Singapore’s Sentosa Island just south of Singapore has been a tourist attraction for decades. Now construction of Resorts World Sentosa, a SGD6.5 billion integrated resort, including the SG$450 million marine life park component and ancillary tourist attractions is complete. Resorts World is a must see for visitors to the region.
Resort World Sentosa (RWS), contracted the Sunshine Coast’s Aquatic Environment Systems Pty Ltd (AES) with Crossley Architects Pty Ltd to provide aquarium specialist design and documentation services. These services included collaboration with the project architects for master planning of the overall facility through to design of the life support and pool systems, providing architectural and exhibit design, acrylic panel and tunnel design, underwater rockwork and scenery and specialist aquarium waterproofing.
The park contains some of the largest marine aquariums in the world, and incorporates the world’s largest acrylic viewing panel. Designed to operate on two levels the park provides two distinctly different and separated visitor experiences. At the surface level, interactive encounters are provided for visitor with the parks dolphins, fish, rays and sharks. Below this a world class aquarium experience is provided which takes visitors from the MXM Maritime Museum to the Open Ocean and back again through a series of environment based ecological exhibits based on the maritime silk route from China to Africa.
The marine life park incorporates visitor encounters with dolphins, sharks and rays, and drift snorkelling with coral and reef fish in a large coral reef tank.
RWS’s total acrylic panels exceed 500 tonnes, and the total water volume of the park is approximately 45 million litres, making it one of the largest parks of its type in the world.
Resort World Sentosa Marine Life Park and Aquarium opened to the public in December 2012.