Phuket Aquarium — travel guide and map
The overwhelming majority of tourists coming to Thailand go straight to the resort of Phuket. Not surprisingly, Phuket offers tourists a whole range of entertainment that will satisfy the preferences of people of all ages.
One of these entertainments is the Phuket Aquarium, which attracts lovers and those who are simply interested in the inhabitants of the aquatic world.
Aquarium on Phuket map
The aquarium was founded in 1983. It was originally intended for environmental research. However, after the reconstruction began to enjoy unprecedented popularity among tourists. The main attraction is a transparent tunnel, located in the center of the aquarium.
The whole complex of the aquarium is divided into two sections:
- Sea fish and inhabitants of freshwater depths;
- Flora of the deep sea.
Marine and freshwater animals are located in the first section, which, in turn, is divided into ten huge aquariums, made in the form of a cylinder.
Each aquarium is inhabited by certain species of fish, of which there are more than 160 species in total. The most memorable representatives of the water space are:
- Clown fish presented in a wide variety of types and colors;
- Moray eels;
- Different types of catfish: electric, shifter, glass;
- Box fish;
- Giant bass and groupers — whose weight reaches 300 kg.
Also, the aquarium in the full sense of the word justifies its name, since amazing mammals of the ocean depths live in the aquarium: sharks, large stingrays, huge grouper, all kinds of tropical fish, sea horses, etc.
Well and, perhaps, the most unusual representatives living in this complex are the leopard slope and leopard sharks, which are distinguished by their unique spotty coloring.
The second sector is devoted exclusively to the plant world of the deep sea, which is represented by a unique variety of algae and coral reefs. Among all this beauty infinitely small sea dwellers.
The sector is also divided into several thematic aquariums, most of which are equipped with a touch screen that provides complete information on all available living things.
For lovers of thrill shows are held, where you can see how scuba divers feed from the hands of sharks and other predatory fish. Performances take place every weekend at 11:00 to 11:30.
How to get there
The aquarium is located at the end of Cape Panwa, in the south of Phuket. You can get to the aquarium yourself by car. The starting point is the Chalong ring, from which it is necessary to start moving towards Phuket Town. Move in this direction 7 km to the intersection, the landmark «Toyota Center».
From this intersection it is necessary to turn on the right, and then after about 700 meters turn back on the right. In this case, the reference point will serve as a traffic light intersection, after the turn, then continue to travel approximately another 7 km straight down to the aquarium.
From Phuket, you can take a bus from Soht Talad or Fresh Market. Ride from the beaches of Kata, Karon, Patong is very far 35 km, it is better to do it in the morning to get back before the evening traffic jams.
Time and cost of attendance
The pricing policy of tickets for tourists and locals is different. For example, a ticket for adults costs 180 baht, and for small — 100 baht. There is also some free advantage for children whose height is less than 108 cm. For local residents, the cost is reduced by half.
In the near futurereviewed reconstruction and redevelopment of the aquarium!
The aquarium is open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Tickets are on sale until 16 in the evening. To see everything, 1 hour is enough.
If you want to get interesting information about the aquarium, you can refer to an interactive display, thanks to which the data are perceived visually and by ear.
In addition, in the aquarium there are additional excursions in Thai and English languages, thanks to which it becomes possible to get acquainted with each of the inhabitants of the aquarium.
At the exit there is a small souvenir shop.
Be sure to visit the aquarium with children, they will have vivid memories and a lot of impressions, and do not forget to take a camera.
Address: Mueang Phuket District, Phuket, Thailand
Phone:+66 76 391 1 26
Coordinates: 7 ° 48’12.4 ″ N 98 ° 24’28.2 ″ E