What to See in Sentosa
Sentosa Island, which is hugely popular with both locals and tourists alike, is Singapore's mega theme-park on an island. The offshore island of Sentosa, once the domain of tropical forest and rocky coasts, has been redeveloped into a sprawling amusement park where you can swim, sunbathe, whizz down water slides, visit butterfly parks and wax museums, and eat to your heart's content.
Sentosa will take at least one whole day if you want to visit the various amusement sites. It's also a great place to stay overnight, to soak in the beach holiday mood and be away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are camping grounds, a hostel and two luxury resorts, the Sentosa Resort & Spa and the Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort.
Going to Sentosa Island is all part of the fun if you go there by cable-car or ferry. The cable-car service is from the HarbourFront Centre (previously World Trade Centre), and you will get a good bird's eye view of Mount Faber, one of Singapore highest points, during the ride. For SG$120, you can also experience a romantic "sky" dinner for two aboard the cable car on Friday and Saturday nights. Ferry rides, another enjoyable way to get to Sentosa, are also available from the HarbourFront Centre.
- Morning Singapore City Tour
- Dinner Cruise on Imperial Junk
- Sentosa Island Experience (Morning)
- Universal Studios Singapore and Wing of Time
- Singapore Night Out
- Universal Studios Singapore & S.E.A Aquarium
- Zoo and Night Safari Tour
- Jurong Bird Park Tour
- Night Safari Tour
- Singapore Flyer With One Way Transfer
Alternatively, you could take one of the special buses running to-and-fro the mainland and Sentosa. You can take Sentosa Bus Service E from Orchard Road, Service C from Tiong Bahru MRT, or Service A from the HarbourFront Centre. Admission to Sentosa Island is SG$ 6 for adults and SG$ 4 for children between 3 and 12 years. There will be separate charges for the various attractions on the island.
Once on the island, there's a free bus service that runs round the island and departs every 10 minutes. There's also a free monorail service that makes a loop round the island, and gives you a scenic view of Sentosa. Otherwise, you could rent a bike from the kiosk near the ferry terminal.
Below is a list and information of the many attractions on Sentosa Island.
All Attractions in Sentosa
Adventure Cove Waterpark Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa has enough fun rides and slides to satisfy the thrill seekers, and also has a range of other water-based activities for those not so fond of hurtling down huge tunnels or spirally around giant funnels in rubber rings. Whilst this waterpark offers seven different adrenalin-filled water rides, it’s their more unique attractions like Ray Bay and Rainbow Reef (that allow you to get up close and personal with over 20,000 fish), which really sets Adventure Cove Waterpark apart from the rest of Sentosa’s never ending list of attractions. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 Daily
- Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore
- Tel: +65 (0) 6577 8888
During the day there is simply a large, plain-looking box sitting in the water, but at night the birds wind out of their slumber to perform a courtly dance of love. The premise is simple, the blue crane and the pink crane fall for each other - but there is still something magical about this performance, which happens on Thursday to Monday and public holidays from 21:00. Flashes of light and dramatic music accompany the performance as the large steel structures move gracefully through the night sky; and their chests are emblazoned with large screens that add an extra dimension to the story, which ends with the cranes flying away into the night. It makes a great end to a day at Sentosa theme park. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Thu - Sun and Public Holidays 21:00
- Location: To the left hand side near the entrance to the Island
Images of Singapore
Located at Imbiah Lookout on Sentosa Island, Images of Singapore is a must-visit historical museum featuring audio visual presentations showing Singaporean history and culture, focusing on its people and their lives. In an old-style warehouse format, exhibits include the period when the Malaysians rule, the arrival of the British and the post-colonialist period under Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and more. After a walk around the museum, visitors can stop by and enjoy Singapore cuisine at Tastes of Singapore @ Imbiah (+65 62 793 278). The menu includes real local dishes like nyonya lobster laksa, tandoori chicken and assorted jumbo satay.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 19:00 (Last admission 18:30)
- Address: 40 Imbiah Road, Singapore 099700
- Tel: +65 6279 3284
- Tour Available: Sentosa Island Tour (Sunset)
One of the most prominent beaches in Singapore, Palawan Beach is well-known for its Pirates of the Caribbean-style suspension bridge linking to a small island which you can walk or even swim across to. Located in the centre of the southern tip of Sentosa, Palawan Beach has fine white sand, palm trees and a few lively beach bars to keep you refreshed from mid-morning to late evening. Once on Sentosa, you can take the shuttle bus around the island to the beach, or walk.
