Exploring the sea to the ocean floor21 June, 2013 by Muneerah Bee
The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium at the Ocean Expo Park is a place often recommended to tourists. It’s no wonder as it is often touted to be among the best aquariums in the world.
The must-see (and hard-to-miss) feature of the place is the area named “The Kuroshio Sea” where a ginormous tank with a capacity of 7,500 m³ is home to whale sharks, manta rays and other sea creatures (first photo above).
In “The Coral Sea” exhibit, the aquarium has recreated the sea that surrounds Okinawa. For those of us who don’t dive, this might be the closest we can get to see the corals and underwater landscape that surround the island. Another exhibit goes deeper into the sea with unique and rarely seen marine life, which quite literally, do not see the light of day.
Within a short walk away from the aquarium, you can find other sea animals at the Dolphin Lagoon, Sea Turtle Pool and Manatee Pool; and you can also see the dolphins in action at the Okichan Theater. If you’ve had your share of underwater adventures for the day, there are also the History & Culture zone and Flowers & Greenery zone in the Ocean Expo Park.
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
424 Ishikawa, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun
Okinawa 905-0206, Japan