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Billed as the biggest aquarium in the world, this attraction is found in the Marine Life Park in Sentosa.

Directions - How to get to S.E.A Aquarium:

Just go to the main RWS area on Sentosa where the USS globe is and walk 1 minute towards the blue building, its quite obvious! Check out the video below our media gallery if you need a visual guide for directions. If you want to learn more check out the official write up we did here -Marine Life Park review.

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(Updated: July 31, 2015)

Just another Underwater World

When I first heard about S.E.A. Aquarium, it seemed like the cooler, improved version of Sentosa's Underwater World which had left me some fond childhood memories. However, I have to say that I was pretty disappointed after going to S.E.A. Aquarium.

I had expected it to be better and different from Underwater World since it's newer, but nothing really stood out to me throughout the visit. That being said, the Aquarium's The Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora does look a fancy dining place for special occasions. The adorable stingrays, jellyfish, and 'Nemo and Dory' are definitely some of my favorites at the Aquarium.

While the Maritime Experiential Museum is a nice bonus for those who are interested, it can be quite boring for some as visitors to S.E.A. Aquarium have no choice but walk through the museum before getting to the Aquarium. It's a great place for family outings and tourist visits, but I don't see myself going again in the near future.

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Great Effort in Displays

I had the opportunity to go to the SEA aquarium for free on a field trip and assess the effectiveness of the signs and educational material around the attraction.

Overall I felt that the displays were really spectacular, and the huge tanks containing maybe hundreds of fishes were simply amazing. However, the signs could be better placed and also, better lit! Some signs were placed under such dark lightning that it was a pain to read them. Also, the scrolling information boards are great for saving space, but they scroll way too slowly!

Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the experience, but I would not visit again as I do not support their holding dolphins in captivity and if not for the field trip, I would never have planned on visiting.

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Jaw-dropping View

Having read a few bad and disappointing reviews of SEA Aquarium previously on the net, I was a little hesitant of forking out the $38 for an entry ticket. I had to thank my lucky stars to be fortunate enough to receive two free tickets for the theme park recently.

My day there got off to a bad start, with myself and my sister getting stuck behind 5 different tour groups. Not that I mind, but we were getting little impatient. We had to wait 30 minutes in line to finally be able to enter the exhibition area. Once admitted, we proceeded on through their museum where we ended up at the starting point of the marine life wonderland.

The theme park offered different species of fish that were really hard to recall after a while due to the extensive amount. The staff there were all ever-so friendly, answering our questions and giving us information on certain marine animals. Overall, although the day started off bad, the open ocean gallery made up for it.

A word of advise, I do suggest for those interested individuals to visit the theme park during the weekdays if you find that noisy children and tour groups are your pet peeves. In addition, have a bottle of water on you during the visit because the only refreshments counter available is situated near the end of your long and time consuming walk.

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Underwater Wonderland

I was so eager to visit Singapore's marine life park when I heard it was opening and I finally got my chance!

Having awaited this day for months as I'm in love with anything that has to do with marine life, I arrived right on the dot at 10am with my boyfriend on a Friday morning. We got our tickets from the booth right in front of the entrance at $38 each. We had to wait for about 10 minutes before we were allowed in due to crowd control I suspect.

Once you enter the S.E.A Aquarium you'll feel as though you've been teleported to another world right away. We entered the darkly lit doors to be greeted by a glass showcase of gorgeous marine life.

As you go along there is a path to follow through the place each showcasing different species and aquariums with information regarding them throughout. The experience was really fun and educational at the same time. There's even a place where you get to stick your hand in a tank and feel stingrays and marine plants, and a certain species of a small shark, the children were going WILD with joy.

The people manning the aquarium were also very friendly and they really knew their stuff. They could assist us when we wanted information or help really well.

The highlights for my trip there was the Open Ocean which you get to spectate towards the end of the path. Its one of the most gorgeous views I have seen in Singapore and I'm so grateful I got to experience it.

One tip if you're heading there though, BRING REFRESHMENTS!! There was only one place I saw to buy snacks there and lets just say it - it wasn't cheap. And since you'll be in there for about 2 plus hours (that's how long I took anyway), supply yourself beforehand!

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38
Best part:
Open Ocean
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S.E.A Aquarium
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The Beautiful Fish Species

Teeming with life, this place was a big hit with my family. With the fishes that were swimming around freely, it posed a challenge for me as a photographer but an interactive chase for my sister who appreciates the varying colours of the fish.

This aquarium's species went beyond my expectations. Not only did they have jellyfishes from different families that were being lighted up by changing displays of light, they also had a majestic manta ray in the large aquarium tank in the centre of the exhibit. The tanks were clear which allowed for close up observation of the fishes.

There were also quizzes at the end to impart some interesting facts about fishes that I didn't know. A great family attraction, especially for nature and fish lovers.

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33
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Something 'fishy' going on!

I have never seen as much fishes in my life.

The S.E.A Aquarium really opened my eyes to what lives beneath the sea - there is a myriad of fishes swimming in this aquarium, every kind you can - or cannot - think of. You get the chance to see those fishes commonly served on your dinner plates swimming in the aquarium, and you won't miss the opportunity to check out your all time favourites - Nemo and Dory!

It was an enriching trip to the Aquarium, and I definitely got to see many different kinds of fishes I would never have imagined existed before.

