The Sentosa Islands, Singapore Experience: Walking through the World’s Second Largest Aquarium

The Resorts World Sentosa can be approached via the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) or the Sentosa Cable Car. I would suggest trying the latter as this is one experience you will enjoy the most.

The 20 mins drive on the cable car dropped us at the Sentosa Station where we were welcomed by the staff at the exit. It came as a surprise to us when we were handed over a family photograph. It was clicked when we were boarding the cable car from Jewel Box Station. By the time we reached the exit, the photo graph was ready for us to receive..Cool!!!

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We had planned for the South East Asian Aquarium for several reasons; one of them was that it was less crowded on a weekday. We took the cable car to Sentosa Islands from the Jewel Box Station. The second reason was that it was the largest artificial aquarium in the world, now been overtaken by the Chime-Long Ocean Kingdom in Hengqin, China. We booked the tickets from the Sentosa Station and took the monorail to enter into the Resorts World Sentosa, where we met with our guide who would take us up to the South East Asian Aquarium. We boarded the bus from the parking lot. There was only one visitor today and that was us. Had it been a weekend, the bus would have been short of space. That was great.. All the personal attention for us it seemed. So the best time to visit South East Asian Aquarium is a weekday. The South East Asian Aquarium is accessed via the Maritime Experiential Museum, which showcases the history and culture of Singapore Islands as sea-traders. Completed in 2010, this aquarium holds a collection of more than 100,000 aquamarine species, some of them even microscopic.  A semi-dark door in the base level across the hallway of the Maritime Experiential Museum took us inside the South East Asian Aquarium.

The first view was of the arched tunnel engulfed by the water tank above, housing the bottle nosed dolphins and sharks. The 25 meter long passage took us into a gallery from where every part of the marine sanctuary could be accessed.

The gallery at its centre had a huge glass panelled cylindrical tank running up to the roof of the gallery. Illuminated from inside, as the rest of the gallery continued to be in the low light, this giant sized cylinder formed the centre-stage of the aquarium. Thousands of tiny fishes whirled in circles inside the tank, as their bodies glittered in the dim light.

The central tank was surrounded by wall panelled aquariums running across the gallery. A part of the pathway was glass panelled we could see the fishes making their way beneath of us. Several aquamarine species such as the Stingrays, jelly fishes, crabs, and deep sea fishes such as sea-horse, microbes and molluscs, star-fishes can be found here.

The collection of the jelly-fishes is worth mentioning. As we moved through the corridor, our attention was drawn to the several small and large sized glass jars holding hundreds of small jelly fishes. The white jelly fishes got their colours changed with the series of lights reflecting from the bottom of the jars.

Our last point was a large auditorium hall, with a glass panel screen in front, resembling a movie theatre. The only difference!! This movie was completely dedicated to the fishes. The glass panel was like a 300 mm wide screen separating the auditorium from the water tank on the other side. Several orifices on the top allowed the fishes to move in and out of the tanks. The view of the giant size fishes as they came closer to the glass panels was breathtaking, as if the giant sized fishes seemed to be popping out of the screen.

More was to be seen during the day, as our journey continued into the islands. The exit of the auditorium took us back to the Maritime Experiential Museum. The journey so far had been superb.

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