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Underwater World – an oceanarium located on offshore Singaporean island of Sentosa.

Sentosa is a popular island resort in Singapore. Underwater World, which is also known as Underwater World Singapore Pvt. Ltd, is an oceanarium that is located on the offshore Singaporean island of Sentosa.

Overview of Underwater World

• It was 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.
• It is owned by the Haw Par Corporation.
• The Underwater World’s ticket includes admission to the DolphinLagoon at Palawan Beach.
• Underwater World is also involved in several environmental and educational projects.
• These include the Living in the Ocean Programme, Ocean Ambassador Programme and the Coral Club.
• The Underwater World also provides exclusive venues to host events, such as ocean-themed functions.
• It re-opened on February 23, 2010 after a revamp of several attractions within the park.
• Underwater World Monorail Station used to serve this attraction, but it no longer does since the station closed in 2005.
• Underwater World has an 83-metre (272 ft) long travelator.
• It 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.
• Underwater World is an oceanarium that is located on the western part of Sentosa.
• In the ‘Dive-with-the-Sharks’ program visitors can scuba dive in the large oceanarium.
• The best part is they can scuba dive even if they are not scuba qualified.
• Qualified scuba divers can also “Dive-with-the-Dugong”.
• The Underwater World also includes a Dolphin Lagoon.
• This is home to some Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins which are 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 with the dolphins at close proximity.
• A more involved is teh “Swim-with-the-Dolphins” program.
• In this program, visitors can interact extensively with the dolphins.

Quick facts about Underwater World

• Date opened : 1991
• Location : Sentosa, Singapore
• Land area : 28 hectares (69 acres)
• Number of animals : 2500
• Number of species : 250
• Major exhibits : Aquatic Creatures
• Capacity : 109,000,000 litres (23,977,000 imp gal; 28,795,000 US gal)

The marine life includes:
• coral reefs
• stingrays
• moray eels
• turtles
• sharks
• others

Adventures in underwater world
The Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon offer numerous adventures to the visitors.
Some of them include:
• Marine Discovery
• Dive With the Sharks
• Dive With Dugong
• Dive With Sharks and Dugong
• Swim With the Dolphins
On 6 December 2006, Underwater World Singapore launched three new attractions:
• Interactive stingray feeding pool
• a display of small marine reef species
• ‘Fish Reflexology’, Singapore’s first fish reflexology spa
The aquarium includes the world’s largest jellyfish enclosure and an artificial reef for diving and snorkeling.

List of animals in Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon
• Golden Trevally
• Bluespotted Ribbon-Tailed Stingray
• Pink Dolphin
• Coconut Crab
• Cownose Ray
• Dugong (Dugong dugon)
• Moon Jellyfish (Aurelia Aurita)
• Spider Crab
• Yellow Tang
• Spotted Ragged-Tooth Shark
• Green Sea Turtle
• Nibble Fish
• All kinds of reef fish
• Pufferfish
• Sea Stars/Starfishes
• Chambered Nautilus
• Arapaima
• Sea Angel
• Bannerfishes
• Butterfly Fishes
• Rainbow Crab
• Vinegar crab
• Box Crabs
• Decorator Crab
• Humphead Wrasse
• Shovelnose Rays
• Eagle Rays
• Nurse Sharks
• Bamboo Sharks
• Sea Dragons
• Clown fishes
• Sea Anemones
• Giant Grouper
• White-tip reef shark
• Leopard Shark
• Lion’s Mane Jellyfish
• Blue Jellyfish
• Sea Nettle

Meet-the-Dolphins and Fur Seals LIVE! Programme Schedule

Time Program es
11am Meet the Dolphins and Fur Seals session and photo opportunity
2pm Meet the Dolphins and Fur Seals session and photo opportunity
4pm Meet the Dolphins and Fur Seals session and photo opportunity
5.45pm Meet the Dolphins and Fur Seals session and photo opportunity
6.45pm Meet the Dolphins and Fur Seals session and photo opportunity
Only available on 19th August 2012 and 26th October 2012

– Dive with the Sharks Package : Price: S$120 / person
– Swim with the Dolphins Package : Price: S$170/person
• Includes admission to Underwater World Singapore and Dolphin Lagoon.
• Choice of Sandwich Set/Cake Set*.
• Exclusive Dolphin T-shirt.

Underwater World Singapore (UWS) Operating Hours:
• 10am – 7pm (last admission at 6.30pm)
• Rates include single admission to Underwater World Singapore and Dolphin Lagoon.
Adult: S$25.90 ; Child 3-12 years old: S$17.60
Child below 3 years old: Free

Other attractions of Sentosa

• Tiger Sky Tower
• Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom
• Merlion Statue
• Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon
• Songs of the Sea
• Sentosa 4D Magix
• Sentosa CineBlast
• Fort Siloso
• MegaZip Adventure Park
• Azzura Beach Club
• Sentosa Luge & Skyride

Beaches at Sentosa

• Palawan Beach
• Siloso Beach
• Tanjong Beach

Other facilities
• There are six hotels and resorts in Sentosa.
• Spa Villas.

