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“It's quite boring!”
Review of Grand Aquarium

Grand Aquarium
Ranked #8 of 63 things to do in Saint-Malo
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Ready to explore! Discover the seabed and meet the 10,000 fishes of the Saint-Malo Aquarium. From cold abyssal seas to warm waters of the tropics, over 600 species of all shapes and colours are waiting to delight and amaze both young and old. Discover the 360° ring of the seas, sharks to make your head spin ; the touch pool, to enjoy a unique sensory experience ; and get on board the ‘Nautibus’ submarine and immerse yourself in the fabulous decor of a natural marine world and navigate among 5,000 fishes. Dive head first into a deep sea exploration on board the Abyssal Descender, a true-to-life simulator and a unique worldwide new attraction. Discover deep abyssal fauna and flora, meet amazing sea creatures and enjoy the show. 2015, the tide of the century! Did you know that the bay of Saint-Malo is home to the highest tides in Europe? Enjoy a spectacular exhibition that will leave young and old wide-eyed with wonder.
Reviewed October 17, 2013

After visiting 4-5 aquariums in Europe we tried also the one in Saint Malo. We was quite deceived about it: not very big, not special animals but it was quite crowded. The Nautibus (the "submarine") is really basic (however it is "do-able" by claustrophobic persons), and the touch-basin attraction is not interesting at all: the little animals are in the middle and you can't really touch them.
My advice: if you never saw an aquarium before or if you are wit a 3-5 year old children go to see it, else keep your money!

2  Thank Alexandru S
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Aline G, Responsable commercial at Grand Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2013

Hello Alex,
Thank for your opinion and sorry if you don't really appreciate our aquarium.
If you want to compare our aquarium, you have to knom that we have 8 rooms of tanks, 600 species and about 10 000 individuals submarines. We can't be compare with biggest aquariums. You are completely right, our sub marine Nautibus is not recommended for claustrophobic people and not accesible for people with motor disabilities.

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Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

We saw the sign at the port for the aquarium and looked at the map and thought, that's not too far!! How wrong were we, took us 1.5h to walk.
The aquarium was positioned in a retail park type area, this had a good few eating aces and a lovely smelling bakers too.
When we entered the aquarium we went to see what food they had to offer and decided that the food in the area was much better than inside the aquarium.
The cost was 16€ each per adult. Thought this was a bit steep. If you were a family with grandparents this could really cost you.
When we went up to the aquarium there was lots of things to see, lots of different fish of all sizes. There were lots of different sizes of tanks and different heights so young and old can see the fish/turtles/eels etc
After we had wondered around we then went on to the submarines
I can see why the cost of the attraction is high. The submarine ride was fun. We saw lots of fish and it really felt like I was deep underwater.
Saint malo doesn't really have lots for children so coming here would be really good fun

3  Thank Jill M
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Excellent with good value for money gives great experience, Well presented, well organised. Ideal for children & far better than London Aquarium. Good educational experience.

Thank norman s
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Decided to visit while in St Malo for the day en route elsewhere. This attraction sells itself by advertising the submarine experience so we were very excited about our 2 year old daughter's impression of this, knowing how much she has always loved seeing fish swimming in an aquarium. Maybe we chose the wrong time and day to go - Saturday afternoon in mid-August is always likely to be busy. We had to queue to get in (but only 2/3 kiosks were open and it did seem to take an age to process each family entering). Once in, it was really busy and we often had to queue to get a glimpse of each tank, feeling that we then had to move on quickly to allow others to do the same. There is a lovely 360 degree tank, though, viewed from a platform within, that we found impressive, especially with the turtle and shark inside, and that seemed less squashed than some of the other areas. Outside, there was a hands-on area. Lovely, really, although it did not seem to be controlled in any way by a member of staff as I would expect someone on hand keeping an eye on things(not that I saw anyone mistreating the rays/starfish etc.) There was only water to wash hands after touching these creatures - no soap and no antibac, so take your own if you have youngsters prone to thumb-sucking and generally putting their hands in their mouths. The greatest disappointment for us came with the promised grand finale of a ride in a submarine - the bit everyone else on tripadvisor says is the best bit. The queue stretched back a long way so I went to the front to ask how long people had been queuing and was told they'd been there for an hour! Waiting in a queue for that long with a 2 year old simply is not an option, especially with other places to travel on to and a clockwork desire for dinner time!! We had to give up and leave (fortunately the two year old hadn't really cottoned on to what it was going to be and the disappointment of a more knowledgeable 4 year old was avoided). As we were leaving, I complained to a member of staff and was told "It happens" and that it was a "technical problem" but was given no apology, even when I pointed out that if that is the case, we could have been informed of this at entry. I also suggested timed ticketing for this part of the attraction, but was met with a chilled response. It was expensive to go in, irritating to have professional photographers wanting to photograph you and being excluded from areas because they were taking photos there, and our main goal was unachieved.

So, if you want to visit St Malo's aquarium, my advice to you would be:
1. Go on a week day and, if possible, not a holiday.
2. Do the submarine trip first, then go back and see the other exhibits.
3. Take hand gel for when you have finished handling the creatures in the touching zone.
4. Be prepared to pay quite a bit for entry - buy tickets in advance if you can.

Hope this helps!

5  Thank ncutts
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

This is listed as a MUST see attraction. I took my wife, daughter and 6 year old granddaughter to see what was on offer. Firstly it is not cheap and for 3 adults and 1 child circa €50 is a bit on the high side.
It is very suitable for young children who may not have seen other aquariums of a much better quality. The main part of the attraction is the Nautibus, listed as a submarine experience. It is again ok for youngsters but quite frankly did nothing for us 3 adults. The queue is approx a 20-30 minute wait.
The fish tanks where you can experience "touching the fish" was a disappointment; probably since the fish are fed up with being poked and prodded.
If you have sub 10 year olds maybe worth a visit. Food is very disappointing and expensive at the attached cafe/restaurant. Grubby tables to boot.
Don't forget that this is out of town and a taxi will be about €12 each way.

1  Thank Paul S
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