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Explore The Oceanarium

Take an underwater adventure around the waters of the world and come face to face with hundreds of awesome creatures.

Home to all your favourites from flamboyant clownfish and tiny terrapins, to stunning sharks and the infamous piranha. Immerse yourself in a sea of colour, with nine spectacular recreated environments:


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See what we have to offer with our new 3D interactive leaflet!



Oceanarium's interactive map

Use the Oceanarium's Interactive Map to explore the Aquarium before visiting!

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Oceanarium's biggest characters

Meet our residents! See if you can spot our biggest personalities as you wander around the Oceanarium! Download the pdf so you can bring it with you on your visit.

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THE Amazon

Explore The Amazon

Marvel at peculiar catfish, graceful freshwater rays and the intriguing red devil cichlids in the Oceanarium’s Amazon display

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Explore Otter Oasis

The Oceanarium is delighted to announce that Otter Oasis is now open!

Following a £150,000 investment, this brand new naturally themed display is now home to two very cute Oriental small clawed otters! Set in a lush bamboo forest with rocky pools and flowing streams, watch them swim, splash feed and play in their luxury home.
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Explore The Ganges

Explore the Ganges and Africa displays - see a myriad of barbs and cichlids, find out about bizarre snake-necked turtles and the curious upsidedown catfish, and don’t miss the water dragons living above the water.
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Marine Research Laboratory

Explore The Marine Research Laboratory

The Marine Research Lab is home to some of the world’s most unusual inhabitants. Take a closer look at boxfish, seahorses and everyone’s favourite, the clownfish. Take a peek at the coral nursery and discover spiny-tailed lizards and horsefield tortoises in the Reptile Sanctuary.

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Experience The world’s first Interactive Dive Cage

The Reptile Sanctuary is home to some of the Oceanarium's slightly scalier creatures, which includes horsefield tortoises and spiny tailed lizards.

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Interactive Dive Cage

Experience The world’s first Interactive Dive Cage

Experience the world’s first Interactive Dive Cage and take a virtual adventure to discover more about magnificent sea creatures including great white sharks, dolphins and manta rays – without getting wet!

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Great Barrier Reef

Explore The Great Barrier Reef

Stroll underwater in our amazing tunnel and meet sharks and stingrays whilst enormous green sea turtles swim above your head.

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The Abyss

Explore The Abyss

Venture in to the darkest depths of the Abyss and find out more about the eerie creatures that live without light.

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Explore Global Meltdown

What would happen if the ice caps melted and your world was flooded with water? Find out in the ALL NEW Global Meltdown experience with spectacular theming, state of the art technology and amazing interactive displays.
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Key West

Explore Key West

The final display in the Oceanarium adventure is the Key West display, home to some unusual species of shark, including horn sharks and zebra sharks as well as the guitarfish – the shark with the head of a ray!

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A-Z Creatures

Find out about many of the fascinating creatures that live here at the Oceanarium.

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The Oceanarium is passionate about conservation issues. Find out about fundraising for our dedicated charity – CBD-Habitat Foundations Monk Seal Conservation Project, plus useful links to many conservation trusts and charities.

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And don’t forget your ticket is valid all day, so if you miss one of our informative talks, please come back later in the day. Talks take place at 10:30am, 11am, 12pm, 12:30pm, 1pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm and 4pm.

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Oceanarium, the award winning Bournemouth Aquarium, is top of the list of where to go and what to do in Dorset. We are a fun, friendly, all weather attraction situated on the seafront, next to the pier. The Oceanarium is home to thousands of sea life creatures and welcomes families, schools, educational trips, group bookings and is a unique private hire venue. It provides disabled wheelchair access and is pushchair friendly. Bournemouth is one the largest tourist destinations on the south coast of England. Visit the Oceanarium for a great day trip out for all the family.