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“Swimming with dolphins”

Malta National Aquarium
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Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Qawra
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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
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“Swimming with dolphins”
Reviewed July 24, 2014

I couldn't believe it - I actually swam with dolphins. It was amazing and a chance in a lifetime I didn't expect to get.

Visited June 2014
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“Excellent Value”
Reviewed July 23, 2014

Reduced price for over 60's. You need to ask as it was not advertised. The exhibition begins as soon as you get in. Brilliant displays, very helpful staff. Very discreet as they do not "pounce" on you. If you have any questions they will help.Lots of seating. Upstairs is a restaurant with reasonable prices or you can sit outside and enjoy the views while the children play.
On the whole it was very good value for money.

Visited June 2014
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“Great for little ones”
Reviewed July 23, 2014

I really liked the aquarium as did my little man, it is quite small, but more then enough to keep you entertained, you only need half a day, but it's air conditioned so keeps you out of the midday sun.

The staff are very informative and helpful and will answer any and all questions.

There are two underwater tunnels a small one for children and a big one for everyone.

Worth a visit

Visited July 2014
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“Great fish”
Reviewed July 23, 2014

Expansive site and easy to get around. The occassional guides placed around give a summary of the viewing tanks. Good to spend and hour or so & some amazing colours of fish.

Visited July 2014
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Chester, United Kingdom
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“Bigger then we thought”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

The last time I was in Malta in 2011 the aquarium was being built. I returned in July this year and decided to visit and I was not disappointed. In fact from the outside it looks really small but the aquarium goes lower down and there are themed exhibits with friendly staff who gives you fascinating facts about the different tropical fish featured.

Visited July 2014
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