I wouldn’t consider myself an “animal / nature lover”, but this much I can say:
I ♥love♥ aquariums, and marine life.
My favorite animals of all time are undoubtedly killer whales (essentially they are actually dolphins instead of whales despite the name), and recently.. penguins (because they’re so cute!!! sadly, some killer whales eat penguins hahah). My choice animals are quite different from your usual “dog” or “horse” / insert other land hot favorite animal here. My guess is that people like dogs because they are man’s best friend and horses are fun to ride, these creatures are mostly gentle and sociable. But the very reason I love killer whales is because they’re so rare, different and majestic. I don’t want something I can pet, I want something I could stare at for hours in awe. Killer whales, being apex predators, fit the bill to endlessly intrigue my wild imagination. For the record, I find (almost) all animals incredible in their own way, but marine life just takes my fascination to a whole new level. It’s so unknown, elusive, dangerous and beautiful!
Jet-skiing, snorkeling, whale watching & parasailing always sit on the top of my “Must-Do” lists whenever I travel. Some day I’ll pluck up the courage and learn how to dive. Many days & nights of my life have been spent watching BBC / Nat Geo documentaries about the ocean & all its wonders in utter fascination, alongside Sam, who shares an equal interest. In fact, just last night we were watching one about the great barrier reef! Which totally reminded me… time to share about your visit to the newly opened S.E.A Aquarium & Adventure Cove, Jess!!!
Imagine my delight when I was invited to check out Resorts World Sentosa’s spanking new Marine Life Park (SEA Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark) on their very FIRST day of opening!!! I was literally jumping up and down with excitement when I got the news :D I seriously LOVE you, Resorts World Sentosa.
Thank you for so many wonderful state of the art attractions us Singaporeans can be proud to bring our overseas friends to, and to enjoy among ourselves. No one can say Singapore is boring or at a lack of attractions these days, or I’ll kick them in the face with my stiletto.
Entering the The Maritime Experiential Museum! You have to go past this in order to get to the aquarium.
Snippets of Maritime history elaborately decorated along the way!
After a relatively long walk past the museum artifacts, head down this escalator to find the aquarium.
AND WE ARE HERE!!!! ^_____^
At S.EA Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium, featuring over 100 000 marine animals of more than 800 different species!
I was arguably more excited than the hundreds of adorable kids around that day. I noticed that RWS had arranged for special needs’ children to visit the aquarium on the very first day of its launch, I’m assuming either free of charge or at a special rate…. it was heartwarming to see the smiles on the kids’ faces.
The first thing you’ll do at the aquarium is enter this moving tunnel! Like the one at Underwater World…. but kinda better. Which makes me wonder, what would happen to the fate of our good ol’ Underwater World since 1991?
This marine life park sure gives Underwater World a good run for its money. The admission fees don’t differ that much, but MLP has a whole lot more to offer than UW. It would be kinda sad if UW had to shut down (there’s no point having 2 similar attractions in one place?) but maybe it will be replaced by a brand new attraction that is even more awesome!
A dazzling kaleidoscope of colors. I was informed that most of the coral in their tanks are actually fake. But they look so real!!! I asked why they don’t use real coral instead (I felt a bit cheated) and the reply was that real coral isn’t quite as vibrantly colored as fake ones, and to uproot THAT much real coral just for aquarium viewing would cause a lot of damage to mother nature. That made a lot of sense to me.
They have so many different tanks featuring different species of fishes I couldn’t remember any of their names at all at the end of the day o__o” Only a really big spider crab I wanted to eat LOL.
There was this part where you could walk over a transparent tank built into the ground, and it tickled me seeing a diver struggling with the narrow space constraints at my feet. #LookAtTheFishiesNotTheHumans
I want to snorkel or dive at a real shipwreck some day!!!! I’ve only snorkeled at man made shipwrecks in Australia last year.