- Location: Palawan Beach, Sentosa Island Singapore 099981
Port of the Lost Wonder
Port of the Lost Wonder is an attraction dedicated to families with young children. This Sentosa attraction lies right by the beach, features a whole host of play areas, themed slides and climbing frames, as well as plenty of restaurants and retail options to keep the adults happy. Port of the Lost Wonder organises games and activities throughout the day, both fun and educational for the kids, and also put on their highly recommended ‘Bubble Party’ on the weekends. The centre also features historical statues and artefacts dotted around referencing the fascinating history of Singapore. Port of the Lost Wonder is easy to find on Sentosa island just next to (not inside) the huge Resorts World Sentosa.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 18:30 Daily
- Address: 54 Palawan Walk Sentosa, Sentosa Island
- Tel: 1800-736 8672
The country’s first as well as biggest integrated resort spread over 49 hectares of land, Resort World Sentosa is a highly-sought-after tourist spot owned and operated by Genting Singapore Public Limited Company - a segment of Malaysia’s Genting Group. Along with its four world-class hotels, the Universal Studio that enthralls visitors with its movie-themed highlights and Marine Life Park – the world’s largest oceanarium, Resorts World Sentosa is equally commendable for its casino; the first of its kind in Singapore. Opened on 14 February 2010 on Chinese New Year, Resort World Casino is the best casino facility in Asia, offering a luxurious gaming area replete with an ensemble of table games, electronic games and slot machines. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 24 hours
- Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
- Tel: +65 6577 8888
Singapore is famous for its staggering manmade developments that have quickly turned what was just a small jungle island into a sprawling metropolis in just a matter of decades. Its beaches are no exception; the pristine white sands you see today on Sentosa’s coast are all the result of human intervention. Although technically manmade, there is nothing fake about the soft sand, which is actually imported in from nearby Malaysia. Sentosa island boasts 3.2km of the white stuff, and visitors can find plenty to do, such as lounging at one of the various beach bars (sea Sentosa nightlife), splashing around in the shallow warm sea or just finding a quiet spot underneath a palm tree with a good book for the afternoon. For the best spots, head to Tanjong, Palawan, or Siloso Beach.
Sentosa Nature Discovery
Sentosa Nature Discovery is another great activity on the Sentosa Island for both nature lovers and families with young kids. The attraction starts off on an educational note, with visitors being treated to a range of interesting galleries and interactive exhibitions; this is all a prerequisite for entering the jungle, the idea being that you will become equipped with some skills and information needed for spotting some wild life yourself. The jungle trail takes you through eight different types of habit with an abundance of different vegetation, trees and wildlife, including birds, insects - and if you’re lucky - the odd reptile. You can find Sentosa Nature Discovery located next to the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom (see above). One more important thing: entrance is free for all!
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 17:00 Daily
- Location: Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa Island, Singapore
- How to get there: via Blue Line Bus or the Green Line Bus services
Sentosa Golf Club boasts not one, but two 18-hole golf courses, drawing in everybody from amateur golfers to the professionals. Although Singapore has numerous golf clubs dotted around the island, few rival the one found at Sentosa, both in terms of the quality of the course and its prestigious status. Those visiting Singapore without all the essential gear shouldn’t worry: Sentosa Golf Club provides all the facilities and equipment you would ever need, including buggy cars, caddies, and clubs for hire. On site, there are also locker rooms, a driving range, shops, several bars and restaurants and meeting spaces. Everything you need all conveniently in one club. Read More...
