The Malta National Aquarium is one of the most popular attractions in Malta. Designed and built in the shape of a starfish, the aquarium features 26 display tanks, many of which showcase Mediterranean fish found in the waters around the island country. All of the tanks are designed to imitate a natural underwater environment, but also feature historical artifact replicas famous to Malta, such as a Roman shipwreck or wreckage of wartime planes.
The aquarium houses nearly 200 various species of fish, many of which are featured in the main tank. Travelers can wander the main tank's walk-through tunnel to experience the feeling of being underwater while also getting close-up views of many Indian Ocean species, including the black tip shark. Visitors can also check out the interactive touch pool and view a short film about the aquarium's offerings.
The Malta National Aquarium is located in the resort town of Qawra on St Paul's Bay in northeast Malta. A car park and street parking are available, as are gift shops, a restaurant and facilities for local diving schools. It is open daily from 10am to 6pm (last entry at 5:30pm).