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“Somewhat runned down but still interesting.” 3 of 5 stars
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Underwater World
Pantai Cenang, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia
60 4 955 6100
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Owner description: An exciting and educational journey awaits you at Underwater World Langkawi ('UWL'). Featuring themed sections such as the fascinating Tropical Rainforest, the spectacular Temperate World, the engaging Sub-Antartic Climate and the abundant Freshwater and Marine Life sections; be amazed by over 4000 animals and aquatics life forms on display. To further enhance your experience, UWL features Eden Cafe and a great duty-free shopping. In recognition of its achievements, UWL was awarded the 'Leading Tourism Product' in Langkawi by LADA and is also listed in the Malaysian Book of Records for being the 'Largest Aquarium in Malaysia' and for being the '1st breeding of Rockhoppers Penguins in Captivity'. So make a visit to UWL - When Adventure Becomes Experience.
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“Somewhat runned down but still interesting.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

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.

Visited January 2013
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“Marine Lifeforms”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Its a decent aquarium housing a lot of tropical fish, sharks, and sting rays, but the concept is somewhat confused by blending this aquarium with a shopping center. Its diluted the experience and compressed the space for the marine life ..its sad to see them in this state of captivity. If for learning captivity is to be encouraged, animals and marine life needs to have the largest natural space we can provide them. The energies of human shopping next door will most certainly trouble the tranquility of the marine life. Dr. Mahathir opened the aquarium

Visited January 2013
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“Not that great!!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Was not up to it's name. Singapore Underwater world was much better if compared. Can visit if have sufficient time. Duty free shop outside is a must visit if you want to buy some liquor to carry with you.

Visited February 2012
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“Average Aquarium”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

It was a nice aquarium but very average with not many exhibits, there seemed to be more gift shops on the way out than fish. Worth a visit if you have time to fill but took us less than an hour to get round

Visited November 2012
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“Just keep swimming... keep swimming...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Some of the tanks were rusty and some of the fish looked lonely in small tanks. Other than that, ok lah.. If you have nowhere else to go, you can spend some time here to learn about sea creatures.

Visited January 2013
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