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Welcome to our Nausicaa review. The intended experience is one where sea creatures have centre stage, there are in fact 36,000 of them, most on display in one form or another. The concept of the Sea Life project is exactly that, to demonstrate the life of the sea. It allows visitors to explore the marine world through visual displays and artefacts, soundscapes and of course aquariums.
We've been running a range of tourism features focussing on the Pad De Calais region for many years. Nausicaa is one of the most popular attractions in Boulogne, if you've visited or have some feedback we'd like to hear from you. You can use our contact details at the foot of the page. Follow this link for main French tourism page.
A tour of the Sea Life facility will take between two and three hours, if you have young people with a little natural curiosity it could take even a little longer. You can of course leave the attraction at any time you want. Nausicaa has something to interest people of every age, if you're staying in the area for any length of time it would be somewhere you would be well advised to see.
The central role of the centre is in the promotion of an understanding the sea and marine life. In particular the waters adjacent to France and her territories. The sheer scale of the exhibits is impressive, there are over 12,000 sea creatures and other exhibits in the collection as a whole. The star attraction on my last visit was still 1.2 million litre shark pool. If you're not convinced take a look at the website it gives a pretty good impression about what you can expect from your visit.
There are continual developments and improvements to the exhibits but at the time of writing the leading attractions included: The huge Shark Tank displays both the majesty of this legendary creature while exhibits and displays also illustrate their vulnerability, millions of sharks are killed every year, often simply to use the finds or in the preparation of traditional medicine. The Tropical Lagoon takes you to the environment of coral reefs and mangroves, a world incredibly rich in biodiversity. The exhibits have hundreds of beautiful tropical fish set in a naturalistic environment. The Nausicaa Sea Lion Experience takes the visitor into the world of six California sea lions through a glass tunnel where the sea lions can take a 360 degree view of the visitor. A petting pool in an aquarium? Who wouldn't like to get hands on with a ray?
Other important exhibits include; The World's Oceans, the Submerged Forest and last but not least the Penguin Corral which will charm visitors young and old.
I didn't realise just how impressive Nausicaa was until I visited the place with my family on on wet and windy day during the Easter holidays. It all but saved our short break,without doubt it is the best place we have visited in the last few years, all of our children (aged 7 to 16) engaged with the experience and we could have stayed there all day had time permitted it. I don't think your review does the place full justice. How about some pictures of the sea lions? The Smiths
I've just returned from France, our weekend break included a trip to Nausicaa. On reflection we wanted to rate the experience as highly as possible, worth a trip to Boulogne just for this. Tickets aren't cheap but it really is a great experience. I've never seen such a place in the UK! F Walton
As you can imagine opening hours are subject to change, whilest the facility is generally opening as advertised particular exhibitions do require maintenance and upgrading and all facilities may not be open all the time. If you are going to see something in particular call them up or email to be sure.
Nausicaa is closed on 25 December and on 1st January until 2:00 PM.
Prices are subject to change so please confirm with the website before you visit.
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