While we were in Singapore, we went to check out the S.E.A. Aquarium at Sentosa.
We were guests of the Singapore Tourism Board, who recommended we visited the attraction and kindly gave us complimentary passes.
Actually, everyone I know, who has visited Singapore (with kids) says it’s a MUST VISIT attraction. Everyone raves about it and recommends it.
But to tell the truth, I actually had my doubts.
My husband and I are advanced scuba divers. Ahem. We’ve seen ship wrecks, live coral reefs and even went swimming with whale sharks. We take our children to the beach… they can snorkel, collect dead crab shells and pick up live jellyfish WITH THEIR HANDS.
Plus we’re from Australia! It’s surrounded by ocean! Just travel in one direction and you’re bound to bang into water.
So a part of me believed that… my kids might not enjoy the whole artificial concept of an AQUARIUM.
But I was soooooo wrong!
Apparently the Aquarium holds the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Aquarium and the World’s Largest Acrylic Viewing Panel.
It was freaking HUGE! It was jaw-dropping, eyes-popping, stand-motionless HUGE!
See the two figures in the photo above? They are my two big boys… completely dumbstruck.
The tank was amazing. It was quite an experience to just stand there and watch the underwater world go by.
There were many (like seriously, MANY!) tanks with different themes and creatures from different regions.
This was possibly my favourite tank of them all – The Shipwreck of the Java Sea.
I liked it the most because I remember scuba diving on my very first shipwreck…… As I descended deep into the water, weightless, as if I was flying, the shape of the shipwreck slowly appeared before my eyes. It lay at the bottom of the ocean like a humungous, still, sleeping animal…… and I had an indescribable feeling of overwhelming wonder and spine-tingling awe.
And standing in front of this tank, I kind of relived that moment and produced a little tear.
(Yeah, most people cry during romantic comedies and I cry at shipwrecks!?!)
This was my other favourite tank (I’m not sure what it was called).
It was one of the many (MANY!) tanks filled with little colourful fish. And I was so happy to stare at them as they glittered in the water like dancing confetti.
I loved all the colours.
I kept telling my children… OH MY this is EXACTLY what it looks like in real life! But this is actually better because the water is so clear and everything is right in front of you. And you don’t have to get wet. You are SO lucky to be seeing this. Not many people have the opportunity to see all this amazing stuff in THIS way.
THOU SHALT APPRECIATE OR ELSE!
Near the end, my husband and I were walking hand in hand… and we spotted this information board about deep sea Anglerfish.
We took a moment to read it. We looked at each other, and then burst out laughing! And I mean, bending over and cackling kind of laughing, like immature teenagers!
My husband said, “SEE THAT RIGHT THERE?! WOMEN!! THEY’RE ALL THE SAME!! THAT’S ALL YOU REALLY NEED US FOR!!!”
“NOT TRUE!!! WE ONLY NEED THE TESTES ONCE OR TWICE!!! GIVE ME A CREDIT CARD AND YOU CAN KEEP YOUR TESTES!!!”
Hoo hoo, we had *such a good laugh* over it.
Overall the S.E.A. Aquarium was an outstanding experience!
We all had a great time. It was engaging, interesting, and very impressive. It was totally worth dragging my whole family away from the hotel pool and spending a few hours to explore the place :)