids out.
Listing some of the most popular aquariums in the world which you must visit with your family and friends.
Chimelong Ocean Kingdom
Entry fee per adult: 350 CNY
Chimelong Ocean Kingdom aquarium is located inside the huge Chimelong International Ocean Resort which is a theme park in Hengqin, China. It is considered the largest and best aquarium in the world. It features an abundance of aquatic species like manta rays, corals, and sharks.
There is an enormous 63m blue whale shark statue on its tower making it a remarkable sight for travellers. It is also popular for holding the Guinness world records for having the world’s biggest underwater viewing dome and the world’s largest aquarium tank. The honour for the largest tank in the world was given to this aquarium since the massive amount of 22.7 million litres solely consists of the main tank. You can reach this beautiful aquarium from Macau by taking a bus or taxi in or from Hong Kong.
Entry fee: $32.95 for adults, $28.95 for children and $30.95 for seniors
Located in Atlanta, USA, Georgia Aquarium is another largest aquarium in the western part of the world-renowned in the world for housing more than 100,000 sea creatures. This aquarium was opened in 2005. The Georgia Aquarium is the only institution outside of Asia to house whale sharks. The sharks are housed in a colossal 24 million litres tank in the Ocean Voyager show.
The Aquarium’s prominent exhibits include beluga whales, bottlenose dolphins, and manta rays, in addition to the last two. Five galleries are featuring the animals: Tropical Diver, Ocean Voyager, Cold Water Quest, River Scout, and Dolphin Stories. A particular atmosphere corresponds to each gallery. So just take out time and head to this beautiful aquarium.
Entry fee per adult: 34 SGD
The South-East Asia Aquarium, located on Sentosa Island, Singapore, holds the largest array of manta rays in the world, including the rare giant oceanic manta ray in conservation. It was the largest aquarium in the world until 2014 when it was overtaken by the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom.
The aquarium, consisting of 49 different ecosystems, takes visitors on an underwater trip from South East Asia and proceeds across the Arabian Gulf and the Open Ocean. The major highlight of the Aquarium is the Open Ocean pool, which holds 50,000 species. The ecosystem of the Shark Seas is home to over two hundred of these predators, including endangered species such as the scalloped hammerhead shark and the violent silvertip shark
Dubai Mall Aquarium
Entry fee per adult: AED 145
The Dubai Mall is one of the world’s largest shopping malls in the world and the eye-catcher of the mall is the gigantic aquarium tank, with the capacity to hold 2,64 million gallons of water. There are over 33,000 live species in the aquarium, including over 400 sharks and rays combined. It officially won the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Acrylic Panel” in the world.
Another highlight is that it has the largest sand tiger shark array. It is also renowned for its 48-metre tunnel, which allows visitors to watch the museum’s divers feed sharks and rays all day long. The aquarium provides a 30-minute tour of the museum’s back-of-house facilities for a closer experience, where you can feed shark babies and learn about the shark breeding program of the centre.
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Entry fee: 1,880 yen for adults and 1,250 yen for high school students
The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is located within the Ocean Expo Park in Japan and was opened in 2002. The main tank of the aquarium, called the Kuroshio Sea, holds 7,5 million litres of water and features an acrylic glass panel measuring 8.2 by 22.5 m and it has a thickness of 60 cm the largest such panel in the world when the aquarium was opened.
Whale sharks and manta rays are kept alongside many other fish species in the Kuroshio Sea.
Entry fee per adult: 31.30 €
L’Oceanografic is the largest aquarium tank in Europe. is a marine complex where different marine habitats are represented. Located in the city of Valencia, Spain and its integrated inside a complex known as the City of Arts and Sciences and designed by Felix Candela in the shape of a water lily. It houses more than 45,000 individual creatures from more than 500 species.
They populate nine underwater towers, structured on two levels that represent several marine ecosystems. A 35-meter underwater tunnel joins two underwater towers and its tank is filled with sharks, rays and 7 million litres of water. You can marvel at sea lions, sawfish, penguins, walruses and many more. You can also Wander through the world’s aquatic ecosystems.
Entry fee per adult: 55 Turkish Liras
Turkuazoo is the first giant aquarium in Turkey to feature a rainforest, flooded forest and tropical seas. The aquarium is situated within the Forum Istanbul Shopping Mall and has an underwater tunnel that is 80 meters long.
Opened in 2009, this aquarium houses 10,000 sea creatures in 29 separate exhibits, including tiger sharks, giant stingrays and piranhas, with the largest containing 5 million litres of water.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Entry fee per adult: 49.95 USD
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located on the Cannery Row site of a former sardine cannery in Monterey, California. Among the various exhibits in the aquarium are two giant tanks. The core of the Ocean’s Edge Wing is 10m high and has a 1.3 million litre tank for viewing California’s coastal ocean animals.
The other tank is in the outer bay wing, which has one of the largest single-paned windows in the world. Stingrays, jellyfish, sea otters, and several other native marine animals are included in the exhibit, which can be seen above and below the waterline.
Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
Entry fee: 160 Yuan for adults, 110 Yuan for children
The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in Asia. It is composed of 9 exhibition zones all over the world, including the China Zone, the Antarctic Zone and the Australia Zone.
The China Zone is home to several endangered Chinese aquatic species, including rare and precious species from the Yangtze River. The biggest attraction of the aquarium is the underwater tunnel. At 155m it is the longest underwater tunnel in the world.
uShaka Marine World
Entry to this marine world is free.
The Underwater World of uShaka is a theme park situated in Durban, South Africa. It is home to the largest aquarium in Africa, with 32 tanks. The sea creatures found in the aquarium vary from tiny sea horses to sharks and dolphins all the way through. The Aquarium is designed to look like an old ruin and includes a variety of restaurants and cafés.
The most popular of these restaurants is the “The Cargo Hold” restaurant, which features a full-sized aquarium featuring a variety of sharks visible from most of the dining room. So how about taking your bae there for a romantic dinner.
Aquarium of Western Australia
Entry fee per adult: $30 Child 4-15 years: $18
The Aquarium of Western Australia, or AQWA in short, is situated in a coastal suburb of Perth and includes Australia’s largest aquarium tank. The main tank of the aquarium is 40m long, 20m wide and holds 793,000 gallons of seawater. It requires an underwater tunnel of 98m. Snorkelers and divers can get even closer to the fish, sharks, and rays for a fee by joining the divemaster of the aquarium in exploring the main tank.
So I think we have covered many aquariums and still there are few left out. But all these are quite special in their ways and definitely worth your visit. If you have kids then take them here and observe the magical marine life.