So today I finally visited S.E.A. Aquarium, which I’ve been wanting to visit for some time. And, after my visit, I went on to Underwater World. Both about marine creatures, both aquarium like, but here in my blog post I will highlight the highlights!
Thanks to the ASA Card, which it joined recently as one of the attractions, and which my company allows us to ballot for, I got to visit them for free!!
Had a great day today. Started off with using the card to enter Sentosa via the cable car. I got myself the Sky Pass, which would otherwise cost me $29.
Got off at Sentosa Station, and then I took a short walk to Imbiah Lookout Station (part of SG Cable Car’s new Sentosa Line) and headed towards Merlion Station where it was another short walk to the Aquarium. Entry tickets costs $32 for adults or $28 for SG Citizens, but I got to go in for free.
I must admit, I was impressed with the aquarium from the start. As soon as you enter, you start a journey chronicling the sea voyages of Asian countries from the past – what voyagers experienced (piracy), what they brought to trade, etc etc. Very well done.
Quanzhou (China) -> Qui-nhon (China) -> Palembang (Indonesia) -> Malacca -> Galle (Sri Lanka) -> Calicut -> Muscat (Omar) -> Malindi (Kenya)
You can pay $2 to enter the Typhoon Theatre, which was worth it and something I enjoyed. The story was in good English and they recreated the feel of being in the boat and going/experiencing the journey very well.
The aquariums were magnificent, new, clean, BIG! And, crowded too, despite being a weekday. I managed to be present for the Ocean Chatter at 1.15pm at the Ocean Gallery, which was a pretty basic informative talk and easy Q&A where you get something small from the staff if you answer correctly.
I went on to the SEA Monsters Past and Present, an exhibit happening until 30 September. It was pretty nice, but small inside the ‘present’ exhibit. What can one expect anyway, not many are living fossils today. Amongst those living fossils are horseshoe crabs, alligator gars (which you can also see at River Safari)
I was at the Sea Dragons exhibit around 3pm, the scheduled feeding time, but nothing happened though.
There was also an exhibit on shipwreck boats and some recovered items. At the entrance of the Aquarium, the public can also sit and watch a short film, played on a huge boat hull with a lion head. All in all, I was pretty impressed with S.E.A. Aquarium, and spent about 3 hours + there. Lots of things to see and learn, and you can also sit back and relax and watch the fishes go by at the Ocean Gallery.
I then moved on to Underwater World, by taking the Cable Car Sentosa Line to Siloso Point Station. This was mys eond visit, the first, about a year ago. I like Underwater World because of the interaction you get with the sea creatures. Over at the S.E.A. Aquarium, there was a touchpool along the way where you get to touch starfish and sea cucumber. At the Underwater World you can touch rays (their stings are removed) and small sharks. You can also feed fish, which is really fun. There are capsule machines containing fish food and which cost $2. You put your hand into an extended pocket of water and the big yellow fish will excitedly come out to suck the food into their ‘toothless’ mouth. The other section of colourful fishes are more shy.
There is another pool with ‘koi’ like fishes which you can also buy food from capsules or buy a ‘milk bottle’ from the Souvenir Shop consisting of fish food mixed with water (very little though, probably about 1/4 of the bottle) and costing $4. You will get a refund of $1 when you return the bottle. I really felt like I was feeding a baby when I fed the fish! Lol! Last year when I came you could also buy cut fish to feed the rays, which was really a great experience. You tuck the food in between your finers slide your hand against the wall and the rays will come to you and slowly suck the food from your fingers. I wanted to do that today but was informed that feeding the rays was stopped :(
I then managed to make it for the 5.45pm pink dolphin and sea lion show which was fun fun fun!! The sea lions Glenda and Brenda certainly enjoyed the attention from the crowd. And boy, could they dance!! I think this is the highlight and main difference between Underwater World and S.E.A. Aquarium, as the Aquarium basically has marine life that Underwater World has as well.
All in all, I had a great day! I saved alot, and also got to visit 2 different attractions within the same vicinity, both in a class of their own, and learn as well as enjoy so much of our marine life. :) :) :)