Sealife – Istanbul Aquarium

This is one of the places you can go to when the weather is bad.

Located in the Forum Istanbul complex on the European side, in the Gaziosmanpaşa district.

On a weekend, if you set on your trip early (around 10am) you shouldn’t get stuck in a traffic jam.

Keep in mind though that around 12-13 pm Forum Istanbul will start to get crowded as there are always customers for Decathlon, Ikea and Media Markt.

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The place was very enjoyable for the kids and despite some beautiful or dangerous fish, I was not that taken in as by the Florya Istanbul Aquarium, which was bigger and simply more impressive.

It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit this one. It’s nearer – Florya is at the very Marmara Sea and you can admire many amazing species.

The prices are similar, though, and not too cheap (see the prices)

After finishing the tour there is of course merchendise to be bought, there’s a snack bar and a small playground for the kids.

What’s in there?

The place is divided into several areas:

  •  Shoaling Ring
  • Invertebrates
  • Sea Horses and Jellies
  • Shipwreck
  • The Sea Bed
  • Ocean Cave
  • The Turtle World & Turtle Hospital
  • Sharks
  • Ocean Tunnel
  • Coral Reef
  • Shoreline
  • Stingray Bay
  • Rainforest

 A few interesting facts:

  • Covers 8000m2
  • Contains 5 million litres of water
  • Over 15,000 animals live here
  • 83 – meter Ocean Tunnel with 270 degree panoramic view
  • Home to the first Sea Turtle rehabilitation Centre in the provate sector in Turkey
  • You can dive with the sharks… IF YOU DARE….

 

And a few photos

 

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