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While perhaps not as spectacular as the National Aquarium in Baltimore’s Inner Harbour or the Oceanografic at the Ciutat de les Arts i de les Ciències in Valencia, Lanzarote’s Aquarium is the biggest in the Canary Islands and includes some unique features.
Located on the east of the island in the El Trebol area behind Playa Las Cucharas in Costa Teguise, the aquarium is home to hundreds of marine species housed in more than a million litres of water spread over 33 individual tanks.
The aquarium showcases many of the species that are native to Lanzarote waters such as the dinnertime favourite gilthead sea bream and a variety of sharks that can be seen while walking through a massive underwater tunnel.
Take a dip with the sharks!
The goal of Lanzarote aquarium is to not only show people what marine life is like in the Atlantic Ocean but to also teach them how to be better citizens by not polluting the sea and beaches.
In 1989 the Exon Valdez spilt upwards of 38 million barrels of oil into Prince William Sound, Alaska after having run aground destroying the habit of spawning salmon, sea otters and bird life.
Plastic bags are hugely dangerous for sea mammals and amniotes such as sea turtles who are frequently injured after getting tangled in bags and objects that people have thrown into the sea.
The aquarium is dedicated to protecting these animals and looking after them should they become injured on junk that man has thrown into the water or left negligently on the beach.
The aquarium also has three touch pools where children can handle various species of sea life that include sea urchins and sea cucumbers.
A huge new attraction at the aquarium is being able to dive with sharks following collaboration between the aquarium and a local Costa Teguise diving school. First, you must be taught how to use the diving equipment in a local swimming pool and then once comfortable underwater with a firm understanding of how everything works and a basic knowledge of hand signs you will be allowed to dive in the aquarium.
Before the dive a marine biologist will explain about the types of fish you will encounter as well as telling you how to behave while swimming with predatory sharks. While in the tank you will be accompanied by a professional diver as your friends and family watch all the action through a giant viewing window.
If this is something you may be interested in doing, please be sure to call and book ahead.
Besides being an educational experience a visit to the aquarium is an excellent day out should you, unfortunately, suffer rare inclement weather while on holiday in Lanzarote.
Centro Comercial El Trébol, Avda. Las Acacias s/n 35508, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote.
The aquarium is open every day from 10am until 6pm with last entry at 5:15pm. (Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day).
Adults 14€, Children ages 4-12 9€, Families 2+2, 42€.
Discounts are available for Canary Island residents as well as people over the age of 65.