The Island of Langkawi, 30 km off the shores of Kedah, Malaysia, is home to many rare and interesting animals, such as the Dusky Leaf Monkey, Slow Loris, and long-tailed giant rat, to mention a few. The island has lush rainforests that are teeming with all sorts of animal life, including probably still undiscovered species since there are packets of very thick virgin foliage. As though Langkawi is not satisfied with its native animals, it has even brought in a host of penguins, seals and anacondas to become part of the many animal attractions at the Underwater World.
Located at Cenang Beach, 25 km west of Kuah, Langkawi’s Underwater World is one of the biggest marine parks in Southeast Asia, competing with the best in the continent such as Ocean Aquarium Park in Shanghai, Underwater World Aquarium in Singapore, and Ocean Park in Manila.
The 34,700-sq-foot oceanarium opened on August 26, 1995 for the purpose of entertaining its visitors and educating them on the importance of conserving the Earth’s marine resources. Since it opened, hundreds of foreign and local tourists regularly visit Underwater World, making it one of the most visited attractions in the island.
Once inside the marine-themed park, guests are treated to a number of intriguing attractions, which includes the following: (1) freshwater aquarium, (2) a seashell display, (3) the Koi Pond, (3) special section for reptiles and invertebrates, (4) coral reef section, (5) the scary section for poisonous and venomous creatures, (6) ecosystems section featuring tropical rainforest temperate, and sub-Antarctic, (7) 200-seat 3D theater, and (8) a huge 15-meter long walk-through aquarium that carries 500,000 liters of seawater and serves as the home of big fish and marine animals, including a giant green turtle.
Included in the sub-Antarctic ecosystem are a “penguinarium” and an 8-meter penguin tank. This is an easy favorite since it is a novelty in that there is no other way for penguins to live and survive in the tropical climate of Malaysia, and-of course-the penguins are endearingly cute. There are two different species of penguin, the rockhopper penguin and blackfooted penguin from South America. They freely swim inside the 20° Celsius tank, along with some seals.
Meanwhile, another obvious favorite is the walk-through aquarium where visitors can see the following water creatures swimming about: different species of sharks, giant stingrays, giant trevallies, groupers, and snappers. These fish are fed at 3:00 PM for public viewing.
All in all, Underwater World has a total of more than 5,000 kinds of fish of 500 different species in more than 100 tanks.
Underwater World is open every day from10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Adult admission is RM 38,00 and children admission is RM 28,00. Coming here is truly worth the trip since there are other attractions nearby such as a souvenir shop and restaurants serving delicious Malay and western dishes, as well as a nearby shopping center and Neptune Café. Cenang Beach itself, where the oceanarium is located, is a popular tourist destination. The beach has amazing sunsets, and a number of resorts, high-end hotels, and world-class restaurants.