When I visited the island in December 2012 I was fortunate enough to experience the full extent of the oceanarium that really captivates the authentically of a replicate ocean floor, giving its visitors the opportunity to imagine what life would be like on the sea bed. A deliberately placed ship wreckage complete with coral helps to bolster this perception.
Majestic nurse sharks glide though the water, their blank eyes simultaneously striking you with the sensations of being slightly unnerved and yet also in awe.
Then there are other such kaleidoscopic wonders: comical puffer fish, sharp looking coconut crabs, exotic sea dragons, and sea angels (a strange, ethereal hybrid between a manta ray and a small shark). It really helps you to realise how we almost have the equivalent of alien life on our own planet, in terms of how little we know the mysterious ocean that has captured the hearts and stories of fishermen in mythical tales for centuries. Jellyfish, and fluorescent-looking coral seem worlds away.
Adult tickets are $29.90, a fairly affordable price considering the experience you take away from the aquarium, as it also includes the Dolphin Lodge: that's right, you get to swim with dolphins (permitting you go at the allocated times). Operational hours are 10.00am to 7.00pm