There are the common fishes you see everyday, small and typical but don't be too disappointed yet, because you would later go on to see the other beautiful fishes with stunning appearances that instantly distinguishes them from the rest.

The layout of the aquarium is pretty good, with touch-screen interactive information boards to allow visitors to know more about the fishes in an engaging manner and photo booths to take pictures at.

One only disappointing comment I have is that the crowd of visitors at the Aquarium is overwhelming, which actually significantly reduces the experience one would derive there. Everyone would be trying their best to catch a good shot of these fishes and too many heads might be blocking you from getting a perfect view of the fishes.

So try to visit the aquarium on a weekday if you can, to avoid the crowd. (Which might be hard, considering that it's the vacation season now)

PS: Try to admire the fishes with your eyes, and not catch their beauty through your cameras.

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(Updated: July 28, 2013)

Disappointing

Being the largest aquarium, I expected to see many rare fishes but there are hardly, if any, rare fishes here. There are no dolphins and there are only about 2 or 3 types of sharks (the common ones).

I was expecting to see rare deep sea fishes such as angler fishes and many other interesting creatures that were written on the descriptions along the way which were meant for educational purposes. Unfortunately, only common fishes were on display.

The best part is definitely the huge aquarium but it only contains fishes that seem to be edible such as sting rays and other common fishes. I hope that they would add more sea creatures such as seals, dolphins, turtles, and so on instead of sea creatures that can be found at the wet market.

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Under the Sea

If you are heading down to the RWS Sea Aquarium, do remember to enquire if there are any promotions available. Last week, I was pleasantly surprised to get the student price of $20 at the counter because I remembered there were no promotional rates on the RWS website, except for DBS credit cards. If we had not asked, we would have paid the full admission fee of $29!

Although the key attraction is the sea aquarium, the ticket also allows entry into the maritime experiential museum and the typhoon theatre. I didn't particularly like any of them because I thought everything appeared to be rather artificial. Nonetheless, if you're not rushing for time, there's no harm taking a few nice pictures here. Be prepared to get slightly damp at the typhoon theatre too.

Next, we proceeded to the sea acquarium! There were endless number of aquariums. My favourite has got to be the Open Ocean Tank. I believe it is the favourite for many visitors too. The tank is ginormous and I was spellbound admiring its beautiful inhabitants. The star of the ocean family has got to be the Stingray. They were such majestic creatures! Although the width of the glass measures 70 centimeters, we felt so close to the marine animals there was an inclination to reach out our hands and try to touch them whenever they swim past. We were fortunate to be there during one of the feeding times and it was interesting to watch the divers feed the fishes. Ah, I could sit there forever.

I was quite looking forward to seeing the sharks, but in the end I was rather disappointed because it was too crowded at the aquarium. I felt that the interior was too cramped and I got dizzy just looking at the sharks swim around and above us. If you want to spend more time admiring the sharks, go all the way to the end of the walkway to get a side view of the tank. It is much more peaceful there and you get a better view too!

I also appreciate that they have guides stationed at every attraction to attend to visitors and answer questions that cannot be found on the boards. They were enthusiastic, knowledgeable and willing to help. Kudos to them!

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20
Best part:
Open Ocean Tank
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Amazing

I wasn’t really a fan of fishes and the underwater world (except for the deep sea exotic kinds) but the visit to S.E.A. aquarium was really a fascinating one.

I remember me and my friend entered the aquarium after watching a short 4D film. Although it was a rather boring film but the physical effects were pretty cool and it totally reminds me of USS. After the film, we entered the aquarium. The whole setting was so serene, despite being so crowded on a weekday.

The whole trip was rather memorable. We got to touch the starfish, witness so many different kinds of jellyfish doing their “dance” and see all the cute baby sharks swimming above us. We even bought this small token (you can choose between the designs of sharks, turtle and 2 others) as a souvenir! A pity is that the Dolphins weren’t there the last time I went as I was like 1 or 2 week earlier. The conveyor belt at the baby shark area wasn’t operating as well; otherwise it would be totally cool.

Overall it was a pretty interesting trip and I would definitely want to visit the dolphins one day!

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(Updated: March 01, 2013)

Impressive!

There was a famous aquarium at Dubai which had designs and species similar to that of S.E.A Aquarium. I paid a visit to the aquarium in Dubai first. My father and I straddled along it's conveyer belt gaping at their gigantic domed aquarium. S.E.A aquarium wasn't formed that time yet hence I compared Dubai's aquarium with Singapore's ancient Underwater World instead. Certainly a far cry. Dubai's aquarium's scale and contents won, hands down.

However, my perceptions took a turn the moment S.E.A Aquarium opened it's doors to public. The flooring was carpeted, the walls and glass panels varnished and polished. Everything about it screamed NEW. The aquariums had a similar construction with the one in Dubai; especially the humongous one. However, the aquariums here were better lit and decorated in a way that flaunts the fish contained within. Dubai's aquariums had dim lightings that made spotting the fishes within it a chore. The cleanliness for S.E.A Aquarium is certainly applaudable whereas the one in Dubai tended to contain murky waters laden with moss and algae. I used to own fishes several years ago hence I know the the boons and banes of aquarium hygiene. I had to clean their tanks practically everyday to ensure the water content is sparkling clean! How exhausting!

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Aquariums
Location:
Sentosa
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