Top 10 Largest Aquariums In The World

10 - Aquarium of Western Australia (0,8 million gallons)


The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) is a privately owned aquarium in Hillarys, Western Australia. AQWA was Australia’s largest aquarium when it opened and still possesses Australia’s largest single aquarium and walk-through underwater tunnel.

Located in a coastal suburb of Perth, the Aquarium of Western Australia, or AQWA in short, contains Australia’s largest aquarium tank. The aquarium’s main tank is 40 meters (130 ft) long and 20 meters (66 ft) wide and holds 3,000,000 liters (793,000 gallons) of seawater. It incorporates a 98 meter (322 ft) underwater tunnel. For a fee, snorkelers and divers can get even closer to the fish, sharks, and rays by joining the aquarium’s divemaster in exploring the main tank.

This is an underwater aquarium with a unique difference from other aquariums. Dedicated not only to showcasing an amazing collection of marine animals, but it is also passionate about conservation and rehabilitation. At AQWA, you can visit one of the largest living coral exhibits in the world; absolutely teeming with tropical fish and brilliant corals.

9 - Aquarium of Genoa (about 1 million gallons)


The Aquarium of Genoa is the largest aquarium in Italy. Located in the old harbor area of Genoa, Italy, the 33,000-square-foot (3,100 m2) aquarium is a member organization of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) and welcomes more than 1.2 million visitors each year.

Built for Expo 92, the Aquarium of Genoa in Italy is one of the largest aquariums in Europe. The aquarium’s 70 tanks reproduce marine and terrestrial habitats from throughout the world and provide a home for more than 6000 animals. Some tanks reproduce natural environments from different areas as the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and the Indian Ocean. The most spectacular ones are those housing the sharks, the dolphins, and the seals.

The Aquarium of Genoa is the largest exhibition of aquatic biodiversity in Europe, with 71 tanks housing over 15,000 animals belonging to 400 species, against the incomparable backdrop of the Gulf of Genoa.
Inaugurated in 1992 for the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s discovery of the New World, the Aquarium welcomes over one million visitors every year.

Its 27,000 square meters of exhibition space offers visitors the chance to take a trip through the seas of the world in order to admire dolphins, sharks, penguins, manatees, and Antarctic animals: it is the only facility in Europe to house jellyfish, tropical fish, seals and much more, in environments that faithfully reproduce the natural habitats of the different species represented.

The complete visit lasts about 3 hours and offers spectacular views of the Old Port of Genoa – the Aquarium is located on the centuries-old wharf of Ponte Spinola – and comprises 40 large tanks in the first section, 4 open-air tanks in the new Cetaceans Pavilion (with its unique design by Renzo Piano) and 19 tanks in the Biodiversity Pavilion, located within an actual ship called “Nave Italia”, where the public can pet stingrays in a large, specially-designed “petting zoo” tank. Also impressive are the reconstructed natural environments of the individual species housed in the Aquarium of Genoa, featuring not only sea creatures but also reptiles, amphibians, and rainforest and freshwater animals in general.

8 - Shanghai Ocean Aquarium (about 1 million gallons)


The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is a public aquarium located in Shanghai, China.
Designed by Advanced Aquarium Technologies, the aquarium includes a 168-meter (551 ft) tunnel that takes visitors through a coastal reef, open ocean, a kelp cave, shark cove, and a coral reef, and is one of the longest such tunnels in the world. The aquarium takes visitors through several exhibit “zones,” including China Zone, South America Zone, Africa Zone.

The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in Asia. It is composed of 9 exhibition zones of all over the world, including the China Zone, the Antarctic Zone, and the Australia Zone. The China Zone is home to several endangered Chinese aquatic species, including rare and precious species from the Yangtze River. The biggest attraction of the aquarium is the underwater tunnel. At 155 meters (509 ft) it is the longest underwater tunnel in the world.

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is located in Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone in Pudong District and is adjacent to the famous Oriental Pearl Tower and Jin Mao Tower. One of the largest ocean aquariums in the world.

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium consists of two pyramid-shaped buildings – the main building and an annex. The covered area is 20,500 square meters (about 263,910 square feet). As well as the large exhibition area, there is a gift shop and a restaurant that can seat 300 persons.

The main building is divided into different exhibition zones: China Zone, South America Zone, Australia Zone, Africa Zone, Southeast Asia Zone, Cold Water Zone, Polar Zone, Sea and Shore, Deep Ocean Zone and Special Exhibitions. The exhibits include more than 300 types and 15,000 water creatures and rare fishes, such as poison dart frogs, jellyfishes, moonfish, leafy sea dragons, and emperor penguins.

