• Vivian Teo

Is it worth taking the kids to SEA Life at Legoland Malaysia?

Updated: Dec 26, 2020

Kids will be delighted by not just sea creatures but interactive features and giant Lego figurines at the recently-opened SEA Life aquarium at Legoland Malaysia.

The SEA Life aquarium at Legoland Malaysia in Johor Bahru opened in May this year. Given its newness, we had to add it to our itinerary during our visit to the Legoland theme park this Singapore school holiday.

Coming from Singapore, we’re more familiar with the huge SEA aquarium at Sentosa where almost every display is out to awe and impress visitors. In comparison, SEA Life feels a lot smaller in terms of space and its exhibits. But despite so, SEA Life has its own unique features, like its giant Lego figurines both in...

...and outside of the tanks. I think hubby had the most fun posing with them!

We also love how atmospheric every room feels with its use of coloured lightings which gives the aquarium a rather magical feeling. You can't help going "wah!" when you enter a room. Like this seahorse area...

Seahorse area

The coral reef area...

Coral reef area

The jelly fish area...

Jellyfish area

The sunken ship...

The sunken ship

And the ray area...

The ray area

SEA Life also comes with a touch pool where the staff would ask those who would like to touch the starfish in the pool to first wash their hands before doing so.

Touch pool

And this is my favourite. A tank where you can stick your head into!

In terms of sea creatures, it still has a good variety. Some of our favourites include the Maori Wrasse...

Maori Wrasse

the Epaulette Shark...

Epaulette Shark

and the moon jellyfish.

Moon Jellyfish

SEA Life also has many interactive features that will engage kids. Like this room where children can colour on the screen in front of them, send their creations to a larger screen...

Digital aquarium

...before their creation swims off to an even bigger screen (below).

Digital sea

In fact, Little E, who is seven years old, said this was her favourite at the aquarium and we must have spent quite a bit of our time here just waiting for the kids to colour and send their creations off to sea.

Because of the interactive features, we actually took time to read the facts about the sea creatures, something we sometimes forget to do when we are at the SEA aquarium in Singapore because we are in a hurry to press our noses at the glass of the next display.

Here's another feature our kids enjoyed - maneuvering digital sharks and rays on the screen to see them close up and learn about their skeletal structures.

Digital feature

This map shows the location of freshwater creatures...

Interactive map

and this area educates about water pollution.

Interactive features

We took our time and spent about an hour to walk from beginning to end of the aquarium. While we probably wouldn't make a trip across the causeway to specifically visit SEA Life, I think the aquarium will make a great add-on to a Legoland theme park trip to complete the Legoland experience!

Bonus tips for your trip:

- Like the Legoland theme park, the aquarium can get crowded during and a week or two before the Malaysia school holidays. When we arrived on a weekday morning (in the week before the start of Malaysia school holidays), a SEA Life staff asked if we would like to consider visiting in the afternoon instead as they have more than 400 kids on school excursions visiting that morning! We came back after lunch and it was pretty empty then, but on and off, there’ll still be waves of students coming in from excursions.

- SEA Life tickets at the door are at RM95 for adults and RM 74 for children. They are slightly cheaper if you purchase online from the Legoland website but they are fixed date tickets. As we prefer some flexibility to our tickets, we bought ours from Klook before heading to Malaysia which cost tickets S$25 for adults and $19.45 for children, still slightly cheaper than buying at the door. The Klook tickets are open-dated and valid for a few months.

- One- and two-day combo tickets are also available at Legoland's website and at the door, which are tickets for both the theme park and SEA Life for use within either a day or two consecutive days. They are cheaper than purchasing tickets separately but we didn't go for them as we like to spend an entire day at the theme park which is just enough time for our kids. See our review on Legoland theme park here.

Find SEA Life at 7 Jalan Legoland, Bandar Medini Iskandar Malaysia, 79250 Iskandar Puteri (Nusajaya), Johor Darul Takzim, Malaysia. Contact them at +607 597 8888.

Disclaimer: We paid for our tickets, and my opinions and reviews here are strictly my and my family’s own.

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