Named after the Greek mythical heroine, Nausicaa is much more than just an aquarium. It is a centre where the marine environment can be explored in a fun, educational and scientific way. In 25 years, Nausicaa has welcomed over 16 million visitors and become a major player in raising awareness of the marine environment and the sustainability of our oceans. Above all, the Centre’s role is to educate and encourage the general public how we can protect our marine life for the future, the impact of our resources and how we each can help towards marine conservation.
Nausicaa has been declared a UNESCO “Centre of Excellence” due to its awareness-raising activities and achievements. Its new extension, shaped as a manta ray, has been a true architectural, aquatic and technical challenge and have never realised to this scale in Europe before, boasting various panoramic viewing angles to discover the giant aquarium, which recreates the ecosystem of the high seas modelled on the island of Malpelo, off the coast of Colombia.
Its new visitor experience, “Journey on the High Seas”, includes a 10,000 m3 tank, 22,000 new sea creatures, including hammerheads and manta rays, and an 18-metre-long transparent tunnel, and an under water trench measuring 7.5 metres which leads the way to the highlight of this extension: a spectacular 20×5 metres panoramic window offering a full view of the tank and its ecosystem.
This extension makes Nausicaa one of the largest aquariums in the world. Just a short distance from the Channel Tunnel in the heart of the Opal Coast landscape, Boulogne Sur Mer is an ideal destination for a quick weekend escapade. Full of history and heritage, its charm will surprise you and make you want to go back time and again.