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Zoomarine Algarve

Posted on July 23, 2010 by Ben Algarve

We have family visiting us at the moment and they kindly treated us to a day at Zoomarine Algarve.

Zoomarine is a sea-life based theme park near Albufeira, with an aquarium, water and fairground rides along with various animal shows.

I’ll start my report with a word about dolphins. Until I mentioned on my Facebook wall that I had been to a dolphin show which attracted several comments, I was unaware that a lot of people see these shows as being inhumane.

Zoomarine Algarve - Dolphins

Zoomarine Algarve – Dolphins

Now I can’t say for certain, as I struggle to speak Portuguese, let alone dolphin, but the affinity the trainers seemed to have with these dolphins was both touching and awe-inspiring. One section when the dolphins pulled the trainers through the water by their feet, following by lots of affectionate cuddles with the dolphins truly brought a tear to the eye. I must say that from what I saw, it certainly appeared that the dolphins and trainers shared a lot of love and the dolphins seemed to love performing.

I may be wrong about all this, and it may be that other places like this do not treat the dolphins correctly, but everything I saw at Zoomarine seemed to be about caring for the animals and the environment – if it IS inhumane they hide it well – anyone with evidence to the contrary, please tell me and I won’t go back!

Anyway, back to the point. After the dolphin show, which really blew us away, we had a good look round and went on the basic but fun fairground rides, including a big wheel which terrified my dear wife!

The aquarium wasn’t the biggest one I have ever seen but was enjoyable – I can spend hours happily looking at fish. We also went on the water rides and spent a while sitting by the inviting, but hugely busy swimming pools.

Food was the typical theme-park junk food, but, very surprisingly, sold at prices that weren’t a huge rip-off – a very welcome break from the norm.

All in all, a lovely day with the family at a place that didn’t rip you off, and accommodated the crowds fairly well, aside from the scrum just before the dolphin show – this isn’t the place for adrenaline filled theme park rides but for a great day out with a lot of variety I do recommend Zoomarine.

Photo credit: The Admiralty

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  1. CcoR says:

    Hi there,

    Zoomarine is really a nice place to go.

    If you like to stay watching at fish, then you hav eto go to see this:


  2. admin says:

    Hi CcoR,

    Yep, we love all that stuff, can’t wait to go to the Ocenarium next time we visit Lisbon 🙂


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  3. Sarah says:

    I am visiting portugal soon and would consider going here if they look after the animals. And sound like they do from what u have said.
    I have been to Bulgaria and wanted to see their dolphins but was told by other tourists that the place was very tatty and pool dirty and not fit for animals at all. If they cant be bothered to clean the pools they probably wouldnt look after the animals.
    So i never visted it cause it would have been too up-setting; so if u visit there do not go here!!!

  4. admin says:

    Hi Sarah,

    A lot is made at Zoomarine about how the animals are the priority and that is certainly the impression we left with – it’s definitely not tatty or dirty.


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