Aquaria KLCC Kuala Lumpur – Largest Aquarium in Southeast Asia
Aquaria Kuala Lumpur Introduction
Aquaria KLCC, located on the concourse level of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, is said to be one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia. Home to over 150 species of marine life, its star attractions include scary tiger sharks, lethal sea snakes, blue rays, bright coral fish, seahorses and more.
It’s a well-stocked aquarium just begging to be explored, and after a few hours here you’ll have seen over 5,000 freshwater and marine creatures, including massive arapaimas, giant groupers, garfish and more.
*It is recommended to be there as early as 10.30am if you do not wish to miss any of the feeding show in Aquaria.
Level 1 – Evolution Zone
The Mighty Piranha Tank
Once done purchasing ticket, we immediately submerge into the underwater exploration and first greeted by a tank full of Piranhas – The merciless killer that loves to swim in a group and gnaw everything on their sight, the pile of white bones is the best proof! 😉
Evolution Gene Pool
Next, we headed to visit the “Gene Pool” which is nearby and join our fellow Aquaria Staff and listen about the evolution and species growth in the pool.
Visitors are allowed to pick up and feel the texture of the sea living such as; live corals, starfish, brown-banded bamboo sharks and many more!
Electric Shock Zone
After having a petting session at “Gene pool”, we are heading into the “Electric Zone” which is the last section for the “Evolution Zone” mainly showcases exotic fishes that able to use electric shock.
Not sure how much voltage these fishes able to produce but we are being told that your fingers will become numb if you happens to touch the water surface in the tank. 😉
Black Ghost Knifefish
Black Ghost Knifefish (electric zone) – These eel looking creature can both produce and senses the electrical impulses in the water.
Elephant Nose Fish
Elephant Nose Fish (electric zone) – This species of intelligent fish have the ability to learn and demonstrate playful behavior, just like the dolphin!
Electric Cat Fish
Electric Cat Fish (electric zone) – They can release up to 450 volts of electricity when hunting or defending themselves from predators.
Tales Of The Ocean
Been wondering what species would reside over those shipwrecks underwater at Malacca coastline? In this Aquaria shipwreck zone, we will explore and unveil the mystery!
Dwarf Lionfish (Tales of the Ocean) – This majestic looking fish can be seen anywhere around the tanks, guess no other species would ever want to touch him since its whole body are covered with sharp spines.
Reef Stonefish (Tales of the Ocean) – Superb camouflage and shy looking fish creature keep hiding on a safe spot while waiting for prey to pass by, gotta keep looking into the tank in order to locate it!
Yellow Boxfish (Tales of the Ocean) – Nice yellow spot looking fish that keep wandering around the tank, not sure if it is the similar species to blowfish that would become a “balloon” when being attacked. 😉
Red- Checkered Butterfly Fish
Red- Checkered Butterfly Fish (Tales of the Ocean) – As presume from its name, these species are flashy and swim relatively fast compared to others, loves to live nearby corals areas.
Spotted Garden Eel
Spotted Garden Eel (Tales of the Ocean) – These work-like species would burrow their own hole and remain still while hunting for prey, sometimes they will cling to each other (guess they are whispering and talks bad about the visitors)! 😉
Dragon Moray Eel
Dragon Moray Eel (Tales of the Ocean) – The real form for the “Ursula Followers” in “The Little Mermaid” Disney cartoon, pretty huge and indeed scary.
Exquisite Coral Walk
After a long treasure hunt at the “Shipwreck Zone”, we are being led into the “Coral Walk” that mainly features small sea living creatures around the coral.
This area is quite fun and more about focus plus patience because most sea creatures are very little tiny in shape which requires you to keep looking for it! 😉
Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (Coral Walk) – A nice looking shrimp that likes to camp around the hydro pump in the water tank, smart and efficient way to acquire food for itself! 😉
Coral Hawkfish (Coral Walk) – One of our favorite fish throughout Aquaria, would automatically approach and pose when we attempt to take pictures!
