Aquariums offer a way for us to study and understand marine life. At aquariums, one can observe fish in their natural environment. Rich in culture and nature, Istanbul has many great places for water lovers to enjoy. If you are looking for the best aquariums in Istanbul you are on the right page! Here we listed some of the Istanbul aquarium places for you.
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1. Istanbul Aquarium
For aquariums, Istanbul Aquarium is one of the best options 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.
And if you think of having an aquarium with beautiful light, this wide-view curved aquarium kit has 3 light modes and 5 levels of brightness. Thus, this aquarium decorate any interior regardless of the details.
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.
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
4. Viasea Aquarium
Viasea aquarium is Türkiye’s first and only aquarium with a theme of climate. It has 47 different themed exhibitions in which there are more than 12.000 sea creatures. It offers the longest tunnel in Istanbul with accompanying sea creatures such as sharks, nile crocodiles, turtles and many more.