SEA Aquarium of Singapore
Enjoying the sea when you’re on vacations is both relaxing and fun. But what about the thrill it gives you to dive to the depths of these waters? Interestingly, we’re not talking about scuba diving, snorkeling or snuba diving, so read on to discover an oceanic adventure on land.
In Singapore you’ll find the biggest aquarium in the world. It harbors over 800 marine species, including 200 species of sharks. Its sharp architectonic design makes you feel as if you were really submerged in the sea, or more specifically, in several, because it’s the home of species from the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea, the South China Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Persian Gulf, among others.
Contrary to what’s common in traditional aquariums, in the S.E.A. Aquarium you will not be surrounded by square fish tanks. As you visit the facilities you’ll be surprised by fish dancing under your feet; you’ll walk through tubular structures where sharks and rays will swim above you and you’ll even face the challenge of finding seahorses camouflaged by the swaying algae.
Marine Life Park S.E.A. Aquarium
When the tour begins, you’ll spot a sunken mysterious ship just like the ones you usually see in Hollywood films. Even if you won’t hear The theme of Jaws in the background or witness a white shark attack, you’ll see a shoal of pompano –in order to have a better view, step about 30 ft. away from the window.
As you continue your visit, go to the area where they have species from the Malacca Strait and the Andaman Sea. There you’ll find Discovery Touch Pool, a small pool in which you are allowed to touch sea stars and sea urchins and feel their extremely different and characteristic textures. We dare you to touch them!
In the heart of the aquarium you’ll reach an area similar to a movie theater known as Open Ocean. Watch the screenings of videos that show shoals of huge wreckfish, dotted tiger sharks and many more. Then, if you want to intensify the marine experience, DINKtravelers recommends visiting a room in which all the walls and the ceiling are made of crystal. It’s known as the Ocean Dome and it offers a 180º panoramic view of the sea through a 30 ft. diameter dome.
We wouldn’t be able to finish this tour without letting you know that opposite to the Ocean Dome there’s a really special restaurant that closes at 10 p.m. We invite you to try their seafood menu while you enjoy the panoramic view of the ocean and its inhabitants.