Straight from the Maritime Experiential Museum‘s ports of call, visitors encounter raging storm in the Typhoon Theatre and the fleet begins to drown into the darkest depth of the ocean…
And soon you get greeted by hundreds of colorful fishes in the shipwreck habitat section, which makes an interesting start (after the typhoon and all). The S.E.A. Aquarium in Resorts World Sentosa Singapore is divided into 10 different marine habitats, which are arranged to mimic the Maritime Silk Route:
1. Strait of Karimata & Java Sea
2. Strait of Malacca & Andaman Sea
3. Bay of Bengal & Laccadive Sea
4. Ocean Journey
5. Open Ocean
6. Persian Gulf & Arabian Sea
7. Red Sea
8. East Africa
9. South China Sea
10. Shark Seas
This is a Mecca for avid divers and marine biologists. But for me, after quite some time, all fishes begin to look the same. And I stopped trying to find each species in the tank.
Luckily (or not so luckily), small little innocent fishes are not all you’ll come across in the ocean. Exhibits in S.E.A. Aquarium that aren’t to be missed include Japanese spider crabs that inhibit the dark ocean base…
…primitive-looking chambered nautilus…
…the beautiful beyond belief, but extremely poisonous, box jellyfishes…
…the only giant oceanic manta ray in captivity…
…some funny Pinocchio-like fishes…
…awww, makes you think that it’s not really scary down there, isn’t it? Well, guess what’s next, big-jawed moray eels that have been known to cause serious injuries on divers (damn you liar, Pinocchio!):
…and the tank that hosts ferocious-looking sharks, hammerheads and barracudas.
Overall, as compared to the conceptually similar River Safari Singapore, I’d say that S.E.A. Aquarium probably has waaaaay more species and actual fish count. But I find the diversity in River Safari Singapore to be slightly more compelling. Still, S.E.A. Aquarium has its own share of highlights and is a decent tourist attraction.
How to Get to S.E.A. Aquarium Sentosa
Alight at Harbourfront MRT, go to Lobby L at Level 3 VivoCity. Take Sentosa Express, then alight at Waterfront Station.
S.E.A. Aquarium Tickets Fee
One-day pass is SGD 38 for adult. SGD 28 for children under 12 and seniors over 60. Tickets include admission to Maritime Experiential Museum.