Cité de l'Océan, Biarritz

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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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  • August 18, 2017
    Many kiosks to learn and test their knowledge. Animations virtual reality including the surf in the tube, very realistic. On the other hand, a lot of tail when we visited in early afternoon (normal!). The city closes at 22: 00 so the evening slot is perhaps less populated. Superb film 3D on the Galapagos. meeting in English, not a problem even without understanding the language of Shakespeare and especially no tail unlike sessions in french.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Activities are surprising, a real treat! Few people yesterday between 11: 00 and 14: 00, we rarely waited. I recommend diving and surfing in reality virtual as well as the Galapagos 3D movie. Sublime moment
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  • August 17, 2017
    We arrived almost at the opening and were very welcome. No waiting in the various workshops, staff attentive and friendly. Two very nice surf animations with a very realistic (Word of surf) the film on the Galapagos (40 min) long but exciting. My teens loved it. I highly recommend the city of the ocean (not a day of rain like everyone else of course!)
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  • September 3, 2017
    The exhibit relies on a lot of technology to relate different topics about the ocean. I will not recommend to toddlers though. Nice view from the restaurant.
  • August 1, 2017
    Not worth the money. Wish we had read reviews beforehand as would not have went. Issued we came across seem to have been going on for years. Visited 01 Aug 17. Interactive, multi language attractions are nothing new and can be done so well. This is not one of those. Entrance on the ground floor is pleasant enough and gift shop ok. Display floors are below. Down to the first level and there is nothing other that a few random posters about surfing that seem out of place. Things don't improve on the main display floor. Little or no clear direction about the point of displays and their connection to each other and what order they should be visited in. Fixed audio stations in French Spanish and English are great thanks but all were clearly old and in poor condition and many did not work in any language and there simply weren't enough. Fixed audio aids also meant you had to queue up to wait fir an ear peace. Those displays where the audio was played on a speaker could hardly be hard once a nearby display was started. The VR stands may have been good but some were clearly not working fully (the moving surf boards) and as the other displayed were so poor the lines for the VR were so big we could not be bothered. Overall very disappointing. Badly done and then poorly maintained. A waste of money.
  • May 6, 2017
    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!
  • June 21, 2017
    Lots to see and available in English, Spanish​and French. Interesting stuff and above all good air-conditioning.
  • June 25, 2017
    Nice very educational, lovely staff great value with the aquarium combo deal.

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