Sentosa Island, Singapore
Come to Sentosa and experience the island life which is a contrast to the bustling pace to the city.
Sentoas is home to many exciting attractions, stunning manmade beach and breath taking view from Sky Tower and exciting ride on the cable car.
Take Sentosa Bus from World Trade Centre Bus Terminal or Tiong Bahru MRT.
Suggest that you take a Cable Car Ride to have a breath taking view of the city. You can take it From Mt Faber, Harbour Front and Cable Car Plaza on Sentosa.
You may like to enquire the admission ticket package for the attractions that you would like to visit.
There is a $2 admission charge if u just walk on foot across the bridge to the island.
The monorail has ceased its operation on 15 Mar 2005.
After my youngest had a game of mini-golf and we dined in the mini-golf restaurant......btw, don't bother with the restaurant here - it's way too expensive (charging us $4SGD each for a glass of iced water... for the kids each when they arrived hot from golfing!!) ....should have been free, after all the money we paid for lunch huh!!
Anyway, on the way back we came across this snake handler. Well Kelli is frozen frightened of snakes...and yet, after this episode, she quite likes them now :o)
I really loved Sentosa Island. You have various ways of getting to Sentose. You can choose to go by Bus or Cable Car or just by car. I got there by bus and once I arrive and paid the entrance fee of I think S$3 pp for everything including the bus rides. You got a choice of options of which bus to take and where you plan on going. There is a Yellow Line Bus , Green Line Bus , Red Line Bus and a Blue Line Bus all going to different parts of Sentosa so be sure to get a free map when you arrive so that you know where you going and which bus to take.
I went and checked out Palawan Beach where you have the Southernmost Point of Continental asia. Its really worth it coming here as the beach is beautiful and the scenary is spectacular. Siloso Beach is also a very nice beach to spend the day and every Saturday they have a live band that performs there from 6pm which is very nice to just sit down for a snack and a few drinks and just enjoy the music and the breeze from the sea. There is really so much to see at Sentosa like the Merlion , Imbiah Lookout , Dolphin Lagoon just to name a few so I would really suggest you go there and make it a day trip as there is alot to see and do here.
VolcanoLand is basically to entertain kids. They have some exhibition and u get a feel when the volcano erupts. Showtime is between 1pm to 6.30pm.
Admission A$10 C$6
(can give it a miss if you dont have much time)
Stop by at this quiet and not so touristy place by taking a monrail to the ficus station (M5) to take a look at this ficus tree and the pond.
It is just located near the Spa Botanica and Sentosa Office.
The Monorail has ceased operation on 15 Mar 2005.
You can catch the bus to this peaceful golf course.
As we walked past the Merlion, behind it was this nice mosaic art work with water flowing through. The kids thought is was wonderful and a nice way to cool of with a bit of water splashing.
have you wondered where is the Southernmost Point of Southeast Asia? It is on Sentosa Island. Cross the swinging bridge to the 2 viewing towers at Palawan Beach and you will be able to see the Sentosa sand castle landmark.
How about enjoy the cool breeze on top of the tower?
You may like to join him as he has another blanket to share with you ;p
Accessible via beach tram or the yellow or red line bus.
Sentosa is one of my favourite places to visit in Singapore.
I love getting there by cable car.
The Magical Fountain show at night is pretty cool, not sure if it is the same as the last time we went, was a laser show with a frog as the guide I think, during the day is quite good as well with the music and all.
I particularly like the little island via rope bridge (not sure of the name). It is very tropical looking and I have gotten some pretty amazing pictures from there.
I have seen the Dolphin show once and from what I can remember it was pretty cool. The dolphins are very cute and pink. I wasn't brave enough at the time to go into the water with them, but I think I will this time.
Something else worth mentioning is the Merlion. I have never been but have heard that you can catch some amazing views from up there, so will def go this time.
The Sijori Wonder Golf is fun, but not on the very hot days. I was literally melting when I played. I remember I hit my ball a little to hard making it go into the bushes, and I remember going over to retrieve it and seeing a huge yellow lizard staring at me, suffice to say I did not hang around there very long.
All in all a great day out for the family as there is so much to do.
Sentosa Island is a fantastic day all of the locals have the same idea on a Saturday!
There are beaches to chill out on, an aquarium (they boast it is the largest in SE Asia), where you can get in with the fish.
There are also a few different museum type attractions here as well.
The views of Singapore city from here are great too!*
The pleasure island of Sentosa is located just off the southern coast of Singapore.
It makes for a great daytrip (or even a few days stay on the island), especially if you are travelling with children.
Sentosa is easily reached from central Singapore by a combination of the MRT (see my transport tip for more details) and then a bus or cable car across to the island.
Entry to the island costs S$2 (correct as at November 2005) and this fee includes all transport around the island - by bus or monorail.
Some of the attractions on the island are free. For example, there is a rainforest nature walk, a nightly laser show and the best beaches that Singapore has to offer. The impressive, but artificial, beaches boast soft sand, palm trees and clear seas. There is ample room for sunbathing, swimming, playing ball games and participating in a number of watersports.
