Monday to Saturday – 9.30 AM to 5.00 PM Sunday and Public Holidays – 10.00 AM to 4.00 PM
Adults – INR 645 Children (3 – 11 years) – INR 400 Baby (0 – 3 years) - Free Family Offer (2 adults and two children) – INR 1780
Mauritius Aquarium, Mauritius Overview
If you want to spend your vacation by seeing unique places, then Mauritius is just right for you. This paradise island is home to some of the mind-blowing destinations that are going to leave you with your jaw dropped with amusement. Located in the heart of Pointe aux Piments towards the north-western part of the island, the Mauritius Aquarium is the apt way to discover nature at its best as it takes you on a journey among the marine species.
In the recent times, the Aquarium was redesigned to set up the new closed system of ecological operation which brings you as close as possible to the surrounding ocean and its depth and transports you into a whole other world. There are a total of 5 large rooms in the 700 square meter building in which you can find more than 200 different kinds of aquatic species. Genetic maps are installed throughout the building to help the children and adults learn about the history of these marine species and their role in the biodiversity.
Inside the Aquarium
For those who aren’t in the mood to undertake scuba diving, the Mauritius Aquarium is the next best thing to settle for observing the numerous aquatic species very closely. It might not rush your adrenaline, but it surely will leave you spellbound with its beauty and diversity.
As you enter, right from the first room your eyes are bombarded with the explosion of colours in the form of a multitude of exotic fishes. Species like the clownfish, the stonefish, the devil scorpion, the black-eyed lady and the labre are among some which you can find there.
The most prominent tank is 15 metres long, and it houses a vast variety of marine animals which together constitute an impressive view. There is also a ‘touch pool’, especially loved by the children where they get to interact with the non-lethal marine animals. The Mauritius Aquarium can be considered to be the accurate reflection of the seabed of Indian Ocean as it exhibits the moray eels, lobsters, scorpion fish and crabs. The kids get a chance to touch the marine creatures like the anemones and sea stars with their fingers in the colourful tank. The primary source of attraction in the Mauritius Aquarium is the Big Blue. It is a huge ferry where many tropical fish, turtles and sharks stay close to each other, and it has become a sensational spot for tourists and locals as well. It is best recommended to come to Big Blue Ferry at 11 AM every day when the sharks and other fishes are given their meal, and it transforms into a fantastic show. This activity lasts till 3 PM and if you get the chance don’t miss it!
There are no guided tours as such, but you are free to ask questions of one of the six staff members if you want to know more about the species. It’ll take you nearly one and half hours to get through the five rooms. In addition to that, there is also a souvenir shop where you can different items related to the aquatic life and even a snack bar by the name of ‘Coral Cafe’ with a lunch menu and several drinks. Furthermore, beaches like Pointe aux Biches and Mont Choisy are at proximity from the Mauritius Aquarium so you can enjoy the later afternoon by organising a picnic with your friends and family or going for a stroll while enjoying the breathtaking views of the setting sun!
So if you are planning on spending a relaxed weekend in a calm and soothing environment while carrying on with your sightseeing venture, the Mauritius Aquarium is the answer for you!
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How to Reach Mauritius Aquarium
Coming from Port Louis, you have to drive to Arsenal by taking the M2 and A4 motorway, and it is a 10-minute ride. After reaching Arsenal, you have to change to the B41 and later take the B35. From there on, you have to drive ahead and switch to B38 in Pointe aux Piments. Continue on the Coastal Road and you will reach Mauritius Aquarium.