Palma Aquarium immerses us slowly into the oceans so that we can discover its secrets and they can share their passion to further out admiration and knowledge of its beauty. It promotes respect for the marine world and preservation of its many creatures.
The first part of your marine journey through the aquarium brings you into the depths of the sea surrounding the Balearics. Visitors travel down past 24 aquariums discovering the Mediterraneans many species, such as Star fish, Lobsters, Scorpion fish, Prawns, Octopuses..., and the natural sceneries presented at different depths.
The journey then continues delving into the tropical ecosystems of the oceans of Asia, America and Oceania. People are always surprised by how intensely colourful the tropical seas are, and the 25 aquariums in this area represent the strange creatures and the striking coral formations which this unknown world is home to.
At the half way point of this marine adventure, visitors enter a garden area which recreates beautiful Mallorcan landscapes. This is a large space in which Mediterranean plants and herbs are combined with tanks containing Turtles, Koi fish, Gilthead Breams and Rays. Also in this area is the children’s play area, where the little ones will be able to explore and play on the pirate’s ship beached on the rocks and is one of the main features of our gardens.
Then visitors move on to the touch pools, where the aquarium try to break down the barriers between their visitors and the animals, bringing visitors closer to the animals so they can hear the sounds they make and observe their movements. These aquariums allow the visitor to enjoy an interaction with the creatures, to feel them and experience their texture. The touch pools are a fun way to learn about Star Fish, Sea Urchins and Sea Cucumbers as well as other animals.
Venturing outside you now enter the largest roof top garden in Spain 'The Jungle'. Here you find yourself in the middle of the Amazonian rain forest, a carefully controlled ecosystem makes the optimum growth of the vegetation.
Finally visitors move on to the jellyfish tank and the 'Big Blue'; the deepest shark tank in Europe, measuring 33m long, 25m wide and 8.5m deep, holding 3.5 million litres of salt water. This is Palma Aquarium’s main tank; it is built below sea level and uses a special water proofing process. Visitors descend into the aquarium’s main viewing area through a transparent tunnel, and the sources of natural light allows the visitor to see sharks and rays swimming over their heads, a feature which makes the feeling of being submerged in the depths of the ocean even more prominent.
The aquarium strives to make experiences people can enjoy and not to be just about learning and admiring marine life. Therefore they put on several special activities such as 'Dive with the sharks or rays', 'Dinner with sharks', 'Shark sleepover', corporate events, private functions and even underwater weddings.
The kids will love the aquarium in the summer months, when special activities are organised – games, face painting, water fights on the pirate ship – or they can become assistants to the Ocean Guides, and help feed the turtles, rays and Koi fish. Birthday parties can be arranged at the aquarium, and for the ultimate party, you can arrange a sleep-over in The Big Blue with the shark tank in full view!
The gift shop at the end of your visit is a good one – a wide range of gifts, books, CDs, films, games, jewellery (with a good selection of pearls), clothes, and children’s toys and games.
The aquarium has been developed by Coral World International, who are renowned for creating beautiful marine parks in Hawaii, the Red Sea and Australia and are heavily involved in research projects. The Palma Aquarium is the newest of the group, having opened in 2007. The companies objective is to present the wealth of flora and fauna relative to where the parks are located and to faithfully recreate marine ecosystems and habitats. They always keep in mind their philosophy; “in order to respect and protect the sea you must learn to appreciate it, and in order to appreciate it you must learn about it and understand it.”
To find out more information please contact the aquarium directly or visit their website using the links on this page.
The 'Big Blue' is the biggest shark tank in Europe and gives qualified scuba divings the chance to swim with sharks.
- "Brilliant, lots of information available on all the different creatures via interactive talk boards. Love the bean bags so you can sit/lie to watch the fish at leisure. Great play area for the kids with a small splash pad available too, free face painting by sailors was fun, loved the theme." - Trip Advisor
- "Really good site, lots to see, one of the best aquarium's we've been to, got to see live wedding in the shark tank! My daughter loved the soft play area in the basement below the sharks. Would highly recommend if you need a day away from the sun." - Trip Advisor
- "Well worth a visit! The tanks and fish were amazing especially sharks swimming over your head. Lovely play area for kids and they can even touch some of the fish,perfect for all ages!" - Trip Advisor
When to Come
The aquarium is open all year round. It is recommend a visiting time of between three to four hours.
Summer Opening times:
- Open - 09:00
- Last entry - 17:00
- Closing - 18:30
Please check opening times on their website if visiting between October and April.
How to Get Tickets
You can buy tickets once your there, or if you want to avoid the queues then you can buy the tickets online through their website.
Prices for the Aquarium are 23€ for adults.
Children under 12 gain entrance for 14€.
There are also family tickets available for two adults and two children for 65€, saving you 11€.
Children under four get in free.
Location: Palma Centre & Marina
Level: Family Friendly
Sight Type: Aquarium
Activities: Children's Activities | Diving / Scuba Centre
Access: Disabled access
Car-parking: Public car-park: outdoor
Children: Kids' Club / activities
Open Times: Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter
Address: Manuela de los Herreros 21 | 07610