Aqua Florya Shopping and Life Center welcomed its first visitors on October 4, 2012, with a fresh new idea that seeks to alter people's perceptions of conventional shopping malls. The world's largest themed aquarium, Istanbul Akvaryum, is the most attractive feature of Aqua Florya, which combines entertainment and shopping under one roof. It also has a large amphitheater for different events, as well as exquisite tastes from various cooks, cafés and restaurants with a view of the sea. The shopping center, which is located in Florya Istanbul, offers 50.000 square meters of leasable space, 145 stores, 1.500 parking spaces, a 900-seat amphitheater, 11 cinema halls, 52.000 square meters of outdoor patios with walking areas, art and gallery areas, a 13.000 square meter big square, an open market, and a diverse range of brands. The doors to a wonderful perspective and atmosphere that will make you feel special are open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Best Aquarium in Istanbul
With its journey route, thematization, interaction, rainforest, and cutting-edge technology, it is the newest aquarium of its kind featuring fish species residing in the world's oceans. Due to its size, diversity of fish species, and activities along travel routes, Istanbul Akvaryum is a global leader among aquariums. It's a project that creates a lot of "firsts" and "mosts" in its area. By following a geographical path, tourists journey from the Black Sea to the Pacific, passing through 17 themes and one rainforest.
Cultural, geographical, historical, and architectural characteristics of each place emerge in the thematization of the spaces, along with appropriate ornamental elements, interactive games, videos, and visual graphics that give information about the region. Each space's sound and lighting systems have been organized in accordance with this thematization. In every way, Istanbul Akvaryum is handled by experts in their area and in accordance with international standards. All living species in Istanbul Akvaryum continue to exist in circumstances that are as close to their natural environment as possible.
Shark Diving in Istanbul
You just have to come to Istanbul Akvaryum if you want to dive among the most beautiful animals of the sea! By diving with sharks, one of our aquarium's most popular activities, you may have a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with these magnificent animals, or you can offer this unique experience to someone you care about as a present that they will remember for the rest of their lives. While diving with sharks in Istanbul Akvaryum, you will get the opportunity to view and swim with around twenty sharks from various parts of the globe. You will have memorable experiences with this activity, which you may perform alone or with your family and friends.
The shark dive is open to anyone over the age of 14 who is in good health and does not have any medical issues that would prevent them from diving. Participants get an unique "Istanbul Akvaryum Diving Certificate" after the dive. This certificate merely certifies that you took part in the shark dive activity and has no official status.
Souvenirs from the Aquarium
After visiting Istanbul Akvaryum, the world's largest themed aquarium, don't forget to browse our gift store near the exit for unique presents and souvenirs. The gift store has a wide variety of attractive and unique items, including bright toys, different souvenirs and decorations of marine animals from Istanbul Akvaryum, magnets, accessories, and trinkets for all tastes. You may retain one of the unique items in our store as a memento or give it to someone who is interested in the sea and its animals as a thoughtful and thoughtful present. You can also buy souvenirs from historical places such as Topkapi Palace, or from museums where amazing artwork prints are available: such as Pera Museum!