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Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium, Istanbul

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Tour Turkey's first public aquarium at Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium, one of the largest institutions of its kind in Europe and a center for marine observation and conservation. Get a close look at underwater creatures and their environments in the ocean tunnel, where the tank surrounds you and fish swim overhead. Don't miss the largest collection of sharks in Europe; try to identify species like sand, tiger, grey reef, bonnethead, zebra, and bowmouth. End the experience at the interactive pool, where you can touch tame sea creatures like starfish. Try to plan your visit with a shark dive to see staff interact with the animals. Using our custom trip planner, Istanbul attractions like Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Cool sea life aquarium , kids will enjoy and you will definitely enjoy it , and you will be amazed ,staff are friendly , place are quite and clean and you will spend at least an hour to complete .  more »
  • An amazing place to spend with your family. I spent 3 hours there and it was really enjoyable. For those interested in knowing, there are signs for every fish that explain what they are and what their...  more »
  • i did visit here with my family couple years ago It was my first aquarium but didnt like it. It was too crowded. It was Too small. Even the creatures seem Not being Happy At all. Overall it was a wast...  more »
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  • Sea life experience with such a close distance was awesome. I had to hurry as I went there at the last moment before closing. I wish I could have some more time to be there
  • Great experience. Our ticket had 50%off and it was worth it. It's the 5th biggest aquarium of the world. They have white sharks too and a big tunnel.
  • Totally amazing experience. Me and my wife payed 96TL for this, but in my opinion we got more than we paid. I thought that the akvarum will be small but I wasn't right, the akvarum is so so huge, and you will be shocked by the number of kinds you will see!
  • It's the best aquarium I have ever seen. Has lots of kind in it.
  • Wonderful pluce to have fun with your family

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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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