SINGAPORE'S SEA WORLD: A TASTE OF WHAT'S TO COME A POPULAR ROUTE to Sulawesi's diving waters is via Singapore. For a peak at the array of fish species that lies ahead, check out Underwater World, which is located on nearby Sentosa Island. Underwater World's aquarium boasts more than 2,500 marine animals representing some 250 species. Many of these are from South-East Asia's coral reefs. There are also dolphin shows daily. On weekends, the marine world is crowded, as Sentosa is a popular place for Singaporeans to get away from the city. The island also attracts children with various theme parks and a zoo. The trip to or from Sentosa or both is most exciting by the Singapore Cable Car, which offers fine views of the skyscrapers and harbour. Once on the island, you can get around easily by bus or hired bicycle. WWW.SENTOSA.COM.SG will head for an area where the waves and currents will not disturb you while snorkelling. Lush, mountainous Sulawesi also offers plenty to do and see on land. Some diving centres arrange trekking in nearby areas or will take you out in boats to see dolphins. To find out about the locals' lives, though, you should take a tour on the main island. Despite its population of more than a million, Sulawesi's largest city, Makassar has a peaceful smalltown feel. Visitors are welcomed with friendly smiles here and in the green rural areas. Shaped like a crooked letter K, Sulawesi is narrow but more than 1,000 kilometres from end to end. Its roads are mountainous and potholed, so allow plenty of time for travelling by land. FINNAIR FLIES nonstop to Singapore daily. Its partner airlines offer connections to points in Indonesia. Sharks are one of Underwater World's biggest draws.
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