Visiting Underwater World Sentosa is like visiting hubby’s childhood. He said nothing changed much and he enjoyed it as much as he did as a child. He would often visit this place whenever he’s in Singapore, along with the other things kids see at Sentosa. He didn’t really tell a lot of stories but I can see from his expressions that he missed this place.
I can also see how much he enjoyed it there, showing the kids around and introducing them to the different kinds of creatures that he can identify.It was surprising that the little boy wasn’t so afraid of the big ones, he only knows the smaller fish at home…
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Colorful Creatures from Down Under
An 80-metre conveyor walkway brings visitors on a very near experience with marine life. Sea creatures from different parts of the world are exhibited. There are starfish, pufferfish, a dugong, weedy sea dragons, poisonous lionfish, giant clams, lazy sharks, giant sting rays and endangered giant turtles all just a thin glass away.
I love the display of jellyfish in different colors. I stayed here the longest to watch. ^_^ The lights on display made all these colors possible to see and showcased the translucent quality of the jellyfish.
(A giant octopus clinging upside down his aquarium wall. )
There were Japanese spider crabs with legs spanning to at least a meter and can weigh up to 29 kilograms. 😮
The kids were very interested as we haven’t seen such in other oceanariums we’ve visited (Schönbrunn, Haus des Meeres, and Nuremberg zoo).
The octopus seem to have been there for many years now, still thriving.
(Below: Daughter wandering around the glass walls.)
We have an aquarium at home but it only has one fish, a silver arowana. They are fascinated with sea creatures as we have had other fish before.
Educational Trip of Sorts
This is fun for the kids and very educational too. They get very close to the sea creatures, actually only glasses are between them that’s why they get so excited. You could hear them giggle as a shark passes by or when a sting ray hovers over. Identifying some of the creatures was one thing they were doing. Having watched Finding Nemo and Shark Tale numerous times added to their fascination.
I’ve searched for the name of this crab and found out that it’s a rainbow crab. They have a blueish/violet carapace, red–coloured legs, and whitish claws. There were lots of clownfish diving in their anemone home too. The seahorses were in different colors too, but this yellow one is a standout (sorry that it’s blurred).
The 3D Shark is one of the coolest attraction there. The kids didn’t see this at first, we just asked them to sit there, I took a photo and showed them the photo later on. They were giggling. The little boy wouldn’t have agreed to sit there had he seen those jaws…sharp teeth!
The Dolphin Lagoon is home to the pink dolphins or the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins. Visitors can interact with the doplhins at certain times of the day. There is also a dolphin show to be enjoyed.
How to reach Underwater World Sentosa
By Sentosa Express, Bus, Tram – The Sentosa Express station can be found on the 3rd storey of Vivocity. You get off at Beach Station and then switch to the Blue Line or Red Line buses or the Siloso Beach Tram.
If this fails, go with the most reliable for of transportation; taxi. lol
Underwater World Sentosa
80 Siloso Road
Date opened 13 May 1991; 28 years ago
Update: Underwater World closed on 26 June 2016. 🙁 The sea creatures were transferred to safe facilities before the closure.)
Sentiments of nostalgia poured as the news came out. With many other attractions opening in Sentosa the past years, it was sad to see the oceanarium close.