Really creepy and icky looking seastars. I hate anything with suction pads oh yuckkk. Starfishes and jellyfishes have been officially renamed as sea stars and sea jellies because it was deemed they were not fishes. -_-”
A little Discovery Pool area where you could touch and pick up starfishes and other funky creatures (try not to grab the fishes lol). Mainly for the kids! Not for the squirmish like me. I like looking at marine life, not necessarily touching them..
Pose for picture for my blog can already ^^;
A giaaaannnttt spider crab that was as big as a child!!!
You know you’re Singaporean when you see this and the first thing that pops into your mind is “OMG CAN EAT ONE???”
My favorite part of the SEA aquarium is “The Open Ocean Habitat”, the world’s largest viewing panel. Its breathtaking sheer size aside, I absolutely adore how thoughtfully planned out the whole exhibit is!
They provide numerous comfy beanbags for people to laze on for as long as they like, marveling at the view in front of them, with soothing instrumental music playing in the background. It’s like you’re transported to another realm. HOW WONDERFUL IS THIS?! ♥
I could spend hours here just chatting with friends, staring at the giant tank in front of me, admiring as sting rays soar through the waters and even read a book here!!! I can’t wait to go back on an idyllic quiet weekday and just spend quality time with myself here.
You’ll spot resting families and happy couples canoodling. Just a marvelous place to be in.
Doesn’t this look like a painting? The iPhone 5 takes such good pictures!
Wow!!! *In David Attenborough’s super wise British voice* And here we have, a remarkably rare specimen of hairy human legs.
LOL. This actually gathered more attraction than any of the other exhibits… everyone turned their attention away from the fishes and crowded around staring at this man’s famous legs. Everyone’s stupid and easily amused like that.
I have no idea what this is but I found it so disturbing I snapped a photo of it.
A strangely sinister scene compared to all the other happy, bright looking exhibits. Sea urchins look so evil T___T
What made it worse was these fishes that just remained impossibly still in the water… you know how some fishes act like they’re frozen in time and don’t seem to move in the water, at all? Yep, this was one of them… they were just hovering above the sea urchins and the sea urchins sat there oh so ominously. Very creepy.
Speaking of sea urchins, I finally ate my first sea urchin a few weeks ago in this Japanese restaurant which I will be reviewing on my blog soon! It was surprisingly tasty. A really thick, creamy texture to it… similar to foie gras, without the meaty taste and slimier. Easily the most exotic meal I had in my life. Japanese cuisine is out of this world.
That’s the last of my aquarium pictures! I didn’t wanna show you guys ALL of the exhibits and spoil it for you in case you plan on going (which you totally should). Go check it out in person – they have jaw-dropping stuff! Even if you’re not terribly interested in animals or marine life, I bet you that you’ll find this at least moderately fascinating or inspiring. There will definitely be a thing or two that’ll make you go “Ooooh” and “Ahhh” no matter how old you are or how much of the world you think you’ve seen already!
Because it is located in an air-conditioned indoor environment, it also makes for a fabulous day out any time – when its too hot and sunny or when it is rainy!! Perfect day activity for any day.
A shout out to this handsome guy Matt who always makes sure I’m well taken care of and thoroughly happy at these Resorts World Sentosa events – I really appreciate all these awesome days and nights of fun I’ve had at RWS!!
Cute gift shop when you exit the aquarium
Thank god we were in a hurry and had to leave for our next destination, other wise I might’ve bought a whole lot of nonsense. I’m a sucker for novelty stuff and souvenirs.
We were about to have lunch, but we just couldn’t resist getting gelato from Bruno’s!!! You’ll see it once you come out of the aquarium. Super yummy! I loooveee gelato so much more than your usual ice cream.
The fun doesn’t stop at the aquarium!!!
Wolfed down a decent lunch before proceeding to get wet at Adventure Cove water park, a short walk away from the aquarium. Remember not to eat too heavy a meal before visiting the water park because some of the slides can get pretty bumpy and intense.
