It takes around 10 mins from Harbour front station, Singapore, to reach this fascinating island, which is visited by some 5 million people annually. While many people recall its shady past of bloodshed, Sentosa was earlier known as Pulau Belakang Mati (Island of Death). It was given a new name later in 1970s, Sentosa, which means peace, tranquility and contentment.
There are probably over a hundred of things to do in Sentosa Island. It could be you skydiving (indoor) with I-fly, catching butterflies at the Butterfly Park, having a cocktail while admiring the yachts on the bay at Quayside Isle, making the most of the wave pool, enjoying spectacular views of the island from Singapore’s highest observatory or just chilling at one of the island’s three beaches. The island is home to many luxury hotels, restaurants, shops, adventure parks and a massive casino.
You need at least three full days to cover Sentosa Island. Since we had only a day to spend in this beautiful place, we could either choose between the Universal Studio (themed zones with exciting rides) or five activities with the Play 5 fun pass. We opted for the latter.
The S.E.A Aquarium can only be redeemed with a mandatory visit of the Royal Albatross ship (which I found a little unfair, in case someone didn’t want to do this, and now this leave you with only three other activities (Royal Albatross visit & S.E.A Aquarium count as two separate activities) to choose from the never-ending list of things to do in Sentosa. The Royal Albatross ship tour was actually quite interesting. This tall luxury ship featured in the movie ‘Batman’ in 2008.
Sentosa’s S.E.A aquarium is the largest one in the world with over 100,000 marine animals. At some point I thought I would need a whole day to visit its endless mazes and displays. It is definitely not an activity to miss. I’ve enjoyed watching the dolphins interacting with their trainers. The aquarium has a special corner designated for kids where they organise shows and activities to keep the little ones entertained
Afterwards we visited the giant statue of 37 meters height, Sentosa Merlion. The tour consisted of a short movie on Sentosa Island and a visit to the top. We receive prosperity coins for free. People believe that ringing the prosperity bell brings positive energy and good luck.
Next is Skyline Luge Sentosa.
The luge ride was my favorite activity in Sentosa. It starts with a lazy ride via a chairlift from Imbiah Lookout where you get to admire the beautiful green surrounding and then, the fun part is luging down either the Dragon Trail (688 meters) or the Jungle Trail (628 meters). I bet you would want to do it again and again, thus buying a multiple ride ticket is most recommended.
Last on the list was the impressive ‘Wings of time’ night show. They have two slots per day and this is a must in Sentosa. Row of chairs, a vending machine and a nice set up by the beach, you get to experience an hour of laser and water shows with occasional fireworks and multimedia effects nicely showcasing the beautiful story of a bird and his friends.
Additionally, there are a number of other activities such as Go green Segway Eco Adventure, wave house, Mega zip Adventure Park, Port of Lost Wonder (an outdoor play set with water slides etc.) and three man-made beaches, Siloso, Palawan and Tanjong to enjoy within Sentosa Island.
How do you get to Sentosa?
You can walk to the island, take your car, the Sentosa Express or grab a cable car for a scenic ride. We opted for the cable car. This is definitely the best way to get there allowing you to enjoy panoramic views of the island.
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