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Phuket Aquarium in Cape Panwa

The first aquarium in Phuket

The Phuket Aquarium in Cape Panwa is not immense, as the tunnel is only a few metres long, but it is still a great place to entertain you and your kids on a rainy day and might even be your chance to see baby turtles. Several rooms display aquariums of various sizes, starting from small tanks with seahorses, some fun and colourful clownfish, the funny-looking longhorn cowfish, or some squarish boxfish.

Box Fish at Phuket Aquarium

It may not be as big as the new Aquaria at Central Floresta shopping Mall, but this is a Phuket Marine Biological Center dedicated to rescuing dolphins, dugongs and turtles often found in distress around the island.

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Further gigantic tanks hosts some local species, including giant grouper, sea turtles, leopard sharks, moray eels and the list goes on and on. You can even look at some Piranhas from Amazon, but I wonder why they were here; I just hope no one will release them in a nearby river…

Phuket Aquarium

Then, of course, the star of the show is the tunnel, which, even short, never ceases to fascinate kids, adults and even elders. Once you visit the Phuket Aquarium main building, like in any aquarium, you can do some silly shopping and get yourself a painted plate with a Nemo in it… or worse. But don’t go yet; walk to the back of the building and follow the path along the beach to reach the turtle hatchery. Many turtles, including some seriously big ones, are kept in large tanks until the day they are ready to be released. Cute.

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I happened to be visiting the Panwa Aquarium on a very unusual day: a rescue team was rushing in a dolphin kept wet in a stretcher on the back of a pickup truck. The poor dolphin was gently but quickly carried to a large pool. One of the crew walked down into the pool, slowly pulled the dolphin into the water and pushed it in circles around the pool, occasionally pulling his head out of the water to breathe.

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The dolphin was slowly recovering and, to everyone’s relief, started to swim. He was found on a riverbank of Koh Sirey, a small nearby island connected to Phuket by a short bridge, and was to be kept for a short time, have some blood tests done, and then released in the open sea.

Sea turtle at Phuket Aquarium

What’s around the aquarium?

If you drive to the aquarium, take the time to continue up to the Panwa View Point, a nice 360˚ panorama view from a hill not far from Andacura Beachfront collextion Panwa Phuket (formerly Novotel Panwa). You can also have lunch or dinner at The Cove Restaurant on Ao Yon Beach nearby.

The Cove Phuket

Phuket Aquarium Photos

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How to get to Phuket Aquarium?

Phuket Aquarium is at the end of Cape Panwa on the southeast coast of Phuket and is well indicated from Phuket Town.

Phuket Aquarium Info

The entrance fee for the Phuket aquarium is 180 Baht for adults and 100 Baht for kids.

Location: 51 Sakdidet Road, Cape Panwa
: Daily from 8.30 am – 4.30 pm
Phone: 076 391 126
Price: 180 Baht for adults and 100 Baht for kids. Free for children below 108 cm
Half the price if you are Thai or a resident (just show a driving license)
Established: 1983

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What’s around?

Khao Khad Viewpoint – Panwa Viewpoint

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Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early until I settled in Phuket in 1994. For the past 30 years, my passion for photography and my curiosity have taken me to every corner of Phuket, Bangkok and everywhere I could go in Thailand. My goal is to share my discoveries, photos and tips to help travellers plan their holidays by making Phuket 101 as easy as possible to use for everyone!