I bet many people in Penang are not aware that there is a mini aquarium in Batu Maung. Well, I knew of its existence for a long time already but never bother to visit because I have been to the huge aquariums in Italy, Singapore, Hong Kong and even Langkawi.
However, it is the school holidays and we need to find something to occupy the kids. So, we head to the Batu Maung aquarium. It is located near the Bayan Lepas airport and you can access it via the coastal highway. There are signs so one cannot miss it.
I didn’t take many photos in the aquarium as they do not allow flash light from cameras. Anyway, there is nothing special there. The tanks are all very small and the water rather murky. You will have better views of fishes at Chew Thean Yeang aquarium (a fish shop) in Burmah Road.
But for RM5 entrance fee for adult, RM1.50 for kids above 12 years old, it is good for kids to have fun.
They have a large tank in one of the rooms like a theatre. It is one of the more interesting spot in the whole acquarium.
The other interesting thing is the pond outside the aquarium. It is filled with lots of carps so my kids enjoyed feeding the carps.
If I recall correctly, the aquarium is open from 10 am to 5 pm and closes on Wednesday. You can find the direction from Tourism Penang site.
How to get there
The Fisheries Research Institute and Aquarium is located in Batu Maung, opposite the Batu Maung post office. You can get there by bus no. 69 (the yellow bus which goes by the name of Milan), by cab or private transport. The signs are quite clear and you can’t miss the building.
The Aquarium of the Fisheries Research Institute
11960 Batu Maung, Pulau Pinang
Tel: 04-626 3925 / 6 â€¢ Fax: 04-626 2210