Visiting Jakarta Aquarium: All You Need to Know

Visiting Jakarta Aquarium: All You Need to Know
Visiting Jakarta Aquarium: All You Need to Know

This is the complete guide to Jakarta Aquarium. All the information you need, now.

Visiting Jakarta Aquarium is one of the fun things to do while in the Indonesian capital.

Not to be mistaken with other aquariums in the city, Jakarta Aquarium is one of the newest, top attractions in Jakarta. It is located in Neo Soho Mall which is only 4 km west of the Monas – Indonesia’s National Monument.

Ever since Jakarta Aquarium opened it has been a massive hit with both Indonesians and international tourists visiting the city.

Jakarta Aquarium is a very popular attraction among both foreign and international visitors to the city.

Despite being open for just over a year, Jakarta Aquarium has already received prestigious awards such as the “Indonesia Leading Conservation Destination 2017/18” from ITTA  and the “Certificate of Excellence 2018” from Tripadvisor.

This comes as no surprise, however.

Jakarta Aquarium was planned and designed through a collaboration of two very respectable groups, Taman Safari Indonesia and Aquaria KLCC Malaysia.

Jakarta Aquarium is an impressive, modern recreational center that is designed to entertain the whole family. They also have a clear emphasis on conservation as well.

When you visit Jakarta Aquarium you will get the chance to see more than 600 different species, but that’s not all.

Jakarta Aquarium also has daily theatre shows, live animal feeding sessions, Pingoo Restaurant where you can feed penguins, a 5D exploration ride and plenty more.

Jakarta Aquarium has daily shows where experts interact with the animals.

Purchasing Tickets for Jakarta Aquarium

When you arrive at Neo Soho Mall in Jakarta, proceed to the entrance to Jakarta Aquarium. You will notice some ‘lines’ for purchasing entrance tickets. They have digital screens set up for you to look at the different pricing options available for adults and kids. The screens are visible above the payment counters.

They do a pretty good job of making the process run smoothly.

When it is your turn to pay you will have the option of paying with cash, debit or credit card. International credit cards should also work at Jakarta Aquarium.

How much does it cost to visit Jakarta Aquarium?

Although the prices at Jakarta Aquarium are always subject to change over time, currently there are a few different ticket options available.

First of all, you will save about 25% if you visit Jakarta Aquarium during the week opposed to on the weekend.

Secondly, there are two different classes of tickets for Jakarta Aquarium: Regular and Premium. Regular includes just your basic entrance to the aquarium. Premium includes entrance to the 5D simulator and multiple visits for up to 4 hours.

Here is a summary of the current prices to visit Jakarta Aquarium:

Regular Weekday Entrance to Jakarta Aquarium

Adult 150,000 IDR  Kid 125,000 IDR

Premium Weekday Entrance to Jakarta Aquarium

Adult 200,000 IDR  Kid 150,000 IDR

Regular Weekend Entrance to Jakarta Aquarium

Adult 200,000 IDR  Kid 150,000 IDR

Premium Weekend Entrance to Jakarta Aquarium

Adult 250,000 IDR  Kid 175,000 IDR

You should take these prices into account before you visit Jakarta Aquarium. Based on these prices, a family of four (2 adults and 2 children) would save 150,000 IDR by visiting during the week the same class of ticket!

Navigating your way through Jakarta Aquarium

Once you have purchased your tickets for visiting Jakarta Aquarium, one of the attendants will wrap a wrist band around you and you will be asked if you want to get your ‘souvenir’ photo taken.

This photo will available for purchase as you leave the aquarium.

Walking through Jakarta Aquarium is pretty self-explanatory. It consists of two floors of exhibits and activities. You enter on the top floor and then you travel downstairs and exit on the bottom floor.

As you exit on the bottom floor you will travel through a large souvenir shop. It has lots to choose from.

You won’t be pressured to walk fast while you visit the aquarium, but it can get busy – especially on weekends.

Taking Photos at Jakarta Aquarium

One of the most interesting activities to do while visiting Jakarta Aquarium is to take photos and videos. It really is a photogenic attraction!

Some of the exhibits at Jakarta Aquarium have an open concept with no glass. They are ideal for taking pictures. The exhibits that are enclosed with class tend to be very clean, so taking photos is still possible.  

A couple of places within Jakarta Aquarium that you might want to have your camera fully charged for are the jellyfish section and the massive central aquarium. Both of these sections of Jakarta Aquarium are on the bottom floor.

Jakarta Aquarium Jellyfish.

One of the best areas for viewing the main aquarium is beside the 5D simulator near the exit. There are chairs set up for you to sit while watching all the species swim around.

What is located around Jakarta Aquarium?

Although Jakarta Aquarium is technically located in West Jakarta, it is still quite close to the major attractions in Central Jakarta. It is also located in one of Jakarta’s ‘shopping districts’. Therefore, it is still possible to work a visit into Jakarta Aquarium into your itinerary.

Shopping Centers

Jakarta Aquarium is located in Neo Soho Mall.  

Neo Soho Mall is physically connected to one of the largest and most popular shopping malls in all of Jakarta – Central Park Mall.

As its name suggests, Central Park Mall has a nice outdoor park area that is located between it and Neo Soho.

