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Underwater World

Underwater World  also known as Underwater World Singapore Pte Ltd, is an oceanarium located on the offshore Singaporean island of Sentosa. Opened in 1991, it has more than 2,500 marine animals of 250 species from different regions of the world. The oceanarium is mostly underground and it is owned by the Haw Par Corporation. The Underwater World’s ticket includes admission to the Dolphin Lagoon at Palawan Beach.

Underwater World is also involved in several environmental and educational projects, such as the Living in the Ocean Programme, Ocean Ambassador Programme and the Coral Club.

Admission Fees

Rates include single admission to Underwater World Singapore and Dolphin Lagoon.

Adult: S$29.90
Child 3-12 years old: S$20.60
Child below 3 years old: Free

Operation hours

Open daily from 10.00am – 7.00pm
(Last admission at 6.30pm)

 

Attractions

Underwater World has a 83-metre (272 ft) long travelator that moves visitors along a submerged 6-millimetre (0.24 in) thick acrylic-windowed tunnel from which they can look at an array of marine life including coral reefs, stingrays, moray eels, turtles, sharks and others.

Dolphin Lagoon

Dolphin performing an agile feat at the Dolphin Lagoon

The Dolphin Lagoon is home to several Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins, also known as the “pink dolphins”. Several “Meet-the-Dolphins” sessions are held daily to allow visitors to enter the waist-deep pool and interact closely with the dolphins. The ticket to the Underwater World & dolphin show does not include the direct contact with the dolphins, an additional photo-coupon must be purchased. The lagoon also includes a Dolphin Suite where visitors can watch the dolphin performance from within an air-conditioned area.

In August 2014 the organizations Wildlife Watcher Singapore, in collaboration with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, disclosed severe mistreatment of the dolphins in the Lagoon in a report.

Effect of plans for Sentosa Integrated Resort

On 6 December 2006, Underwater World Singapore launched three new attractions—an interactive stingray feeding pool, a display of small marine reef species, and ‘Fish Reflexology’, Singapore’s first fish reflexology spa, where two species of doctor fish gently nibble away at the dead skin on visitors’ feet. The new features cost S$650,000.

This was amid plans that were being proposed for Sentosa’s Integrated Resorts. Genting Group’s S$5.2 billion proposal, Resorts World, would feature the world’s largest oceanarium at that point in time—the 8-hectare (20-acre) Quest Marine Life Park—which would house 700,000 marine animals in a 30,000,000-litre (6,599,000 imp gal; 7,925,000 US gal) lagoon. Rival bidder Kerzner-CapitaLand’s proposal would have an even larger marine habitat, with a capacity of 109,000,000 litres (23,977,000 imp gal; 28,795,000 US gal), including the world’s largest jellyfish enclosure and an artificial reef for diving and snorkelling. A week later it was announced that Genting International won the bid.

List of animals in Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon

Acknowledgement

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underwater_World,_Singapore
  2. http://www.underwaterworld.com.sg/plan-your-trip/general-information.html

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