There are a lot of reasons why Singapore is such a lovely travel destination but a major one would be the Sentosa island – one of the top attractions of Singapore. Known for its leisure attractions, divine beaches and beautiful landscapes, Sentosa Island is surely going to give you a breath-taking experience. With over 20 million tourists visiting the place each year, it calls for one of the most visited tourist destinations when it comes to holidays. The most interesting thing about it is –
It is HUGE!!
Point to be noted. I personally haven’t been to Disneyland so I can say for sure that this is by far the biggest amusement park I’ve seen or rather a whole damn amusement island or whatever it categorises into. I believe it deserves a category of its own. Because here’s the kicker –
#TravelTip: Sentosa is so huge that it takes 3 – 4 days just to explore the entire island of Sentosa. So plan your Singapore trip accordingly.
That is, if you intend to visit every part of the island. Which I’d say is very much worth it. I made the mistake of visiting Singapore only for 3 days; out of which 2 were spent in Sentosa. So I couldn’t fully explore either the city or the island.
It takes about an hour to drive down to Sentosa from the main city. So a corollary of the above travel tip, if it hasn’t already occurred to you,
#TravelTip: If you intend to cover most of Sentosa for 3-4 days, just stay in a resort in Sentosa instead of the city.
That will be a bit more expensive but will save you an hours drive down to the island each day.
What you can see and do in Sentosa
How about experiencing thrilling marine life and water slides both at the same time? Adventure Cove Waterpark offers you with speedy water slides, river drifts, snorkelling over pretty reefs and fishes and even facing sharks! If you love having fun in the water, visit this place with friends and family to experience a water life that you might not have experienced in the past!
Buy tickets to Adventure cove park here.
Giving around 4 million people the adrenaline rush they’ve never had before, the one and only bungee jumping tower of Singapore is in Sentosa. At a height of 50 m above Siloso Beach, the tower also has a sky bridge on which you can walk for 40 m and see various attractions.
The sky bridge also features Paulaner Sundowner Deck which you can visit to view beautiful sunsets. If you want to experience thrilling adventures from the tower, you get a choice to either drop and swoop on Giant Swing, or gather your guts and go for the bungee jump of 47 m. You must not miss a chance to visit this place if you want to have a thrilling experience of your life.
Sentosa Nature Discovery
Love to admire tropical flora and fauna and are fascinated about it? You can visit Sentosa Nature Discovery to gain hands-on knowledge and journey about various species by interacting with the interactive gallery. You get a chance to brush up your skills by conducting scientific enquiries about different floral species. Further, you can view the wildlife and native trees of South East Asia and Singapore. Relax your mind and roam around the place discovering mesmerising and beautiful floral species.
Also read: 9 off-beat things to do in Singapore
If you love to experience the life undersea with reefs and creatures moving around with you, make sure that you take a trip to the S.E.A Aquarium, which is amongst the biggest oceanariums in the world. With over 100,000 marine animals, this attraction lets you experience life under the sea and come across some interesting creatures. This one-time experience calls for a definite visit to the place if you wish to enjoy marine life!
#TravelTip: To fully enjoy this beautiful ocean world, set aside at least a 4-5 hours in your itinerary.
Universal Studios is a section of the island which has a Hollywood theme style amusement park. You can experience exciting rides and shows based on your favourite movies and TV series! Sounds interesting, right? It definitely is!
#TravelTip: It takes atleast 1 entire day to explore the whole Universal Studios
Universal Studios has themed attractions that are movie-based and lets you experience a world of enlightenment. You’d feel that the big silver screen has come to life when you experience different attractions from the 7 different zones –
- New York
- Lost World
- Ancient Egypt
- Far Far Away
#PersonalTravelTip: This section has the two most amazing rides that I have enjoyed till date – one is in Ancient Egypt and another one in Sci-Fi.
The Sci-Fi one is a super crazy ride. You’ll know it when you see it.
#AnotherTravelTipCozILoveRides: If you’re the faint-hearted type, then stick to the rides in Madagascar and Far Far Away, daredevils head for the above ones.
Click here to buy Universal Studios 1-day pass.
There are long queues at each of the rides and if you’d want to skip waiting, you can also buy an express pass here.
Have you ever wished or dreamt of being a superhero that can fly high? You can fulfil that dream of yours by visiting iFly Singapore. It is the largest wind tunnel in the world when it comes to indoor skydiving. You can enjoy the panorama of Siloso Beach and the South China Sea since the tunnel is 18 feet tall and made of acrylic glass walls. A technology called state of the art enables you to experience a free fall by lending you wings. Worry not even if you’re a trying it for the first time. Professional trainers will be there to provide you with all the necessary guidance. But this is a lifetime experience which you might want to try and what other place than iFly is the best option!
Sentosa 4D Adventure Land
Sentosa 4D Adventure Land is home to fast, thrilling and exhilarating adventures that will take your breath away. Ranging from virtual roller coasters to simulation riding, you can find all sorts of adventures here. You get to choose from different activities that you want to go for and experience the madness. Don’t forget to visit the place for loads of excitement and fun!
Children can be who they always dreamt to be here at KidZania. Kids experience many role-play activities where they get to experience amazing real-life experiences. KidZania is a small city for kids where your children can learn and grow. The theme-based children park allows your kids to become a chef, pilot or even a surgeon! Sounds interesting right? Don’t forget to take your kids to KidZania when you visit Sentosa and let them live the life of their dreams!
Madame Tussauds is one of the most famous attractions for celebrity wax statues. This one has quite a good collection of celebrities. You can also experience racing in virtual reality and take the spotlight alongside your favourite legend from Hollywood, Bollywood, and many more! But hey, Madame Tussauds is not just limited to these, there’s so much more! Go find it out yourself by not skipping to visit the place!
Want to interact and play with dolphins? Dolphin Island makes for the perfect place if you want to learn more about dolphins and marine life. The programs at the island allow you to interact with dolphins from Indo-Pacific and understand their behaviour via engagement learning. The hosts and trainers will be ready to serve you with their knowledge about dolphins and marine life. The best thing about this place is that you actually get to play with dolphins and be with them in the water! It’s super fun!
Finish your day with this is an excellent laser show. A wonderful spectacle of lights, fireworks, water jets and colours weaved together with a nice story. Don’t miss this one, I personally recommend it. Checkout the video below to get a glimpse of the show.
Staying in Sentosa
Indulge yourself with one of the most luxurious places to stay in Sentosa, Capella Singapore. From around 112 luxury rooms, suites and villas, the massive 30-acre resort allow you to live luxury to the fullest. However, the charges can be as high as INR 50k/night.
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Shopping in Sentosa
For all the shopping freaks, Sentosa has a Resorts World that is home to more than 45 different luxury brands spread across various retail shops. And not only this but also many more brands and shops await you at the island.
Dining in Sentosa
CURATE is a place in Sentosa where food meets artistry. Benjamin Halat, one of their finest chefs presents before you creative and artistic dishes inspired by the modern creations of Europe! Singapore Tourism Awards 2018 has recognised CURATE as one of the finest in the nation. See the creativity being served on your plate and get amazed by the artistic mind of the chef!
I hope that list was enough to put Sentosa on your bucket list. Sentosa is one of the places where I’ve had the most fun. I intend to go there sometime next year again since I feel simply one visit here is not enough. But if you’re already impatient, pack up your bags, grab your passports and head to the world full of excitement and adventures!