Events at Sentosa

• Barclays Singapore Open
• Sentosa Balloon Hats Festival
• Beach parties
• Sentosa Flowers
• The SWATCH-FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 2007

Best time to visit/climate

– Singapore is located a mere 1.5 degrees north of the Equator.
– Weather is usually sunny with no distinct seasons.
– Rain falls almost daily throughout the year.
– Most rainfall occurs during the northeast monsoon (November to January).
– Between May and October, forest fires in neighboring Sumatra can also cause dense haze.
The temperature averages around:
– 30°C (84°F) daytime, 24°C (76°F) at night in December and January.
– 32°C (90°F) daytime, 26°C (81°F) at night for the rest of the year.

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How to get to Sentosa – Underwater World?

• Basic admission to the island will set you back at least $2 per person.
• This is included in the transportation fares from the mainland to Sentosa.
• The island itself is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, although many of the attractions are not.
• The best way is in to take the North-East Line of the MRT to HarbourFront and then make your way to Level 3 of Vivocity
• Here you’ll find the Sentosa Express monorail to the island.
• The train operates every 5-8 minutes from 7AM to 11:45PM daily, and a round-trip ticket costs $3 (island admission included, EZ-Link accepted).
• The cheapest way though, is to take an SMRT bus for $2.
• RWS 8 from VivoCity/HarbourFront MRT.

1. By taxi or private car
• You’ll need to pay $2 to $7 per vehicle to enter, and a $3 taxi surcharge also applies on the way out.
• It is now possible to walk across the bridge via the Sentosa Broadwalk ($1, EZ-Link accepted).

2. The Cable Car
• This is between Sentosa, HarbourFront and Mt. Faber.
• Return ticket on Cable Car costs $26.

3. By Bus
• Three colored shuttle bus services — Yellow Line, Red Line and Blue Line.
• They connect Imbiah Station to various points on the island.
• Buses run from 7AM-11PM on weekdays and until 12:30 AM on Fri/Sat.

4. By Tram
• Beach trams supplemented by minivans shuttle people along the beaches every 15-20 minutes.
• One service connects Beach Station to Siloso Beach; another connects Beach Station to Palawan and Tanjong Beaches.

5. By Train
The new Sentosa Express, can also be used to shuttle between the beaches and Imbiah Station (near the Merlion).

How to reach Singapore?

1. By Plane
• Singapore is one of Southeast Asia’s largest aviation hubs.
• The easiest way to enter Singapore is by air in addition to flag-carrier Singapore Airlines.
• Its regional subsidiary is SilkAir.
• Singapore is also home to low-cost carriers Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia and Scoot.
• Changi airport: The country’s main airport and major regional hub status.
• Seletar Airport: Seletar Airport is Singapore’s first airport.

2. By Road
• Singapore is linked by two land crossings to Peninsular Malaysia.
• The Causeway is very popular.

3. By Bus
There are buses to/from Kuala Lumpur (KL) and many other destinations in Malaysia through the Woodlands Checkpoint and the Second Link at Tuas.
Major operators include:
– Aeroline
– First Coach
– NiCE
– Transnasional
– Transtar

4. By Train
• Singapore is the southern terminus of Malaysia’s Keretapi Tanah Melayu network.
• There are two day trains (the Ekspres Sinaran Pagi and Ekspres Rakyat) and a sleeper service (Ekspres Senandung Malam) daily from Kuala Lumpur.
• A day train (the Lambaian Timur departing Singapore at 4:45AM).
• Sleeper (Ekspres Timuran departing at 6PM) daily along the “Jungle Railway” between Singapore and Gua Musang.

5. By Boat
Getting to/away from the ferry terminals:
• HarbourFront FT: Located next to HarbourFront MRT station.
• Tanah Merah FT: Get off at Bedok MRT station and catch bus No. 35 to ferry terminal.
• Changi FT: No bus stop nearby, take a taxi from Changi Village or Tanah Merah MRT.
• Changi Point FT: Take bus No. 2, 29 or 59 to Changi Village Bus Terminal and walk to the ferry terminal.

6. Cruises
• Star Cruises offers multi-day cruises from Singapore to points throughout Southeast Asia, departing from HarbourFront FT.
• Common destinations include: Malacca, Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Langkawi, Redang and Tioman in Malaysia, as well as Phuket,Krabi, Ko Samui and Bangkok in Thailand.
• There are also several cruises every year to Borneo (Malaysia),Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and even some 10 night long hauls to Hong Kong.

Some travel books from Amazon about Singapore

Lonely Planet Singapore Frommer’s Singapore Day by Day Malaysia and Singapore

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at hotels.online.com.sg
Hotels at expedia.co.in

Blogs / Sites about Singapore – Sentosa – Underwater world

Blogs at singaporecitypass.com
Blogs at travel-singapore-with-me.com
Blogs at sentosa.com.sg
Blogs and reviews at underwaterworld.com.sg

Images and photos of Singapore – Sentosa-Underwater world

images at google.com
Images at sentosa.com.sg
Images at pbase.com
Images at images of travelerfolio.com

Videos of Singapore – Sentosa-Underwater world

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