Luckily for us, there wasn’t a big crowd despite it being the first day of its opening!
Which means little to absolutely no need for wasting time queuing. I went back in November, so I’m sure by this time in December, the weekends would be ridiculously packed.
Changed into my swim suit and ready for big splashes!!!
By the way, to people who have seen blog posts of me swimming / doing water activities before… yes, I will forever only one that same dreaded black and white dress swim suit over and over again. It’s the only swim wear I feel comfortable enough in and I don’t have to worry about my stomach jutting out or pubic hair sticking out everywhere, LOL. I believe in this: If you’ve got it, flaunt it. If you don’t have anything worthwhile to show then for gods sake, cover it up.
True story: I used to think posting topless pictures of my boyfriend was kinda obscene so I photoshopped his nipples off some pictures before. I didn’t want other girls looking at his nipples
HAHAH say whaaat?
Entering the Adventure River!
At 620 metres, it’s one of the world’s longest lazy rivers.
This river keeps you nice and cool with a lot of mist sprays and random fountains squirting water at you to minimize the heat and sunburns!
Grab a float, plop on and float away!
Best way to explore the theme park is to just get off at different river exits. You don’t have to do much walking around in the hot sun.
Water theme parks are such a godsend in crazily warm countries like Singapore!!!!!!
A couple of fail pictures taken with my waterproof camera due to my sunblock rubbing off on the lens, making it all oily and smudgy :/
Into the dark mysterious cave we go!
Sam man whoring it up in front of a mini waterfall inside the cave.
And here’s me, cute little innocent demure me… *cough* proud of myself for hardly whoring myself out at all, for there is pretty much zero cleavage or sexiness in this post. I WANNA HAVE REAL SUBSTANCE, Y’KNOW WHAT I MEAN?
By the way, I’d like to stress the photo is warped not because of bad photoshopping (I have better skills than that!), but a consequence of water droplets on my camera lens.
We got off our floats to take water slides at different points, however security was pretty anal that day and they didn’t allow me to take my camera onto ANY rides at all!! So I can’t show you any first-person POV videos, and there is only so much left I can cover by photos and text. By the way, the last time I filmed myself going down a water slide and put the video up on Youtube, it received over 300 000 views. Lol really.
Check it out for yourself here. The video was filmed in Aquatica, Orlando and to be honest… Adventure Cove does remind me Aquatica quite a bit! What with its elaborate tropical themed / ancient ruins landscaping and the focus on marine life!!! The whole ambience of the place is great – rainforest noises and music resounds along the river with surprising waterfalls along every turn and corner.
There is also a wave pool for bobbing up and down on and the most thrilling ride of all would have to be the RipTide rocket, Southeast Asia’s first hydro-magnetic coaster. For starters, you don’t have to carry your float up a flight of stairs as most water slides will have you do – this one you actually sit on the float at the start and get slowly lifted upwards! Then comes a series of intense dips and turns. The float you’re sitting on will be propelled upwards and forwards by strong magnets with great force, so essentially its a roller coaster with lots of water and no seat belts. Water WILL be splashing at your face every few seconds, so please, do yourself a favor and do it my way… CLOSE your eyes when you’re on this ride!!!! Closing your eyes on a water slide instantly makes it 10x more fun, and scarier. I screamed and screamed. Go on. Try it.
The only down side to this ride is that the float often tends to overturn and capsize at the end when you pop out of the tunnel and into the pool. Mentally brace yourself so you don’t panic when it happens!
This part of Adventure Cove really sets itself apart from all other water theme parks:
All guests of Adventure Cove GET TO SNORKEL AT THE RAINBOW REEF TEEMING WITH 20 000 FISHES!!!
My eyes popped like this: O______O when I heard about this attraction. I freakin’ LOVE snorkeling, and you’re telling me I can do it absolutely risk-free in a controlled environment without any worries about safety at all?!
