The Awesome Langkawi Underwater World

Langkawi Underwater World is probably one of the most awesome places to visit in Langkawi. It houses the largest aquarium in South East Asia with exciting arrays of marine and fresh water animals. It was open to public since 26 August 1995 and has attracted many visitors from all over the world. A travel to Langkawi is consider not complete without visiting Langkawi Underwater world.

Underwater World Langkawi is located on the southern coast of the Langkawi Island itself near the popular Cenang beach which is another tourist destination with its beautiful long sandy beach and lovely sunset sea view. The Underwater World has the largest aqua tanks in Malaysia and has over 4,000 marine animals consisting of more than 500 unique species of aquatic creatures all beautifully displayed in over 100 specially designed fish tanks. Besides the aquarium there are unique sub-Antarctic, Temperate and Tropical Rainforest birds and animals on display for visitors to see. The main attraction would be the 40,000 square feet hexagonal oceanarium with its 15 meter marine tunnel that gives the visitors an underwater like view of the fishes when walking through it. Among the marine lives that can be seen are the giant green turtle, the hungry big white tip sharks, the eerie stingray and huge groupers. Other surrounding tanks host many more sea creatures such as Puffer fish, Sea Anemones, Lion fish, Sea Dragons, the Hermit Crab and many more.

There are many more species in the freshwater section on displays. These include the Garfish, Bala Shark, Catfish and different species of Stingray. They come from various regions around the world from our own South East Asia to Africa, Australia and all the way from the Amazon in South America. On the preview tanks you can discover some Snapping Alligators, the Red Eared Slider, the Albino Turtles and the largest freshwater fish – the Arapaima. There is a 60,000 square feet new building which houses the sub Antarctic animals such as the interesting 20″ Rockhopper Penguin, the smallest among the penguin family which was brought in from their native South Africa in 2003. Also present is the Southern Fur Seals from Peru and Southern Brazil and the Blackfooted African Penguin. These fellows are temperate animals and are living under strict life support system adhere to the International Standard set by the US agricultural department. You can view these lively penguins in the special built underwater penguin tunnel. In the tropical rainforest section you can get a glimpse of the awesome Anaconda, the king of snake from the Amazon River and the Marmoset monkey both from the South American continent. Among the fishes found here are the Arowanas, Pacu, Temoleh, Giant Gouramy and Knifefish. Within the vicinity visitors can observe the lovely Flamingoes and Mute Swans fluttering freely in their natural habitat. Within this same building there is a state of the art 200 seats capacity 3D theatre where documentaries are shown to enhance visitors’ unique experience here. There are many galleries within the underwater world which consist of Nature, Wildlife, Photo and Art galleries that serve the purpose of enhancing visitors’ knowledge on wildlife and sea creatures with vivid illustrations and descriptions.

The remaining two sections are the pond section and the coral section. They have the tropical Koi Pond with lovely waterfall and colorful fishes in which the visitors can get a chance of feeding them. And the Otter Pond where the adorable Tiny Clawed Asian Otter are among children’s favorite. Last but not least, there is the colorful coral exhibit called the Underwater Garden with a wonderful display of colorful Nemo fish and the bright colored coral reefs are among the highlights here. A visit to Langkawi’s Underwater World really remind us how wonderful and majestic these marine lives in the deep can be and the educational side of the park really can plays an important role in making the visitors aware of their responsibilities in helping to preserve this wonderful natural habitat.

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