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Address: Bapor Kibra z/n, Curacao
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+599 9 461 6666
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08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Curaçao Sea Aquarium belongs to one of the most unique aquaria in the...

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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Great gem

We visited the Aquarium and thoroughly enjoyed the shows, people and the things we learned. We found it to be a good value.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Ottawa, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Let me start by saying we did not participate in the dolphin excursion. We have done it at other aquariums in Orlando and Roatan and didn't feel like doing it again. The aquarium exhibits we found small and outdated. There were a few empty tanks and the nurse sharks and flamingos appeared to be over crowded. It didn't take long... More 

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appledore,devon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to the aquarium with my husband, daughter & son in law. One of the best we have been to. Easy layout & well programmed activities. Staff passionate with their care & training. Particularly loved the sea lion display. Dolphins good, allowed out in the sea to play & always cone back.

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is good for children under 10 years old. Otherwise, I would recommend touring the island and seeing the natural wildlife. You can snorkel or scuba right off the beach in the island and interact with natural turtles and fish (playa porto marie) or see flamingos in their natural habitat. The animals the aquarium has in captivity are old, fat,... More 

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Muskego
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Aquarium and thoroughly enjoyed the shows, people and the things we learned. We found it to be a good value.

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BryanHorne, Guest Relations at Curacao Sea Aquarium, responded to this review

Dear CWOJO2, Thank you for saying "Great gem"!! We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience and learned about the interesting Caribbean marine life!! Sincerely, Curacao Sea Aquarium Park Team More 

ontario
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hit this little aquarium and by far the best one I have ever been to...nothing like seeing the sharks dolphins and sea lions. .out in somewhat there own environment...the beauty of the ocean views while watching these amazing creatures is something out of this world. We stayed at sunscape resort just a 10min walk literally. .and would do it again... More 

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BryanHorne, Guest Relations at Curacao Sea Aquarium, responded to this review

Dear missiOntario, Thank you for your wonderful 5 star review... much appreciated and we will look forward to seeing you again!! Sincerely, Curacao Sea Aquarium Park Team More 

Tewksbury, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I visited because of the excellent reviews and our experience was ok. It didn't seem like everything was operational and the ticket prices were high for what you got.

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BryanHorne, Guest Relations at Curacao Sea Aquarium, responded to this review

Dear yazdog, We are so sorry that we did not meet your personal expectations. Only wish we could addressed this while you were here rather that addressing it now. In the future, we would invite you to speak directly to our staff of Tour Guides & Trainers so that we can appreciate your expectations and provide you with a memorable... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In this acquarium the animals are kept in spaces too small for them. In particular, some sharks are kept in a small tank with a few centimeters of water, where they can barely move. My advice is not to visit it!

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BryanHorne, Guest Relations at Curacao Sea Aquarium, responded to this review

Dear rgue, Thank you for your comments and we are so that you did not have the opportunity to appreciate our new Shark Education & Awareness Center so that you could have learned more about the Nurse Sharks that you are referring to. To address your depth comment, the actual depth of the Nurse Shark Encounter pool is in fact... More 

Paris, France
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This aquarium is really a horrible place to visit: the animals are kept in spaces too small for them. In particular, some sharks are kept in a small tank with a few centimeters of water, where they can barely move. These animals are pampered and fed as if they were pets, but they are wild animals and they should not... More 

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BryanHorne, Guest Relations at Curacao Sea Aquarium, responded to this review

Dear Galahad2014, As always, we certainly appreciate reviews and personal perspectives... and it must be said that we take the health of the marine life here very seriously plus our trainers form personal bonds with the animals. That said, we are very sorry to read your subjective review. The sharks that you are commenting on are Nurse Sharks. Largely sedentary... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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88 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's not that big, and there's not that much to see, but they do a great job with what they have. I like that all the enclosures for the dolphins, sea lions, etc. are open to the ocean, so fresh seawater is constantly flowing in. Even the indoor exhibits have a fresh seawater system. They are very eco-oriented and care... More 

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BryanHorne, Guest Relations at Curacao Sea Aquarium, responded to this review

Dear World_Traveler_6216, Thank you so much for this wonderfully detailed review!! Sincerely, Curacao Sea Aquarium Team More 

Saanichton, Canada
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105 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

This is an excellent aquarium good for the whole family. The exhibits are informative but the English words are spelled incorrectly which makes it amateurish. The hand feeding of the nurse sharks by the patrons was fun. The dolfin show was rather amateurish compared to Sea World,California. Generally speaking,it was a good afternoon.

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BryanHorne, Guest Relations at Curacao Sea Aquarium, responded to this review

Dear dave s, Thank you for posting this wonderful yet objective review! We will certainly correct our spelling... and yes, you are right!! We are not aspiring to be a Sea World... Thanks again!! Sincerely, Curacao Sea Aquarium Team More 

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