We planned our visit on a weekday (Friday) to avoid the infamous crowds but with credentials like those above, you can be sure that no matter when you go, there would be a substantial amount of people present to give the place the buzz that's worthy of a world-class attraction.
The entrance to the S.E.A. Aqaurium is via the Maritime Museum in Sentosa. I love the symbolic walk through the mock-up of old Asian Ports, where visitors get the chance to appreciate the seafaring history of our Asian ancestors. Then through the exhibits, we are gradually led downwards, literally, to the depths of the sea and into a world teeming with colour, life and wonders beneath.
|Flower Bed or Sea Bed?|
|A journey to the depths of the S.E.A...|
True to its name, the aquarium is segmented by virtue of the different Seas, Straits and Oceans in the South East Asian region. With the large varieties of exotic and rare marine life, one is easily captivated by the colours and patterns of the amazing marine lifeforms. I was awe struck that even the corals come in a myriad of fascinating hues. Their beauty is not only confined to their vibrant appearances but their abilities to thrive in the harshest, deepest depths on earth.
In the aquarium, Dana walked briskly from exhibit to exhibit, excitedly admiring the marine creatures that are exotic, fascinating and sometimes, odd and deadly all at the same time.
|Sharks! - No visit to an aquarium would be complete without these!|
|Neon-coloured Sea Anemonies...|
The interactive Touch Pool where kids (and adults) are encouraged to get up close and personal with the marine creatures was the highlight of our visit. Dana touched few varieties of Sea Stars (or more commonly known as Starfishes) and even a baby crab which supposedly can be found here on the shores of Pulau Semakau!
|Touching a chocolate Sea Star...|
|Great bonding opportunity for parents and child.|
|I caught a Star on my 5th Birthday!|
|A 'crabby' inhabitant says 'Hi'.|
Having been to several Aquariums in other parts of the world, I still find myself surprised at the discovery of new facts of these marine creatures with every visit...It just goes to show how limited we know of the world around us and how easy it is to take the environment for granted...
|The large Pin Cushion Sea Star...|
|Sea Cushions - Not for sitting!|
|A day in the life of fishes...just minding their own business...|
As we strolled through the aquarium, we marveled at the vast collection of Marine life, each more intriguing than the last...
|Forget Shark Fins...check out these Shark Eggs!|
|Hey, it's Nemo!|
|Fishes of every colour, size and shape...|
|A fish that looks like a shrimp?|
|The closest she will get to live Sea Urchins...|
We lingered a little longer at the Sea Jelly Exhibit as they simply too mesmerizing. The Sea Jellies (or Jellyfishes) are one of the oldest living creatures in the sea and also one of the most venomous. It's amazing think how Nature can be so deceptive - camouflaging deadly poison with such beauty...
|Dana looking at some 'Upside Down' Sea Jellies...|
|Graceful but deadly...|
|The Japanese Sea Nettles...|
|An entire living organism thriving in the deep blue sea...|
|The Indonesian Sea Nettles...|
Finally...we reach the Pièce de résistance of the S.E.A. Aquarium: The Open Ocean Exhibit where the majestic rays and huge fishes inhabit. This was Angie's favourite exhibit and we found a nice spot to just take in the view...While we were there, one of the Mantle rays was putting up an 'acrobatic' somersault stunt which wowed the audience.
|The Open Ocean Exhibit - behold the largest acrylic panel in the world!|
|A diver in action...|
|The flying Manta Ray...|
|Fearsome guardians of the Seas...|
Many have lamented that Singapore lacks natural spaces and scenic attractions; but we take heart that we do not lack ample channels to expose our children to the natural world around us. Yes, the admission tickets are pricey...but what price do we pay if we deprive our kids the opportunity to experience something so magical and memorable like the S.E.A. Aquarium.
|Thank you for giving me a glimpse of your world...|
|A Penny for your Thoughts? - Press your own Penny Souvenir before you leave!|
We left the aquarium full of admiration for the almighty creator of it all. It was a most enriching and purposeful way to celebrate Dana's 5th Birthday, helping her to grow in wisdom and knowledge. We hope to bring her back one day to view the newly opened Dolphin Enclosure. Till then, I hope these photos will give you a sneak peek into the magical world that awaits you at S.E.A Aquarium.
|I'll be back!|
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
Opens: Daily 10am to 7pm.
Tickets: Adults $29; Child (4-12 years old) $20; Senior Citizens $20
|+65 6577 8888|
For more details, check out its website or facebook. If you would like to dine at The Ocean Restaurant inside The S.E.A Aquarium, check out our review!