Nha Trang Oceanographic Institute Review

Nha Trang Oceanographic Institute is one of the 2 attractions that houses aquariums which showcases marine life in Nha Trang. The other aquarium I did not manage to visit is the Tri Nguyen Aquarium, which is located on Hon Mieu Island.

Nha Trang Oceanographic Institute would be more of a museum and a research center, rather than an aquarium. Its main function was to carry out fundamental research and investigation, to develop oceanographical technology. The place also provides training and education on marine science and other related fields as defined by law.

Key Highlights

We stepped into the compound which definitely has institute-like features, reminding me of school. The entrance fees were 40,000 VND for adults, 20,000 VND for students and 10,000 VND for pupils.

The first thing which greeted us was the skeleton of the humpback whale. The entire place felt quite empty with only a couple of other corals, a Chinese sturgeon and “jaws” on display. As we walked into the next section, there was a huge tank with white/black tip reef shark and nurse sharks. There was also a mangrove segment where I caught sight of a few crocodiles laying low in the water.

As we continued exploring the place, there were more tanks that houses a range of marine life. Finally, there is a biodiversity exhibition that span across 3 levels. There were various specimen of marine creatures, plants and rocks collected through scientific research missions and preserved. Some people would think that it is creepy to see research specimens being stored in jars with liquid. I found it exciting as it felt similar to the scene from a science fiction movie!

In conclusion, Nha Trang Oceanographic Institute would be considered a mini underwater world where you could bring children to. Since it is located at the Southern coast of Nha Trang, we decided to take the cable car ride over to VinWonders Nha Trang on the same day.

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