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“Excellent” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef Aquarium
Towan Promenade, Newquay TR7 1DU, England
+44 1637 878134
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Ranked #22 of 55 things to do in Newquay
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: From the local Cornish coast to the dazzling beauty of the Tropical Reef, Newquay Blue Reef aquarium has an exciting world of underwater adventure waiting to be discovered. More than 40 innovative displays vividly bring to life the sights, sounds and smells of the sea, whilst regular feeding displays, rock-pool workshops and informative talks provide a fun and fascinating day out. Visitors can enjoy the closest of undersea encounters with amazing aquatic life including seahorses, giant octopus, pulsating Jellyfish and fierce Piranha. At the aquariums heart is a spectacular coral reef display housed within a 250,000 litre ocean tank - home to exotic tropical species like black tip reef sharks and Omiros the rescued loggerhead turtle. As well as hundreds of brightly-coloured reef fish and a huge Southern Stingray. Enjoy the sheer beauty of the display by taking a journey through its very own underwater tunnel, as well as through a number of viewing portholes, a floor to ceiling window and even enjoy close encounters from the surface - where Omiros often likes to pop up to say hello! Situated on Towan Promenade in the heart of Newquay, Blue Reef Aquarium not only offers a beach on its doorstep but also an amazing experience, whatever the weather!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stroller parking, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
High Halstow
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

We had a fantastic time at the aquarium. Although we have never been before, it was just breath taking some of the animals that they have there. We really enjoyed our visit!

Visited June 2012
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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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“FANTASTIC!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Can't recommend this enough, fulfilled a dream of mine to be close to a shark, staff are all very knowledgeable and passionate about the animals in their care. Encourage questions and offer information of initiatives that are in place world wide for protection of certain species!

This was just an amazing day out, can't stop talking about it!!!

Visited May 2013
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“Great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Great way to spend a morning. So many tanks, so many different types of marine life, all of them easily viewed.

Big tanks as well, so there were plenty of fish/creatures to see.

I liked the "nursery" area with the baby seahorses, really different. And the neon jellyfish. And the walkway under the big tank of sharks, etc.

Visited March 2013
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“The Crocodiles were a surprise...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Well, Caiman's actually, but that doesn't stand out as well. At the time of our visit they had two small Caiman's on loan from London Zoo. Stunning to watch up close.

Visited May 2013
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Truro, United Kingdom
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“Great aquarium, packs a lot in to a small site.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

This aquarium is smaller than some others I have visited but has everything we wanted to see. There are talks throughout the day and the best was the Giant Pacific Octopus which ate a live crab in front of us, a bit mean but really interesting! Other highlights were the Loggerhead Turtle and the sharks which you could go through a tunnel under the tank to see. We met a massive lobster close up as well at the rock pool talk. Would recommend a visit and you can use the ticket to leave and come back all day. The guys that work there know their stuff and were happy to stop and chat about the animals.

Visited July 2012
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