We went in January 2013 to see the Underwater World in Langkawi which is one of the attractions located at Pantai Cenang, a popular stretch of beach to the south of Langkawi Island, in Malaysia. This fresh water and marine aquaria was opened in August 1995. A new portion called the Underwater World phase II was added and opened in 2005, displaying tropical rainforest, temperate and sub-antarctic ecosystems and includes a 3D theater with a seating capacity for 200 people.
The entrance fee (Malaysian Ringgit ) is RM 38 for adults, and RM 28 for children between 3-12 years. For Malaysians with Mycard, it cost less.There’s a time table for the various feeding times. Generally, there are plenty of exhibits although we found that many of the marine and fresh water fish in the tanks were familiar to us. The tanks containing soft coral have probably seen better days! The tropical rain forest display with little flora and fauna was disappointing except for the Marmosets and a few ground birds which we already saw at the Bird Paradise Wildlife Park. The Marmoset is the smallest of monkeys found in the Amazon.
We were impressed with the “Rockhopper penguins” from South Africa. These have cute yellow feathers or ‘eyebrows’ on their heads! Also impressive were the giant manta and sting rays and some of the larger sharks. We didn’t find the 15 meter long walk-through tunnel impressive as the glass was not clean or clear.
The flow through the exhibits is quite confusing as many have commented, and there seems to be more than the normal share of souvenir shops around!
These shops sell souvenirs mainly attracting children, there’s a section for stalls selling snacks and refreshments. There is also a duty free shop nearby. The toilets looked run down and are poorly maintained. In the male toilet, the toilet seat was broken, the floor wet.
It was good to learn that the Underwater World was built with education and entertainment in mind to raise awareness on the importance of conserving our aquatic life forms. People need constant reminders that there is a relationship between man and nature, especially with what lies in the waters around us. The complex could do with an renovation to update the exhibits and facilities as everything appears dated.
Opens daily 10am to 6 pm. Also opened on Public and School holidays from 9.30 am to 6.30pm.
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