Underwater World Sentosa
Underwater World Singapore, situated on Sentosa Island of Singapore, is a unique and well-known oceanarium showcasing some 2500 marine life from 250 species from around the regions and is extremely popular with all our visitors for providing fun, leisure and educational experiences. Since our opening in 1991, close to 30 million visitors have been won over by our exhibits.
It's quite a hefty price to pay just to view an aquarium, although true, you hardly get to see all these animals elsewhere. I don't think all of them can be found in the Zoo. At the aquarium, you can see animals like sharks and dugongs, and really huge fishes. But like I said, after awhile the wow factor fades away and it isn't as interesting as it's supposed to be. Also, if you've been to Ocean Park in Hong Kong, the Underwater World will seem like peanuts in comparison.
The unique touch pool allows you to get up-close and personal with some sea creatures which you may think people should not be interacting with such as sharks and sting rays. These are often viewed as dangerous and fatal creatures, however, they are merely curious animals just as humans are and would only attack when provoked. Take care not to remove any of the animals out of the water for too long though, especially the starfish which is commonly treated this way, as this is harmful to them.
I visited the Underwater World while they were having a crab exhibition [I think these exhibits rotate and change from time to time] and was thoroughly amazed and impressed by the variety and quality of the displays! It was intriguing and fascinating to see all the different kinds of crabs, from the more peculiar looking ones to the daintier ones.
The highlight is definitely the tunnel with the moving path where you can simply stand and stare in awe at all the beautiful sea creatures, and be amazed by the giant fishes they have in the aquarium. Despite the high entrance fee, this is a place I always want to return to for the valuable experience.
Underwater World Singapore houses about 250 species of marine creatures from around the world. The star attraction, which is the 83 m long underwater tunnel, has a travelator that passes through 2 sections. The first is the Tunnel Reef Colony, which features graceful rays and sharks, set in an underwater 'lost city'. The second is the Tunnel Ocean Colony, which features larger marine life including giant groupers, huge rays, and more sharks. The enchanting part of the experience is watching these creatures swim by around and over your head!
Another part of the appeal of Underwater World Singapore is the many Feeding Sessions and Interactive Sessions. These Interactive Sessions include the Touch Pool, which feature sharks, rays, starfish, porcupine fish and archer fish; the Ray Of Fun, which features 5 different species of large rays; and the Mystical Anti Gravity Interactive Concept Tank (MAGIC-T), which allows visitors to touch and feed fishes through a hole in the tank. Several other premium interactive sessions include Swim With The Dolphins, and Dive With The Sharks.
I particularly liked the Jelly World exhibit, which has translucent jellyfish and a rotating psychedelic display of lights. The Living Fossils exhibit was interesting as well, with its giant catfish and arapaima.
Underwater World Singapore has an outdoor section, which houses the Dolphin Suite. This area has the live show of the Meet The Dolphins And Fur Seals Session, which takes place at 11am, 4pm and 5.45pm daily.
If you're planning a visit to Underwater World Singapore, do note that admission fees costs SGD $26, and your ticket also includes the Meet The Dolphins And Fur Seals Session. Allocate between 1 to 2 hours for viewing, and be sure the catch the free Turtle Pool exhibit outside the entrance.
The main attraction is, of course, the moving walkway which winds under the park, allowing you to see the fishes, sharks, stingrays and various underwater life. It was awe inspiring to be up close and personal with such large sea creatures.
Photography does not work out too well though. The glass reflects any flash used and not using flash requires you to stand very still which given the swimming creatures and moving walkway does not make for good pictures.
Nevertheless, my friends and I went to the underwater world. It was my second visit in my entire life. The first was with my family when I was really little, and hence I couldn't remember much about it. We finished walking around the entire underwater world in about 2-3 hours? and we spend quite some time watching the dolphin's performance.
Personally, I am not a fish person, and I wouldn't pay to go again. It is far too small and unenjoyable.
There is an amazing number and variety of fishes (and underwater mammals), ranging from sizes no bigger than one's thumb to many times larger than the size of an adult. One particular exhibit I liked because of its surprise factor was the seahorses who looked exactly liked seaweeds. Just when you think nothing can surprise you further, something comes along which makes you revert back to childhood glee (I'm not exaggerating; I've seen adults who were walking calmly beside their excited children undergo a complete transformation when they arrive in the underwater tunnel, eagerly snapping pictures).
There are guided tours, though I don't recommend visitors to take them due to the extra cost as well as the fact that they have to constantly move along with the tourguide. Most of the exhibits are worth taking one's time to admire, and it is also rather simple to navigate through this place, especially with the help of the maps available for free at the counter.
However, it should be admitted that Underwater World Sentosa has not changed much over the years, so unless it starts improving, it may not stand up to the challenge of the newly-opened RWS Marine Life Park a short distance away.
There is a belt that transports you through a ‘tunnel’, with huge stingrays swimming around you, and the occasional diver waving at all of us. For us children there on a school trip, this ‘journey into the underwater world seemed to last forever. We saw wondrous creatures we had no names for, and had divers waving at us from the other side of the glass.
I don’t remember the end or the beginning, only the middle part as though it is a moment suspended in time, because it was such an awesome trip for me.
I visited Underwater World when I was a kid in primary school. At that time, everything appeared big to me. Few years ago when I brought my children to visit Underwater World again, my impressions changed. It seemed like a very small place and in order to squeeze value out of the tickets, we lingered a longer time around each tank. By doing this, I noticed that the maintenance of the area was not very good. The glass of the tank was not very clear, like the fish tank I used to have at home that I seldom washed.
Underwater World needs to improve to remain in business.
I had an overnight camp at Underwater World, a few years later, and I proceeded to fall in love with the place once more again, as I watched the marine creatures swim past over my head until I fell asleep.
Underwater World Sentosa has never failed to amaze me. Even though the hype about it has died down significantly, and the exhibits have remained at a standstill for a pretty long time, there's just something about watching the marine creatures surround myself as I stand on the travellator that makes each experience at this local attraction an extremely enjoyable one.
That said, the place can be a little small, and one can breeze through all the exhibits in about half an hour, or probably less. The entrance fee for Underwater World certainly does not come cheap either, and for such a small place, it's actually kind of a rip off, if I have to admit.
Probably worth the visit for the first few times, but any more, and I'll have to put aside my immense love for the place to claim that it's an absolute waste of money.
The exhibition was really small, it took us 15-30 min to saunter through the entire place. And the worst thing is, I dont know what glass do they use, but i ended up having a major headache at the end of the whole thing,
The jelly fish was nice though. That's about it.
After which, we moved on to the dolphin lagoon which comes with the underwater world package.
The seals were super adorable, but we the performance for merely 10 min. AND they tricked unsuspecting tourists into buying a photo for $25, and the worst thing is the photo can only include two people. is that ridiculous or what?
My advice is, take your $25 and spend it somewhere more worthy!
I love how the lights shined on those "transparent" jelly fish, which makes them neon green, orange, yellow, blue, purple and pink.
I love the touch pool, as that's the place where my girlfriend and I started holding hands.
However, if you went there for the second time, you might get bored.
We went there for the second time, on our anniversary, although we can't find any difference from the first time we went there, we still have fun.
Even if it's not, we tried to have fun.