The Fakieh Aquarium in Jeddah is the only aquarium within the kingdom, that is open to the public. The impeccably designed aquarium is clean, and offers a glimpse life from bodies of water around the world.
My visit to Fakieh Aquarium began with the dolphin and sea lion show, which was spectacular. While watching the dolphin and sea lion show, one can see an incredible link between the trainers and animals. The animals are phenomenal with their abilities to follow command, jump through hoops and even dance. The show itself consists of 2 - 3 trainers at a time providing commands to 2 -4 dolphins, followed by 2 sea lions. The typical dolphin and sea lion show lasts about 45 minutes to approx 1 hour, afterwards we made our way into the actual aquarium.
As soon as guests make entrance into the aquarium, one is provided with facts pertaining to sea life, primarily in the Red Sea. As a guest proceeds through the aquarium we are faced with over 200 species of sea life; each one more fascinating than next. With each exhibit, there are facts and an information placard on the wall for guests to read and become further educated on what exactly they’re looking at. As we make our way through the aquarium we can see everything from groupers and seahorses to jellyfish. One of the main attractions in the aquarium is a fully enclosed 360* degree walk-through that even includes more aggressive sea creatures like sharks. As the tour comes to an end there will be a retail shop waiting at the top, with gifts for everyone - children and adults alike.
The Fakieh Aquarium is located right on the Red Sea, with parking available on-site. There are couple of different options when purchasing tickets at the counters; one can purchase a regular aquarium tour for $50 SAR or aquarium and dolphin show tickets for $100 SAR. The aquarium is fairly sizeable so if visiting with children, be prepared to walk.
TIP: Take your time; there is so much to see - slow down, read the informational placards.
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