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“Small oceanarium” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Oceanarium

Ranked #7 of 68 things to do in Bournemouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Oceanarium is the perfect all weather attraction - discover the mysterious beauty of our watery world in a spectacular underwater journey. From stunning sharks, curious rare green sea turtles and brightly coloured clownfish, to menacing piranhas, venomous lionfish and the weirdly wonderful octopus – they are all waiting to be discovered!Experience the world's first virtual Interactive Dive Cage and take a magnificent adventure without getting wet.... Then discover the interactive Global Meltdown to unveil the potential effects of climate change. Be enchanted by two very cute Oriental small clawed otters, watch them swim, splash, feed and play in their exotic, naturally themed oasis.Open daily from 10am. Closing times vary throughout the year – please check before visiting. Closed Christmas Day. Tickets valid all day with nine daily feeding presentations.Book tickets online to make great savings.
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Chilworth, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Small oceanarium”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

This one is a quite small oceanarium. Not bad if you are visiting Bournemouth and it rains outside. Allow yourself approximately 1 hour for a visit

Visited May 2012
Thank Peter7777Southampton
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London, United Kingdom
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“Coffee First”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

It was worth the visit, check for feeding times as it was interesting watching the fish feed and the keepers give a talk whilst feeding. Also have a coffee in the cafe first as this gets you a discount on the entrance fee.

Visited January 2013
3 Thank Irishmark2000
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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“Fishy adventure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

I visited the Oceanarium as I have something similar at home which I enjoy visiting.
They have a good selection of fish, sharks and also a couple of large turtles.
Another thing I enjoyed about the Oceanarium was the Otters they have at the time I visited they had youngsters too which were fun too watch.

Visited December 2012
Thank Loubylou2381
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Part of the sea.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

the brochure did not do this place justice. It was very well maintained with freindly staff. It was great to see the world beneath the waves. A journey of learning at a very reasonable cost.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Tramnet
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“Must visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

a fantastic experience to see the water animals so close and nicely built also a shop to buy some souvenir

Visited February 2012
Thank thalesh
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