Welcome to the Malta National Aquarium

Located in one of Malta’s most picturesque promenades, the Malta National Aquarium is home to over a hundred different species of fish including sharks, rays, seahorses and eels.  It is one of the island’s top visitor attractions. The Malta National Aquarium complex comprises also the Cafe del Mar reef club, La Nave Bistro, a public landscape belvedere all with stunning views of St Paul’s islands.

About the Malta National Aquarium
Research & Conservation

The Malta National Aquarium research and conservation programs focus on local endemic endangered marine & fresh water species. Our team is working with the local NGO’s and governmental bodies on how to save endangered species from an uncontrolled extinction, while increasing the knowledge of these creatures.

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Exceptional

Whether you are looking for an attraction that appeals to the whole family, a good place to eat or simply a place to relax the Malta National Aquarium is the place to be.

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Environmental

We aim to be the leading entity for the promotion of preservation of the marine life and its environment. We work to instil amongst our visitors and staff a sense of  responsibility towards the environment particularly the marine environment.  In addition, we will  invest in the embellishment of Qawra point whilst protecting its picturesque natural surroundings.

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Educational

The Malta National Aquarium works with the ilearn Biology Team,  preparing high level educational programmes that are in line with the Maltese National curriculum.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Sharks

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Sharks do not have scales. A shark has tough skin that is covered by dermal denticles, which are small plates covered with enamel, similar to that found on human teeth. The teeth of sharks don’t have roots, so they usually fall out after about a week.

Seahorse

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Unlike many animal species the male seahorse is the one who carries the eggs until they hatch from its pouch, these are placed in the pouch by the female Seahorse. Seahorses species range from the smallest being around 11 mm to the largest up to 32 cm.

Octopus

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Octopuses have 3 hearts. 2 hearts which pump blood to each of the 2 gills. Then a main heart which pumps blood to the rest of the body. If 1 of the 2 hearts circulating the gills fails, the octopus will still survive but if the main hearth fails, the octopus will die.

Flying Fish

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The process of taking flight, or gliding, begins by gaining great velocity underwater, at about 37miles per hour. They then angle themselves upwards and break the surface and begin to take off by rapidly beating its tail while it is still beneath the surface.

Clown Fish

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The sea anemones have tentacles that can sting and poison, but the clown fish can still survive amongst its tentacles as it has a protective coating of mucus around the skin. As a result the clownfish and sea anemones have a symbiotic relationship.

Jelly Fish

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Jellyfish are made up of more than 95 % of water and existed before dinosaurs. The biggest jellyfish ever found had a diameter of 8 feet and its tentacles were as long as half the length of a football field! Box jellyfish’s sting can cause the death of the person within 3 minutes!

Opening Hours
  Starting from Monday 21st October The Malta National Aquarium is open on:
Mon-Fri 10AM, last entry 5PM and closes at 6pm. Sat-Sun 10AM – 8PM, last entry 7.30 PM
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Location
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Operational Programme I - Cohesion Policy 2007-2013
Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life
Project part-financed by the European Union
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Co-financing rate: 49% EU Funds; 08% National Funds
43% Marine Aquatic Ltd

Investing in your future

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The Aquarium visitor attraction in Qawra is an EU Co-Funded project being implemented through a private partnership (PPP) project between MTA and Marine Aquatic Limited.

www.europa.eu | www.ppcd.gov.mt