Harbor seals can be seen at Ecomare on Texel, but in the wild they can often be seen along the North Sea coast, from the Waddendijk and at the lighthouse on the northernmost tip of the island. Did you know that harbor seals are like wild predators? Their sharp teeth and streamlined bodies are perfect for hunting fish. Common seals are most common in the Wadden Sea. There they sunbathe and rest on the sandbanks at low tide.

Visit to Ecomare

During your stay at Van der Valk Hotel Texel-De Koog, a visit to Ecomare Texel is inevitable. Ecomare is located close to our hotel and the popular stand entrance pole 17. At Ecomare you can admire seals, porpoises and dozens of other sea dwellers up close, both outside and inside the basins. About a hundred young seals are taken care of every year. Would you like a sneak preview of the seals? Then watch the seal webcam. For more information about Ecomare and excursions, visit the website.

Tickets Ecomare

Would you like to visit Ecomare? Then buy your tickets online and reserve a time slot. From the hotel you can walk through the dunes or along the sea to Ecomare. This walk is about 2 kilometers.

Opening hours and prices

Ecomare is open daily from 9.30am to 5pm. The rates for Ecomare are:

  • Children up to 3 years of age: Free
  • Children 4 to 11 years: € 10.50
  • Student (on presentation of student card): € 12.50
  • Adults: € 15.50

If you are staying at Van der Valk Hotel Texel - De Koog, you can also buy the entrance tickets for the museum at the hotel reception. You will receive an entrance voucher for the museum at the reception and announce your visit via the website > Select the desired visit date > 'Free entrance to Ecomare'. You pay the same rate as at the museum and online.

Our Front Office staff will be happy to assist you at the reception desk. You can also email or call: | 0222 - 317 202.