The National Biology Museum and Aquarium in Pingtung is the best Aquarium in Taiwan and one of the best aquariums in Asia. It includes beluga whales, sharks, rays, penguins, and much more. It is a must see stop on your trip to Taiwan.
The museum opened in 2000 after 9 years of planning and construction. There are tree main areas: Waters of Taiwan, Coral Kingdom, and Waters of the World. Originally there was a whale shark as part of the exhibit, but after protests the whale shark was released in 2013.
The Aquarium was named the fourth best in Asiaby Trip Adviser.
450 NT per person
9 AM to 5:30 PM
How to get there:
By Car/Scooter: Take provincial highway 26 south to Checheng and turn right on Buqian Road until your reach the aquarium.
By Bus: Take Taiwan Tourist Shuttle Kenting Express to the National Museum of Marine Biology stop.
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I have been to to the Aquarium in Kenting twice and it surpassed our expectations. It is definitely the best aquarium in Taiwan and is worth a visit. It’s one of the best aquariums I’ve ever been too. The 450 NT to get in is well worth it.
There is plenty of free parking here if you come by car or scooter.
Main entrance to the aquarium.
Map of the area.
450 NT per person.
You can also come here via tourist bus.
The Kenting Tourist bus can take you all over the park.
Empty kiddy pool which maybe has water in it sometimes?
The whale pool did have water in it, and it is full of life sized humpback whales.
There were a lot of kids who came and splashed in the water.
Main hallway of the center building.
You can often see divers cleaning tanks and feeding fish here.
There is also an indoor waterfall in here.
View of the ocean from one of the main buildings.
But you can't walk over to the ocean, it is blocked off.
Feeding a seal.
Too fast for my camera.
Giant freshwater fish.
Another view of penguins.
Giant panorama of world ocean life.
Tons of penguins.
Snack shop outside.
Overpriced ice cream stand.
Whale building exhibit which was not open yet when we came.
The second time we went, it seemed this building was still empty and unused, probably because of the pandemic.
Nearby there is an ocean themed playground.
Killer whale slide.
There are a few tunnels like this under the fish tanks. In the past, they have let people stay the night and camp underneath the fish here.
Looking at another glass tunnel.
This one has an escalator.
Sunken ship tank.
Looking down at the tunnel below.
And we finally found the beluga whales, definitley the highlight of the trip.
Both whales came right above us.
One of them was resting on the glass.
And they were playing together.
Wider view of the whale tank.
Whale playing with a toy.
A diver came to clean the glass.
Another diver cleaning the glass.
Beluga whale leaning on the glass.
Apparently you can get an annual pass here for 999 NT.
Thanks for reading and be sure to stay tuned for more of our blogs on Kenting to come.
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