Aquariums offer a fun and intriguing way for us to study and understand marine life. You can observe living things in their natural environment and marvel at how sea creatures sometimes work in harmony and at other times they become hunter and prey. You can see non-native species too! Rich in culture and nature, Istanbul has many great places for water lovers to enjoy.
1. Istanbul Aquarium
For aquariums, Istanbul Aquarium is the best option in the city. You’ll see many different sea creatures, including some of the rarest. Are you ready to journey through 17 underwater themes and a rainforest extending from the Black Sea to the Pacific Ocean?
Along this unique interactive experience, you’ll feed and touch fish. There’s even the opportunity to take a diving course where you’ll spend 30 minutes swimming with five thousand underwater creatures.
The themed areas include cultural, geographical, historical and architectural features, decorative elements, interactive games, films, and visual graphics with detailed information about the different areas. The sound and lighting systems for each themed area have been designed to complement the theme and immerse you in the underwater experience. Istanbul Aquarium is located in Aqua Florya Mall. Tickets are reasonably priced and you can save money by purchasing your ticket online before visiting.
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2. Sea Life Istanbul
One of the biggest ocean aquariums in the world, Sea Life boasts an 83-metre glass tunnel to put you truly among the beauty and awe of marine life. While stunning creatures such as Bowmouth and Bonnethead sharks swim above you, you’ll be able to use the interactive aquarium which allows you to feed and touch the fish. Sea Life is located in Forum Istanbul Mall. Tickets cost cheaper for a family but you can save if you buy online. Further information can be found here.
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3. Emaar Aquarium
More than just an aquarium, this brand new experience located in Emaar Mall has thematic sections and offers the chance to see other tropical animals such as snakes or spiders. It hosts more than 20,000 creatures in all and the thematic sections allow to choose which experience you want to live:
- Rocky Shores
- Main Tank and Tunnel Aquarium
- Jellyfish Gallery
- Rivers and Falls
- Penguin Island
- Crocodile Kingdom
Emaar Aquarium is located in Emaar Mall.
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