The Sea of Tiki
Time Out says
If you're looking for a Polynesian escape without leaving the tropical island of Singapore, head to S.E.A. Aquarium as it turns into The Sea of Tiki from March 13 to May 11. Just in time for the March school holidays, it makes for a fun, themed experience for the whole family – matching Hawaiian shirts are optional.
The word 'tiki' traces back to New Zealand and the Marquesas Islands, and is referred to sacred images of gods and creation. Based on this, the aquarium invites you to follow five legendary tikis along an enlightening trail and befriend the tropics’ most fascinating marine animals – keep your eyes peeled for a majestic volcano at the end of the trail.
While you're at it, witness larger-than-life stilt walkers donning oversized Tiki masks, and listen in awe as King Kahula, the first-ever talking Tiki, converses with them at the Island of Walamak.
More things to get excited about – the long-awaited dive feed is making its comeback after its downtime since the circuit breaker. The aquarists are also donning their best Tiki warrior ensemble – complete with colourful garlands and tropical grass skirts – to feed over 40,000 marine inhabitants across 120 species at the iconic Open Ocean Habitat. Among those being fed during this visual spectacle are the zebra shark, white-spotted eagle ray, and giant grouper.
Fun fact: over 7,000 known species of marine animals call the tropical islands around Hawaii home. These islands are known for their lush and thriving coral reef ecosystem, which many marine species rely on for their food, shelter, and nursery grounds. Get to know more about the raccoon butterflyfish, yellow tang, slingjaw wrasse, the aquarium’s iconic manta rays, and more while spotting special tiki totem icons on the Tropical Trail.
Before you leave the aquarium, be sure to snap some photos for keeps with its adorable lei-wearing (Hawaiian flower garland) manta ray mascots – Mika, Mako, and Manja. For more information, visit rwsentosa.com.