Lanzarote Aquarium is a quite small place. Located in the touristy area of Costa Teguise, it gives you the option of spending an hour or two with the fishes. This smaller aquarium is very well maintained and this is also a turtle recovery center.
Lanzarote Aquarium has more than 1 000 000 liters of water
We liked this aquarium even if it was a lot smaller than many of them are. The one thing that we both felt was that they try “to hard” to be “like a big place”. For example, they offer you dives with sharks. The problem is that the aquarium is not that big (according to us) so even if you do decide to submerge yourself into the water – you will never get the feeling that you are “diving amongst sharks”. You might still have a great experience but you will know that you are in an aquarium.
I’m not saying that this is a bad thing – you can learn a lot of things by getting close to these animals. But at the same time, I don’t think that this place would be less visited if they skipped that part. In total, they have 33 aquariums where you can watch different fishes and underwater spices. And all the animals that are here seem to be fine. The aquariums are nice and clean and they also offer guided tours for groups.
Learning something new by visiting an aquarium
Each time I visit an aquarium, I’m looking for learning something new. Something that I can take with me that I didn’t know before. And so far, I have always learned something new and at the Lanzarote Aquarium I ended up with new knowledge. This is really important for me – there needs to be a reason to why the fish are being kept in aquariums and not released into the wild. The most reassuring thing that we saw, were shark eggs – this means that the sharks are having a natural life, even if they are caged.
So what did I learn? Well, I knew that plastic bags don’t belong in the ocean. And I did know that turtles and other animals can get tangled up in them. However, I didn’t know that the turtles often eat the plastic bags, mistaking them for jellyfish. And once I read that I could see the logic because a water filled plastic bag looks a lot like a jellyfish.
Lanzarote Aquarium is a sanctuary for turtles
One more thing that is great about this aquarium is that they are working with the recovery of turtles. When someone finds a turtle that is hurt or that needs assistance, they can take them to the Lanzarote Aquarium. Here they have a safe place where they can recover before they are released into the wild.
This is the main part that we loved about this place (and the cool interior). And maybe this is also why this place takes 15 euros in entrance fee? Because the cost of getting in here is pretty hefty compared to the size of this place. And most of the complaints that we found online was due to the entrance fee and that it is to high. If you want to dive with sharks, you will have to pay extra for that.
Information about the Lanzarote Aquarium
Address: Avda. Las Acacias S/N Shopping Centre El Trébol, 35508 Costa Teguise, Lanzarote.
Opening hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00. Last entry at 17:15.
Entrance fee: 15 euros per adult.