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Malta National Aquarium
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Malta National Aquarium project is spread over approximately 20,000 square meters and comprises a public aquarium, a public landscaped belvedere at promenade level, a multi storey car park, facilities for local dive schools, catering facilities including a beach club, a merchandise outlet and a tourist information kiosk. The public aquarium has 41 tanks including reptiles, insects and amphibians, amongst others, Mediterranean fish, including fish commonly found in Maltese waters together with replicas of historical artefacts that one can find in the seas around the Maltese islands. The main tank of the aquarium houses species from the Indian Ocean, including eight black tip sharks, horn sharks, rays, eels and other exotic species. The main tank is approximately 12 meters in diameter and has a walk-through tunnel that allows visitors to experience the fish at a much closer range. All tanks are expertly themed to replicate the underwater environment. Additional features of the public aquarium include a class room facility, interpretation, touch pools, a temporary exhibition space, veterinary and quarantine facilities, etc. The national aquarium is in an iconic curved shell structure in the form of a starfish. The adjacent promenade provides additional recreation facilities for pedestrians including a children's play area. The Malta National Aquarium has a car park with a capacity for 140 cars. Our Location: The Malta National Aquarium is situated in the northeast of the island in a town called Qawra which forms part of St. Pauls bay. In this touristic hotspot one can find many Hotels, bars, restaurants and a casino all forming part of the unique resort location in the Maltese Islands. Qawra is also the site of one of the many towers built by the Knights of St. John. Qawra Tower is now a restaurant. Qawra is also well known as the "touristy" area of Malta due to the many bars, restaurants. Casinos and clubs are also a major part of this small town. Distance from Qawra to: Airport : 22 KM Mellieha : 8 KM St. Julians to Qawra: 12 KM Valletta to Qawra: 17 KM
Reviewed December 23, 2013

As a lover of aquariums, I have was eagerly awaiting the opening of this one and it did not disappoint! It is set out absolutely beautifully and the staff were very knowledgeable.

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Reviewed December 23, 2013 via mobile

The Perspex tunnel under the shark tank was good fun. The other tanks were small but imaginatively done. It is a small but brand new (2012) aquarium, definitely good for one to two hours. Typically the kids preferred the play area outside.

Thank Xerxea
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Reviewed December 21, 2013

My wife, daughter her partner and I visited this recently and really enjoyed it. Very impressed with the settings for the tanks and their contents. Staff very friendly and informative. No problem with parking. Cafe with great views over the coastline.

Thank Raymond B
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Reviewed December 10, 2013

The design and layout is excellent. It is very atmospheric and in keeping with a marine experience. Also, it has a spacious cafe with great views.

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Reviewed December 10, 2013

This aquarium is well worth a visit. For us, the best point was the the fact that the displays can be seen from any height so that even the youngest toddlers can see for themselves without having to be picked up. Next, the staff in the aquarium were knowledgeable, friendly and patient; this was in relation to the fish, the dive sites, and Malta itself. The photos and souvenirs are reasonably priced for a tourist attraction and the photos are good quality.

Why not 5 stars? The car parking should be free if you use the aquarium; at present you need to spend €50. This is fine for families, but for single parent and child? During the summer when parking is at a premium I can understand, but in December?

Secondly, the cafe, whilst being clean and very reasonably priced, needs organising. When we visited, the place was quite empty and there were plenty of staff around, but we had to wait for ages to be served. Some other people walked up to the counter (and were served immediately), some others left. What must this be like when they're busy?

On a seasonal note, santa's bell frightened more children than it attratced: thank goodness for his balloon modelling helper!

Overall, a very good attraction with plenty to see.

Thank Geoff_and_Juls
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