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It’s always a good start when tourist attractions have tickets you can purchase online. Small alarm bells go off when said tickets aren’t actually tickets and you have to redeem them at the actual venue to get your actual tickets. Such it is with the S.E.A. Aquarium Singapore.

The confusion continued when I used the TICKET REDEMPTION machine at the Waterfront light rail station on Sentosa, got some green tickets out of it and proceeded to walk to the Aquarium. And then was proceeded to be told they weren’t tickets. A long jaunt back with the staff from the aquarium to the ticket counter and I get the correct tickets.
Me: “Why did the ticket redemption machine not give me actual, you know, tickets?”
Counter Victim: ” You need to read the back “Not to be given to guests”
Me: “My question still stands, why did the ticket redemption machine give me them then?”

Anyway it wasn’t his fault and we were soon in but, bloody hell, make online ticket purchases exactly that…ONLINE TICKET PURCHASES!

The S.E.A. Aquarium is very impressive. I had visited Kuala Lumpar and Chicago’s aquariums before but this one beats them hands down.

Large tanks for the big guys (sharks, mantas etc.) and the smaller tanks for..the smaller guys..are well displayed and lit. Just when you think you’ve seen the biggest tank you turn a corner and you reach this:

Other displays of note are the beautifully lit jellyfish tanks.

There was a dolphin in a tank but he was busy doing slave labour for the sake of tourist* entertainment in the arena above the aquarium.

I think it’s a must see for children and adults alike. It’s a little pricey at $32 for tourists and $28 for residents (don’t have to be permanent). I guess you can “buy” your tickets online but best to line up to see an actual human to redeem your tickets lest the ticket redemption machine feels like messing with the human overlords again.

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*I realise I’m a tourist too