Renowned worldwide as ‘A City In Nature’, our island home of Singapore now grapples with protecting what remains of our shores. Even in the face of rapid development, nature has rebounded entirely on its own. Just imagine the possibilities if we harness the potential for sustained regeneration of our marine environments in the years to come. Oceans Reimagined offers a glimpse into what the future may hold.
Coral garden thriving along the seawalls beneath Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal
We make our first stop at Marina at Keppel Bay. Apart from being a safe harbour for boats, beneath our feet, an underwater city explodes with vibrant reef life - from massive hard corals and sea fans to juvenile sea turtles and an array of fish species. The openness to our southern waters has encouraged visitors to come and make the marina their home.
As gateways to our southern islands, we also explore what lies beneath the jetties at Pulau Hantu and Pulau Tekukor. No surprise how these sites have grown into popular destinations for underwater enthusiasts over the years.
Lines of pontoons at Marina at Keppel Bay, now home to vibrant urban reefscapes
We check out the myriad living seawalls that surround our coastlines. Aside from offering protection from rising sea levels, seawalls at Pulau Semakau, a popular offshore island, have grown to support colourful intertidal life. Even unlikely places like Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal now boasts incredible coral gardens.
These new ‘sink’ reefs continue to depend on the health of our natural ‘source’ reefs like our Sisters’ Islands. And finally, we discover a long artificial embayment along East Coast Park that has become overrun with life, for all to enjoy, right at our doorsteps.
Diverse mangrove species have settled naturally along the seawalls at Pulau Hantu
We head to our waterways and learn how they have become shared spaces for us and a variety of flora and fauna. Sungei Api Api, which runs through Pasir Ris Town, is now rich with mangrove forests and wildlife, like the smooth-coated otter and Malayan water monitor.
Providing wonderful opportunities for visitors to get up close with nature, these ecosystems benefit from boardwalk trails and increased access, like what we see along Berlayer Creek. Aside from mangroves, our canals also host flourishing seagrass species, which are critical in our fight against climate change.
Boardwalks along Berlayer Creek allow visitors to get up close with an array of marine ecosystems here