Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.
There is something mysterious, attractive and alluring. You can admire the dance of bright, unusual fish for hours – until this relaxed, pacifying feeling changes “wow!” – admiration at the sight of a whale passing by. Or bye the shark does not scare. Or until the fussy shrimps have fun, then case scurrying along the rocky bottom in search of a snack.
And you can enjoy all the splendor of marine life in oceanariums. These are not just aquariums, they are full biomes, in which the underwater fauna feels at ease and therefore pleases visitors. And for those who want to be surprised and marvel at the sea fauna, we compiled a rating of the 10 largest aquariums in the world – with a huge variety of “population”, unusual inhabitants and interesting tourist attractions.
- Overview of the largest aquariums in the world
- 10th place: Oceanogràfic, Valencia, Spain (7 million liters)
- 9th place: Churaumi Aquarium, Motobu, Japan (9.8 million liters)
- 8th place: Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Osaka, Japan (10 million liters)
- 7th place: Dubai Aquarium, Dubai, UAE (10.5 million liters)
- 6th place: Aqua Planet Jeju, Jeju, South Korea (10.8 million liters)
- 5th place: Cube Oceanarium, Chengdu, China (11 million liters)
- 4 место: Moskvarium , Москва, Россия (25 млн liters)
- 3rd place: Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, USA (37.8 million liters)
- 2nd place: S.E.A. Oceanarium, Singapore (45.2 million liters)
- 1st place: Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, Henqin, China (48.7 million литров)
Overview of the largest aquariums in the world
|Rating of the largest aquariums in the world||10||Oceanogràfic, Valencia, Spain||7 MILLION LITERS|
|9||Churaumi Aquarium, Motobu, Japan||9.8 MILLION LITERS|
|8||Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Osaka, Japan||10 MILLION LITERS|
|7||Dubai Aquarium, Dubai, UAE||10.5 MILLION LITERS|
|6||Aqua planet Jeju, Jeju, South Korea||10.8 MILLION LITERS|
|5||Cube Oceanarium, Chengdu, China||11 MILLION LITERS|
|4||Moskvarium , Москвand , Россия||25 MILLION LITERS|
|3||Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, United States||37.8 MILLION LITERS|
|2||S.E.A. Oceanarium, Singapore||45.2 MILLION LITERS|
|1||Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, Hengqin, China||48.7 MILLION LITERS|
10th place: Oceanogràfic, Valencia, Spain (7 million liters)
Oceanogràfic Aquarium is amazing, just appearing on the horizon. It is located in a building of amazing shape, something resembling both a flower and a shell. Inside the complex There are 9 tank-shaped tanks in which various biomes – from cold Arctic waters to hot tropical.
The oceanarium is home to over 450 species of underwater animals. Also there you can meet walruses, penguins, sea lions, turtles and dolphins. Oceanogràfic’s special pride is the rarest moon fish, which is distinguished by its huge size and extremely unusual shape body: almost round, with large fins on top and from below.
In addition, in this aquarium you should visit the tropical zone, which is inhabited by representatives of the animal world from various ends light – from the Canary Islands to Bermuda. It crosses 35 meter underwater tunnel. Here you can see the rarest and unusual species of sharks – sand and flat-headed. They differ loving disposition, but still fraught with some kind of mysterious, ancient power.
And after a walk through the tropical zone you can admire temperate biome. Through this part of the aquarium stretches 70 meter tunnel. And it is here that the largest and largest impressive representatives of the underwater fauna.
9th place: Churaumi Aquarium, Motobu, Japan (9.8 million liters)
Churaumi Aquarium – not only one of the largest aquariums of the world. It contains immediately 4 whale sharks – the most gigantic, grandiose and impressive marine life. More – only in Chinese Chimelong Ocean Kingdom.
But not only the whale sharks boasts Churaumi Aquarium. Here you can also meet the manta ray – a huge ramp, which, despite its enormous size, is peace-loving temper and amazing beauty. All in all, in the Churaumi Aquarium inhabited by more than 740 species of fish, marine mammals and arthropods.
The main viewing panel, however, is not as large as that of others Aquariums in the ranking. It has a length of 22.5 m and a height of 8.2 m. But the location of the panel and special lighting technologies make its really impressive. And, of course, you can see through it majestic whale sharks slowly swimming before your eyes visitors.
In addition, a deep-sea biome is recreated here. That is, in this aquarium you can admire the marine inhabitants living under huge pressure in the most mysterious places of the World Ocean. For example, see bioluminescent fish that glow themselves by to myself. Or the same drop fish that became the hero of Internet memes due to its strange shape.
