The giant shark swims menacingly forward, the multi-hued sea horse bobs its head, the giant eel slithers across and the penguins go waddling all over before falling into the water with a splash: This is what you get when you visit the Underwater World in Langkawi! One of the best and most interesting things to do in Langkawi, the Underwater World is something you really need to check out if you’re planning what to do in Langkawi or where to go in Langkawi!
Nestled at the southern tip of Pantai Cenang across a six-acre waterfront spread of land, Underwater World is one of the biggest draws of the Cenang beach as well as the whole of Malaysia! Many domestic and international tourists visit the Underwater World each year to view and observe up-close the myriad creatures of the ocean. Of all the places to visit in Malaysia, why is this one everyone’s favorite? Let’s take a look!
The Creatures of Sea and Land
Underwater World is home to a very large amount of different species, some of which are local with the others being exotic species from all over the world! In this world-famous aquarium, you’re bound to see myriad numbers of species you’ve never seen before, with some really rare ones being the Amazonian Araipamas (which are also famously known to be the world’s biggest freshwater fish), the Sharks, the Rockhopper Penguins the Giant Stingrays, the Harbour Seals and the Black-Footed Penguins, to mention but a few!
The Different Sections of Underwater World!
The Underwater World of Langkawi boasts three distinct sections that closely match the real habitats of the species within. These are the Tropical Rainforest section, the Sun-Antarctic section and the Temperate Section. One of the most popular sections with the tourists is the Sub-Antarctic, probably because it houses the cute waddling Rockhopper and Black-Footed Penguins that waddle around and get up to funny antics making their audience smile and laugh!
One of the best parts of this section is that there’s an underground tunnel under the penguins tank that enables all tourists to check out the penguins as they swim and play in the water.
Apart from these sections, the Underwater World of Langkawi also provides visitors with the chance to understand more about the species they have seen at the Educational Resource Center. And when you get puckish after checking out the fauna, there’s always the Neptune Cafeteria for a bite to eat!
Michael the fish deserves a special mention, and is something you should definitely check out at the aquarium’s vastly popular 3-D theater. Follow his prehistoric life and get an up close look at his fossilized remains!
Other entertaining and educative sections within the aquarium encompass the Seashell Display, the Coral Reef section, the Koi Pond and the Venomous Creatures division.
The Tunnel Within
One of the most exciting features in the Underwater World is the 15 meters long winding underground glass tunnel that allows you to catch tantalizing glimpses of the sharks, the giant green turtles, the Giant Stingrays and a host of other types of fish, coral and other sea creatures. This tunnel passes through the huge tank that holds up to 500,000 liters of sea-water and is home to these creatures.
The Underwater World of Langkawi was built for multiple purposes, the key ones being to educate and to entertain! This huge aquarium helps to build a link between man and nature and to help all visitors learn the importance of conserving our environment thereby preserving the lives of all the sea creatures.
This destination gives us the chance to understand why we need to conserve our resources, adopt eco-tourism principles and help save the habitats of nature for the future generations to have a fighting chance! When visiting Malaysia, please keep in mind that this country offers a lot in terms of history, nature and heritage, all of which is very valuable! Let’s work towards leaving only footprints behind and carrying everything else back home!