25 years after the interactive and educational oceanarium attraction first opened its doors, Underwater World Singapore (UWS) will be closing on the 26th of June 2016. I happened to chance upon the news while scrolling through my Facebook feed. And it did not come as a total surprise, it was still heart wrenching for me personally, because of the fond childhood memories I have of my parents treating me to a visit on my 6th birthday.
Since I was a child, I have always been captivated by the magnificent view of the marine flora and fauna. I can remember how excited I felt when I got the opportunity to witness a live shark, not on the screen but in front of my naked eyes, swimming around me. It was definitely an eye-opener and remains one of the most memorable birthday gifts that will be etched in my mind, forever.
The news of the closure has gone viral on social media, and it has motivated the public to head down to UWS to relive a childhood past time (and at a childhood price, with UWS lowering their ticket prices to what they were in 1991, S$9 per adults and S$5 per child). Are you considering heading down to UWS but finding yourself at a loss for what to do? Fret not because we are going to list the 7 things you could do during your field trip there
1. Snap a picture with a Live Python
Are you daring enough to step out of your comfort zone and conquer your fears for snakes? If you are up for it, do not miss this golden opportunity to snap a picture with these fierce predators located at the booth right beside the ticketing office. Show off your fearlessness to your friends on social media where you could get a picture with a live Python for just S$6.
2. Connect with the marine life
Be prepared to immerse yourself in the marine life and be overwhelmed by the large number of live marine species present at UWS. Ranging from various rarely seen true marine crabs which includes the magnificent Spider crab and frog-like Spanner crab to different breeds of Jellyfish out in the ocean, these are bound to broaden your curiosity and knowledge of the marine species.
Next time, when you find yourself out in the ocean snorkelling or diving, you will be able to help your fellow adventurers in identifying the numerous species and sharing the knowledge you’ve gained at UWS.
3. Marine Tunnel
In this 10-minute trail on the travelator, you will be able to witness the habitats of various marine species of Sharks and Stingrays such as Leopard Sharks and Eagle Rays, with your own eyes. It is definitely a memorable experience that you do not want to miss out.
Have you ever seen actors filming their romantic dinner scenes in an Oceanarium and wishing that you could be in that fantasy moment? Well, you have came to the right place.
If you are intrigued by the marine species that you had just witnessed, grab your phone and simply snap a selfie with them as the background. The photo is bound to be Instagram worthy and make your friends jealous about your experiences here at UWS.
4. Interactive Ocean
Are you interested in uncovering the depths of marine life at UWS? “iOcean” is the right tool for you. During your experience in the Marine Tunnel, there will be several “iOcean” screens for you to play with and get to know more about the various marine species that are available in different regions of the world.
5. Feeding Sessions
During your time at UWS, if you happen to spot divers inside the Oceanarium with the marine species, do not be alarmed! These divers are well-trained professionals who are simply feeding the aquatic creatures, and this intimate interaction showcases the delicate bonds between the divers and marine species.
Do note that there are fixed timeslots for these feeding sessions during the day of operation and be sure to catch them live in action.
6. Satisfy your own hunger
After feasting your sights on a feeding session, you might be looking for a place to satisfy your own hunger. As the saying goes, “a hungry man is an angry man”.
There are two food outlets, namely “Hot Dog King” and “Chill Out”, located just outside the UWS entrance. Feel free to grab a bite or sip a drink before or after your underwater experience. Otherwise, if you are tired and looking for a resting point, there are benches just beside the two food outlets for you to have a short break before continuing your day in Sentosa.
7. Siloso Beach is just round the corner
Sentosa is home to some of the best beaches in Singapore. Siloso Beach is one of the key highlights in Sentosa and is simply steps away from UWS. Therefore, if you are thinking of spending your day at UWS, a visit to Siloso Beach could also fill your day with more fun in the sun.
If it’s more adrenaline that you want, there are other fun filled activities around the area such as the Luge and Segway that are bound to enhance your experience here in Sentosa.
So what are you waiting for? Be assured of a fun-filled educational experience for you and your family members, or simply drop by to relive the nostalgia. I know I did.
For more information, visit http://www.underwaterworld.com.sg
[editted by: Erica Lim]