There is yet another shopping mall a few minutes away from Jakarta Aquarium – Taman Anggrek Mall. Taman Anggrek is famous in Jakarta because it was the first mall in the city to have an indoor ice skating rink.

If you visit Jakarta Aquarium you will also be able to check out these three malls without much hassle.

Since these three malls are in such close proximity to each other, there are also many apartment buildings in this area around Jakarta Aquarium. There are a few good hotel options as well.

Consider staying in this area of the city if your goals are seeing Jakarta Aquarium and shopping!

Accommodation Options

One of the best places to stay in that is near Jakarta Aquarium is the Pullman Jakarta Central Park Hotel

The Pullman Jakarta Central Park Hotel is ideally located attached to Central Park Mall and very close to Jakarta Aquarium.

This is a nice, modern property that typically gets review scores around 8.5/10 on major booking sites like Agoda and Pullman is physically attached to Central Park Mall which is very convenient.

Royal Mediterania is another solid choice near Jakarta Aquarium.

If you would prefer staying at an apartment, then you might want to look at Royal Mediterania. This apartment get review scores above 9/10 and it’s right beside Central Park Mall. It is only a few minutes from Jakarta Aquarium.

Other Nearby Attractions

If you are visiting Jakarta Aquarium and you want to some more sightseeing, then Tanah Abang and the Monas area are only a few kilometers away.

After seeing Jakarta Aquarium you might also want to check out these attractions:

The Textile Museum and Pasar Tanah Abang are the closest to Jakarta Aquarium.

Many visitors to Jakarta prefer to stay in Thamrin and then arrange transport to Jakarta Aquarium.

In this case, try staying at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, the Grand Hyatt or the Mandarin Oriental. All three of these hotels have easy access to Bundaran HI MRT Station.

Frequently Asked Questions about Jakarta Aquarium

Buying tickets for Jakarta Aquarium. Where should you buy tickets for Jakarta Aquarium?

There are a few different places where you can buy tickets for Jakarta Aquarium. The obvious one is at the ticket counter near the entrance. You can also buy tickets for Jakarta Aquarium online via their official website:

If you are visiting Jakarta Aquarium on the weekend then it might be a wise decision to book in advance online.

Jakarta Aquarium Hours of Operation. When is Jakarta Aquarium open/closed?

Jakarta Aquarium is open daily from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

What is the phone number for Jakarta Aquarium?

The phone number for Jakarta Aquarium is +62 21 29209072.

Is it worth waiting in line for the 5D Simulator at Jakarta Aquarium?

If you do happen to visit Jakarta Aquarium, think carefully about whether you really want to spend an additional 50,000 IDR. It really comes down to whether you will find the 5D simulator interesting or not.

It is an interesting experience, but the ride only lasts for about 10 minutes. If it seems busy at Jakarta Aquarium with long queues you might want to pass on the 5D experience.

Final Thoughts about Jakarta Aquarium

Jakarta Aquarium is a modern family attraction in Indonesia’s capital city. It may not be the biggest aquarium that will see, but it is definitely worth checking out while you have a few days in Jakarta.

Jakarta Aquarium is popular with Indonesian families and it’s becoming more common to see expats and international tourists there as well.  

Jakarta Aquarium Neo Soho Jakarta

Strongly consider visiting Jakarta Aquarium during the week opposed to the weekend if you can. You will get the same experience (for cheaper) with fewer queues to deal with.

Some visitors to Jakarta Aquarium think that it’s a bit too expensive.  If that’s the case maybe check it out once and then make your decision if you ever want to go back again.

Jakarta Aquarium is located in an ideal location if you want to get some shopping done as well. Therefore, consider seeing the aquarium and also shopping on the same day.

Another good experience would be to stay at the Pullman Jakarta Central Park Hotel and make a weekend of it!

10 Closest Hotels to Jakarta Aquarium in Jakarta

***Organized according to Star Rating

Name of Property Star Rating/Distance/Travel Time to Station Average Guest Review Score
Pullman Jakarta Central Park Hotel 5-Star (350 m/4-minute walk) 8.4/10 4400+ reviews
Ascott Jakarta 5-Star (7.7 km/19-minute drive) 8.5/10 2466+ reviews
Grand Tropic Suites Hotel 4-Star (400 m/5-minute walk) 7.2/10 2501+ reviews
Sari Pacific Jakarta 4-Star (6.8 km/17-minute drive) 8.1/10 215+ reviews
B Fashion Hotel 3-Star (1.4 km/18-minute walk) 7.4/10 1369+ reviews
Dave Property MGR2 Tower H 3-Star (600 m/7-minute walk) 5.8/10 1+ review
OYO 784 Hotel Bulevar 2-Star (350 m/4-minute walk) 2.5/10 1+ review
OYO 333 JJ Sweet Property 2-Star (600 m/7-minute walk) 8.1/10 27+ reviews
ZEN Rooms Basic Tanjung Duren Syariah 2-Star (1.8 km/22-minute walk) 7.0/10 2+ reviews
Kamar Keluarga Tanjung Duren Syariah 2-Star (1.8 km/22-minute walk) 6.4/10 10+ reviews
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