When Entopia opened in 1986 as the Penang Butterfly Farm, it was the first facility of its kind anywhere in the tropics. This living museum showcases more than 15,000 rare, endangered, and indigenous butterflies and dragonflies representing some 120 species alongside 200 species of plants. A multistory indoor discovery center known as the Cocoon lets visitors explore the world of invertebrates through a series of hands-on exhibits and activities. Entopia doubles as a research and conservation center for butterflies, insects, and their habitats.
You can purchase tickets to Entopia Butterfly Farm online or upon arrival at the butterfly farm; discounts are available for children, seniors, and families visiting with two adults and two children. While it’s possible to visit Entopia on your own, a private tour of the butterfly sanctuary offers added convenience with hotel pickup and drop-off, plus your own private guide who can offer insight into the colorful wildlife of Malaysia. Some tours include a visit to the nearby Tropical Spice Garden.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Entopia is a must-see for families and animal lovers.
- Choose to visit independently or with a private tour.
- Plan to spend two to three hours exploring the farm and its many exhibits.
- Entopia is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
Entopia is located at the foot of the Teluk Bahang Hills, on Jalan Teluk Bahang near Batu Ferringhi. You can get there via Rapid Penang buses 101, 102, or 501 to Teluk Bahang, or by riding the hop-on hop-off bus Beach Route to stop 21.
When to Get There
Entopia is open daily from 9am to 7pm, including on weekends and public holidays. The park hosts several educational programs and shows throughout the day, so be sure to check the schedule in advance of your visit.
If you’re visiting Entopia independently, you might want to plan to spend the day in this area of Penang Island to explore some of its other attractions. Just up the road from Entopia is Escape, a ropes course, zipline, and climbing tower popular with families. Also nearby, the Tropical Spice Garden encompasses 500 acres (202 hectares) of fragrant landscaping where you can learn more about more than 500 species of local spices and medicinal plants.