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Curacao Sea Aquarium

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Address: Bapor Kibra z/n, Willemstad, Curacao
Phone Number:
+599 9 461 6666
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Curaçao Sea Aquarium belongs to one of the most unique aquaria in the...

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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dolphins presentation is a must see

The highlights of sea aquarium are the fish and sharks you see from the anchored boat windows, the sea lions presentation and the amazing presentation of dolphins. The narrator is... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stayed an entire week and everything my spouse and I wanted to do (and the aquarium advertised for) the aquarium didn't have to offer! We wanted to do the substation but we told they were out for the month or so. The sea lion meet we were told it's a crucial month of heat for them so they aren't setting... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The highlights of sea aquarium are the fish and sharks you see from the anchored boat windows, the sea lions presentation and the amazing presentation of dolphins. The narrator is a funny entertainer and the dolphins and their trainers make wonderful moves! Don't miss it.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a nice beach area but a little crowded for my taste. It's about $20 to take a taxi one way from the cruise ship to the beach, and then another $3.50/pp for beach chairs. Nice part is the chairs are right there and there are bathrooms nearby. Lots a restaurants right there on the beach and shops if... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We ended up here after visiting Mambo beach and did not plan to attend the sea aquarium. It was very informative and the sea lions, daulphins and shark feeding. All great tours and the staff were very friendly and informative.

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L'Orignal, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

beautiful place all natural, Dolphins are swimming in the natural habitat and look very healthy and happy. staff are great and very qualified

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Different spieces on display. The most interesting is the sea lion and dolphin displays. Also you can feed different animals (sharks, flamingos) at set times. Informative place and a definite visit for families with children. The restaurant does not offer any real food, only beverages and sandwiches.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To get into the water and stand waist deep on a platform while the dolphin trainer gets the dolphin to perform was wonderful. Then each person was given the opportunity for 3 pictures taken by a professional photographer. (dolphin kissing cheek, holding hands etc) You have the option to purchase these photos for a reasonable price. There was also a... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Expected more, The great part of the Aquarium is the dolphin and seal shows. Besides that, there is not much to see. The fish exhibits are just large aquariums with fish that can be seen practically anywhere. Over-priced for what is offered.

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Manchester, Connecticut
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our trip to the aquarium - a good spot to get out of the sun but still not be completely indoors. We were there for most of the morning - there was plenty to do (swim with dolphins, etc) if you wanted to spend the day there.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a couple of hours at this small aquarium. We were able to see the sharks being fed and the dolphin show. It was the first time I've seen a flamingo up close!

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