Thursday, August 27, 2015

Living in the Ocean with the Marine Creatures in Underwater World - Day 1

This is one camp that the children will never forget! Not only was this our first time camping out together, it was also the first time we shared our dreams with the marine life creatures. "Living In The Ocean" was one of the program held in conjunction with Singapore Science Festival 2015 between July - August. It aims to inspire future generations to become Changemakers for a better world through the learning of marine science and resource conservation.

The children were extremely thrilled when they learned that they will be staying for a night inside Underwater World! The night before our camp, we packed our haversacks with clothing and toiletries. Thankfully, sleeping bags are provided and that helped to off load some weight.

6pm - Over 30 campers gathered at Underwater World and we were led into a meeting room where our guides greeted us. The program kick-start with an educational sea life talk on marine conservation followed by dinner. From our "Al-fresco" canteen-like dining area located at the second-level, we got a good view of Fort Siloso Sky Walk.


7:30pm - As the night falls, this is when the fun begins! First, let's go for an Underwater World Discovery Tour! Unlike the other guided tours that we have been to, we had privacy and the entire space all to ourselves!

Living Fossils was our first stop and everyone gathered around to learn more about the Alligator Gar, Lungfish and other marine life creatures from our experienced guide who is able to speak English, Mandarin and Japanese fluently.


The group was split into 2 teams and we got up on our feet to roam the Underwater World. It was such a pleasing experience not having to battle with the crowd and everyone has opportunities asking questions, enjoy a good view of the exhibits and take photos.


We had all the time we needed at the Touch Pool, getting close to the stingrays! No one is rushing!


Moving down to the Mid Foyer, the children were intrigued by the Spider Crabs. Denver immediately spotted 2 crabs (one on top of the other) and it seems that the loving pair was in the mood to mate. Our boy was hoping to witness the female crab laying her eggs but that didn't happened.



Sea Dragons - Weedy SeaDragon in action.



Unlike Pinocchio whose nose gets longer with every lie,  the horn on the unicorn fish develops with age. 

Gladys - enjoying her camp so far.

The tunnel is our favourite zone and also where we will be resting for the night! Seeing through the glass panel above us, we felt so close to the ocean.

Hello Sharks, Stingrays and the other marine life creatures!


Love the blue waters 

8.15pm - We headed back to the Living Fossils and gathered once again. It's QUIZ Time! Children get to win a little prize for every correct answer!


8.45pm - Headed back to the meeting room for a show about marine creatures before we go for our supper and shower.


10pm - The moment has come! What we have been waiting for all this while.... it's BEDTIME!!! Feeling refreshed after a nice shower, we grabbed our sleeping bags (provided by our guides) and headed back to the Tunnel. The kiddos made a few rounds before finalizing and securing a nice resting spot for the night. Together with the other campers, we formed a single file, sleeping head to head or leg to leg with each other.


Even though I mentioned it was bedtime... no one was in the mood to sleep. Particularly seeing the sharks, stingrays and fishes swimming above us. This was our window view for the night! Denver & Gladys could not sleep and I lost count on the number of times they walked within the tunnel!


VICTORY! Good night Shovelnose Ray!

Apparently we picked a pretty good spot for photo-taking. :)

11.30pm - The lights went off and the tunnel turned into darkness signifying the moment to rest! 

It was a night to remember and we can't wait for Day 2 to arrive!


"Living in the Ocean"
Underwater World

11 comments:

  1. We went to Underwater World a couple weekends ago. I love the underwater tunnel the most! Seems fun but I probably won't be able to fall asleep too.

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    1. I had difficulty falling asleep with the children so excited. Luckily they settled down when the lights went off. Phew.....

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  2. So exciting to be sleeping with these ocean animals... unharmed. It really is a night to remember! What a great way to bond with the kids too.

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    1. It does felt a bit weird to have a stingray on top or shark swimming past when you are trying to sleep. But it was a beautiful sight from afar. ^_^

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  3. What a way to camp amongst the underwater creatures! What was it like in the dark tho? Could you still see fishing swimming around?

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    1. It was really dark.. you can't see the fishes swimming around when the lights are out. Else I think the kids will be up whole night!!

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  4. Would probably not be able to fall asleep too knowing fishes are everyone. Personally my family didn't have a good experience when we visited the place few months ago.

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    1. Underwater world is smaller in scale but I guess the main difference is the privacy and we had a lot of time roaming around in detail without the crowd. Plus the guides gave a personalized tour which I find it pretty informative. Sleeping in the tunnel gave a nice closure for the night. :)

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    2. Underwater world is smaller in scale but I guess the main difference is the privacy and we had a lot of time roaming around in detail without the crowd. Plus the guides gave a personalized tour which I find it pretty informative. Sleeping in the tunnel gave a nice closure for the night. :)

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