Parked in the corner of Sentosa, sits an old oceanarium in quiet serenity… until we decided to head there to accompany Sarah, who was diving with sharks that weekend.
Having gotten a pass to dive with sharks in Underwater World, Sarah also got a 20% discount for up to four accompanying friends for admission to the attraction. Therefore, Raven, Lyn, the Tiger, and I made our way down for a long-overdue visit (and to help Sarah take photographs).
I have not been to the Underwater World for a long time – since that time when I went during my 2nd year during my polytechnic education. Many things have changed, but the feeling of nostalgia was not lost with the times. The Underwater Viewing Gallery, which was free for public viewing and featured various breeds of turtles, was still there, parked just before entering the main oceanarium.
They moved the Dolphin Lagoon to the back of Underwater World and added a Ray and Koi feeding area since the last time I was here though. Raven had a great time feeding the Koi (via a milk bottle), and Lyn appreciated sharks the only way she could – dead, in pieces, and behind glass.
We did get excited at the Ray Feeding Area though (It’s that “fin”, seriously).
We did enjoy the Living Fossils exhibit as well, mostly because we were rooting for this Horseshoe Crab that was struggling to get back up from its upside-down swimming position. However, it was a great place for Live Drawing – something the Tiger did as we sat close to the main tank.
(It was also funny to get freaked out by the close-swimming fish as you posed for pictures next to the tank glass, only to get surprised by these living-fossil-like fish as they brush past you)
Soon, Sarah went for her dive. It was held at the main Underwater Tunnel, where the travelling conveyor belt was for visitors to appreciate the 180-degree view of aquatic life around them. When Sarah entered the tank, however, we all got really excited.
Amidst all the running around to help her with photography and snapping the correct photo at the correct time, some of us were waving our arms frantically, either for the fun of it or to communicate the whole “TOUCH ALL THE FISH!!!” message to her.
She did. And she had a really good session petting one of the smaller sharks.
Then it ran swam away (and she did a double half-clenched fist of woe).
While the Underwater World is starting to show its age, I still felt that it was a great way to spend an afternoon, especially if you have not been back in a long time and had a discount to the admission rate. It’s still a staple with many tour groups, so you have to figure.