However, many of the attractions on the island must be paid for. If you choose to do this on an individual basis, the costs will soon mount up. The best value option is to purchase one of the packages on offer at the entrance. I opted for a package called "Tour 1" (S$56.90 per person). This included:
- cable car transfers to and from the island;
- a ride on the Carlsberg Sky Tower;
- entrance to Underwater World aquarium;
- a ride on the Cinemania virtual reality rollercoaster;
- entrance to a Dolphinarium show.
There are other more expensive packages available which include more attractions (rollercoasters, museums, shows etc) and you will need to decide which package best suits your needs.
The island offers plenty of restaurants, fast food joints, cafes and food stalls. If you wish to spend longer than a day on the island (and I didn't have any desire to spend more than a day there to be honest), there are a few hotels by the beach.
You can find more information about the island and its numerous (and ever increasing) attractions on the excellent official website:
Sentosa was actually a fishing Village known as Pulau Blakang Mati..Sounds like a Malay word and if you translate it its sounds like "Dead Back Island"..Hmmm...Whatever that means...
Sentosa would be a child's heaven...They've got games to play, fishes to see, dolphins to touch,butterflies to admire, etc...
There's also the ever famous Siloso Beach, which sometimes has their fair share of beach parties, sometimes, even "bubble party"...
There's even a golf course for those who cannot leave their golf sets behind... : )
Probably a place just to look n see if you have any spare time... ; )
A must visit part of your journey to Singapore!
Below I try to list the most attractive parts of the Island:
1- The admission fee is 3 SG$.
2- 4-D Magix : a 4-D cinema, a must in sentosa, the admission fee is 18 SG $ for The Pirates movie.
3 - Songs Of The Sea : a very beautiful mixture of singing, lightning, singing and computerized fountais, the admission fee is 10 SG $ and everyday the show starts at 7.40 pm and 8.40 pm.
5- Fort Siloso: WW2 museum
Sentosa Island is a pretty beach resort and park, although you can see oil refineries and freight carriers not far from the swimming areas. Be sure to see:
Underwater World, the highlight of which is a moving walkway were sea creatures would be swimming all around you.
Images of Singapore museum, an excellent displays of the history of Singapore, seem very focused on WWII though.
Fort Siloso, a nicely designed tour of a colonial era fort.
I would skip the Dolphin Lagoon, the show is geared more towards small children, I found it a bit lame).
And of course, dont forget the nice beaches, Siloso Beach is probably the busiest, right next to Underwater World.
There are free color coded circular buses that takes you to the different attractions but the tram is a nicer way to view the island and its attractions.
This is a get-away from the main Singapore Island. There is a short bus ride over causeway, drive your car across or cable car from Mount Faber or Harborfront Center to get there.
A variety of places to visit. An underwater world aquarium, butterfly park, insect world, flying trapeze, Sky tower, beaches for swimming or playing volleyball, a new popular luge, 4D movies, historical museum, Fort Sisilo, dolphin shows, etc. Also golf, resort hotel and spa resort.
Various sorts of packages. With admission, there is a free shuttle to take you point to point. The "monorail" and "ferry to Sentosa" has been long been discontinued if you were in Sentosa when it started.
Hordes of tourists come to see the twice nightly laser, water musical fountain show. It is worth seeing once though there is a long waiting time as everyone come early to get a good seat. This is not Disneyland but if you are bringing along kids, it is another fun family time and a break from shopping.
I was here in 1985 and I am not sure if they already have changed the area or not. It's been awhile when I travelled in Singapore. I was still young then living in a house in Orchard Road. There were students renting the second floor of the house and the 1st floor of the house is for a commercial business called the A-Z marketing agency. I hooked up with the students from Thailand and Indonesia. There were Paul and his girlfriend, an Indonesian girl and Senayan. They decided to invite me to the Sentosa Island. I haven't been there myself. Senayan who is a student from Medan, Indonesia liked me a lot at that time so we kind of had a group date. He was sweet and nice. We took a cable car from the World Center enroute to the Sentosa Island. From the embarkment of the cable car, we took a monorail and it stopped where the Dancing Fountain was. The show actually started late at night. If my memory doesn't fail me, it started at about 8 pm. The show was beautiful and there was also music that came along with the fountain. It looked like the fountain was dancing like a ballerina. It was awesome view! Classical music played so loud and there were so many people that came to see. The crowd was loud and people were excited to watch the show!
It was kind of late when we went back to the house. I was tired and starved!
I highly recommend that you bring a jacket and some snacks because the water show starts in the evening and by the time that everything is done, it is already late at night!
(P.S. If you are reading this and you had been to Meidan,Indonesia, can you please ask if they know Senayan? And, give me his address, please? He is probably married now but I still wanted to hook up with him as a friend. We really did have a great time in Sentosa Island with his friends.)