From Singapore Hotels & Singapore Lifestyle
Underwater World, is deservedly one of Sentosa's most popular attractions. This spectacular aquarium is a unique and well-known oceanarium showcasing some 2500 marine life from 250 species from around the regions and is extremely popular with all its visitors for providing fun, leisure and educational experiences. Since our opening in 1991, more than 20 million visitors have been won over by its exhibits.
A film shown in the Marine Theatre gives an introduction to marine life, while huge tanks display beautiful corals and exotic invertebrates. Nasty stone fish, sea urchins and moray eels lurk behind the rocks with other dangerous species.
Travellator at Underwater World
The star attraction is the "travellator", an acrylic tunnel with a moving walkway that takes spectators through the main tanks containing about 3 million litres of water and more than 6,000 tropical sea creatures drawn from 350 species. At Underwater World, a 'voyage to the bottom of the sea' begins at the water’s edge, with shallow rock turtle and ray pools. Be greeted next by brightly colored corals and exotic ocean dwellers (including moray eels, sea dragons and jelly fishes) before you embark on a spectacular underwater journey through its 83-metre-long moving travelator with a tunnel housing the majestic rays, fearsome sharks, great shoals of other fishes and a host of other creatures that inhabit the ocean depths. There is nothing quite like the sight of 60kg giant groupers, brown stingrays and sharks swimming overhead.
You can watch divers feeding the fish at various times of the day (11.45am, 2.30pm and 4.45pm daily), and even get in the tank yourself on the 90-minute "dive with the sharks or dugongs' experience, which costs S$70 for certified divers and S$95 for non-certified divers (call Tel: (+65) 6275 0030 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org). At the end of the underwater tunnel experience, do not miss out on the rare opportunity to exchange some playful glances with the graceful dugong, Gracie.
Night Views at Underwater World
Underwater world is the only aquarium outside of Japan to have a Night Ocean Discovery programme, launched in 2001. After 7pm, the aquarium takes on a whole new atmosphere when the lights are turned off. Visitors are given a torch to help navigate their way through a darkened oceanarium, where nocturnal marine creatures dart to life. Look out for a spectacular exhibit of underwater fireflies and a chance to witness the restless sharks hunt for prey.
Changing Exhibit Hall at Underwater World
Equally fascinating at Underwater World is the Changing Exhibit Hall, which focuses on themed displays. Always look out for the latest themed exhibit in our changing exhibit hall on the first level. With its aim to provide every visitor with a unique fun filled experience, Underwater World is actively involved in regular product renewal and program innovation.
The Myths and Legends Exhibit, for instance, featured sea creatures associated with popular folklore such as the dugong (Sea Cow) with its curiously-shaped body and tail, long thought to have inspired sailors' tales of the mermaid. In fact, a dugong was rescued from the seas off Pulau Ubin in 1998 and rehabilitated at Underwater World. The gentle sea creature, named Gracie, resides in a specially constructed dugong cave in the attraction.
Another example, one theme was the "Living Fossils" exhibiting various unique and amazing marine and freshwater creatures, whose ancestors appeared more than a few hundreds of millions years ago!
Underwater World's Commitment to the Conservation of Marine Life
Underwater World is committed to the conservation and breeding of marine life through active involvement in several environmental projects. School visits are actively supported, with educational programs like Living in the Ocean Sleepover, Hands-on Educational Fun Workshops, and the Ocean Ambassador, encouraging fun learning and understanding of the undersea life and its fragility. Alternatively, snuggle up to creatures of the deep by joining our various Dive programs, or pamper yourself with our ever-popular “Swim with the Dolphins”.
If you are looking for unique exclusive venues to host your events, Underwater World offers you fascinating wine and dine ideas like “Dinner with the Sharks” (exclusive dining on the moving travelator), and ocean-themed functions. Alongside with the theme of the event, they can help you to specially concoct and create a sumptuous spread of irresistible delicacies. Open spaces are also available for holding outdoor events at the Dolphin Lagoon. Be it corporate functions, incentive parties, product launches, company family days or even weddings, the possibilities are endless at Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon.
Another popular Underwater World attraction is the specially constructed Dolphin Lagoon, located in the middle of the island along Palawan Beach. You ticket to the aquarium also includes entry to the Dolphin Lagoon. Here you can see the Indo-Pacific Humpbacked (Pink) Dolphins endear themselves to the crowds with their tail-flapping antics performing in shows at 1.30pm, 3.30pm and 5.30pm daily (with an extra 11.00am session on the weekends, when you can find yourself fighting for seats). It's possible to get in the water to feed and touch the dolphins too.
- Opening Hours: 10.30am - 5.30pm
For S$120, kids can go on a one-hour "Swim with the Dolphins" session, which takes place at 9.45am every day.
- Tel: (+65) 6275 0030
- Admission: adult/child S$19.50/12.50
- Opening Hours: 9.00 am - 9.00 pm
- Getting There: shuttle bus from HarbourFront MRT Station