Aquarium

Malta’s National Aquarium only recently opened its doors to the public and already it is proving a huge attraction for the Maltese and for tourists from all over the world. Opened in 2013, this glass and metal star-fish-shaped building is set in a sublime position on the Qawra headland, with endless views of the Mediterranean Sea.

The aquarium features 26 tanks and over 175 different species of fish. Spread over 20,000 square meters the complex includes a public garden, ample parking, facilities for local dive schools and catering facilities, including a bespoke beach club with an inviting infinity pool appropriately named ‘Cafe Del Mar‘ as well as tourist services and souvenirs shops. The complex also includes a fabulous children’s playground (free of charge) and stunning views from its Le Nave restaurant and outdoor cafe.

 

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The main tank in the aquarium is the home for various species from the Indian Ocean including two varieties of shark species. Approximately 12 meters in diameter the main tank also includes a water tunnel allowing visitors to walk through and feel a real sense of immersion in this underwater world. Amongst others, there is also a selection of Mediterranean fish, commonly found in Maltese waters and replicas of historical artefacts that surround the Maltese sea floor. Additional features at the complex include an exhibition space, touch pools, veterinary and quarantine facilities and a class room facility. The public garden will also provide various other recreational activities.

 

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Having watched the construction of this beautiful complex I am hugely impressed with the finished project. I know that it was funded mainly by the EU and would not have been possible without the European cash, but I still applaud the Malta Government and the Tourist Board for their vision and foresight in the creation of this beautiful world class project.

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From ‘IN LOVE WITH MALTA’ (The Hidden Treasures)

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