Advantages 4 in 1 park, fun for all the family, great day out, dolphin show
Disadvantages I should have spent the whole day there, don't go in school holidays, food isn't great, expensive
You may be wondering what Zoomarine is - is it a zoo? An aquarium? A water park? A theme park? In actual fact it's all of those! On a very recent holiday to Portugal I decided to take the family.The Zoomarine is situated in the Algarve in the South West of Portugal (there is also one in Italy which I haven't visited). We had hired out a car so it was easy for us to get to, it was about a 20 minute drive from Portomao.
When we arrived at the Zoomarine the carpark was full. The carpark was quite large but I soon realised I had booked our holiday during Portugal school holidays! I was so busy trying to avoid UK school holidays that I didn't even give Portugal school holidays a second thought. I would definitely avoid visiting the Zoomarine during school holidays if possible as it was absolutley packed and there were queues and crowds for everything.
The entrance is a white U shaped building with a ticket booth built into it. Once you have got your tickets you can proceed through the turnstiles by popping your ticket inside. On the other side of the turnstiles is a photo opportunity where they take your photo infront of a Zoomarine sign and give you a piece of paper with a number on to view your photo at the exit. You are also given a very useful map with all the presentation times on it.Ticket prices are as follows:
The first thing you come to is a dolphin enclosure. This is where they put on a show called 'Dolphins in Motion'. There was a big queue for the show but we got in at the very last minute. There were hundreds of seats that were all filled up, we managed to grab a couple of seats near the front. There are 2 or 3 rows of unused seats at the front - don't attempt to use these seats as they don't give a very good view and you could end up looking into a murky tank rather than watching the action happen on top of the water. Our seats were good as we could see into the tank aswell as on top of it and the dolphins got really close to us. The show started off with a man playing a bongo drum in the crowd, he soon got the whole crowd interacting with him with the help of only one bongo drum and one whistle. Eventually the show started and the dolphins and trainers came out to some epic music.
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