8th place: Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Osaka, Japan (10 million liters)
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is the perfect place to to admire the largest, gigantic and impressive inhabitants of the deep sea. The whale shark, arapaima live here. (one of the greatest representatives of the Amazonian fauna) and even moon fish.
In addition, a very interesting observation deck – essentially a vertical tunnel representing an 8-story tall spiral staircase in a glass pipe building. When you descend on it, a complete immersion effect is created. There is also a horizontal tunnel, but relatively short – only 11 meters.
The main viewing panel is also rounded and represents almost square glass cloth with a length of 6 m and a height of 5 m. Its relatively small size is explained by the “old age” of oceanarium. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan was opened back in 1990 and at the moment is one of the most “age” aquariums in our ranking.
In addition to the largest inhabitants of the deep sea, here you can also meet the cutest seals who are happy to make contact with visitors; a variety of dolphins, giving views; аalso rare luminous jellyfish, the observation of which captures spirit. An interesting feature of the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is the presence of a night aquarium in which you can watch life creatures waking up with the sunset. And local biomes embody not only underwater kingdoms, but also, for example, a Japanese forest with otters and giant salamanders, or Aleutian islands with the cutest dead end birds.
7th place: Dubai Aquarium, Dubai, UAE (10.5 million liters)
A few decades ago, residents of the United Arab Emirates realized that you can turn your country into a tourist Paradise – just add more attractive attractions. AND the local aquarium is one of them. Dubai Aquarium Oriented rather a “wow” effect than a demonstration of underwater life. But this – not a flaw.
The aquarium with a volume of 10 million liters is inhabited by more than 300 sharks and stingrays of different species. These fish are really impressive! Special when they jamb past the main viewing wall, which has 32.8 m long and 8.3 m high.
Dubai Aquarium – the home of the world’s largest collection sand sharks. You can also admire the groupers here. (one of the largest bone fish in the ocean) and huge schools pelagic tuna. Of course, numerous tropical fish, painted with the brightest and most unusual colors, also are present.
At Dubai Aquarium you can spend all day. And it’s not only in a 48-meter tunnel through which you can see passing on top of sharks and stingrays. In the aquarium, a special lighting based on moon cycles, so with the onset of evenings outside darken and inside – and the night inhabitants wake up underwater kingdom.
And Dubai Aquarium is located in the largest shopping center Dubai – Dubai Mall. So you can also enjoy shopping – simultaneously with a visit to the aquarium.
6th place: Aqua Planet Jeju, Jeju, South Korea (10.8 million liters)
Until 2012, whale sharks lived in the Aqua Planet Jeju aquarium – the largest underwater creatures on the planet. They were special the pride of the establishment – even at the moment these fish are on the organization logo. However, in 2012, marine biologists accepted the decision to release whale sharks into nature.
However, even without whale sharks in the aquarium there is someone to admire. In total, more than 500 species of underwater inhabitants live here. Aqua PlanetJeju is so big that he had to be brought to a separate Island!
In addition to a large number of underwater inhabitants, guests of Aqua Planet Jeju is waiting for entertainment. For example, dolphins show and fur seals. And the main observation deck is huge aquarium with a length of 23 meters and a height of 8 meters! View impresses and fascinates him, you can stand for hours and to admire. For children (and adults, of course) there is a contact an aquarium where you can touch some marine life – and, dolphins, of course.
And the dolphins here are very humane. They With perform at sea shows with pleasure, very reckless, joyfully swim to visitors to the contact aquarium and pose before cameras in the main part of the aquarium.
True, it is worth noting that the Aqua Planet Jeju is not only entertaining, but also a scientific institution. Therefore, a considerable part the area is simply hidden from view. There are studies of the inhabitants sea world. But you can visit the scientific part – and see 3D film about the underwater fauna.
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5th place: Cube Oceanarium, Chengdu, China (11 million liters)
Cube Oceanarium – one of the largest in the world viewing panels. Its length is 39.6 m and its height is 8.3 m! In addition, it is one of the newest aquariums in the world, it was open to visitors in 2015.
The Cube Oceanarium is impressive on the way. The building in which he located, equipped with a variety of LED lights. Therefore, you can’t get past the Cube Oceanarium – you can see it almost the entire city of Chengdu.
But the exposure of the aquarium is not as large as that of the rest aquariums in the ranking. It contains over 33 thousand creatures, belonging to 400 species. “Pearl” of the aquarium – giant jellyfish live only here. Also in the cube oceanarium contains two whale sharks (although very young, therefore comparatively small size), arapayma and many others impressive creatures. The exposition includes several reproduced biomes – from cold Arctic waters to hot tropical.
