Occupying 60,000 square feet over two levels, Aquaria KLCC is one massive oceanarium, among the largest in SEA in fact. It’s beneath the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre – a KL city icon, as is the handy proximity marker next door, the Petronas Twin Towers – and what’s inside gives plenty of credence to its catchline: An Ocean Of Discovery.
The compelling oceanic setup here can make you forget you’re really in the heart of KL
Sea Life To See
Incredibly, some 5,000 animals of diverse species call Aquaria home. Usually hidden in rivers, archerfish, red-bellied piranhas, Siamese giant carps, alligator garfish, arapaima and their freshwater brethren shimmer away, drawing admiring looks.
If you don’t mind wet hands, you can gently touch aquatic creatures at the Gene Pool
Saltwater natives claim their fair share of the limelight. There are sea turtles, Japanese spider crabs, flying rays and of course, sharks, from the docile bamboo variety whose juvenile versions you could pet, to the formidable sand tiger species whose rows of curved fangs quell the very thought of touching. Other residents include the adorable Asian small-clawed otters, and many, many more.
The abundance of species at Aquaria is certainly something to marvel at
More than just an assortment of fish tanks, Aquaria is a labyrinth of wonder with different immersive zones, covering inland rivers to beyond the coast. The Stream, Undersea Shipwrecks, and Deep Forest are among these, housing theme-specific animals in creative displays that merge the creatures’ recreated habitats with winsome visual pizzazz.
Enchanting show-and-tell areas, like the Deep Forest, reel you right in
A popular attraction, the Living Ocean, sports the longest underwater tunnel in Malaysia, a 90m acrylic passage snaking below a veritable ocean that teems with life. Adjacent to it is another Aquaria hallmark, the famed Aquatheatre, a submerged stage for riveting feeding shows and special events. Scheduled feeding spectacles occur elsewhere at other exhibits as well.
Sporting imported materials, the Living Ocean tunnel grants you a fish-eye view
Palpable throughout is Aquaria’s proclivity for education and conservation, evident in the exhibits’ informational literature, feeding session commentaries, guided tours and regular activities. In further overt examples, you can even observe the growth cycle of jellyfish and browse zoological specimens.
The informative Aquatheatre feeding show never fails to wow the crowds
Make The Plunge
While the Living Ocean tunnel enables a diver’s viewpoint without getting wet, Aquaria allows you to actually don a diving suit and either swim among the sharks (Dive With Sharks) if you’re a certified diver.
Dive With Sharks gives certified divers a chance to have a fearsome swimming partner
If you don’t have any diving experience but still want an intimate encounter with the serrated-toothed beasts, you can sign up for Cage Rage and book your place in a shark cage.
Cage Rage is a fun way for non-certified divers to see serrated teeth up close
Kids aren’t left out; the Sleep With Sharks initiative lets youngsters spend a night in the shadow of the finned predators!
Children have Aquaria to themselves for a night with Sleep With Sharks
Thanks to its unique disposition and layout, Aquaria makes an extraordinary venue for private occasions. Happily, it is available as an impressive setting for a range of events, be it a birthday party or a corporate cocktail function.
Full Steam Ahead!
Connectivity is not an issue with Aquaria, and getting here is a cinch even if you don’t have a vehicle at your personal disposal. Being smack at the city centre, there are numerous public transport options to choose from – LRT, MRT, Monorail, buses, and even the KL Hop-On Hop-Off Bus each provide direct or near-direct access to it. Swimming with reasons to drop by (a KL Pass privilege entry being yet another), there’s simply no sense in not including Aquaria KLCC in your must-visit list!
WHERE Aquaria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 10am-8pm (last admission 7pm)
ADMISSION RM69 (adult), RM59 (child), Rm49 (senior); MyKad holders: RM49 (adult), RM39 (child/senior)
TEL 03 2333 1888