No prior experience necessary, just put on the masks and fins provided by them, undergo a short briefing by the instructor and dive into a world of underwater wonders!
Imagine being surrounded by HUGE schools of fishes like that!!!
It was IMMENSELY fun having thousands of fishes coming so close to you!!!! They’re harmless, rather friendly, and so pretty to look at. Some even came so close, they brushed against my feet and I laughed out loud and almost choked on the seawater. I’ve been snorkeling in the wild before, and let me tell you… it is such a hassling and tiring experience to do it in the wild! Taking the boat ride out into the open sea, gearing up, worrying about sharks and jellyfishes (my biggest concern, I’m annoyingly paranoid about them), seaweed getting tangled in your hair, worrying about strong currents and your overall safety in general… Choking on sea water….. The list just goes on. It is also difficult to find such a large amount of different colorful fishes while you’re snorkeling – normally you’ll only get to see such a majestic sight when you’re diving several meters down.
It’s a completely gratifying thing, snorkeling is, but to do it so casually and fuss-free in a relaxed environment was truly enjoyable. Visibility was PERFECT. If you have never snorkeled before you are going to LOVE this attraction because you get to be part of the psychedelic world fishies live in for the first time!!! I saw all sorts of colored fishes – blue, grey, red, black, brown, yellow… they range from super small to pretty big!
Sam and I took around 20 minutes to complete our snorkeling. You will get to see a myriad of fishes such as the yellowfin surgeonfish, blueface angelfish, copperband butterflyfish, and lots more. This attraction is beautifully done. ♥
Back on the lazy river, after snorkeling. Pretty exhausted from a lack of sleep the night before + waking up early for the aquarium + water slides and snorkeling and I was happy to just float along with the current round and round again!
By this time my make up had pretty much gone all over my face making me look like I have raccoon eyes, so…
The rest of my photos were taken like this.
Every few meters, there will be a stationed lifeguard. I was pretty amazed by the number of lifeguard around – seriously, every 5 meters you’ll get one looking all solemn, serious and ready to save your life in case you need em!! Thumbs up for safety precautions. I hope this place stays incident free for as long as possible! More often than that, kids who get into accidents only have their careless parents to blame.
Floating into a tunnel filled with sting rays
Another interactive activity highlight of Adventure Cove allows you to wade in shallow waters and rub shoulders (or submerged knees) with sting rays at selected timings throughout the day. Spots are limited and fill up quickly, so go early in the day and reserve your slot! Sam and I don’t like sting rays all that much (he says: “I eat them with sambal!”) so we gave this a miss, but I reckon its a pretty unique experience that most people shouldn’t pass up if given the opportunity.
The dolphins were not ready for public viewing yet – they’re still under quarantine! It’s a pity we missed them but I will definitely be back again next year. I think they will be introducing dolphin interaction programs as well, where you can get in the water with them! Besides, I swam with amazing wild bottlenose dolphins in the open water of Australia just earlier this year, so that experience has fulfilled my dolphin quota for now.
Things to note:
• About SEA Aquarium and Adventure Cove: Even though they are now open to the public, they will not be fully completed until next year! Currently, they’re still adding more fishes, and more attractions to enhance the experience even further.
• About Adventure Cove: Lockers are necessary . They’re priced at $10 for a small one and $20 for a much larger one – can be opened multiple times a day.
• There are dispersed food stations, gift shops selling swim wear & equipment, restaurants and a shower facility for your convenience
• Remember to dress in appropriate swim wear and slap on sun screen!
• Adventure Cove and SEA Aquarium admission tickets are priced at $29 for adults, and $20 for children. Each attraction requires its own admission ticket.
• For more information, check out their official websites here.
///To round up my post, the Marine Life Park is a MUST-visit for any visiting tourist or local Singaporean - there’s simply too much fun and laughter to be missed if you don’t go. It makes for a perfect day out with the family, friends or partner. Thanks Resorts World Sentosa for this superb day out!!! I had a fin-tastic time.