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SEA Aquarium and Maritime Experiential Museum

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Finally, we visited SEA Aquarium (a magical marine world seen through the planet’s largest window to the ocean, with more than 100,000 marina animals from over 800 species across 49 habitats) last Saturday. Well, I copied that definition from the brochure of SEA Aquarium.

All the information and explanation in my post here will be based on the booklet that we took before we left. Well, I was planning to take several notes my self…..but blame it to the crowd that made us hard to walk and must squeeze ourselves between hundred of people to get close to each aquarium display. After a while, lil boy had became an expert of squeezing himself without our help to get very close to every exhibit.

The SEA Aquarium is located in Waterfront Station of Resort World Sentosa. Based on our latest experience with the long queue even at the ticketing counter, we were already there at 10 am. Surprisingly, there was no queue at the ticketing counter or at the entrance door. This place was supposed to be opened at 10 am and tickets were on sale since 9.30 am. I was dreaming of having a nice and relax stroll inside the aquarium with not so many people inside. Yap, I was totally wrong! It was very crowded and packed with hundred of people inside. We were wondered where were they come from and what time did they arrive? There were also some tour groups and school groups, so it was super crowded inside.

It’s a surprise to see this place is fully packed with people although the entrance fee is not cheap at all. That made the visit wasn’t comfortable at all for us.

For your information, there is a double discount with NTUC and OCBS Card plus $5 meal voucher (with NTUC). The ticket price is also included admission to the The Maritime Experiential Museum. The aquarium entrance door is inside the museum.

Upon entering the museum, we saw Fish and Crab Shack Restaurant where we could use the meal voucher. So we bought 1 package of food which consisted of 4 pieces of fried mozzarella cheese stick for $6.

I don't know how they tasted cos lil boy finished them up by himself. And I couldn't ask him either because when it's about cheese.....he can be very biased....

I don’t know how they tasted cos lil boy finished them up all by himself. And I couldn’t ask him either because when it’s about cheese…..he can be very biased….

And then we saw a big ship just in front of the restaurant:

It is the life-sized replica of Admiral Zheng He’s Treasure Ship (Bao Chuan). It is also the place to watch the Bao Chuan Show, where we can learn the history of sea exploration and trade in Asia

Bao Chuan Show

Lil boy was so serious when watching the show. I think he develops more interest in things like these than me

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Omani Dhow (Jewel of Muscat). It is a reconstruction of a 9th century Omani Dhow built using traditional materials and construction techniques

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The maritime silk route race, complete with interactive activities and panels

Bao Chuan Cutaway, displays precious goods and even exotic animals like giraffes acquired during Zheng He's Voyage

Bao Chuan Cutaway, displays precious goods and even exotic animals like giraffes acquired during Zheng He’s Voyage

This museum is an interesting place to visit if you have interest in history. You will embark on the most amazing voyage of discovery, maritime archaeology, and more....

This museum is an interesting place to visit if you have interest in history. You will embark on the most amazing voyage of discovery, maritime archaeology, and more….

Next stop was the SEA Aquarium

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And these are what we saw during our visit in chronological order:

1. Shipwreck Habitat

Well, just say there was a shipwreck alike model with many fish in the surrounding. This place was so crowded that it was hard to walk along the corridor. At this habitat, be astounded by a monumental shipwreck with a splintered hull that nature’s resilience has transformed into a thriving marine sanctuary.

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2. Discovery Touch Pool

From sea stars to sea urchins, kids and adults can enjoy the tactile experience of the friendliest sea creature.

The queue was quite long in here. It was a record cos lil boy for the first time was brave enough to touch the living creatures inside the pool.

Touching the starfish was like touching  a rock

Touching the starfish was like touching a rock

Many staff were around the pool to give explanation and encourage the kids to touch the creatures

Many staff were around the pool to give explanation and encourage the kids to touch the creatures

We could squeeze this and it felt like squeezing plastic

We could squeeze this and it felt like squeezing plastic material

3. Ocean Journey

Discover the athletic prowess of the Indo Pasific Dolphins, the hypnotic intrigue of school of fish, the cool marine life in the cold water habitats, and the pulsating dances of the sea jellies.

The dolphin

The dolphin

All kinds of sea jellies

All kinds of sea jellies

Various kinds of fish:

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School of Fish

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4. Open Ocean

Seen through the planet’s largest window to the ocean, this magical realm is home to gentle giants of the sea including the leopard shark, goliath groupers, and magnificent manta rays.

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5. Ocean Dome

Panoramic 180 degree vista of the open ocean habitat and features the world’s largest underwater acrylic dome at 9 m in diameter.

Ocean Dome

The seating place was like a theater. Sit in front of the aquarium to enjoy a better view. This was a huge aquarium with many fish inside

Go to the right and take a couple step down, you can enjoy a panoramic view of this aquarium. This fish in my picture above me

Go to the right and take a couple step down, you can enjoy a panoramic view of this aquarium. This fish in my picture above me

6. Moray Eel

It’s a built in clear dome so we can pop up our heads for an up-close view.

Moral Eel

It was like a big tank which you could see the eel from the top of the tank

7. Shark Seas

A place for endangered species like the scalloped hammerhead shark, the powerful silvertip shark, and the sandbar shark together.

Shark Seas

These sharks are located at the very end of the SEA Aquarium. Lil boy was kinda lost hope and said that there were no sharks, I couldn’t see any and we almost reached exit door. Well, we finally found them just before the exit door.

We also made a little souvenir for lil boy in this place. Yes, we made a little coin souvenir from the coin machine for $2. Lil boy chose the picture of a turtle for his coin.

We could also make a small hole to make it as a key chain

We could also make a small hole to make it as a key chain

And so that was our visit to the SEA Aquarium. And the best place to end the day is at:

Chili's for mac and cheese, french fries, and a glass of milk

Chili’s for mac and cheese, french fries, and a glass of milk

 

Author: cruiseoflife

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2 thoughts on “SEA Aquarium and Maritime Experiential Museum

  1. heard about this aquarium few times before… gede banget ya auqariumnya… keren!!

    • Iya memang gede banget dan bagus banget, makanya muahal juga masuknya, hahaha……Tapi aseli gak nyaman banget di dalem, mau liat2 harus rebutan sama orang lain. Mau foto apalagi, susah banget. Jadinya salah satu harus megangin anak deh soalnya takut ilang karena super duper crowded. Untung pengunjungnya sopan2 sih. Gak mau lagi deh ke sana.

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