Attraction Jalan Pantai Chenang Pantai Cenang 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia Published on: 27-07-2016
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Why Underwater World Langkawi is special ?
Underwater World Langkawi is one of the largest marine and fresh water aquaria in South East Asia. Since the start of its operation on 26 August 1995, it has become one of the must visit tourist destinations in Langkawi and has attracted a large number of foreign as well as local tourists.
The concept and theme of Underwater World Langkawi are geared towards Knowledge, Education and Entertainment. It is built to raise awareness on the importance of conserving our precious aquatic life forms, thus creating understanding of the deep and inseparable bond between man and nature.
Unique to Underwater World Langkawi is the gigantic 15-meter long walk-through tunnel consisting of 500,000 liter seawater which houses many big fishes and sea creatures including the Giant Green Turtle.
What to explore at Underwater World Langkawi?
Spread across nearly six acres, Underwater World Langkawi is one of the island’s best-known attractions. Located at the southern end of Pantai Cenang (almost at the border of Pantai Tengah), beside the Zon duty-free shopping centre, it is Malaysia’s largest aquarium. The huge white-washed structure houses more than 200 different species of marine and freshwater fish including harbour seals, rockhopper penguins, sharks, giant rays and the enormous Amazonian arapaima – the biggest freshwater fish in the world.
Once you enter the air-conditioned interior, Araipamas (the world's largest freshwater fish) can be seen in a medium-sized tank in front of the entrance door.
The complex is divided into three sections: Tropical Rainforest, Temperate and Sub-Antarctic. The Sub-Antarctic was probably the most popular section – the ‘penguin-arium’ houses cute little rockhopper and black-footed penguins that cause quite a few people to crowd around the exhibit to get a good look. Other highlights of the tourist-friendly Underwater World include an Educational Resource Centre, a cafeteria and a three-dimensional (3D) theatre – be sure to watch the short movie about Michael, a little prehistoric fish and his life before becoming a fossil. Lastly there’s a giant walk-through six million litre underwater tunnel tank which houses an extensive number of fish including sharks, giant stingrays and green turtles.
How to get to Underwater World Langkawi?
The complex is located at the southern end of Pantai Cenang and right next to the Zon Duty Free Center. It takes about 30 minutes from Kuah Town and 15 minutes from Langkawi International Airport by car/taxi.
- Amazing rainforest enclosure
- A very impressive aquarium
- Great collection of underwater lifes
- Nice view to underwater
- Great place to take the kids
Jalan Pantai Chenang Pantai Cenang 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Tips for you
A must visit if you are at Langkawi for its numerous displays of aquatic life, often some rare species that can't be seen elsewhere. The end of the tour leading into a duty-free complex was a pleasant surprise since Langkawi is duty free and you can pick inexpensive liquor for your stay at the island.
If you arrived at penguins feeding time, you probably will get to see this kind of view.
This is the first underwater world I have been going when I was a kid. And also, this is the first time I touched down at the land of West Malaysia. I can't forget my journey and excitement when I was brought to the amazing underwater world. Since it was a very long time ago, I don't remember the entrance fee but I think it was quite affordable because we were going in a big group. I don't think you need a tour guide, you just follow the crowd and seek for help if necessary. I never been to KLCC underwater world, so I won't compare it. But in my memory, this underwater world in Langkawi is beautiful and attractive. You got the chance to watch the aquaria life. Since it was my first time, I was amazed by the underwater world life. I love fish and I guess here is the place that I told myself to learn diving in future. I heard that now the underwater world in Langkawi is still well-maintained. It is truly a great new. I wish to go back next time when I visit to Langkawi. If you got the chance to go Langkawi, underwater world is the place you MUST visit!