Sentosa Island, Singapore
Worst experience ever due to combination of broken attraction and staff who really do not like customers ruining their chill out time. We prebooked a birthday party with two lanes for a group of 8-9 year old kids. Wave machine booked for 11am, at 11am on the dot staff wonder up and fiddle with the machine - it's broken. Nobody bothers to mention this...1130am kids frazzled, still waiting, guests desperate for a drink of any kind, F and B staff just completely not interested in taking an order. Close to 12pm we are told we can come back at 3pm, when it might work, as other parties are also booked...explain that it's not exactly a good idea with all these kids. Finally one lane is fixed after 12pm, but only after some arguing are they even willing to refund for the non working lane, tried to fob us off with vouchers instead. Instructors clearly didn't like the idea of looking after a group of kids on a Saturday morning, sullen faces all around, we loved the Bangkok version, staff made the kids feel like it's the most fun to be had, showed them tricks, here they literally shoving the kids off the ride as soon as they slip, no interaction, no warmth, no help. More fool me for paying thousands of dollars for what I hoped would be a fun day for the kids. Don't waste your money.
If you are staying in Singapore, and want to see beautiful beaches and nature without travelling too far, then it is very easy to get to the Sentosa Island. The island is connected to the city of Singapore by a bridge, so you can either travel by taxi, take the Sentosa Express train from the Harbour Front underground station, or take the cable car which is also departing from the Harbour Front.
The trip from the Harbour front to Sentosa only takes around 10 minutes.
On Sentosa island you also have Universal Studios and other attractions, and if you want to go there, taking the Sentosa express train is a good choice. The train stops at the various theme parks, but if you just want to go to the beach, you must get off at the end station, the Beach Station.
Once you are on the Sentosa island, there are plenty of small tourist trains or busses that travel around the island if you don't want to walk.
Occupying a relevant place in eastern culture, the dragon couldn't be absent in the park of Sentosa Island.
A central sculpture invites to the dragon trail, a funny trek to a pleasant relationship between kids and nature.
Once a British military base, now a popular leisure area for locals and tourists alike. Here, we have some good city beaches together with attarctions of old kinds: Shopping malls, hotels, golf courses, museums, restaurants, activities for kids, sports, gardens – you name it. The island is advertised as „Asia's favourite playground“ and can indeed be seen as a big playground for adults and children alike. See separate tips for the single sights and activities of Sentosa.
Of the man-made beaches, Palawan is the most popular. It also has an islet which is liked by a bridge to Sentosa. Though the islet claims to be the southernmost point of continental Asia, this claim is more than doubtful.
It is not the place you should go if you are looking for authenticity. However, most people will find their way to enjoy Sentosa. In any case, a whole day is recommended for this place.
The island is linked by road, monorail and cable car with the city centre. Prices for these different means of transport vary with the cable car being by far the most expensive. There are bus lines running across the island as well. Visitors to Sentosa have to pay an „entry fee“, 1 SGD (2010) if you use the footbridge – more, if you use a car or taxi. Monorail and cable car tickets include the entry fee.
We went to Sentosa Island by cable car. On the island we took the bus to different destination on the island. The island is packed with number of attractions. Our first stop was Siloso Beach, well I wouldn’t call it a beach in comparison to the beaches in Australia. Maritime Museum was our next destination. Inside it was tacky but it had interesting history. The Universal Studio is located next to the museum but we didn’t go in. In general I thought Sentosa Island was just ok.
i would not suggest doing this 2 activities(one being Sentosa) in one day.
Sentosa needs a full day to explore, if time permits.
even tho sentosa is a rather small island, but the amount of activities to do there are limitless, u can easier spend one whole day and still not cover half the things to do there.
Here's a few tips for you before going to Sentosa Island:-
Don't take the cable car it's very expensive ($26 for the round trip)! you can go for free via Vivocity Mall.
Going inside the big Marlion it's not worth the $8 you are not gonna miss much !they will tell ya that you'll get a gift at the end but don't be fooled for that it's just a worthless key chain.
The stores there are overpriced.
Universal Studio is Amazing, it's very nice place to be, however I didn't spent much time there because I was leaving in the same day and it was raining cats&dogs that day.