Sexy Shrimp (Coral Walk) – A very small sexy dotted shrimp that drives us crazy just kept looking for it even though this little creature is just right upon our very own eyes!
Banggai Cardinal (Coral Walk) – A fine pretty fish with much smaller white dots scatters all around its own body, these species usually seek shelter among the spines of sea urchins.
*We are truly sorry that we didn’t manage to showcase all the fish species around this area because they are rather shy to make an appearance or too good in camouflage.
Interesting Coral Discovery
The Coral Discovery, also the last part for the “Shipwreck Zone” is a fairly long aquarium that holds the undersea coral’s environments for smaller fish species.
You can invest quite some time in this long dark corridor just to learn and explore the natural sea habitat while enjoying a real live scene of being underwater!
Level 2 – Deep Forest
Deep Forest Journey
Stepping downwards the stair is a whole new adventure regarding “Deep Forest” and “The Coast” sea habitat, where you can expect larger sea creature ahead.
*The feeding session for flooded forest will be held around 2.30pm daily.
Black Pacu (Flooded Forest) – This huge species is coated with darker skin and closely related with piranhas.
Siamese Giant Carp
Siamese Giant Carp (Flooded Forest) – These are one of the largest freshwater fishes in the world and can weight up to 300KG!
Arapaima (Flooded Forest) – This long and fearsome species (popular crowd attraction) was recorded with the maximum weight of 200KG!
Redtail Cat Fish
Redtail Cat Fish (Flooded Forest) – The whisker-like barbels along their snout are very sensitive because they have chemicals receptors.
The Coast Discoveries
We found nothing special about the “Coast Zone” except some live coral and smaller species which is similar to the “Coral Walk”, so we headed to the next attraction in Aquaria – Living Ocean.
The Living Ocean
Deep Living Ocean
We had finally reached the center of attraction in Aquaria, Living Ocean zone which features a long underground tunnel where you can walk through and experience the deep living ocean habitat first hand!
Lastly remember to wear your “safety helmet” because there are tons of living sea creature will be swim over your heads within a niche of time! 😉
Sleeping Sharks Den
Ever witness how real sharks sleep deep in the underwater? In Aquaria, you will surely see one or two groups of sharks sleeping at their lovely sand bed.
Monstrous Sea Grouper
Never seen one alive and able to swim across us as close as before, what a spectacular sight watching it from below.
One of the Malay couple that we encountered when the grouper passed by, the wife was chatting excitedly with the husband saying “Ya Allah Bang, Kan Sedap Kalau Masak Ngan Belacan” (they was thinking about how to cook this big fish)! 😉
Fearsome Sea Creature
During the “Ocean Living” exploration, you can also discover some fearsome looking sea creature (includes sharks and stingray) while looking right beneath them, can’t stop shivering especially when the shark pass by!
Deep Ocean Feeding Session
If you happened to be at the “Living Ocean” area around 3.30pm then you are lucky enough to witness the “feeding session” which only occurs once daily.
Feels like the sea turtles here are being well trained by feeding it continuously because it swims at a blazing fast speed (over us) towards the diver when the diver takes out its favorite food aka fresh squid! 😉
Mighty Alaskan King Crab
At the end of the corridor for “Living Ocean”, stays a pack of Alaskan King Crab which remains in a different tank, the size was huge mainly because of its slim long-legged that manage to expands into 30cm height.
Weird & Wonderful
Exotic Creatures Area
As stated in the titles, this area exhibits some of the weirdest sea creatures on the earth that will definitely make you astounded by its exotic appearances.
Pinecone Fish (Weird & Wonderful) – A full scaled (armored) fish, acts like a hard underwater military tank.
Scorpionfish (Weird & Wonderful) – This species is crowned as the most venomous fish in the world, as the name suggests, scorpionfish have a type of “sting” in the form of sharp spines coated with venomous mucus.
Dragon Moray Eel
Dragon Moray Eel (Weird & Wonderful) – This species has long nasal tubes over its eyes giving the appearance of horns while the jaws are full of sharp needle-like teeth with curved jaws that cannot completely close, has a snake long body exactly like an Eel.
