Spread across nearly six acres, Underwater World Langkawi is one of the island’s best-known attractions. Located at the southern end of Pantai Cenang (almost at the border of Pantai Tengah), beside the Zon duty-free shopping centre, it is Malaysia’s largest aquarium. The huge white-washed structure houses more than 4000 different species of marine and freshwater fish including harbour seals, rockhopper penguins, sharks, giant rays and the enormous Amazonian arapaima – the biggest freshwater fish in the world.
Other than marine life. This underwater world also exhibited different types of tropical forest, temperate and sub-Antarctic species such as animal and birds. Langkawi Underwater world provide visitors with entertaining, knowledge and educational for those who interested in marine life. There are information kiosk, wildlife gallery and 3D video rrom where you can learn and gather the information about wildlife or marine life.
Walking through 15 meter long transparent glass tunnel under the ocean and get to see variety of big fishes and rarely found marine creatures. Other than that all the showcases of marine life is only presented in glass tanks/aquarium. However these marine life collection is magnificent and very impressive displayed.
The first section once you get the ticket is the Fresh Water fishes section. From Here you can found and see a fountain with a small artificial pool and a lot of glass tanks in a dark room. Fresh water species available here such as Jungle Carps, Orange Spotted Stingrays, Silver Dollar, Red tailed catfish, Bala Sharks and many others. The most interesting fish at this section is the largest freshwater fish in the world which is the Arapaimas. Most of the collections on this section is from Australia, South East Asia and Amazon River.
Visitors can bring their camera where there are no restriction on photography inside the underwater world. However please do not use the flash as most of the inhabitants here are sensitive with the camera flash. The flash is harmful to these creatures.
The second sections is Tropical Rainforest section. Here visitors will find an array of tropic birds, animals and fishes. Out of the grounded & flight birds you will see flamingos, black swans, Mandarin ducks, yellow golden pheasant, parakeet, laughing thrush and more. Then there are common snapping turtles, and varieties of fishes in a tank including striped carps, tinfoil barb, arowana, pacu, knifefish etc.
Among the most interesting species at this section is the Marmoset. The smallest monkeys in the world that are only 7-12 inches long or as big as you palm only. Inside the glass tanks the visitors will find a small three where this marmoset are hanging on at the trees. However if they fell threatened they will try to hide behind the leaves.
Until reaching to an open space, visitors can approach and touch the animals where those animals are freely moving around this space.
Just before the entry to the next section, there is a beautiful Blue & Gold Macaw hanging on a barren tree. This Macaw is very intelligent, where it can reply "hello" back when visitors say hello.
The next section after The Tropical section is Tempered Section. This is the playhouse of the fur seals. These are southern fur seals that can be found in places like Atlantic of South America, or in Pacific between Southern Peru to Cape Horn etc. They are mammals and quite social. A new born pup can weight between 3-5kgs. There are couple of adult fur seals here that put on great shows in a large glass water tank. You will need to time it right for the show. 2:30pm is the feeding time and that's when the trainer gets them to make public shows like jumping through a large ring, making different postures etc. An adult fur seal can dive to a depth of 170m and remain underwater for about 7 minutes.
There is also an underwater 8-meter tunnel in this section where you can see the black footed African penguins swimming across.
Another most interesting animals in this underwater world is the Rock hopper Penguins. This species can be found on the next section which are Sub-Antarctic section. Those penguins can jump from rocks to rocks. They are some 2 feet and have feathers on their heads. They feed on squids, small fish, shrimps, krill, crustaceans, etc. Around 20 such penguins were brought here from South Afrika.
The next section is Marine life Section. Here visitors need to walk through 15 meter transparent glass tunnel under the ocean. From here visitors can spot numerous of marine creatures that are housed in this large tank that are estimated around 70,000 liter saltwater tank. There are variety species of sharks can be spotted here such as Blacktip shark, Whitetip reef shark, Zebra Shark, Port Jackson Sharks, Nurse Sharks, etc.
Other exotic species can be found here including Moray Eels, Lion Fish, Giant Clams, Sea Dragon, Puffer-fish, Hermit Crabs and many more.
As you walk along, you will find the Koi Pond and the Otter Pond. In Koi Pond, there are fishes like cat fish, silver dollar, Japanese carps etc. The pond is setup under a waterfall. You can feed the fish here. The fish food is available at the counter at a separate price. At the Otter Pond, you will find small clawed cute looking otters. Kids will love it.
the last section of the marine life where you will see lovely colorful coral reefs that have living corals in them along with other marine life like damsels, wrasses, small colorful fish that coexist with corals.
There are couple of Souvenir Shops inside - one at the middle of the walkthrough, and the other near the exit. The first one has items of wax, porcelain, jewelry etc. The second one has a great collection of glass items, mostly fishes made of glass. Although there is no restriction on taking photographs of the real fishes anywhere in the complex, strangely they don't let you take a photograph of the glass make fish. I could manage to take the following one though: