By Paula Parker
The Phuket Aquarium is one of the most affordable things to do in Phuket and it's a great outing for the kids.
It certainly doesn't compare to the Sydney Aquarium in Australia, however it does provide an affordable and interesting activity if you are travelling with young kids in Phuket.
The Aquarium is located on the southern most tip of Cape Panwa surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery.
This is a perfect spot to stop off for an hour or so, where you and your kids can explore the marine life.
The Phuket Aquarium was the first aquarium in Phuket, established in 1983 as a department of the Phuket Marine Biology Centre.
The aim of the aquarium is to increase the public understanding about Thailand's marine and coastal environment.
The aquarium carries out research, including restocking clown fish populations, water quality management, life cycle ecology just to name a few.
The aquarium also hatches and breeds species of endangered sea turtles and then releases them back into the ocean, this was by far the highlight of our visit to the aquarium.
There are over a hundred species of sea life on display at the aquarium, many of these species are from the waters surrounding the Island..
Take a walk through the the underwater tunnel where you will come across a variety of marine life including sting rays, groupers and sharks.
The aquarium provides lots of fun for the kids, and is very educational with a variety of different displays to see.
The aquarium is relatively small and it will only take you about an hour to explore, but you will certainly get your moneys worth if you decide to visit.
If you find yourself in the area of Cape Panwa on your travels around the island, or if your looking for a rainy day activity, the Phuket aquarium it is well worth calling in to have a look.
There is a souvenir shop and a small café that sells drinks and snacks.
The Phuket Aquarium is open daily from 8.30am to 4.30pm.
If you would like to see the feeding show, you will need to be at the aquarium by 11.00am. The feeding show goes for 30 minutes.
The current entry fee prices as of August 2023
Non Thai Residents
There is also another small aquarium at the Zoo.
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