I few months ago during one of my visits in Malaysia, I was privileged to be able to check out Langkawi Underwater World, thanks to lovely people of this amazing attraction, which is by the way one of the Must-Go-To places in Langkawi.
The 6-acre tourist attraction, considered the Malaysia’s largest aquarium, is located in the southern part of Pantai Cenang, right beside a duty free shop.
The exhibits are separated into 8 sections: Sub-Antarctic Section, Temperate Section, Tropical Rainforest Section, Freshwater Section, Marine Life Section, Coral Section, Koi Pond Section and Reptilium Section.
The first section that welcomed us upon entering is the Freshwarer Section.
This section displays a comprehensive array of other freshwater fish and aquatic life from Southeast Asia, the Amazon, Africa and Australia such as the Bala Shark, and various species of Garfish, Catfish, Matamata and Stingray. Visitors will also be able to view a collection of exotic Turtles, Snapping Alligators, the Red–eared Slider and Albino Turtles. Arapaima, the largest freshwater fish can be seen in the preview tank.
… And right beside it is the Reptilium Section, which displays different types of reptiles in glass enclosures.
The Sub Antarctic Section is a crowd favorite, which houses Rockhopper penguins.
Measuring 18 – 23 inches, the Rockhopper penguins are the smallest of the crested penguins. The twenty (20) penguins were brought to UWL on December 16, 2003 from Johannesburg, South Africa (the penguins originated from Nightingale Island in the South Atlantic Ocean).
But my favorite is the Temperate Section, which houses Blackfooted penguins and the majestic seals.
A walk through the 8–meter underwater penguin Tunnel will enable visitors to observe the Blackfooted (African) penguins swimming around in an environment very similar to their natural environment. This area is fully equipped with a life support system that adheres to international standards set by the US Agriculture department. Southern Fur Seals are seen here at play and at feeding times.
Tropical Rainforest Section
This section takes visitors through a journey to the heart of the Amazon River. Visitors will be able to see rainforest inhabitants such as Marmoset.
Among the tropical fish on display here are the Pacu, Knifefish, Temoleh, Giant Gouramy and various species of Arowanas.
Marine Life Section
This section is made up of the Hexagonal Tank, Tunnel Tank and numerous smaller tanks housing various species of fish, invertebrates and crustaceans. Among the fish in the 70,000 litre Hexagonal Tank are the Black Tip and White Tip Shark.
Venture into the deep sea along a 15-meter long tunnel, where you will experience being surrounded by Sharks, Giant Rays and Giant Grouper.
This is also my favorite section. The Coral Section displays amazing and colorful corals.
This underwater garden with an explosion of delightful colours is part of the living treasures of the ocean’s delicate ecosystem. Giant Clams, Damsels, Wrasses and other types of coral provide visitors with a glimpse of the symbiotic relationship that exists among the inhabitants of the coral reefs.
I also love the Koi Pond and Otter Section as the vibe here is very relaxing.
Koi Pond is set in a lush and vibrant tropical setting with splashing sound of cascading waterfall. The Eastern Gem, the Japanese Carp together with local catfish, the Silver Dollar, Sebarau, Kelah and Cichlids are found here. Visitors who wish to feed the fish can purchase specially packed fish food at the ticketing counter.
Some other interesting stuff you can see in the venue.
Over-all, I had an amazing time wandering around and looking through the displays and exhibits. I find it very relaxing to see all the astounding underwater creatures. If you want to check this out here’s the entrance rate for your reference:
Entrance Fees (commencing 1st December 2016)
Adults: RM46 (without MyKad) / RM36 (with MyKad)
Children (3-12 years old): RM36 (without MyKad) / RM26 (with MyKad)
Malaysian Senior Citizens (50 years old & above): RM29 (with MyKad)
Goverment Rate: Adults RM29 and Children RM21. One (1) Government I.D. Card entitles for two (2) adults and two (2) children.
Underwater World Langkawi
Zon Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang, Langkawi
Tel : +604-955 6100
|Daily||10:00 am – 06:00 pm|
|Public/School Holidays||09:30 am – 06:30 pm|