After we visited the crocodile cave as part of the Mangrove Tour in Langkawi (which turned out not to have any crocodiles), my kids were absolutely determined to see the animals, so we decided to visit Langkawi’s Crocodile Farm, aka Crocodile Adventureland.
Crocodile farms help guarantee a supply for the leather industry, and thus minimize poaching, and release juvenile crocodiles to the environment to preserve the natural population. However, crocodiles in captivity suffer from stress in confined places, and are susceptible to disease and pests. There are pros and cons on each side.
Location and Tickets for Crocodile Farm
The crocodile farm is a 10-minute drive from Langkawi Cable Car and Sky Bridge , and a 30-minute drive from Kuah town. It’s perfect if you are planning to visit both attractions on the same day, which is exactly what we did. Click here for the map location of the farm.
For foreigners, the tickets cost 25 ringgits for adults and 18 ringgits for children. They open daily from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm and if you are planning to visit the skycab on the same day, go to the crocodile farm first when the weather is cooler; it will be cool anyway when you climb up to the bridge.
The first activity when you enter the park is feeding the young crocodiles. They are packed in pens waiting for food from visitors. You can buy food pellets from a stall located at the pens and go around feeding each group of crocs. The pens have placards with interesting facts about crocodiles including how to tell if it’s a crocodile or an alligator (but even with the information given it was a challenge for us to tell them apart).
You can also dangle bits of chicken into the pen and watch larger juveniles lunge at it. It’s not exactly fishing but that’s what they called it.
There are several shows at the crocodile farm. One of them is the feeding show on the Bridge at 11:45am, where trained staff feed the crocodiles at close range. The other show, “Man and Crocodile” is more exciting. According to them, they only use male crocs to perform as female ones are more aggressive. The show take place at 11:15am and 2:45pm.
Have Your Photo Taken With Crocodiles
This is probably the highlight of the visit—not for the picture, but because you get to hold a small crocodile in your hands. You have to wash your hands first for hygiene and to keep them wet, as crocs prefer moist hands. The kids were ecstatic to hold and cuddle the baby croc in their arms and to pet it as if it were a cat. This activity is for a little extra fee, but it is totally worth it and you will have something to share with friends and family.
On our way out, we went through a leather shop that offers luxury leather products, obviously made from crocodile leather. They say it’s one of the finest quality crocodile leather in the world, but we couldn’t care less.
We enjoyed our visit to Langkawi Crocodile Farm and I would recommend it to anyone who is visiting Langkawi with children.