One of the first dolphinaria to open in Sochi, the Kurortny Gorodok Delphinarium in Adler opened in 1998. A traditional summer dolphinarium, it offers outdoor performances all year round. Visitors can admire bottlenose dolphins and white whales as they dive, sing and even paint! The art created by the dolphins can be purchased at auctions held during the performance. Recently, the dolphinarium added another attraction to its list: now, visitors can also swim with the dolphins and whales.
The biggest oceanarium on the Black Sea coast, the Sochi Discovery World Aquarium opened in 2009. It boasts 30 aquariums that together hold five million litres of water, a 40-metre see-through underwater tunnel and tropical rainforest with a waterfall. Among the oceanarium’s many striking inhabitants are sharks, moray eels, jellyfish, corals, rays and turtles. Visitors love to study them for hours before catching one of the shows with all but real mermaids, or watching the fish being fed. Some of the fish can be fed by the visitors themselves, for instance, the greedy Koi Carp. Getting into fights over every little piece of food, these always put on a good show for children and adults alike with their antics. Those who desire can even go diving in the largest aquarium after taking a special lesson and receiving a diving certificate.
- Ulitsa Lenina, 219a/4, Adler District
- from 350 rub.
- 7 (862) 246 36 56
Boasting one of the richest collections of marine inhabitants on the Black Sea coast, the Matsesta Aquarium opened in 2005. Besides the traditional aquariums with saltwater and freshwater fish, the aquarium offers several pools with crocodiles, a hippopotamus, penguins, iguanas and animals from the northern seas such as the walrus and several varieties of seal. The real stars of the aquarium, however, are the river otters Ashley and Garry. In 2014, this pair foretold the outcomes of sporting events at the Sochi Olympics! Visitors to the aquarium can also watch sharks, penguins, the crocodile and the hippo being fed, or enjoy one of the daily shows with the walrus and seals.
- Cheltenham Alley, 4, Khostinsky District
- from 250 rub.
- 7 (862) 267 72 26
- Ulitsa Egorova, 1, Central District
- from 800 rub.
- 7 (800) 770 07 23