Curacao Sea Aquarium

Curacao Sea Aquarium, Willemstad: Hours, Address, Curacao Sea Aquarium Reviews: 4/5

Curacao Sea Aquarium
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8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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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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txwanderer
Tyler, TX225 contributions
We took our family of 5 to this incredible aquarium and had a wonderful time! This Aquarium has so much to look at and do. the shows are included in the price and they are amazing! We saw a dolphin show that rivaled Sea Worlds and we would have had to pay 100's to get into that show. We loved this place. A must see when you are in Curacao.
Written July 25, 2021
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Rogel S
Palm - Eagle Beach3 contributions
If you haven't seen dolphins, sting rays, pink flamingos and sharks in captivity then this is your place to be. i do recommend that you also try the ocean lens, you will go down a ladder 17 feet below and will be on tube enclosure, you will have to lie down on the floor to see the different fishes swimming on their natural habitat, a pre-recorded voice over will be heard from the background guiding you on the fishes that you will be seeing.
Staffs on this place are very polite and knowledgeable, you will learn a lot of facts on how the above-mentioned creatures behave and live their lives. Our most memorable moment was getting a picture with the dolphin kissing our cheek. Don't leave without it.
Written March 12, 2022
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Waheed Ahmad
Nuenen, The Netherlands3 contributions
Family
Dolphin show was very good. Dolphin kiss was also very remarkable. Good facilities inside the premises.
Finding parking was horrible. There is a paid parking outside (5 Guilders) but it was duly booked and maneuvering inside the parking was a nightmare.
Written September 2, 2021
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Sabria M
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When buying the tickets for Sea Aquarium nothing was mentioned as to if everything were to go through as normal. When getting to the location it was said that there would not be a dolphin show as there were constructions going on further away and the dolphins were annoyed.
We brought tourists because they wanted to see dolphins. When bringing this up at the reception, the solution provided was a complementary ticket for another day. This had to be split for the group with whom we came as not everyone was able to switch to the same day. After having seen the other items we had left to come back on the other day.

When the first group came back the complimentary tickets all of a sudden were not available as we were faulted because we had left the park the other day. Apparently the last dolphin show did go through on the day we had originally visited. As the tourists wanted to see the dolphins we were forced to pay entrance one more time.

The second group didn't go back for the complimentary tickets as they did not want to pay entrance again.

In what world can a complimentary ticket be retracted? If you had wanted to retract the complimentary tickets because of this reason, you should have mentioned that to us before we left.

I will never again buy tickets in advance or even recommend the park. You were not even able to mention beforehand to us entering what was going on that day.
Written April 22, 2022
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Kenneth K
42 contributions
Couples
A place were serious study is done to enhance the quality of sealife is worthwhile. Especially the study to how the coral reef can be protected on one hand and on the other how the reef can grow, should be applauded. The Ocean Lens tour was very informative and we also learned an thing or 2 (for instance to use reef-friendly sun screen). Thanks for everything.
Written January 8, 2022
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Jason&Laureen
New York City, NY56 contributions
Loved being able to see all different sea creatures! Also seeing and swimming with dolphins is an option (the dolphins can easily swim out to the ocean but they always like to come back in this outside aquarium area/park. Great half day with family, kids, or significant other. Best time to avoid crowds would be as soon as they open in the am and expect to leave during or after lunchtime. Don’t miss any of their shows!
Written October 17, 2021
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Sarajoecat
Rogers, AR99 contributions
This a privately built aquarium fill with sea creatures native to the area with the exception of a couple of sea lions. The aquarium is well taken care and is pretty innovated in it's approach of it's care of their sea animals. It isn't huge but a good quality of sea life to view. You can feed a variety of the sea animal for a fee or swim and interact with the dolphin and rays for a fee.They have free educational demonstrations and shows. I was very impressed with the people who work and love on these sea creatures. It was very evident that it was to make the islanders and visitors aware of the special type of life that share the sea with us humans. Very dedicated helping rebuilt the coral reefs and keeping their island beautiful for generations to come.
Written February 24, 2020
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Frank S
Framingham, MA352 contributions
Couples
The aquarium was a bit on the small side and the entry price was a bit steep for such a small aquarium. But the tanks looked well-maintained, the fish looked healthy and it was nice to see that the aquarium is participating in a coral conservation program, so the money appears to be put to good use. Lots of good information in the aquarium (in Dutch and English) and we also saw a cool dolphin training show.
Written January 26, 2020
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419lorik
Okmulgee, OK76 contributions
Aquarium is very small. Be warned if you are doing a dolphin encounter with a young child that they charge you as well. We had paid for 3 children then when we got there had to pay for 3 adults. So instead of a 300$ experience it was 600$ and not worth it. Photographer was marginal and missed some money shots.
Written June 24, 2022
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Mike S
London, Ontario, Canada30 contributions
We walked here from Sunscape resort. Booked in and were offered an additional behind the scenes tour and a peek into the deep, view through the ocean lens which was worth the extra expense. After we watched the dolphin session we took the personal tour with our tour guide Stephanie. She was excellent, very knowledgeable and ininformative. She explained how they were getting away from captive sea turtles to rehabilitating injured sea turtles. How they were working with reasearch groups with underwater sealife. Stephanie took us to the sea lens peek into the deep and explained much about this feature and we even got to see the deep sea submergible pass by.
Written March 6, 2020
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