Monday, July 07, 2008

Southeast Asia’s LARGEST OCEANARIUMS | โลกใต้น้ำ

As if everybody in our region is so tired of going to Hong Kong to see the world's largest oceanarium -- here we are, pulling heaven and hell, to build our own so we won't go so far.

And as customary, we would claim it is the largest here and there, even before it is completed. *sigh*

Here are the largest oceanariums in our region (as of press time) and ranked by total floor area: (and some useful infos too!)

1. Siam Ocean World 10,000 sq.m Thailand
Southeast Asia’s largest Oceanarium is located at the Siam Paragon, Rama I Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok. Open between 09.00-22.00 hrs. Admission is 750 Baht for Adults and 600 Baht for kids. Wanna sleep over? It’s 1,500 Baht for Adults and 990 for kids!

2. Underwater World Langkawi 8,798 sq.m Malaysia
Is located at Cenang Beach, south of Langkawi Island. Open daily from 10:00 am - 06:00 pm. Entrance fee is Rm38 for adults and Rm28 for kids. It has a 15m walk-through tunnel and check out their penguins!

3. Manila Ocean Park 8,000 sq.m Philippines
Located at Rizal Park along the Manila Bay and still partly finished. The walk-through tunnel is 25m long! Open from 10am-9pm Mondays to Fridays and 9am-9pm on weekends. Admission is Php400 for adults and Php350 for kids.

4. Singapore Underwater World (Sentosa) 6,000 sq.m Singapore
They may not be the “largest” any longer but they are still the BEST in the region! Anyone who hasn’t been here wouldn’t understand what I’m talking about. The acrylic tunnel is 83 meters long has a travellator *which is a bummer! =( Hard to take photos.* Located in Siloso Road, Sentosa and open daily from 9am-9pm. Admision is SGD 17.30 for adults and SGD 11.20 for kids.

5. Aquaria@KLCC 5,110 sq.m Malaysia
Located at Suria KLCC Mall under the shadows of the World’s Tallest Twin Towers is this unexpected huge marine theme park. Open from 11am to 8pm. Admission is Rm28 for adults and Rm22 for kids.

6. SeaWorld Indonesia 4,500 sq.m Indonesia
Located within the grounds of Ancol Theme Park (huge!) in Jakarta; the admission here is separate from the main theme park. Admission is Rp30,000 on week days and Rp40,000 on weekends; 9am to 6pm.

7. Underwater World Pattaya 4,200 sq.m Thailand
Two hours drive from Bangkok. Located in the beautiful and action-packed city of Pattaya. It has a 100m-long walkthrough tunnel which is the longest in SE Asia. They change rates all the time.

8. Nha Trang Aquatic Park & Oceanographic Institute 3,400 sq.m Vietnam
This is mainly an academic attraction -- Rare species, exhibits, extensive oceanographic library. There’s a water park for leisure swimming. 6km south of the city center. Entrance fee: 15,000 Dongs.

Come and visit!



eyron said...

hehehe... never been to any

curbside_puppet said...

ironic as it may sound, but i've never been to manila ocean park for some reason! i've been to the sentosa oceanarium and the one in kl. i guess its time for me to visit my city's own oceanarium. to think i used to live around 10 minutes away from it...

Matthew Andrew Aguirre Nagtalon said...

what's the difference between an oceanarium(sp) and an aquarium? or are they both teh same?

i've only been to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA.

gusto sana pumunta sa Manila Ocean Park.


getting clues from this article, does it mean to say that MANILA OCEAN PARK will be the largest once completed?

....if that is the case, I can't wait to go there.>>>>>>>


this is very exciting........

I can't wait to see Manila Ocean Park.

Patric said...

wow...very nice and informative postings! love to see those oceanariums one of these days. I had seen the Seaworld at Fl, but I am sure it is very interesting to see the Oceanariums at Asia...thanks for the postings pisanu, you're simply the best! I just love Bisean, truly it always capture the best of Asia!

Jake Tornado said...

The one in San Diego, Californoa is still way better...than the one in Hongkong hehehe.

Jake Tornado said...

By the missed out on Oceanworld, Subic Bay, Philippines.

Sh@ney said...

That is the cutest header I have seen. Adorable.
G'Day from Australia!

Carlos Javier said...

Nice. I've only been to Manila Ocean Park and Singapore Underwater World. And of course to Hong Kong's Ocean Park. Heheh.

@ Jake:

I think they call it "Ocean Adventure" in Subic Bay. Its an open water marine park and not an oceanarium. It doesn't have any aquaria or land-based pools. Maybe like Sea World in San Diego and Sea World in Australia.

They claim to be Southeast Asia's only open water marine park.

Jake Tornado said...

@Carlos...thanks for pointing that out! I saw some aquaria (small ones though) the last time I visited Ocean Adventure. :)

Akhyari said...

Bali's biggest oceanarium is in the pipeline, and will be ready to compete soon. See ya, SEA-ers

MischMensch said...

Ahhhh the penguins in Underwater World Langkawi, I misssssssss youuuuuuu my little babies :(

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