To label this popular attraction as just an aquarium would be a major disservice. If the weather outside is wet, this is a fantastic place to while away a few hours – to get the most of the place we’d recommend spending at least half a day. Apart from the impressive series of enormous tanks and walk-through aquariums, brimming with exotic marine life from across the region and beyond, the S. E. A. Aquarium offers a fascinating selection of interactive shows, exhibits and talks. For the young this is a magical wonderland – it’s hard to move on from some of the displays they are so mesmerizing.
The most impressive viewing tank, the Ocean Gallery, sits like a huge cinema screen, with seats and relaxing music providing the ideal environment to escape the modern world outside and get lost in a soothing subterranean one. Watching the sharks, manta rays and stingrays glide effortlessly through the water, surrounded by a myriad colourful fish is an almost hypnotic experience. There are 18 million litres of water in this tank, which is home to over 50,000 marine animals.
Elsewhere, look out for the amazing jellyfish tanks, the eccentric seahorses and the massive goliath grouper, just some of the 800 species on display throughout the S. E. A. Aquarium.
The collection of marine life originates from an area spanning ten different time zones, following the trade routes taken from South East Asia to India, China, Africa and beyond, with each area of ocean covered in detail. These include the Strait of Karimata and Java Sea, the Strait of Malacca and Andaman Sea, the Bay of Bengal and Laccadive Sea, the Arabian Gulf and Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, the South China Sea and the waters off East Africa. Highlights include the Shark Seas, where visitors walk through an aquarium teeming with a variety of sharks, including the nurse shark, the black-tipped reef shark, the grey reef shark and the clumsy looking hammerhead.
Determined to be a centre of education and preservation as well as an attraction, the aquarium offers a series of ‘learning adventures’ for the young. These are aimed at raising awareness about the importance of the ocean to future generations so students have a greater understanding of subjects like conservation and the environment.
To get the most out of your visit, we’d advise setting aside a good four to five hours so you can really enjoy the displays without feeling you have to rush. If you feel like having lunch at the aquarium, Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora offers magnificent views of the Open Ocean aquarium while you eat. Helmed by Singapore’s first female Iron Chef, this fine dining establishment will complete an unforgettable experience at S. E. A. Aquarium.
S. E. A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa, tel: 6577 8888, rwsentosa.com
After all the thrill and excitement, where better to enjoy a few cold drinks and a casual meal than at the C Side. Taking up one of the island’s better stretches of beach at Siloso, C Side off ers an eclectic assortment of coastal treats including the lively Bikini Bar (the only bar where you can get a cold Bintang on the island), the casual eatery Coastes, and the aptly-named Sand Bar. Hire a sun lounger at Coastes to watch the sunset, play some pool at the Bikini Bar and then enjoy some live music at the Sand Bar to round off your day on Sentosa in fully relaxed fashion.
C Side, 50 Siloso Beach Walk, tel: 6631 8938, cside.sg
Madame Tussauds Singapore and Images of Singapore
One of the newest attractions in Sentosa is Madame Tussauds, the latest opening in their empire of waxwork museums across the world. Like all Madame Tussauds, there is an impressive collection of wax figures, depicting famous politicians, sports personalities and A-list actors. On display here are some Singaporean heroes, as well as popular favourites from across the region like Bruce Lee, Yao Ming and Jackie Chan. Selfie addicts will have a field day with so many willing participants – you can even create your own special photo moment by dressing up with the provided accessories! Feel like wheeling ET out for a ride? Go ahead! The newest figure on show is the Singapore Girl, the second time this much-loved iconic figure has graced the halls of Madame Tussauds, but the first time in Asia. The current model still works for Singapore Airlines, so you never know when your paths may cross. Some figures on display here are more lifelike than others – we were sure there was an actor posing in one of the halls to fool visitors but of course, we were mistaken.
If you plan to visit Madame Tussauds, we highly recommend enjoying the connected Images of Singapore attraction during your visit, preferably beforehand. This interactive actor-led journey through the history of Singapore, tracing its growth from muddy swamp to world fi nancial capital, is great fun, informative and timed perfect to entertain even the most easily distracted children.
Madame Tussauds Singapore, 40 Imbiah Road, tel: 6715 4000, madametussauds.com/Singapore
MegaZip Adventure Park
If you’ve enjoyed the adrenaline thrills available at the Luge Skyline Sentosa but want to (literally) take it up a notch, head up to MegaZip Adventure Park. Here you can practice your climbing skills, experience a ParaJump and elevate yourself in an acrobatic extravaganza on the MegaBounce trampoline. The highlight though is the MegaZip ride from the summit of Imbiah Hill to the beach. Travelling at speeds of up to 60kph over the jungle canopy, this is a sure way to reawaken your spirit of adventure and should defi nitely be tried. If you’re not content with only one ride, do it again straight away for only $20! – Terms and conditions apply.
MegaZip Adventure Park, Imbiah Hill Road, tel: 6884 5602, megazip.com.sg
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