How is Phuket Town new aquarium?
Aquaria Phuket is a new attraction in Phuket town, on the lower floor of the immense Central Floresta, (part of Central Festival). The place covers a large surface, and it is advertised as the largest aquarium in Thailand, with 25,000 animals and 300 species, which we didn’t take the time to count. The surface is indeed impressive but
How does Aquaria look like?
Aquaria is divided into 4 distinct areas: Mystic Forest, Coastal Heaven, South China Sea and Station Aquarius.
You can walk back and forth between each area, some are outdoor, and most are indoor. You will see giant freshwater fish, stingrays, otters, penguins, leopard sharks and other sharks. Every hour, you will be able to assist at the animal feeding or presentations. The schedule is as follow (it may change so double-check with the program inside Aquaria.)
As you go, you will notice a lot of food, snack and drinks are on sale at every corner. There is even a restaurant if you choose to dine among the fish. And of course, there is a souvenir shop on the way out, just before reaching the TrickEye Museum that can be purchased with the aquarium ticket.
This is the fresh water area. Enjoy watching lizards, chameleon, snakes and other lizards.
As you move to the salt water area, enjoy a vast space dedicated to penguins.
South China Sea
An open space where adults and the kids get a chance to touch starfish and horseshoe crabs.
Dining at Andasi Restaurtant
If you feel like having dinner in a totally unusual atmosphere, Andasi Night & Lounge is a 120 seats restaurant set next to the largest tank. Here you can enjoy a modern contemporary dinner with fine wines with schools of fish swimming in the background. The restaurant is open from 7.00 pm to 10.30 pm.
You can choose between a 3 course (2,688 baht) or a 5-course dinner (3,888 baht). The dinner is excellent, and dishes are beautifully presented, and of course, the surreal atmosphere is what makes the experience so unique. As you dine inside the half tunnel, leopard sharks and sting rays slowing glide in front and above you, followed by schools of glittering fish. Dinner starts at 7.30 pm, and reservation are strongly recommended at 061 172 6144.
On the plus side, it’s immense, and kids will enjoy taking photos with enormous fish swimming around their head. It’s a lot easier to reach than the original Phuket Aquarium, so you don’t have to drive a long way to see the marine life. If you decide to spend the day in Phuket Town, you can easily add it to your day, especially on a rainy day.
On the downside
At a cost of 940 baht per person (490 baht per child 3-11 years old), it is a rather expensive experience (locals pay half this price). Aquaria is more of an entertainment display, so you are not going to learn as much as in the Cape Panwa Aquarium (which is a biological centre with all kind of educational information and professionals trying to save marine life.)
The layout is complex, and in some areas, the curved tank glass distorts the view quite a lot, making visibility difficult. Even taking photos of marine life is challenging. Like in other aquariums in Bangkok and Phuket, there is a short tunnel, but it soon appears it is only a curve glass reflecting in a curved mirror!
Overall, it will keep you busy for an hour or so, probably not much longer.
Aquaria Phuket Info
Location: Phuket Town
Address: B1 floor, Central Floresta, 199, Vichitsongkram Rd, Wichit, Muang, Phuket 83000
Open: 1.30 am – 7 pm, daily
Phone: 076 629 800
Price: adults 890 baht, Children 490 baht (3-11 years old)