The Secret Aquarium is a secret location in Princess Peach's Castle in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS and this level can be found underwater. 3 Power Stars are required to access this level. This area is one of the few areas that cannot be seen by going through a painting. The Red Coins are found in the bottom corners and halfway up the wall between each of corners. The Secret Aquarium can be found in the 3-Star door in the room of the castle with the Jolly Roger Bay painting in it. When Mario enters, he must walk forward a little bit, then turn around. Mario will see two black squares on the top right corner of the wall and the top left corner. The one on the right has a 1-Up Mushroom in it, while the right one has the Secret Aquarium.
The Secret Aquarium is a large fish tank filled with water. There is no place for the player to surface for air, so they will have to collect Coins in order to avoid the player from drowning. There are bubbles that give the player more air in the depths of the water, and they are vital to his success of getting the Star. There are 40 Yellow Coins in rings with 8 Red Coins in the center of the rings and on the room's floor.
While not physically changed in Super Mario 64 DS, the course features music absent from the original game: the full percussion version of the Jolly Roger Bay and Dire, Dire Docks themes.
Inside the Jolly Roger Bay room
The Secret Aquarium
- Internally, this level is referred to as the "Secret Aquarium"
- If the player enters this level ingame, though, there will be no star select screen or title
- After collecting this level's red coins star, Mario will simply receive the regular "You collected a secret star of the castle"-message
- This is one of the only two secret levels in both the games (the other being Tower of the Wing Cap/? Switch) to have only one Power Star. In addition, all the three switch levels, the three Bowser levels, and Wing Mario Over the Rainbow/Over the Rainbows in the original game also have only one Power Star all of which is obtained the same way as this level, while a second Power Star was added to these levels in the DS version. Two of the exclusive-secret levels, Sunshine Isles and Battle Fort, also have only one Power Star.