Moon Jellyfish (Weird & Wonderful) – Jellyfish have been around for millions of years even before dinosaurs lived on the Earth. Some jellyfish are clear, but others are vibrant colors of pink, yellow, blue, purple and some which can produce their own light!
Shark Sharp Jaws
Sharks continually shed their teeth and some shark species even shed approximately 35,000 teeth in a lifetime, replacing those that fall out.
There are four basic types of shark teeth: dense flattened, needle-like, pointed lower with triangular upper, and non-functional.
*The type of tooth that a shark has depends on its own diet and feeding habits.
River Pollution Courses
In between the “Weird & Wonderful” section, there is a booth stationed mainly to send out the message regarding river pollution that will harm the underwater habitat.
This is a great chance to learn and educate the next generation by visiting the booth – There are professionals who will give introduction speech and free lesson if you are interested. 😉
Aquaria Learning Centre
Station Aquarius is a futuristic and immersive educational zone that is designed like a seal underwater lab, taking visitors through an exciting journey to learn more about sea creatures and the significance of their continued survival to keep Earth in ecological balance.
Evolution of Bamboo Shark
Unlike more well-known sharks, like the great white, the bamboo shark is a small, slow-moving bottom dweller. Their common name is “longtail carpet shark,” and for good reason. They have extremely long tails which are longer than the length of the rest of their body.
Bamboo sharks eat other invertebrates and small fish that also live in the warm, shallow waters they enjoy. They only grow to about 37 inches in length and are harmless to humans. In fact, they are sometimes kept as pets in home aquariums.
Moon Jellyfish Growth
Baby Moon Jellyfish are being bred and grow in here before placed into the exhibition hall, there are few separated tanks to differentiate different growth of jellyfish.
Moon Jellyfish have two main stages to their lifecycle: Polyp and Medusa. The latter is the adult, bell-shaped, floating jellyfish we are familiar with. The former is a small stalk that attaches to a rock and divides into buds which break free to become adults.
Seahorses Breeding Ground
You can also learn and witness the growth of seahorses in the “Station Aquarius”, they have a prehensile tail and this allows them to grip onto eelgrass to prevents them from being washed away by strong currents and waves.
Baby seahorses are known as fry, when they are born they are on their own. They spend the first two to three weeks of their lives drifting along in the plankton layer of the ocean, while there are less than one in a thousand will survive long enough to become an adult due to predators.
Atlantis Souvenir Store
Aquaria Gift Shop
Feel like buying a souvenir to commemorate this meaningful visit? You can now purchase a souvenir in the “Atlantis Souvenir Store” which located in between the exhibition.
You can expect some limited edition “Aquaria Plushies” such as; Small Dory, Baby Seal, Penguin, Mini Sea Turtle, Hammershark, Name and many more to be sold in this store as well!
Aquaria Photo Booth
Still not getting what you are looking for? Fret not, you can also consider buying a series of photo taken from the Aquaria Entrance as part of your souvenir on this trip!
By purchasing the “Photo Services”, you are entitled to FREE download and share the best moment on your social page as well.
*Love our sea nature? Do show our support as a fellow Malaysian by dropping a visit to Aquaria KLCC (to ensure every species are being well fed and have a better living environment in the future).
Aquaria Kuala Lumpur Admission Fees:
- Adult RM65.00 | Child RM56.00 | Senior Citizen RM46.00
- Adult RM46.00 | Child RM37.00 | Senior Citizen RM37.00
*Kindly note that prices and attraction might vary from time to time.
By Light Rail Transit System (LRT) :
- Drop off exactly at KLCC station.
By Bus :
- 821,822,851,180,640,650,651, 652,772,780,781,782,750,751, 752,770,771
Address: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Complex, Kuala Lumpur City Centre.
Contact: +603 2333 1888
Open Hour: 10.00 am – 08.00 pm (Mon-Sun), Including Public Holiday.