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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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Hours Today: 08:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Bapor Kibra z/n, Willemstad, Curacao
+599 9 461 6666
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Reviewed yesterday

the people who work here love what they do, and that makes a difference. It is not just in and out. but hours time well spend. and if you leave, you have gained an valuable experience. What stays with you for the rest of your...More

Thank Erik K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Too expensive for the offered activity. Everything else is a charge for the experience. I really felt bad for the fish in the various tanks. These tanks are filthy and need cleaning. I'm surprise for a marine park that supposedly housing biologist that they allow...More

Thank peter m
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Please be aware that my review will be in light of the fact that we live in Chattanooga, Tennessee, home of our own world class aquarium. Now, the Curacao Sea Aquarium is a nice aquarium with sea lion and dolphin exhibits that include training demonstration...More

Thank ArtPhemister
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a nice aquarium, especially the dolphin show. We also enjoyed the stingray and feeding them was a hit with the kids.

Thank Katzana
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent the better part of a day at the aquarium. They had several free tours and shows that were both fun and educational. The aquarium is right on the coast so the views are fantastic.

Thank Dean B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were fortunate to stay at Royal Resort neighbor to Aquarium. Staff at both places are awesome. The animals are easily viewed. There is much interaction with guests. The shows are both entertaining as well as informative. The most exciting thing was viewing the dolphins...More

Thank Jan R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited during our vacation. No children with us but we had a great time. The sea lion demonstration was fun and the dolphin demonstration was very enjoyable. We didn't do any of the extra activities. The staff was very informative. Beautiful views.

Thank YankeeGirlPSU
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a very nice place to go to but the whole thing is managed a bit like a cattle train: go there, wait there, there you go! Still, as it is interesting and educational, perhaps we should overlook the group management ways of doing....More

Thank jlok2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small aquarium, interesting sealife found locally. Gives kids something to do for a couple of hours, not very big

Thank MHD17
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our third time at the Sea Aquarium, and we were again, not disappointed. The shows are fun and educational. Our favorite is the Sea Lion Show, it's so funny... The dolphin show is also very nice. Be sure to check out the Lemon...More

Thank Jennefer P
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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.