A beautiful island located just a little off mainland Singapore is Sentosa Island. Commonly known as Sentosa, this island is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. It presents a unique mix of forest, beaches, theme parks, adventure activities, dining, entertainment, shopping and loads of fun for the entire family. Attracting millions of visitors each year, the island is easily accessible from the mainland via a variety of transportation options. It is home to the sprawling Resorts World Sentosa comprised of several resorts and theme parks with hundreds of things to see and do. Plus, there are beaches like Siloso, Tanjong, and Palawan that are ideal for swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking or just sunbathing. Outdoor adventures include bungee jumping, ziplining, cable cars, and luge rides. Shops, multi-cuisine restaurants, shows, indoor activities, museums, and a whole lot more can be found here. For the best time, here is a guide to Sentosa Island.
Things to do / Highlights
Explore the fascinating resorts of Resorts World Sentosa
Hands-down one of the top-rated things to see and do on the island is exploring the various amenities at Resorts World Sentosa. Clustered together in one area of the island are several resorts and theme parks like Universal Studios, S.E.A. Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark, the Maritime Experiential Museum, and Dolphin Island. Numerous rides, restaurants, and shops are also located here.
Spend some time on the beaches
The beaches of the island are a great and free way to experience the tropical beauty of this area that has remained unchanged over the years. At Palawan, Siloso, and Tanjong beaches, enjoy family-friendly activities like swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, cycling, rollerblading, walking the suspension bridge, eating, and drinking at beachside bars and restaurants, watching the sunset, or simply lazing around on the beach.
Go bungee jumping
Another must-do thing here is to bungee jump at AJ Hackett Sports Center on Siloso Beach. Experience the rush of adrenaline as you plummet 47 metres (154 feet) off the jumping station. A giant swing and sky bridge with see-through glass panels are also present at this venue.
What to eat
The award-winning Curate restaurant is a fine dining establishment that is well-known for its collaborations with Michelin-starred chefs who create exquisite menus for diners. Always in demand with visitors, this place serves up delectable, multi-course European-meets-East Asian meals in its chic environs.
Malaysian Food Street
For those looking for a casual yet tasty fare, Malaysian Food Street is the place to go. It is a marketplace-like setup where hawker stalls sell street food from Malaysia that is very filling yet light on the wallet. Try their char koay teow (fried rice noodles), clay pot rice, and Hokkien mee (fried noodles in a dark sauce).
What to buy
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From high-street fashion at Festive Walk at Resorts World Sentosa to souvenir shops scattered across the island, do remember to pick up the following items before you leave:
Stunning butterfly specimens
Located in Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom is the souvenir shop where you can buy beautifully framed butterfly specimens to adorn the walls of your home or office. Several books and memorabilia are also sold in the shop.
Miniature cable cars and Merlions
A popular Sentosa Island and an overall Singapore souvenir is the Merlion. At various souvenir shops scattered across the island, you can buy miniature Merlion statues, mugs with Merlion handles, keychains, magnets, caps, and t-shirts with Merlion prints, to name a few. At the Cable Car Gift Shop, you can even shop for miniature versions of the cable car cabins in a variety of colours to gift to friends or family.
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The island is a wheelchair-friendly space. Most parts are accessible by wheelchair and other personal mobility devices, including the resorts, cable car, skywalk, boardwalk, and shows. Some rides like Pantages Hollywood Theater and Shrek 4D Adventure are also wheelchair-accessible. Plus, there are elevators, ramps, and slopes all over the island and within buildings and attractions. Wheelchairs are also available for rent at select few Resorts World Sentosa attractions like Universal Studios.
Your furry friends can accompany you to the beaches of the island but are not allowed at Resorts World Sentosa, onboard the buses, cable car, beach trams, boardwalk, and express trains.
Lots of attractions that will cost you USD 0!
For those on a budget, there are many attractions that can be enjoyed free of cost. These include the beaches, Crane Dance show, Fort Siloso Skywalk, Lake of Dreams show, and Sentosa Nature Discovery, among others.
How to get there
Walk or cycle
Convenient and free, walking or cycling is one of the best ways to reach the island. Take a leisurely stroll on the travellators Sentosa Boardwalk surrounded by lush tropical landscapes, all the while enjoying mesmerising views.
Another cost-effective option is to take an MRT train, Sentosa Express, shuttle bus, or public bus to the island.
Just a short drive away from the mainland, the island is easy to reach by car via the Sentosa Gateway. Alternatively, you could also use the one-way car rental BlueSG car-sharing system that uses electric cars.
You can even take a taxi to the island. Do note that pick-up and drop-off points are from designated spots only.
Travel in style by a cable car and enjoy gorgeous aerial views of the island and the Singapore skyline. Two cable car lines - Mount Faber and Sentosa Line - service the island.
Parking is not very expensive and easily available on the island. Visitors can park at the lots located at Tanjong Beach, Palawan Beach, Sentosa Cove Village Parks, Beach Station, and Imbiah.
Sentosa Island information
Address: Sentosa Island, Singapore
Opening hours: 9am - 10pm (daily)
Official Website: Sentosa Island
Department of tourism: Visit Singapore
Tickets to the island can be easily obtained via third-party websites or the official ticketing link. Various packages are available for purchase in the form of Sentosa Fun Pass, USS (Universal Studios Singapore) + Sentosa Fun Pass, Sentosa Night Fun Pass, and more. These passes provide access to more than 70 attractions, products, and services on the island. Top up your pass with tokens at various ticketing stations to enjoy more activities on the go. Passes are valid for two consecutive days and stipulated times.
You can also try the promos and offers available on their website to save money on shopping, dining, or attractions.
Sentosa Island Afternoon Trip Including Madame Tussauds and Tiger Sky Tower
Duration: 7 hours
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