The Cube Oceanarium also boasts a very long lookout. tunnel – as much as 36 meters! The building itself has a multi-story structure, and on the third floor you can admire the seals and birds.
4 место: Moskvarium , Москва, Россия (25 млн liters)
Moskvarium proudly bears the title of the largest aquarium in Europe. Opened just a few years ago at VDNH in the capital Russia, it has a total volume of 25 million liters, contains more than 12 thousand animals and is equipped with a viewing panel 30 m wide and high 14 m
The Moskvarium also has a swimming area with dolphins. There various water shows are held, including theatrical performances with killer whales, as well as dolphin therapy classes. Itself the exposition is divided into thematic zones, including aquarium with representatives of the Russian underwater fauna – including Baikal seals.
The Moskvarium regularly hosts various thematic and exhibition shows. You can admire the exhibitions arapayme, sharks, octopuses, crocodile caimans, Baikal seals, jellyfish, starfish, turtles, piranhas and many, many others inhabitants of the underwater world. There is a contact aquarium. And here the underwater tunnel is small, so it’s worth admiring the individual thematic expositions.
In addition, Moskvarium is one of the most budgetary Aquariums in the ranking. A ticket to it at the time of writing for an adult costs about 10 euros, while at that the same Cube Oceanarium (previous in the ranking) – about 18 euros.
3rd place: Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, USA (37.8 million liters)
Only in one American aquarium can you find giant whale shark – Georgia Aquarium, the largest on US territory. But you can admire there not only this fish. Permanent exhibition includes arapaime, beluga whales and mantas – giant stingrays.
The oceanarium is divided into five thematic zones – tropical, moderate oceanic, arctic with cold waters, river and special pool with dolphins. In them you can see California Sea Lions, African Penguins, Atlantic killer whales, seahorses … In total, Georgia Aquarium contains more 700 kinds of animals!
In addition, the aquarium boasts a large underwater the tunnel is 30 meters long. But the overview panel is not so is huge. With a length of 19.2 meters, it has a height of 7.9 meters.
Georgia Aquarium is one of the few aquariums which allow holding various events indoors. For example, weddings, parties, conferences and so on. therefore before booking a ticket (which costs $ 35.95 plus taxes) costs make sure that this day the aquarium will not be busy with any event.
In addition, various shows are regularly held here. For example, New Year’s parties, children’s master classes and even classes on yoga.
2nd place: S.E.A. Oceanarium, Singapore (45.2 million liters)
S.E.A. Oceanarium boasts the largest collection stingrays-mant in the world! Only here you can meet the giant mantle, living in captivity. And in total, more than 50 thousand different people live here. fish, mammals and arthropods. Exposition includes over 800 kinds of creatures!
The entire exhibition is divided into 49 thematic biomes that embody various areas of the ocean – from the South Asian seas to the Arab gulf, from open waters to the tropics, from temperate climates to subarctic. Separately, an aquarium with sharks stands out. Here You can watch the hammerhead shark and the aggressive white-shark. In total, over 200 marine predators live in this aquarium.
The main viewing panel has impressive dimensions – length 36 m, height 8.3 m. But the tunnel is very short, only a few meters, so it’s better to admire the pool with sharks and others expositions.
But S.E.A. Oceanarium offers a unique attraction – practically diving in a specially designed suit with a huge viewing area. The descent is made into the aquarium with the brightest and most unusual tropical fish, so you can enjoy the inhabitants of coral reefs and warm waters nearby, literally being in their jamb.
1st place: Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, Henqin, China (48.7 million литров)
Chimelong Ocean Kingdom is the largest oceanarium in the world. It is impossible to miss this building – there is a huge a statue of a blue whale, as if symbolizing the majesty of this places. The oceanarium is home to over 800 species of marine animals, including whale sharks (of which as many as 5 pieces), manta rays, coral reefs with living corals and many small inhabitants, and many, many others.
In addition, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom will appeal to lovers “underwater viewing”. There is a tunnel here (though, relatively short, only a few meters), and the largest dome in the world, having a diameter of 12 meters.
In biomes, you can meet not only fish. For example, in the Arctic parts are found polar bears and penguins. And in the Arctic – beluga whales. Manatees also live in Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, elephant seals and otters. There is also a contact pool where you can stroking devil fish, various catfish and starfish.
It is worth noting that Chimelong Ocean Kingdom is not exclusively oceanarium. This is a huge amusement park for the whole family, with numerous attractions and entertainment programs. IN dolphinariums operates a “sea battle”, in the aquarium – a museum, tropical area – cable park, roller coaster and lift carousel. Entrance to Chimelong Ocean Kingdom costs about 45 euros, but you can spend the whole day here and not get bored.
Attention! This rating is subjective, not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.