Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Gournes

4.2
Must see · Aquarium · Zoo / Aquarium
Get close to hundreds of species of Mediterranean sea life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos. Relevant for both kids and adults, the aquarium houses sharks, turtles, eels, jellyfish, and more. The aquarium opened in 2005 and is operated by the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research. Pick up an audio guide to learn about the animals in each tank and their natural habitats. A visit to Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Gournes journey app to plot your vacation.
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  • You don't need to buy a ticket in advance, you can just come to the aquarium and buy a ticket there. It is a small aquarium so don't expect to spend hours inside. the exhibits were nice and clean...  more »
  • A nice aquarium with a great variety of sea life specimens. Children will enjoy the tour, especially the big tank with the sarks. Worth every minute you spend there.  more »
  • Considering how far we had to travel from Heraklion center to get to the aquarium, we were quite disappointed in the experience. The staff were very friendly and helpful, which was great. We first...  more »
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  • I liked it here. Everything was very beautiful. You can walk through everything quite quickly or like I did i stopped for the fishes cause €10 was paid.
  • Good for 10EUR. As we are fond of zoos and specially when it introduces the work with the animals. The sea life in the aquarium is nice to see but not so full as we recently visited one in the Klaipeda Lithuania. I got exited for the octopus but the tank it is in is kind of small and he is mostly hidden in one of the caves he is provided. The sharks were nice but there is better view for sharks in Barcelona. Recommendation from my side for the staff from me is to provide more information about the sea life. The tank of wastes in the sea was nice. It is really good to know that throwing baby diapers into the sea really affects the sea life. The story about plastic bags vs turtles and jellyfish was awesome to learn about. But please add more texts about the fish you present. I think this one was the shortest trip in the aquarium we had. Overall, not sure it is worth to visit if you had been in other aquariums. The staff is nice though. And the price was not so expensive. Just felt a bit short and lazy presented.
  • Neat aquarium. The tanks are impressive, you can also see some >3m sharks. Would recommend to take the audio guide since there are only few information boards. 10€ for adults was a little much.
  • Impressive marine exhibit. Highlights include sharks, turtles and other exotic fish. I would recommend paying a visit, you'll probably spend between 45-60 minutes here for 6 euros p.p. (with student discount). Possible improvements for the Cretaquarium are to introduce more various fish types. 50% of the exhibits are the samey small grey fish. Would love to see different types.
  • Extraordinary place!! Sharks, turtles, clown fish, jelly fish and so many other fish species kept us company for more than an hour.. we even saw the virtual reality's film (it was really like being submerged in the ocean).Don't miss it!!

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