Currently, this is the only aquarium in the world to have a China Zone. This zone specializes in exhibiting aquatic organisms and ecology of the Yangtze valley as well as some endangered aquatic species in China. Most creatures in this zone are under national protection such as the Chinese sturgeon, mullet, Yangtze alligator, and giant salamander.

The Ocean Aquarium also displays the geography and culture of their native places by pictures, voices, etc. Overall the aquarium provides visitors with a tour covering the world’s five Continents and four Oceans.

7 - uShaka Marine World (about 1 million gallons)


uShaka Marine World is a 16-hectare (40-acre) theme park which was opened on 30 April 2004 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is ranked 7th in the world in terms of aquarium tank size. Also, it is certainly a contender in the list of the world’s top ten must-see aquariums. Surrounded by a veritable jungle of tropical palm trees.

It comprises 8 sections: uShaka Sea World, uShaka Wet ‘n Wild, uShaka Sea Animal Encounters Island, uShaka Beach, uShaka Village Walk, uShaka Kids World, uShaka Dangerous Creatures and Chimp & Zee. It is located on the strip of land between the beachfront and the harbor. It was the first phase in the redevelopment of the Durban Point.

It contains the largest aquarium in Africa boasting 32 tanks. The sea creatures found in the aquarium range from small sea horses all the way through to sharks and dolphins. The Aquarium is built to look like an old wreck and contains a number of restaurants and cafes. The most notable of these restaurants is “The Cargo Hold” restaurant which contains a full wall-sized aquarium containing a number of sharks that are visible from most of the dining area.

6 - Monterey Bay Aquarium (1,2 million gallons)


The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located on the site of a former sardine cannery on Cannery Row in Monterey, California. Among the aquarium’s numerous exhibits are two gigantic tanks. The centerpiece of the Ocean’s Edge Wing is a 10 meter (33 foot) high 1,3 million liter (0,33 million gallons) tank for viewing California coastal marine life. The other one is a 4,5 million liter (1,2 million gallons) tank in the Outer Bay Wing which features one of the world’s largest single-paned windows. Sealife on exhibit includes stingrays, jellyfish, sea otters, and numerous other native marine species, which can be viewed above and below the waterline.

Monterey Bay Aquarium receives around two million visitors each year. It led to the revitalization of Cannery Row and produces hundreds of millions of dollars for the economy of Monterey County. In addition to being featured in two PBS Nature documentaries, the aquarium has appeared in film and television productions.

5 - Turkuazoo (1,32 million gallons)


The TurkuaZoo also called Sealife is a public aquarium located in Bayrampaşa in Istanbul, Turkey. It was the first public aquarium in Turkey and is one of the largest aquariums in Europe. In addition to being a major tourist attraction for Istanbul, the aquarium is a center for marine research and conservation.

Opened in 2009, Turkuazoo is Turkey’s first giant aquarium featuring a rainforest, flooded forest, and tropical seas zones. The aquarium is located inside the Forum Istanbul Shopping Mall and contains an90-meter long underwater tunnel. Turkuazoo holds about 10,000 sea creatures including tiger sharks, giant stingrays, and piranhas in 29 different exhibits where the largest holds 5 million liters (1,32 million gallons) of water.

Forum Istanbul is one of Europe’s largest shopping centers and the first shopping center in the world with a mega aquarium. Istanbul Sea Life offers family fun for those wishing to spend time in the underwater world, promising an unforgettable experience.

The next-generation aquarium in Istanbul, Turkey, is designed specifically to appeal to its Turkish audience and will entertain visitors with its rainforest, flooded forest, and tropical seas zones, a predator tank, and jellyfish discovery area. The exciting 90m long Marinescape SeaTube, one of the world’s longest underwater tunnels, will offer visitors a panoramic view of marine life.

The concept of the site plan design of 17 million Euro aquarium project has been considered as “fish skeleton”. The total project will be 55,000 m2 big, With an impressive 7,000 m3 total tank capacity, making it the largest aquarium in Europe.

The large aquarium houses 25,000 sea creatures. Among them are the 2.5-meter-long tiger sharks, as well as smaller members of the sea predator family. Brave visitors who would like to see the sea creatures not just from the other side of the glass but from up close are able to dive and swim with them.

The water in the aquarium is from the Sea of Marmara, the inland sea that connects the Black and the Aegean Seas. The aquarium’s first residents were brought to Istanbul by trucks and airplanes.

4 - L'Oceanografic (1,85 million gallons)


L’Oceanogràfic is an oceanarium situated in the east of the city of Valencia, Spain, where different marine habitats are represented. It was designed by the architect Félix Candela and the structural engineers Alberto Domingo and Carlos Lázaro. It is integrated inside the cultural complex known as the Ciutat de Les Arts i de les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences). It was opened on 14 February 2003.

