Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium, Istanbul

4.1
#2 of 6 in Zoos & Aquariums in Istanbul
Tour Turkey's first public aquarium at Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium, one of the largest institutions of its kind in Europe and a center for marine observation and conservation. Get a close look at underwater creatures and their environments in the ocean tunnel, where the tank surrounds you and fish swim overhead. Don't miss the largest collection of sharks in Europe; try to identify species like sand, tiger, grey reef, bonnethead, zebra, and bowmouth. End the experience at the interactive pool, where you can touch tame sea creatures like starfish. Try to plan your visit with a shark dive to see staff interact with the animals. PutIstanbul Sea Life Aquarium into our Istanbul itinerary builder app and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium Reviews

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  • It takes about an hour or less to go though it all. The only interesting part is where u go through the tunnel with a couple of sharks swimming around, that's where u can take pics. Other than that...  more »
  • It is pretty far away from centre of City, although IStanbul public transportation is punctual, cheap and very well organized. Aquarium is sort of tourist trap but fun for kids.  more »
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  • Nice aquarium with different variety of fishes. It was really nice to get up close with the fishes and it had several places to visit. The rain forest theme was not strong for me as there was very little to see of an actual rain forest. There is also shop on your way out to grab some souvenirs. The aquarium is in a prime location and can easily be commuted to by train of taxis.
  • I believe it's overpriced and not very interesting or state of the art. The tank glass isn't very clear and the place overall feels a bit old. It's nothing like the amazing ones you see in TV. It's does have sharks Does have sting rays Does have turtles It also does have an under water tunnel

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