Top 10 Largest Aquariums in the World

If you love exploring aquariums, then you will surely want to see the top ten largest aquariums in the world. Thousand of tourists visit these aquariums everyday just to see their unique exhibits, the amazing collections of marine and aquatic life, and spectacular marine mammals.

Here is the list of the top 10 Largest Aquariums in the World (ranked by their tank size).

10. Aquarium of Western Australia:

Aquarium of Western Australia
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Ranked in the 10th position is the Aquarium of Western Australia in Perth. AQWA is Australia’s largest aquarium, having a tank with a capacity of 793,000 gallons. The main tank holds only seawater as it houses a number of marine fish and animal species. The aquarium also boasts a 322 ft underwater tunnel.

Visitors and snorkeling enthusiasts are welcomes to enjoy and get even closer to the rays, fish and sharks here.

9. Aquarium of Genoa:

Aquarium of Genoa
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This Italy based aquarium is one of the largest in Europe. During the time of Expo 92, this aquarium was built at Genoa. The aquarium’s huge tanks provide a simulated habitat for many marine and terrestrial animals. In total, the tanks at the Aquarium house more than 6000 animals.

Some of the unique habitats resemble different natural environments; ranging from the Red Sea, the Mediterranean marine habitat and the Indian Ocean. This aquarium is also home to some sharks, seals and dolphins.

8. Shanghai Ocean Aquarium:

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
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This huge aquarium is one amongst the best and largest aquariums in Asia. The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium boasts 9 exhibition zones; featuring some of the most diverse marine habitats of the world. Popular exhibits include the Antarctic zone, the China Zone and the Australia Zone.

Top attractions include the underwater tunnel that spans over 509 ft.

7. uShaka Marine World:

uShaka Marine World
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The uShaka Marine World is the largest aquarium in Africa. In total, the park boasts 32 tanks, each with unique sea animals. This theme park is located in the city of Durban in South Africa.

This unique aquarium is home to some rare sea creatures; including those small sea horses to a number of large sharks and dolphins. The Cargo Hold restaurant at the uShaka World contains a full wall sized aquarium with numerous sharks and other marine animals.

6. Monterey Bay Aquarium:

Monterey Bay Aquarium
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While visiting San Francisco, don’t miss the 16 mile scenic drive to Monterey Bay and Carmel. Here at the Monterey bay, you will find the world’s 6th largest aquarium.

This beautiful aquarium is known for its numerous exhibits and two gigantic tanks. The centerpiece of the Ocean’s Edge Wing is the most popular exhibit at this aquarium. Marine life on exhibit includes numerous fish, ray, and aquatic mammal species.

5. Turkuazoo:

Turkuazoo
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This Turkey based aquarium is one of the newest aquariums in the world. This 5th ranked aquarium is Turkey’s first giant aquarium that not only features a 5 million liter tank, but also a huge rainforest, tropical zone and flooded forest area. The aquarium is inside the famous Forum Istanbul Shopping Mall in Turkey.

Turkuazoo is home to some beautiful tiger sharks, giant sting rays and piranhas.

4. L’Oceanografic:

L'Oceanografic
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L’Oceanogràfic is an aquarium in Spain that boasts a number of amazing habitats. This marine complex is located in the city of Valencia, Spain. With more than 45,000 marine creatures, this aquarium holds the 4th ranking among the top ten list of the largest aquariums in the world.

The aquarium features some under water towers, tunnels and huge tanks that showcases the unique marine ecosystems.

3. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium:

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
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Japan’s Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium takes the 3rd ranking on the list. This aquarium is nestled within the famous Ocean Expo Park in Japan.

The main tank of the aquarium houses a number of beautiful and huge marine species; including manta rays, whale sharks, and sting rays. The chief exhibit of the aquarium is known as Kuroshio Sea, which is a huge 7.5 million litre tank.

2. Dubai Mall Aquarium:

Dubai Mall Aquarium
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This huge aquarium is located inside the world’s largest shopping mall of the Dubai Mall. This gigantic aquarium boasts a 10 million litre tank, housing marine animals from all across the world.

You will find a total of 33,000 living animals within this huge aquarium arena, with even huge sharks and manta rays housed here. The aquarium has also gained popularity for having the largest Acrylic Panel in the world.

1. Georgia Aquarium:

Georgia Aquarium
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The Atlanta based Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the world. After the huge donation of $250 million from Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, the Georgia Aquarium project was started. This is the only aquarium facility in the USA that houses whale sharks.

Guests will see the huge sharks at the aquarium’s gigantic and most popular Ocean Voyager exhibit.

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