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Curaçao Sea Aquarium Visitor Tips

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Curaçao Sea Aquarium is an open-water facility that houses dolphins, sea lions, sharks, stingrays and turtles with immediate contact with the open sea.

Tickets cover the cost of tours, shows and programs. They include a dolphin show, sea lion show, nurse shark action show (visitors can feed and pet the sharks) and guided tours of the aquarium flora and fauna.

They also include pelican and flamingo feeding during scheduled times of the day, stingray encounters, touch tanks and an underwater observatory boat, according to the aquarium website. Each activity repeats several times a day.

The aquarium continuously pumps fresh seawater into the aquaria, according to the facility. Roof openings allow natural sunlight onto the tanks. All of the species in the aquarium come from the waters around Curaçao.

Curaçao Sea Aquarium on the Bapor Kibra peninsula is a 15 minute drive or about four miles southeast of the Queen Emma Bridge. It is right next to Mambo Beach, which is convenient for anyone who wants to combine both attractions in one trip. The beach area has hotels, shops and restaurants.

The aquarium has a concession stand, souvenir shop and terrace for relaxing and eating. Another terrace overlooks the dolphin lagoon so visitors can watch them play in-between their shows.

Prices for the aquarium are $21 for adults and teens, $11 for seniors over 60, $11 for children 5-12 and free for children under 5.

Several companies located in the park offer additional tours and programs that go off site and require an extra fee.

They include the Curaçao Dolphin Academy with a swim with the dolphins program; Ocean Encounters with shark, sea turtle and stingray feeding programs; and Substation Curaçao with a submarine dive

Other companies are Pelican Boat Trips that tour the waters around the island and the Curaçao Dolphin Therapy & Research Centre, which offers dolphin-assisted therapy for children with special needs.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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February 17, 2020
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