Cité de l'Océan, Biarritz

2.5
#4 of 9 in Sightseeing in Biarritz
Tourist Spot Educational Site
Dive into Cité de l'Océan to understand more about aquatic life. Where does the water in the oceans come from? How are waves formed? Did Atlantis really exist? Would we be here if the ocean never existed? Is the ocean in danger today?

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  • Too bad... some well-made attractions.. .several weren't... well done but too short 3-d film. The pull of the boat in the storm... the guide did his max to make us laugh.. .the children have loved...
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  • The perfect virtual reality entertainment... Film 3d also... A greener view would have been a more...
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  • As for the futuroscope of Poitiers, the ocean city offers fun activities. To do the 5 d surfing is quite impressive as immersive experience (you even wind and water...) In addition, a good dose of ecological culture (after the film on the Galapagos Islands you want to save the nature...). Finally the restoration area is very well. The dishes are home made and the people are very nice (the place is beautiful and more). This is!
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  • I enjoyed what was there and appreciated that the audio is available in French, English and Spanish; however, I hope they do something with all of the space they have! The 2nd floor has a path to an auditorium and where the virtual reality surfing used to be, but that area is closed off. The virtual reality diving and surfing are both on the ground floor now. The exhibits are interactive and I found them interesting, but several did not work properly. The giant heads telling stories about the Bermuda Triangle and other mysteries are supposed to be followed by a video with the explanation, but only one worked for me. The others just shut off after the initial portion. If it's a rainy day in Biarritz, it's worth a visit. I hope they can add more to it in the future!
  • Lots to see and available in English, Spanish​and French. Interesting stuff and above all good air-conditioning.
  • Nice very educational, lovely staff great value with the aquarium combo deal.
  • Good use of technology to teach ocean science. Large open space inside museum allows students and families access to installations, without being too crowded. I enjoyed my time here and could recommend it for an afternoon out.
  • Modern structure, which clashes a bit with the area.

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