UWS aquarium at 1991 prices before it closes
UNDERWATER World Singapore will be closing on June 26, it announced yesterday, as the lease for the premises at Sentosa expires in less than two years.
The aquarium, run by Haw Par Corporation, has found a home for its vulnerable or endangered marine animals.
"After nearly a year reviewing suitable facilities, we found a home for our pink dolphins, fur seals and otters," a Haw Par spokesman said.
They were moved to Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in Zhuhai, China, after approval by the authorities in Singapore and China. The other marine creatures are still looking for a place to stay.
The aquarium will mark its closing with a month of charity this month. Beneficiaries from charities it has worked with will be granted free entry to the attraction.
It will also be lowering ticket prices for all to its 1991 opening price from today - $9 per adult and $5 per child.
Its current ticket prices are $29.90 for adults and $20.90 for children.
When Underwater World opened in May 1991, it was the largest tropical fish oceanarium in Asia. Built at a cost of over $20 million, it was a big draw for tourists.
More than 30 million visitors have visited since it opened, said its spokesman.
The Sentosa attraction is 25 years old this year and faces competition from the new SEA Aquarium and Universal Studios. It is best known for its 83m underwater tunnel, where visitors can view sharks, rays and colourful reef fishes swimming just above their heads and around them.
Underwater Santa and the Underwater God of Fortune will be making daily appearances at the tunnel to bid visitors farewell, Haw Par said.