Underwater World Langkawi is one of the largest marine and fresh water aquarias in South East Asia. Since the start of its operations 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 an inseparable bond between man and nature.
Phase II of Underwater World Langkawi, a new building with 60,000 sq. ft built-up area, was launched by YABhg. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 2005. The building displays Tropical Rainforest, Temperate and Sub-Antarctic Ecosystems, and a three-dimensional (3D) theatre with a 200-seating capacity. The Sub-Antarctic Ecosystem Display includes a spectacular “penguinarium” with an underwater tunnel for visitors to view swimming penguins. Nowhere else in Malaysia would one be able to view Blackfooted Penguins and Rockhopper Penguins swimming around in an environment as close as possible to their natural habitat. Since their arrival in May 2005, nine (9) Blackfooted penguin chicks have been successfully bred in captivity.
Unique to Underwater World Langkawi is the gigantic 15-meter long walk-through tunnel consisting of 180,000 liters seawater which houses many big fishes and sea creatures including the Giant Green Turtle. 100 tanks display, over 500 species and more than 4,000 aquatic lives and sea creatures in this unique and huge indoor aquarium.
Other attractions include the Freshwater Fish Section, the Seashell Display, the Koi Pond, the Mini Reptilian and Invertebrate Section, the Coral Reef Section and the Poisonous and Venomous Creatures Section.
The 34,701 square foot oceanarium is located adjacent to a duty free shopping centre and the Neptune Café. Visitors are thus provided with a one-stop shopping, eating and entertainment package, all of which are available within one area.