Aquaria KLCC is a 60,000 sqft oceanarium showcasing both freshwater and seawater aquatic creatures. Kids would definitely love this attraction and you will see a lot of children on school trips.
That being said, it is not a children’s only attraction, I thoroughly enjoyed myself there. There are plenty of adults and couples on dates enjoying themselves here too.
The advertised price on Aquaria’s website is weirdly the most expensive. So I advise you to purchase the tickets online as the price comparison can be seen in the table below:
|Ticket Vendor||MyKad holder
Cheaper for Malaysians: Note that it is cheaper for Malaysians to enter with a valid MyKad. I understand foreigners might not understand this move as it seems to be counter-productive for tourism. But it is an initiative for the government to promote local tourism amongst Malaysians.
Cheaper tickets can be bought online. Simply Google ‘Aquaria KLCC tickets‘ and shop around for the cheapest deal. The 2 vendors that I trust are Traveloka and Klook.
I personally bought mine from Traveloka. After purchase, they will email you the QR code and you can skip the ticketing queue and go straight to the gate.
Do note that if you are a small family with kids, only Klook offers a family combo. So that would be the best website to purchase your tickets.
One of the first attractions upon entrance is the Touch Pool, where you can gently pet the sea creatures such as horseshoe crabs, stingrays, and sharks.
All species carefully selected to be docile and non-dangerous to humans.
Although it is designed for visitors to touch and pet, I would imagine the animals would be stressed out with the constant stream of kids trying to pet them all the time. So personally, I gave the animals some break and decided to just watch them instead.
Aquarium + Terrariums
There are a few selections of aquariums + terrariums on display. The first terrarium that you will see is gorgeous with a rock bridge covered in moss. There’s a shallow water aquarium at the base where there are Tetra fishes. To top it all off, they even installed a fog machine.
If you don’t know what a terrarium is, it is a sealed or open-aired glass container containing plants, moss, rocks, and soil to form a beautiful mini landscape.
Terrariums are a way for the creator to express their creativity with aquascape techniques and is quite a trending hobby as of recently.
There could be animals inside such as small fishes and crustaceans, but the star of the show is usually the aquascape (arrangements of plants, soil, and rocks).
The Stream – Freshwater Aquarium
Here, you will be able to see the typical small freshwater fish aquariums up for display. Typically, freshwater fish colors are duller compared to saltwater fish. However, the freshwater aquatic plants are lusher compared to the seawater plants.
Further down the path, you will get to see otters. I did manage to seem them first hand, but unfortunately, they were too shy and fast-moving for me to take a sharp image, especially in the dim setup. All the better for you to actually go to Aquaria to seem them for yourself!
Shipwreck – Saltwater Aquarium
Moving down, you will get to see saltwater aquariums that showcase small sea animals. Here you will be able to see typical saltwater fishes that could be seen in a typical shipwreck dive.
A few species that grab my attention were the beautiful yet deadly lionfish, clownfish, pufferfish, frogfish and garden eels.
The Garden Eel is a species of small eel that doesn’t move very much and buries their bodies in the sand most of the time. Very cute indeed.
The frogfish is designed to be camouflaged well against its natural surroundings of colorful coral and sponges.
This particular orange frogfish sticks out like a sore thumb in this aquarium because there’s nothing similar in color for it to blend in with. But it sure makes an excellent aquarium showpiece due to the contrast in color.
Deep Water – Amazon
Moving down to the lower level by stairs, you will be greeted with a giant cylindrical freshwater tank filled with big river fishes swimming in circles.
In this exhibit, you will be able to see giant fishes from the Amazon rainforest such as the giant catfish, Arowana, Aligator Gar, and the carnivorous giant Arapaima.
At some part of the exhibit, there are shark eggs in 2 different incubation phases. They are lit behind a light source so you can get to see what’s happening inside the egg.
Quite freaky to be able to see the embryo alive and moving about inside the egg, but it is very fascinating to learn about nature.
Living Ocean – Tunnel
The pièce de résistance of Aquaria KLCC, the tunnel walkway where you walk underneath a simulated mini ocean.
The cool thing is that the entire tunnel has a conveyer belt so you don’t even have to walk if you don’t want to. At any point, if you want to take your own pace, you can just step off the conveyer belt and enjoy the view.
The big players of the show are the Sand Tiger Sharks, Stingrays, Spotted Moray Eels and Sea Turtles.
Wrapping it all up
Any attraction will not be complete without a walk through the gift shop right before you exit.
Overall, I would rate this attraction at least a 4 out of 5. You can easily kill 1.5 to 2 hours at Aquaria alone.
It is an excellent itinerary to take a break from all the shopping that you’re doing at malls.
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