The island-province of Phuket in Thailand offers so many things to many people. Easily considered as one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world, Phuket is a diver’s paradise. Expert scuba divers from all over the world come here to enjoy the island’s rich marine and aquatic life.
The Phuket Aquarium was built specifically for everyone and anyone who wishes to experience what it is like being underwater without needing to go under the water. It features so many exotic, colorful and strange-looking fish that are found only in Thailand and Asia. To name a few, there are frog shark, electric eel, cuttlefish, batfish, scorpion fish, and Arapaima, which is one of the biggest freshwater fish in the world. The aquarium also features mangroves, sea grass, and corals.
Visitors walk along floor-to-ceiling wall displays that show diverse marine species. Each display has a label that provides interesting information about the fish being showcased. Written both in Thai and English, the labels talk about marine life, habitats, and conservation issues.
The main attraction is the tunnel. Tourists enter and walk through a glass tunnel to see tons of fish all around. Visitors get the rare chance of seeing the underbelly of sharks, sting rays, snappers, and groupers, as they glide and move about in their natural habitat. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
Just before the aquarium’s exit are souvenir shops and snack area that serves pickled seafood.
Phuket Aquarium does not only offer fun for visitors but also does research and marine protection. An important part of the aquarium is the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC), which protects endangered species and houses tons of turtles. Turtles are bred, raised, cared for, and cured when they get injuries. There is a large pool that contains baby hawksbills and green sea turtles learning how to swim and injured adults on rehab. The biological center has a hatchery, research vessel, and museum of endangered species. A visit here is truly very educational. The Phuket Aquarium and its biological center is truly one of the island’s priced attractions.
Phuket is located in the Andaman Sea, west coast of Thailand. It is the country’s largest island and most popular tourist destination. Besides its amazing white beaches, dive spots, and cultural attractions, the island is also remembered for the 2004 tsunami that caught the attention of the whole world. The disaster made Phuket even more popular because the world saw how quickly and efficiently it recovered in less than a year. And today, after more than five years, there are no traces of the tsunami in the faces of visitors and locals, as well as in the many island attractions.
The Phuket Aquarium is one of the newest attractions. It is an hour away from the town of Phuket at Makam Bay, Cape Panwa. Panwa, itself is a tourist experience with beautiful scenery and amazing restaurants. The aquarium is open from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM every day. Admission is 100 baht for adults and 50 baht for children.