I had Friday free and off I went to S.E.A Aquarium with the missus. I bought 2 tickets online with the UOB Cards promotion and got 15% off each ticket as well as a $5 meal voucher each. Pretty reasonable I would say. The promotion is still on here.
Although it was a weekday, it was a Friday and therefore the place was still crowded with visitors. It was pretty annoying to have people getting into your face with their cameras as well as screaming kids all over the place. Many of them were also using flash photography which was really annoying and affecting everyone else's viewing experience. It was heartening though, that other viewers (both Singaporeans and foreigners) spoke up to ask them to turn off their flash. We were one of them too, especially the missus, in an annoyed tone no less!
Nevertheless, it was our first visit here and we had a great afternoon. The first exhibit with the shipwreck was captivating and most of the exhibits are well-done and maintained. We skipped the Discovery Touch Pool as the queue was really long and I didn't think there was anything interesting to touch anyway(I mean exotic fish!). It was nice to hear some kids who were able to tell a manta ray from a sting ray, something that many adults do not know too.
We spent the longest time gazing at the Open Ocean. We got a good spot to sit right at the front with a great view especially of the larger specimens like the mantas or the large grouper that likes to swim along the front. We were lucky to have caught a magnificent scene, whereby one of the larger manta rays which has a huge school of fish shadowing it, suddenly swooped upwards and jumped above the surface before diving gracefully back underwater. This spectacle produced an audible gasp from the audience!
The final exhibit we watched was Shark Seas although the sharks were not very huge, probably about 1.5m at the largest. We managed to catch the sharks feeding too, as a few dead squid appeared and we saw the sharks gobble them up, but that was all.
There is a cafe called the Fish & Crab shack at the entrance that serves some western food at pretty reasonable prices too, about $15+ for a fish and chips, though the Kettle Chips and snacks were the really over-priced ones, at about $4 for a small bag of chips.
Will definitely return in future and not on a Friday afternoon. Thanks for reading!