Nausicaá, Boulogne-sur-Mer


France's top sea world attraction, less than a 45 minute drive from our Calais Terminal


An unforgettable deep sea adventure...

Home to over 35,000 fish and other marine creatures, Nausicaá is the ultimate undersea family day out. Get to stroke the stingrays, meet the penguins, have a close encounter with the sharks and much more. A hands-on experience that combines education and entertainment.

Aquariums and exhibitions

Visit giant aquariums, attractions, animal reserves and exhibitions featuring live broadcast from all around the world in the interactive TV platform. A unique and inspiring opportunity to learn more about the fascinating world of marine life.

New Exhibition

The biodiversity of the tropical forest

Chameleon credit : Tom Junek - Licence CC BY-SA 3.0/Wikimedia
Snake credit : Mwx - Licence PD Wikimedia

For its 25th anniversary, NAUSICAA has designed a colourful new exhibition. With yellow frogs, green snakes, a green gecko and several chameleons, there will be a whole palette of colours on show to mark this very special year. A visit to NAUSICAA will end in one final burst of colour in the exit corridor, which has been totally redesigned and turned into a tropical forest. Biodiversity on land and sea are totally interlinked, forming a single ecosystem. The tropical forest is a symbol of biodiversity, just like a coral reef.

Of all the species living in the tropical forest, NAUSICAA has decided to display frogs, lizards, snakes and chameleons. Frogs are the most common amphibians in the rainforest. Unlike frogs from temperate climates, tropical frogs live in trees thanks to the humidity in the forest. This ecosystem is also home to lizards and numerous constrictor snakes or snakes with very little venom. The long corridor flanking the tropical forest opens onto a wonderful display of crocodiles and freshwater fish in the Submerged Forest.

Ocean & Climate: Hot Times Ahead!

The Ocean is at the heart of the gigantic world climate machine. But climate deregulation is affecting the vast ocean reaches and the incredible diversity of species they contain. The whole of the Earth’s natural balance is being disrupted. The impact can be felt on our whole way of life: health, safety, food, economy, housing, culture, employment, etc.

Humanity can change the way its sees the world and restore the natural balances, use resources better, depollute, innovate and find new activities to create jobs and wealth.

To tackle this issue, NAUSICAA has imagined an emotionally-charged experience providing visitors with an understanding of the role of the Ocean, the effects of global warming on their everyday lives and encouraging them to take action to combat this and limits its scale.

This exhibition is staged in partnership with Météo-France (the French national meteorological service) and the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (the French national museum of natural history).

The Californian Sea Lions

sea lions

The Californian reserve has 400 seats in terraces covered with bamboo. Come and observe the Californian Sea Lions as they exercise every day. The public can attend daily trainings of the 6 sea lions, presented by their carers.

Upon leaving the Californian Sea Lions' Reserve, discover the new area dedicated to biodiversity and protected marine sites. Enter into the universe of marine parks and the immense wild domains that are inhabited by seals, elephant seals or sea lions.

Touch Tank

Get to stroke the stingrays in NAUSICAA's touch pool! The stingrays will lift their head out of the water, inviting you to join them, touch them, and experience the ocean from a different perspective...

Island Stories

Island Stories offers visitors the chance to marvel, travel and change their surroundings with spectacular and unusual creatures using multimedia animation in a very inventive set design.

The visitor lands on an island and begins to explore exotic landscapes populated by amazing creatures – colourful reef fauna, zebra sharks, king crabs, pig-nosed turtles, leafy sea dragons and giant octopus.

Shark Aquarium

Get up close and personal with the sharks! Embark on a journey to meet the ultimate marine animal, the shark. Study its fascinating strength and grace in front of a giant aquarium.

Getting there and around

An unforgettable deep sea adventure... Less than a 45 minute drive on the motorway from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's Calais Terminal

NAUSICAA - Centre National de la Mer
Boulevard Sainte Beuve - B.P. 189
62203 Boulogne-sur-Mer Cedex
Tel: + 33 (0)3 21 30 99 89 (Reservation)

Opening Times:
Open daily from 09:30 to 18:30 (local time)
Annual closing period: from January 5th to 23rd, 2015
Ticket office closes at 17:30

Book your journey

Tome Junek - Licence CC BY-SA 3.0/Wikimedia
Brian Gratwicke - Licence CC BY 2.0 Wikimedia
Mwx - Licence PD Wikimedia
  • Tome Junek - Licence CC BY-SA 3.0/Wikimedia
  • Brian Gratwicke - Licence CC BY 2.0 Wikimedia
  • Mwx - Licence PD Wikimedia