Well i think its not enough one day to enjoy sentosa island, but one day is enough for Universal Studio if you like to try all the games.
You can find, casino, Ifly, beach, Big Merlion tower, and many more in sentosa island.
Little india is a place where you can see Indian people and find everything typical India, the people, decoration, clothes, shop, jewelry, temple etc. You can find cheaper products there rather than in the big mall.
Chinatown is also worth to try cus there are plenty cheap souvenirs you can find.
Well if you like historical things, you can go to International Museum . it is such a giant modern museum, there are thousand plasma tv and good sound and equipments.
If you would like to go shopping some, you can visit Bugis Junction . There are many big malls in singapore you can visit.
Sentosa Island is south of the island of Singapore. Personally I wouldn't recommend it. It is quite tacky and overpriced. There are some good beaches here, and a nice downhill luge but otherwise there are more interesting attractions on the mainland.
For fascinating adventure: you must go to Sentosa Island.
It is divided in 4 attractions, the Imbiah lookout, Beaches, Siloso point and the Resorts World Sentosa.
While inside the Sentosa express train, you can have a magnificent view of the island.
The island is so amazing and you can wonder on how the staffs came out with this idea!
While at Imbiah Lookout, I decided to check out the Sentosa Nature discovery building.
What I found, was a gallery full of interactive exhibits. You had to observe, classify and compare. Evidently, you were then ready to step out into the jungle and explore a wilderness teeming with birds, insects, other wildlife and plants.
It really is more for children, but anybody can walk the trail that winds around Imbiah Hill. At the start, there is a board on what type of flora and fauna may be seen on the one-hour walk.
Sentosa island is home to eight different types of habitats, including coastal rainforests, rocky seashores and wetlands.
The day I was there, somebody had made Origami Bird's.
The trail is FREE to all visitors
Guided tours are $8 per person. (2.30pm & 4.30pm)
Register at the Imbiah Lookout Ticketing Counter
Nature Detective Activity Book
Guided Tour with Nature Detective Activity Book
OPEN ...9-6PM DAILY
As we came off the Boardwalk and onto Sentosa Island itself, we came across the new and very smart Tourist Information Centre.
What a lovely location it was in, right next to a Blue water Canal.
We picked up the free maps on Sentosa, and found out about Toilet location.
If you come this way, then it is a bit of a walk to the Toilet's which are located by Universal studio's, so don't leave it until the last minute!
As we were walking along the Boardwalk, we noticed that there was Artwork along the way.
One that caught our eye, was the wirework sculpture of three people playing musical instruments.
At the nearby outdoor Cafe, there was another sculpture. There are Retail shops, Cafe's & Souvenir shop.
We also found an upper level of the walk, where the view was pretty good of the Sentosa Gondola and of the lower decking, worth the climb up to steps for a few photo's.
This time in Singapore we decided to walk to Sentosa along the fairy new Boardwalk.
What a good choice it was, even though it was another hot, Singapore day.
We were at Vivo City Shopping Mall’s waterfront promenade, so it was just a short walk to the beginning of the Boardwalk. It cost $1 entry, which we paid with our Singapore EZY card.
We were surprised to see we could either walk on the boardwalk, or travel on the long Travellator's, how easy was that! It is all undercover, and along the way it is beautifully landscaped with Pond's, Tropical plants, each within their own section, like "tropical area," "Rock garden," etc., and even the Rubbish Bin's were beautified! What else is nice, is the view from the Boardwalk.
Sentosa Boardwalk: 24 hours, daily
Travelators: 7am to 12mn, daily
Ticketing Booths: 9am - 6pm, daily
Ticketing $1 / entry per person
(Use your EZ-Link card for quick access)
Any visitor wouldn’t want to miss this lovely island. It’s everything packed in a single place. One could choose to head to the beach, or stroll around and visit lots of interesting sites.
We went to Sentosa via cable car and arrived at the Imbiah Lookout where the Images of Singapore and Sentosa 4D Magix were.
The Carlsberg Sky Tower ride, Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom, Cineblast, and Fort Siloso were also there but unfortunately, we weren’t able to visit those due to time constraint.