The Oceanogràfic features the largest aquarium tank in Europe and houses more than 45,000 marine creatures. They populate nine underwater towers, structured on two levels that represent several marine ecosystems. Two underwater towers are joined by a 35-meter underwater tunnel and its the tank is filled with sharks, rays, and 7 million liters (1,85 million gallons) of water.

The Oceanografic invites us to travel around the planet’s main seas and oceans. More than 45,000 examples of 500 different marine species – amongst which can be found sharks, Beluga whales, walruses, sea lions, penguins, and manta rays – inhabit nine underwater towers that, structured in two levels, represent the most emblematic ecosystems of the planet.

The oceanographic park, created as great leisure, training, and research center, is structured into ten great areas. The marine areas reflect the Mediterranean habitats, the polar oceans – the Arctic and the Antarctic, the islands, the tropical seas, the temperate seas, and the Red Sea. Moreover, the park also has a spectacular dolphinarium, an auditorium – within which one can find the Red Sea aquarium – with an area for the mangrove swamps and another for the marshlands, and different garden areas, with more than 80 different plant species. And of course, it also offers many different services such as shops and restaurants, amongst which should be highlighted the underwater restaurant where clients can have dinner surrounded by an immense aquarium.

3 - Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (1,98 million gallons)


The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is located within the Ocean Expo Park in Okinawa, Japan, and was opened in 2002. It welcomed its 20 millionth visitor on 30 March 2010 and is a member of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA). It was the largest aquarium in the world until it was surpassed by the Georgia Aquarium in 2005. The aquarium has the theme of “Encounter the Okinawan Sea”.

The main tank of the aquarium, called the Kuroshio Sea, holds 7,5 million liters (1,981,000 gallons) of water and features an acrylic glass panel measuring 8.2 by 22.5 meters (27 by 74 feet) with a thickness of 60 centimeters (24 inches), the largest such panel in the world when the aquarium was opened. Whale sharks and manta rays are kept alongside many other fish species in the Kuroshio Sea. As of July 2010, there have been a total of four manta rays born in the aquarium.

The aquarium introduces you to the mystery of Okinawa’s marine creatures, starting with the naturally lit Coral Sea tank, which exhibits a large selection of coral reefs. Next is the enormous, dynamic Kuroshio Sea tank, where you can observe the world’s biggest fish as well as whale sharks and manta rays, which, in a world first, the aquarium has succeeded inbreeding. And as you go deeper into the aquarium, you will encounter the Deep Sea tank, in which which the mysterious deep sea of Okinawa is reproduced, allowing you to experience Okinawa’s entire underwater world.

2 - Dubai Mall Aquarium (2,64 million gallons)


The 10-million liter Dubai Aquarium tank, located on the Ground Level of The Dubai Mall, is one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world. which measures 51 meters in length, 20 meters in width and
11 meters in height.

The centerpiece of the mall is the gigantic aquarium tank, with the capacity to hold 10 million liters (2,64 million gallons) of water. The aquarium has more than 33,000 living animals including over 400 sharks and rays combined. It officially earned the Guinness World Record for the world’s “Largest Acrylic Panel”. The panel measures 8.3 by 32.88 meters (27 by 108 feet) and is 75 centimeters (30 inches) thick beating Japan’s Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium to the punch. In February 2010, the shark-filled tank sprang a leak causing an evacuation and brief shutdown of the mall.

Also, It houses thousands of aquatic animals, comprising over 140 species, including sharks, rays, giant groupers, and much much more. and there are numerous ways for visitors to experience the main Aquarium tank.

1 - Georgia Aquarium (6,3 million gallons)


Georgia Aquarium is a public aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Georgia Aquarium is home to hundreds of species and thousands of animals across its seven major galleries, all of which reside in more than 10 million US gallons (38,000 m3) of fresh and saltwater. It was the largest aquarium in the world from its opening in 2005 until 2012 when it became the third-largest aquarium in the world after the Marine Life Park in Singapore and the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in China, the Georgia Aquarium remaining the largest aquarium in the United States and the Western Hemisphere.

Funded mostly by a $250 million donation from Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus

The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is the largest aquarium in the world housing more than 100,000 sea creatures. The Georgia Aquarium is the only institution outside of Asia to house whale sharks. The sharks are kept in a gigantic 24 million liter (6.3 million gallons) tank in the Ocean Voyager exhibit. There has been controversy surrounding the decision of the Georgia Aquarium to house whale sharks. Concerns about keeping the whale sharks in captivity were heightened by the deaths of two of the whale sharks originally obtained.

The Aquarium’s notable specimens include whale sharks, beluga whales, California sea lions, bottlenose dolphins, and manta rays.

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