Our vacation to Singapore has been amazing. On Saturday my wife and I decided to take the kids to the S.E.A Aquarium. The only information we had about the place was from the brochure at our hotel, we had no idea on the adventure afoot.
The S.E.A Aquarium
Before recounting the highlights of our trip to the aquarium I’m going to share some information I found. First of all this is no ordinary aquarium. I’m from San Diego, California and our family has been to quite a few aquariums in Southern California, therefore, we are not easily impressed. However, S.E.A Aquarium definitely impressed us. Here are the specs:
- It’s the second largest aquarium in the world
- 800 plus species of marine animals
- 10 “zones” I’ll explain what those are in a minute
- 49 habitats
The aquarium is divided into 10 zones. Each zone has different habitats. So when we got inside we walked towards the first zone called the Strait of Karimata & Java Sea. My 8 year old son absolutely loved this. He’s in a pirate phase (I too went through a pirate phase when I was a kid, and I’m still intrigued by them.)
Silk and spice traders would have to cross the area from South East Asia to the rest of the world, therefore, shipwrecks are common in the Java Sea. Although shipwrecks are known to destroy coral reef, they are also known to provide a living environment to a variety of sea creatures.
Another one of our favorite zones was the Sharks Sea. The kids were thrilled, they ran up and down the glass pointing out the different type of sharks.
It’s something about sharks that enthralls people. Perhaps it is the sense of danger one feels when around them, their menacing look, their predatory demeanor or simple the fact that they tear their prey in half with one single bite. Regardless, our whole family had an unforgettable time in this zone.
My Wife’s Favorite Zone
The Coral Garden was my wife’s favorite place in the aquarium. I must say that as a surfer, I highly respect coral reef and viewing it in the Coral Garden was great. The first thing that struck me was the vibrant colors of the coral and reef fish. The fish are all from the Andaman region and their colors are beyond anything I had ever seen.
Since it was a weekend the place was packed with visitors, therefore, we had to wait some time to get up close to see and take pictures. My wife told me that coral reefs are referred to as the “rainforest of the sea.” One can really see why that is, with some of them going from the seafloor to the very top, with so much life.
The kids enjoyed touching the coral reef. I have to say that what struck me as most impressive were the beautiful brain corals.
The Best Zone in the S.E.A Aquarium
Nothing is quite like the Open Ocean zone in the SEA aquarium. It’s a large tunnel at the bottom of the 18,000,000 liter ocean. There are over 50,000 marine animals to view, one can stand there for hours observing.
Something that we all learned was that the majestic and enormous Manta Ray is not often kept in captivity, that not many aquariums in the world are big enough to keep these beasts. When you see one up close and personal you understand why, they are so large and constantly moving, no wonder they need such a big habitat.
We Didn’t Have Fish For Lunch
The kids were so in love with the aquarium and sea life that they made my wife and I promise that we wouldn’t order fish for lunch or dinner. I can’t express how amazing this aquarium is and how fun and educational it was for my whole family and me. Without a doubt this is one of the best aquariums I’ve ever been to and I would recommend it to anyone with or without their family.
Is it worth a second visit? My kids certainly think so. We might not have time to go again on our trip, but I wouldn’t mind taking a stroll through the amazing aquarium. Regardless, we have enough pictures and video to remember this trip for the rest of our lives. If we do decide to go again, I will expand on my post.
Thank you for reading and stay tuned for our next travel experience.