Many Singaporeans and foreigners often head to the island of Sentosa for a day of fun and excitement. Sentosa, which is an offshore island of Singapore, has been made easily accessible via train, road (a 3 minutes drive in via the bridge) and even on foot (10 minutes). Sentosa, which is also home to Resorts World Sentosa, offers a lot of exciting things to do so here’s a quick guide to the island and the places you should not miss during your visit.
Resorts World Sentosa
Considered the latest addition to Sentosa Island. Resorts World Sentosa offers visitors the chance to go on exhilarating rides and come close to popular characters at Universal Studios Singapore. You can also explore the marine world at the Southeast Asia (S.E.A) Aquarium and aquatic water theme park, Adventure Cove Waterpark.
Alternatively, you can try your luck (and pray Lady Luck is on your side!) and gamble the night away at the casinos, which is free for all foreigners to enter. You can also catch exciting international shows at the Festive Theater and dine at restaurants, such as L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, or at the laidback popular restaurant, Hard Rock Café.
Ever wanted to skydive but fear that leap of the plane and the dangers that may come with it? Well, now at Sentosa, you can experience the thrill of being weightless at the iFly, an indoor wind tunnel for simulated skydiving, that allows even kids (aged 7 and above) to fly. A team of professionals will be on site to guide you through the experience and also to ensure your safety.
Travel back in history to the time when the British colony governed Singapore. Fort Siloso was then known as the “Fortress of Singapore” and used as a coast fort to protect Singapore from enemy attacks. Walk through the same hallways once walked by soldiers and explore the rooms, which once housed them. Don’t be shocked by the “soldiers and officers” communicating in this fort, as wax figures have been strategically placed in the fort to make your walk through history all that more exciting. If you have no qualms with tiny spaces, then explore the underground bunkers, which houses weapons and meeting rooms. There are also numerous artilleries for you to discover around this fort and a museum to learn more about Fort Siloso. You can also take part in the daily-guided tour to gain a better insight.
You’ve probably heard about Singapore’s iconic Merlion – a half lion, half fish mythical creature. And if you’re in Sentosa, you will definitely not miss the 12-storey (37 metres) statue that greets you when you enter the island. Now, you can take the opportunity to get into the Merlion’s head, which offers you a majestic 360 degrees view of the entire Sentosa Island.
Skyline Luge Sentosa
Zoom down on either a 650 or 688 metre trail, or both, on the luge, a part go-cart and part toboggan. Riders of all ages will enjoy this attraction, which gives you full control of the luge, allowing you to either ride it fast and furious or take your own time down the scenic routes. After the ride, you can hop on the Skyride, which is a chairlift that takes you back up from where you started, while giving you a beautiful view of the island. If you time it perfectly, you can even view the fireworks that going off from the nearby Songs of the Sea show!
Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon
Get lost in the underwater life as you walk through a tunneled tank, housing a wide variety of colourful fish, stingrays and sharks. If you are brave enough, you can even choose to take a dive into the tank and swim with the sharks. However, if you prefer to swim with marine creatures that are a bit “safer”, you can choose to head to the Dolphin Lagoon and swim with the affable pink dolphins.
Palawan Beach, Siloso Beach and Tanjong Beach
Grab your beach balls and suntan lotion and head out to the beaches of Sentosa for a day in the sun. The three beaches line the coastline of Sentosa and each offers a different experience. For those seeking a fun-filled time, Siloso beach would be ideal as it is set up with bars and restaurants and areas for games and other activities. For those with families and young children, Palawan beach would be the place to go as it offers lots of running space and ample sand for sandcastle building with the young ones. If you are looking for a romantic spot to just relax with your loved one, then Tanjong Beach should be your choice, as it is known to be the tranquil beach on the island.