Sea Life Aquarium Istanbul
#54 in Istanbul
Get a close up view of life under the sea!
There's so much to see, learn and do at Sea Life Aquarium! Meet the largest collection of sharks in the world, see whales and sea turtles and many more amazing sea creatures. You can even touch starfish and crabs in the interactive rockpools. Walk through the 83m long underwater Ocean Tunnel and admire the giant Sea Bed display and you'll feel like you're under the ocean yourself. You will be amazed by life under the sea!
Simply show your Istanbul Tourist Pass at the entrance and have the experience of a lifetime!
Hours & Schedule
Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 19:00
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 - 20:00
How To Get There?
Take the M1A or M1B metro line and get off at Kocatepe Station. Inside the metro station, take the Forum Istanbul Mall exit. The entrance to the Aquarium is outside the mall.
- Present your digital Istanbul Tourist Pass at the ticketing counter to get access to the aquarium.
- Any additional activities (e.g., diving, feeding the sea creatures, etc.) are not included.
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Among the many touristic attractions in Istanbul, Sea Life Istanbul may be one of the most unique places to visit. Rated as the 5th biggest aquarium in the world, it draws the attention of everyone from every age group regardless of their interest in sea life. If you are also willing to experience Sea Life Centre Istanbul Aquarium with its countless interesting sea creatures and observation areas, keep on reading for everything you have to know about it before your trip.
Sea Life Istanbul
Sea Life Aquarium Istanbul is a part of the Sea Life franchise, the biggest chain
of commercial aquariums in the world. They have more than 50 spots all around
the world, including USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and many more. They are owned
by Merlin Entertainments.
Sea Life Istanbul was opened in October 2009 in the shopping center Forum Istanbul in Bayrampasa. Its initial name was Turkuazoo, but after a short time, it became the property of Merlin Entertainment, who owns many valuable brands like Madame Tussauds and Legoland.
is the biggest aquarium in the whole Europe. It has 8,000 m3 total
water volume housing more than 15,000 sea creatures belonging to more than 500
different species and covers a total 55,000 m2 area. The entire
facility is disabled-friendly, so you can access every area with your baby
carriage or disabled chair. There are elevators for transportation between
floors and Sea Life Istanbul can provide you with a baby carriage or disabled
chair from the information desk. There are baby care rooms, masjids and safety
deposits too if you need them. You can’t bring your own food with you to the
facility, but you can buy snacks, sandwiches and drinks from the café inside or
you can eat at one of the many restaurants inside the Forum Istanbul.
Among the sea creatures you will see in Sea Life are the 2 largest sharks in Turkey. Not only that but you can observe more than 60 sharks belonging to 15 different species, such as the sand tiger, zebra and hammerhead sharks. Some other examples of the species living there are the large 3-meter-long rays, the horseshoe crabs, and the arapaima, which attracts attention with its large 1.5-meter-long tongue.
Sea Life Istanbul also has the only private Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center in Turkey. They bring in and treat the wounded sea turtles that were found in nature. Another interesting part is the stingray bay, where you can see the large, beautiful rays with faces that look like they are smiling. You can also see jelly fish tanks around the facility, on top of the café, gift shop and children’s area. Sea Life Istanbul can not only be a magical trip to the wonders of the ocean, but it can also host one of your special events like birthday parties, where they give juice, cake, pizza and gifts to the participants.
Where is Sea Life Aquarium Located?
Life Istanbul is located in the Forum Istanbul shopping center. This shopping
mall is very easy to get to, since it is just outside the Kocatepe metro stop.
You can reach this stop by either using the M1A Yenikapi – Ataturk Airport or
the M1B Yenikapi – Kirazli metro line.
If you cannot use the metro, the second easiest way to get to the Sea Life Istanbul is using the IETT buses like 32, 32A, 32M or 32T, all of which stop near the Forum Istanbul Shopping Mall.
go to the Sea Life Istanbul from the Anatolian side of Istanbul, you can use
the Marmaray to go to the Yenikapi stop. From there, transfer to either the M1A
Yenikapi – Ataturk Airport or the M1B Yenikapi – Kirazli metro lines, and you
will be able to go to the Kocatepe station easily.
If you are not close to any of the stops of the Marmaray, you can use the metrobus. You can get on one of the 34, 34AS, 34BZ, 34C, 34G or 34T metrobuses to go to the Merter stop and transfer to the M1A Yenikapi – Ataturk Airport metro line from there.
Sea Life Aquarium Opening Hours
Life Istanbul is open between 10 AM and 8 PM every day of the week, but the
last entry is at 7 PM. Also, we advise you to get your tickets
online to skip the crowded ticket lines and take advantage of the online ticket
Sea Life Aquarium entrance fee can change depending on your ticket type. There is a %20 discount on online Forum Istanbul Aquarium price, so unless you decide to visit the place last-minute, it is advised that you get your tickets online. For a single adult, an Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium ticket price is 55 Turkish Liras online. If you want a Madame Tussauds Istanbul ticket too, you can get a 2 Attractions Ticket for 79 Turkish Liras online. For a Legoland Discovery Centre Istanbul ticket on top of these, a 3 Attractions Forum Istanbul Aquarium ticket price is 95 Turkish Liras. If you are travelling with your kids, choosing one of the 3 Family Packs may make more sense since they include your children as well as other activities. The Sea Life Aquarium Istanbul price of these combined tickets may range from 212 Turkish Liras to 276 Turkish Liras depending on your choice. If you are going to visit with a group that has more than 10 guests, the ticket price for each individual goes down to 68 Turkish Liras.
Of course, if you want to visit all of these places along with many other cultural and historical spots in Istanbul, you can get an Istanbul Tourist Pass, in which all of these are already included.
Other than visiting the many stores, cafés and restaurants of the large Forum Istanbul Shopping Mall, the next best thing you can do near Sea Life Istanbul is visiting the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Istanbul with your kids. It is the first LEGOLAND in Turkey and has many entertaining and educational sections for your kids like Kingdom Quest, Creative Workshop and Merlin’s Apprentice Ride.