Rainy day out at the world’s largest oceanarium in Singapore

by admin on January 20, 2013

The new Marine Life Park has opened at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore. It incorporates S.E.A (South East Asia) Aquarium, said to be the World’s biggest oceanarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark. It was a rainy day and we wanted to stay dry so we paid a visit to Singapore’s brand new aquarium located on Sentosa Island.

Singapore’s new aquarium is home to over 100,000 marine animals and more than 800 species from sharks to sea horses. The first habitat you see at the oceanarium is a huge shipwreck teeming with fish. The route takes you on an aquatic journey around different habitats from various parts of the world, from the Strait of Karimata and Java Sea to the Red Sea.

Here are some of the stars of the show (taken by Mr C, so please do not use without asking).

It is an absolutely incredible aquarium with a huge amount and variety of fish. My favourite were the jelly fish and sea horses. Baby C loved the Discovery pool where you can touch star fish and sea cucumbers. There is a glass floor you can walk on and a tunnel through the aquarium with a travelator. Unfortunately the emergency buttons are at the perfect height for little fingers so it stopped every few minutes. The biggest highlight is probably the 36m viewing window which really is enormous. Through it you can see squadrons of Manta Rays as they glide past. It was magical. Not all attractions were open and the dolphins, over which there is a huge controversy as they were captured from the wild, had not yet arrived.

As expected the new aquarium was super busy, so we had to fight through all the tourists taking photos and videos on their iPads. Often easier said than done with a buggy and a toddler on the loose (who wanted to go in the opposite direction).

The verdict: A day out at the world’s largest oceanarium is a great way to immerse yourself in an magical aquatic world, especially on a rainy day in Singapore. I’d definitely recommend S.E.A Aquarium as a fun family day out, especially on a rainy day. However, I find it incredibly sad that the dolphins have been taken from the wild for this attraction, with the objective that is clearly to make money.

I should also mention that we tried to eat at one of the RWS restaurants afterwards, but we were turned away as the “kitchen was closed because they were too busy”. This was very disappointing.

Visitor info: Tickets are $29 for adults $20 for children. For more information, please click here.

 

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