Malta National Aquarium Qawra Reviews
Great Exhibits and Informative Aug 05, 2014
The once derelict land along Qwara promenade is now home to Malta’s National Aquarium, the land has been landscaped to include a beautiful play area for children, with an ‘under the sea’ theme, a great seating area, which tourists and locals take great advantage of especially on an evening to watch the beautiful sunsets, a water feature/fountain which children play in, and a giant screen which screens cartoons too. The Aquarium also has a café attached to eat in or take out, which I believe is reasonably priced.
The building itself does look a tad futuristic, and I was looking forward to finding out about the sea life around Malta’s coastlines and the rest of the world. On admittance I was given a map indicating the layout of the tanks and what each tank was themed around – all the tanks have a theme relating to the coast line around Malta. Each tank had a good variety of sea life and information boards clearly indicating as to what creatures were in each tank. There was also a great deal of information on various boards about how Malta was trying to improve the conservation around the island too – it was very informative and also very sad to realise that we as a human race are the main reason why wildlife is in danger. Members of staff are on hand to answer any questions you may have and are very informative and obviously passionate about their job.
I thoroughly enjoyed gaining knowledge about the sea life, and my absolute favourite tank was one which had shark eggs waiting to hatch. The tanks are very well designed, especially the one where there is a Perspex corridor attached to it, great for children to walk through, even adults were crouching down to get a child’s eye view of the fish. All tanks were extremely clean and all creatures seemed to be in good health. Of course the highlight of the Aquarium is the walk through tank where you have sharks, rays and other sea life swimming above and around you.
A word of warning if with children - you have to exit the Aquarium via the souvenir shop (great sales ploy) Souvenirs where quite expensive, given that the majority of soft toys can be found on the local high street, and they do encourage you to view your selection of photographs that were taken prior to entering - I think there were priced at around 15€ for 3.
This aquarium may not be the biggest, but it sure is a very informative way of encouraging children and adults alike to appreciate, the surrounding waters and sea life around Malta, and indeed around the world. A great way to spend a couple of hours.
Adult - 12.90€
Over 60 - 10.90€
Child - 6€
Under 4 - FREE
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