From the mesmeric dance of the jellyfish to the stealthy glide of sharks, Aquaria KLCC is a treasure trove for nature enthusiasts and curious souls alike.
Curious to know more? Read my Aquaria KLCC guide for more information and tips.
So here’s a fun fact: Aquaria isn’t just a “look at the pretty fish” kind of place. This Aquarium, opened in 2005, is like an interactive book.
It beautifully showcases Malaysia’s diverse habitats, from misty mountains to the deep blue sea. With 5,000 marine buddies, it’s like walking through a watery storybook.
I remember feeling like a kid again, face pressed against the glass, wide-eyed and full of wonder.
Aquaria ticket prices
The ticket to Aquaria KLCC is MYR 69 for adults and MYR 59 for children.
I highly recommend buying your tickets online to skip the line.
On my visits, we could walk straight to the spot with our e-tickets, which was super convenient!
Tips: Set aside an extra MYR 100-150. Why? Because you may want to get some souvenirs or sign up for special activities on your visit.
Aquaria KLCC opening hours
The Aquaria opens from 10 am – 8 pm daily.
The last admission is at 7 pm, so plan your visit accordingly. You’ll need at least 2 hours to explore this place.
How to get to Aquaria KLCC
Tucked beneath the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, you won’t have much trouble locating it.
We hopped on the LRT and got off at KLCC station.
From there, a short walk and you’re standing at the entrance. For first-timers, just follow the signs, and you’ll find your way.
- From KLCC: Start at the main entrance and walk down Jalan Pinang.
- From Suria KLCC Mall: There’s a convenient passageway on the ground floor. Walking along this tunnel, and within 5 minutes, you’ll be right at Aquaria’s entrance.
- From KLCC Park: Use the East Gate. It’s your direct gateway.
If you’re landing at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), there are several ways to reach the city center.
We took the KLIA Express train, a fast 28-minute ride right to KL Sentral. From there, it’s a quick LRT ride to KLCC.
Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur
The KLCC area spoils you for choice when it comes to accommodations. Whether you’re watching your wallet or splurging, KL has a cozy corner for you.
But I’ve also had great experiences in more budget-friendly places.
Best things to do at Aquaria KLCC
We’ve been there a handful of times, and each visit felt like a new experience. Here’s my guide on what to see at Aquaria KLCC and a few tips along the way:
1. See Piranha Tank
The Piranha Tank is located right after the entrance to the Aquarium.
It was fascinating to see the Piranhas up close! While they might not be as fearsome as the movies depict, the piranhas are certainly a sight, especially during feeding times.
2. Stroll Oceanarium Walk
The Oceanarium tunnel is undoubtedly my favorite thing to see at Aquaria KLCC. You’re surrounded by marine life on all sides.
The first time I walked through, it was a proper “wow” moment.
Sharks, rays, and schools of fish surrounded me, and it felt like a scene straight out of my childhood dreams.
Pro tip: Try to visit during off-peak hours; it’s less crowded, and you get a clearer view.
3. Catch the Feeding Shows
I won’t lie; I love watching the feeding shows. Especially the sharks – it’s oddly captivating.
Tips: Make sure you check the feeding schedules so you don’t miss out.
4. Touch Pool Fun
This section surprised me.
I mean, who thought you could touch a starfish in the middle of Kuala Lumpur?
It’s safe and guided, so don’t hesitate to give it a go. Kids especially love it!
5. Visit exhibition zones
Aquaria KLCC also has other zones to explore. Every corner of this place has given me countless moments of joy, awe, and curiosity.
- The Evolution Zone: Dive into history with ancient aquatic wonders – like a time machine but wetter!
- The Stream: See otters playing and swimming.
- Jewels of the Jungle: Insects, amphibians, reptiles galore – nature’s jewelry box opened up!
- Shipwreck: It tells the stories of the wrecks and their underwater inhabitants.
- The Coast: Catch archerfish shooting – it’s coastal chaos in the best way.
- Living Ocean: Massive rays and fish swimming freely – it’s like a National Geographic episode live!
- Station Aquarius: Interactive marine science fun.
- Weird & Wonderful: Octopuses and jellyfish showcase nature’s quirky side.
6. Go shopping at the Aquazone
I’ve picked up a couple of souvenirs here for friends and family. It’s a nice spot to grab something to remember your visit.
Best time to visit Aquaria KLCC
Kuala Lumpur has a tropical climate, so it’s warm year-round.
But to avoid the heavy rain, I recommend visiting Aquaria KLCC between May and July or December and February. It’s when the city feels just right – not too wet or dry.
To avoid the crowd, your best bet is to visit Aquaria during the weekdays, especially between Tuesday and Thursday.
Weekends, especially holidays, can get a tad crowded.
And an insider tip? Swing by post-lunch to avoid school trips.
How long to spend there
While you can breeze through Aquaria KLCC in 2 to 3 hours (if you resist stopping at every tank like yours truly), KL deserves more of your time.
Think of 3 to 4 days of wandering, munching, and shopping. The nightlife scene in KL is also lovely. There’s a surprise around every corner.
What to pack
Here is a list of essential items for your day out in Kuala Lumpur.
- Comfortable shoes (you’ll do a lot of walking)
- Camera (so many photo ops!)
- Water bottle (stay hydrated)
- Small backpack (for your essentials)
- Cash & cards (for those irresistible souvenirs)
What to wear
Kuala Lumpur is warm and humid. I found light cotton clothes, shorts, and T-shirts best.
But remember, Malaysians are somewhat conservative, so it’s wise to dress modestly.
Here are 6 cool spots around Aquaria KLCC you should check out:
Petronas Twin Towers: You can’t be in KL and not visit these iconic twins. Head to the observation deck for some jaw-dropping city views.
KLCC Park: If you’re looking to stretch those legs after all the fish-gazing, KLCC Park’s your playground. With fountains, a jogging track, and even a kiddy pool, it’s a breezy oasis amidst the urban hustle.
Suria KLCC: This mall’s got everything! From high-end boutiques to quirky local shops, and a food court serving some mouth-watering Malaysian dishes, it’s retail therapy at its finest.
SkyBar at Traders Hotel: Fancy sipping a cocktail with the best view of the Petronas Twin Towers? Head up to SkyBar. The ambiance, the music, and that view – it’s amazing. Consider other rooftop bars in KL too!
KL Forest Eco Park: Looking for rainforests right in the heart of the city? This eco-park offers canopy walks, trekking trails, and a chance to breathe in some fresh, green vibes.
Chinatown: A short ride away, KL’s Chinatown is an explosion of colors, aromas, and sounds. Hunt for bargains, devour street food or just soak in the vibrant atmosphere.
Best Local Food and Dining Options
The KLCC area is a foodie’s paradise.
We adored Nasi Lemak Wanjo Kg Baru’s for some local flavors – their Nasi Lemak is a must-try.
For a quick bite, the food court in Suria KLCC offers a range of options. The surrounding areas also offer lots of food choices.
How big is Aquaria KLCC?
It’s massive! Aquaria KLCC spans over 60,000 square feet and houses over 5,000 marine and freshwater creatures. It’s like stepping into a whole new world!
Is Aquaria KLCC suitable for kids?
Absolutely! It’s not only educational but packed with interactive displays and touch pools. Kids love getting hands-on with marine life.
Are there any shows or special events at Aquaria KLCC?
There are daily feeding sessions where you can watch sea creatures in action. Plus, special events and exhibitions pop up throughout the year.
When is the best time to visit Aquaria KLCC to avoid crowds?
Weekdays, especially mid-morning or post-lunch, are your best bet. You’ll get a more intimate experience with fewer crowds.