At the Samui Aquarium & Tiger Show, get up close to an array of marine life, colourful birds and exotic wildlife all in one stop. This family-oriented attraction certainly has enough to keep the kids entertained on an afternoon outing.
The aquarium features mostly marine life native to the Gulf of Thailand. Its series of large tanks are filled with a range of marine life including nurse sharks, leopard sharks, manta rays, catfish and many kinds of tropical fish, and there is an area where visitors can feed the sea turtles.
At the zoo, the main attraction is the Bengal tigers and leopards, which provide some thrilling displays of strength and agility in the daily live shows. There’s also an opportunity to take your photograph with some of them for an extra charge.
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The best way to see fish and other sea creatures is, of course, by diving or snorkelling off Samui or the famed Koh Tao, but Samui Aquarium offers an alternative for those with limited time or ability to dive, and for families travelling with young children. The aquarium's design is modelled after an old fishermen's village, giving visitors a taste of history as well as an interesting array of marine life to observe.
In the zoo, among the animals on display are tigers, leopards, otters and monkeys plus numerous colourful birds including parrots, hornbills and sea eagles. Animal trainers put on daily tiger, bird, and sea lion shows. Those who have been to more cutting-edge wildlife attractions in other parts of the world may find this one a bit dated in its focus on animal entertainment over education. However, for some thrilling up-close views of some of the world’s most exotic and elusive animals, Samui Aquarium & Tiger Zoo is the place to go.