Poema-del-Mar opened in 2017 and is a huge aquarium which has been designed to display the biodiversity of our lakes and oceans in a fascinating and up close display. There is also a jungle section with a focus on the reptiles and fish found in the rivers and swamps of the jungle.
Poema del Mar is in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on the north-eastern tip of Gran Canaria island in the Eastern Canary Islands.
Explore the Poema del Mar aquarium
The Poema del Mar aquarium has three main sections, the deep ocean, the reef-beach and the jungle. The deep ocean is the most exciting with its large tunnels that you walk through to have the experienc of sharks and dolphins and lots of fish swimming all around you.
There are about 3000 different specimens of 40 or so different species in the deep ocean tank and these include sandbar sharks, white-tip sharks, nurse sharks and Sand Tiger sharks
The Reef-Beach area welcomes species that are found in the coral reefs of the wild and show the wonderful colours and diversity of fish that can be found in the reefs.
The Jungle section allows you to walk round a recreated jungle environments with rocks and jungle plants and ponds designed to represent the Amazon, the Tsingy nature reserve and there is even a Baobab tree! Lizards, turtles, crocodiles and lots of fish live in the jungle area.
As well as being a place of entertainment the Poema del Mar has a conservation and educational role. Many of iits species are on the Red List of Threatened species and so raising awareness of their plight is part of the goal of the aquarium.
Poema del Mar is part of the Loro Park group and a number of its species have come from its sister aquarium of Loro Parque at Puerto de la Cruz. This is due to successful breeding programs at Loro Park and as it matures Poema del Mar is also successfully breeding some of its fish and other species at the aquarium.
Once you have visited all the different sights of the aquarium there is a restaurant with windows onto the aquarium so you can enjoy views of the fish as you eat your meal.
The Poema del Mar aquarium is open every day of the year and costs 25 euros for an adult ticket.
Where to visit nearby?
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has a beautiful old centre and is UNESCO World Heritage listed. The wonderful sand dunes of Maspalonas and Playa del Ingles are nearby. Here you will find beaches and resorts but also protected areas.
If you are looking for more attractions then there is the Loro Park zoo and aquarium at Puerto de la Cruz on Tenerife island as well as Siam Park at Adeje and Aqualand at Costa Adeje, both also on Tenerife island. If you plan to go to Loro Park and or Siam Park too then let them know at the ticket desk as there are multi-park ticket reductions available.
You can find more local travel ideas in the Eastern Canary Islands guide.