- Address: 27 Bukit Manis Road, Singapore 099892
- Tel: +65 6275 0090
Sentosa brings you the first ever luge in Southeast Asia. Part go-cart, part-toboggan, pure excitement – the luge is a fun-filled gravity ride that's safe for all ages. With a unique steering and braking system that allows you to make the ride as leisurely or as exciting as you want. Jump on the Skyline Luge Sentosa and brace yourself for a brand new island resort adventure! Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 - 21:30
- Address: 45 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099003
- Tel: +65 6274 0472
- Tour Available: Sentosa Island Tour (Afternoon)
This beach can be found on the south-western coast of Sentosa, and is well-known for being a popular picnic spot for families at the weekend, as well as hosting a range of beach sports such as volleyball, beach football and canoeing. This is probably the best-catered-for beach in Singapore, with a range of bars, restaurants, shops and hotels near the beachfront, which underwent a S$3.3 million makeover at the end of 2012.
- Location: 51 Imbiah Walk Sentosa Singapore 099538
Fans of butterflies and insects will enjoy the Butterfly & Insect Kingdom, located on Sentosa Island. It features about 3,000 species of butterflies and insects with an exhibition hall explaining their life cycle as well as an informative frame collection. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 18:30
(Last admission at 18:00)
- Remarks: 51 Imbiah Road, Singapore 099702
- Address: +65 6275 0013
Songs of the Sea
Songs of the Sea is another entertainment choice on Sentosa Island. Here, visitors will enjoy an amazing nightly 25-minute light show with high tech and dramatic effects, special computer-generated images, captivating music and stunning bursts of flame as well as a wonderful display of water jets plus a good story line. This wonderful outdoor theme show is a fun way to spend time with family and friends.
- Opening Hours: Daily 19:40 and 20:40, Additional show at 21:40pm every Sat (For the month of June)
- Location: Sentosa Island
- Tour Available: Sentosa Island Tour (Sunset)
This is arguably Singapore’s best beach for relaxing in the daytime, thanks to its slightly more secluded position on the south coast of Sentosa. This crescent-shaped hideout has shallow warm waters, fine white sand and tropical palm trees – all the essential ingredients to make for a perfect beach and help you forget it’s not actually natural. Tanjong Beach is also well-known for its parties, thrown at the popular Tanjong Beach Club, which generally happen about twice a month at night. However, this bar usually provides more relaxed vibes in the day time, with its swimming pool, sun-loungers and extensive menu of drinks.
- Location: 120 Tanjong Beach Walk Sentosa Island Singapore 098942
Tiger Sky Tower
The Tiger Sky Tower in Sentosa is Singapore’s highest viewing tower at 131 metres – the equivalent of about 50 storeys. Getting to the top is a ride in itself, as visitors must enter a cabin which gradually reaches ascends to the peak. Along the way, a running commentary details the brief but interesting history of the Sentosa Island, pointing out famous landmarks across Singapore along the way up. The views at the top are simple breathtaking; you have a 360 degree panorama across Singapore to the north and the sea and surrounding Indonesian islands in the distance to the south. Tickets are around S$15 for adults and children ride for a little cheaper.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 21:00 Daily
- Address: 33 Allanbrooke Road, Sentosa Singapore
- Tel: +65 6275 0388
This famous oceanarium offers a collection of about 2,500 marine creatures from 250 species as well as a popular dolphin show. One of its highlights is the walk-through tunnel which makes one really feel like being underwater. Among the interesting marine life are colourful tropical fishes, sharks, dugongs, rays and giant crabs. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 - 19:00 (last entry 18:30)
Fish Reflexology 10:00 - 19:00 (last appointment at 18:15)
- Address: 80 Siloso Road, Sentosa, Singapore 098969
- Tel: +65 6275 0030
- Tour Available: Sentosa Island Tour
The latest addition to Singapore’s attractions is Universal Studios. Opened in March 2010, it has seven themed sections with countless rides and shows, all related to major hit movies. The park is part of the US$4.5 billion Resorts World Sentosa Development. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: On Sentosa Island, south of the main Singapore Island
- Address: 11 Sentosa East Mall, Singapore 099054
- Tel: +65 6577 8888
- Tour Available: Universal Studios Singapore