Phuket’s main aquarium has recently undergone an extensive renovation which took about two and a half years. One of the highlights of the new aquarium is a 10 metre long underwater glass tunnel.
The aquarium is quite small and you’d be hard pressed to spend more than an hour there, though you get your monies worth as the entrance fees are quite low. Nevertheless, its well laid out and the labels and information are in English as well as Thai. If you are interested in scuba diving, a trip to the aquarium will provide a good introductory course to the marine life found in the waters around Phuket.
As Thailand’s major marine biological research station, the centre conducts research on tropical reef ecosystems, commercial fisheries, and other projects. The centre also hatches and breeds species of endangered sea turtles in order release them back into the sea.
Phuket aquarium is located near the southern tip of the island at Ao Makham on Cape Panwa. A taxi or tuk tuk from Patong will take about 1 hour. Expect to pay at least 1,000 Baht to get there and back. Its probably better to take in the aquarium as part of a day-trip where you either rent your own transportation or hire a taxi/tuk tuk for the day.
Open daily, 08:30 – 16:00
Adults: 100 Baht
Children: 50 Baht
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