Top 12 Best Aquarium in the World
From rainforests that make it rain to dining with sharks, here are 12 of the most awe-inspiring aquariums on the planet.
- 1. The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA), Australia
- 2. Sea Life Aquarium, Istanbul
- 3. Georgia Aquarium, U.S.
- 4. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Japan
- 5. Monterey Bay Aquarium, U.S.
- 6. uShaka Marine World, South Africa
- 7. Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, Shanghai
- 8. L’Oceanographic, Spain
- 9. The Southeast Asia Aquarium, Singapore
- 10. The Tropicarium Aquarium, Budapest
- 11. Chimelong Ocean Kingdom Aquarium, Zhuhai
- 12. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, UAE
1. The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA), Australia
Considering there are far more wondrous things in the sea than on land, the Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) has done the world a favor by creating one of the largest aquariums in the country.
2. Sea Life Aquarium, Istanbul
Completely funded by the public, thirty display forums are divided into different zones from tropical seas to rainforests and flooded forests. The most impressive attraction, however, includes a 260-foot underwater tunnel and after that, the Shark Encounter exhibit displaying the largest collection of sharks in Europe. All in all the aquarium proudly displays more than 61 different animals from 15 species.
3. Georgia Aquarium, U.S.
Renowned as one of the biggest and most spectacular aquariums in the world, the Georgia Aquarium is home to more than 120,000 ocean creatures across 500 species. Open in 2005, a $250 million donation by Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus set the facility up on the fast track to aquatic success.
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4. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Japan
Whales, sharks, sardines and manta rays are the main attraction inside an acrylic glass panel that was once considered the largest of its kind in the world.
The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Japan hosts more than 26,000 marine animals from 740 species split up among 70 salt and freshwater tanks.
5. Monterey Bay Aquarium, U.S.
Perched within a sparkling peninsula famous for its deep-sea trench and emerald coast known as the famed Big Sur, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is known as one of the most prominent and most amazing aquariums in the American continent.
6. uShaka Marine World, South Africa
Part aquarium, part theme park, the uShaka Marine World in South Africa certainly stands out from the rest. Among 32 sparkling tanks featuring a variety of unique marine life within a million gallons of water, sea horses, dolphins and sharks are what the spectators like to see.
The aquarium is fashioned in the style of a shipwreck which adds a unique charm to the facility.
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7. Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, Shanghai
Aquariums are the absolute closest we’ll ever get to experiencing life beneath the sea. One of the largest and most impressive in Asia is the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium that’s impressively divided into nine different zones.
8. L’Oceanographic, Spain
In a complex in this Spanish city known as the City of Arts and Sciences sits L’Oceanographic, a sweeping marine facility that houses the largest and most amazing aquariums in all of Europe. Here in Valencia, Spain, 1.9 million gallons of water pay homage to the habitation of 45,000 marine animals across 500 species.
9. The Southeast Asia Aquarium, Singapore
This famous facility opened in 2012 and is considered the second largest aquarium in the world. Located in Singapore, it is part of a Resort World Sentosa complex and holds a whopping 12 million gallons of water. The aquarium’s 27-foot-high windowpane in the Open Ocean section displays the second biggest of its kind in the world.
10. The Tropicarium Aquarium, Budapest
At the Tropicarium Budapest Aquarium visitors can delight in popular attractions such as the shark tank where you can roam through a 40-foot-long tunnel surrounded by swarming, hungry sharks. A main attraction is the ray touch tank where spectators can play with and touch the swimming rays.
But don’t forget to miss the tropical rainforest exhibit! Here it rains all day in serene intervals.
11. Chimelong Ocean Kingdom Aquarium, Zhuhai
Located at Chimelong International Ocean Resort in Zhuhai, the park is one of the largest marine-themed amusement parks in the work.
Showcasing high-class thrill rides and a variety of rare animal exhibits, astounding theatrical performances, and numerous shopping and dining options, this is truly a top-notch place to visit.
12. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, UAE
Imagine a large, suspended aquarium hosting one of the largest tanks of its kind in the world. Ascending 8.3 meters high and 32.88 meters wide, it certainly makes sense that one of the most prominent malls in the world would feature one of the grandest and most sought-after aquariums. The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo located on the bottom floor of the Dubai Mall in the UAE features a 2.5 million-gallon tank that is home to 33,000 marine creatures from 150 different species.