Sentosa island, just 15 minutes from the main city, is filled with attractions, theme parks, luxury resorts, beaches, clubs and family friendly events. With all major attractions within a short distance, its the perfect location for visitors who want to see (almost) everything Singapore has to offer.
Getting to Sentosa Island
To reach Sentosa Island, you need to go to Vivocity shopping center first. Here are a few options.
- MRT (best option) – On the North East line or Circle line, get off at HarbourFront Station. You can then take the Sentosa Express or go to the Sentosa Boardwalk.
- Bus – The bus numbers that will stop at Vivocity include 65, 80, 93, 188, 855, 10, 30, 97, 100, 131, 143, 145, 166.
- Taxi – Taxis are still quite cheap in Singapore, but there is a surcharge when you go directly into Sentosa Island. Taxis are charged $2-$6 depending on seasonality and time of the day.
- Walk – Opened daily 24hrs ($1 per person). The Sentosa Boardwalk was created for those who want to enjoy a leisurely stroll to Sentosa. Its an approximate 15 minute walk from Vivocity to Sentosa.
- Sentosa Express – Opened 7am-midnight ($4 per person). Catch the Sentosa express and get off at any stop. Once you’re inside, you can go back and forth within Waterfront & Beach station as much as you want. Islanders and hotel guests can travel for free.
- Cable Car – Opened 8:45am-10pm daily (adults $26,child $15). You can catch the cable car from Mount Faber Station or HarbourFront Station. This will take you to the cable car’s Sentosa Station which is located at Imbiah Lookout.
Getting Around Sentosa Island
Most public transports within Sentosa is free. Convenient options include Sentosa Buses, Sentosa Express, beach trams and Play Rider (which is exclusive to hotel guests & islanders).
Sentosa Bus 1 – 7am-10:30pm Sunday-Friday; 7am-midnight Saturday. Come every 10 minutes.
Sentosa Bus 2 – 9am-10:30pm daily. Comes every 10 minutes
Sentosa Bus 3 – 8am-10:30pm daily. Comes every 30 minutes.
Beach Trams – 9am-10:30pm Sunday-Friday; 9am-midnight Saturday. The beach tram may temporarily stop running from 7:30pm if Songs of the Sea is overcrowded.
Play Rider – This bus is exclusive to hotel guests on the island. You must present your hotel keycard or hotel complementary pass. Buses come every 45 minutes.
Entrance to Sentosa Island (Sentosa Station)
- Vivo City – Huge Shopping Center. Come here for some shopping therapy if you’ve had enough of Sentosa attractions. Right near the Sentosa station entrance is a huge hawker food court
Attractions in Resorts World (Waterfront Station)
- Adventure Cove Waterpark – Water theme park full of slippery slides and other water activities. It’s always humid in Singapore so you can’t go wrong whichever day you choose.
- S.E.A Aquarium – A tonne of fish in the largest fish tank in the world. Other ocean exhibits are also beautifully maintained with literally thousands of specimens.
- The Maritime Experiential Museum – A look at Singapore’s maritime history. This unique museum is at the same location as SEA Aquarium so you’ll be able to see both attractions in one go.
- Universal Studios – Thrilling rides and shows based on popular hollywood movies. A absolute must visit for everyone visiting Singapore. Be warned, it will be crowded.
- Lake of Dreams – A spectacular free show of fire, light and water outside Universal Studios. A great way to cool off and relax at the end of the day.
- Crance Dance – Another free show with light and visual effects on giant metallic cranes. This is located outside SEA Aquarium.
Attractions near Imbiah Lookout (Imbiah Station)
- The Merlion – Half mermaid, half lion, this Singapore icon is the first attraction you’ll see at Imbiah Station. Leanr about this iconic mascot and scale to the top for spectacular views of Sentosa.
- Images of Singapore – A journey through the history of Singapore through life size scenes. Perfect for young kids who hate reading!
- Tiger Sky Tower – Get a 360 degree view of Sentosa in this rising tower. It’s a short rotating trip to the top where you can see the rest of Sentosa. A different view compared to Merlion.
- Singapore Cable Car – A cable care ride between Sentosa and mainland Singapore. You’ll even get a chance to see some dolphins jumping around behind the scenes at Adventure Cove Waterpark.
- Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom – Nursery filled with butterflies, insects and animal exhibits.
- Sentosa Nature Discovery – A bushwalk for visitors to explore Sentosa wildlife and plants. Get away from all the noise of nightclubs, theme parks and other festivities on the island.
- Sentosa 4D Adventureland – 3 virtual reality rides with 4D effects. It’s a short wait for each ride and you should be able to experience all adventures within an hour.
- Skyline Luge – Ride down a hill on a half toboggan, half go-cart vehicle. Enjoy the natural surroundings while you stroll down one of Sentosa’s hills.
- Megazip Adventure Park – Test your wits on various obstacle courses.
Attractions near Sentosa Beaches (Beach Station)
- Animal & Bird Encounters – Daily programmes at the Palawan Amphitheatre for close encounters and photo opportunities with parrots, monkeys & reptiles.
- Gogreen Cycle & Explorer – Hire a bicycle and explore the beaches of Sentosa.
- Gogreen Segway & Eco Adventure – Learn how to ride a segway before strolling on this unique transporter.
- iFly Singapore – Experience skydiving in a wind tunnel. It’s one of the more expensive thrills but definitely worth it.
- Port of Lost Wonder – Water playground for the kids. Your children could easily spend hours playing here while you sit and relax in the sun.
- Light show – A colorful light and water display that runs for about 30 minutes at night. Each season there’s a new show so you’ll definitely have to come back if you’re planning more trips to Sentosa in the future.
- Wave House & SeaBreeze Water Sports – Learn how to surf at Wavew House or pick a ride on SeaBreeze Water Sports including kayaking, paddle boards, fun boats and much more.
There are 3 main beaches on Sentosa Island, all patrolled by life guards:
- Palawan Beach – More suited for families with kids, you will find the Port of Lost Wonder where the kids can play, while the adults can enjoy a leisurely walk on a suspension bridge to the Southernmost point of Asia.
- Tanjong Beach – A relatively quieter area, couples can enjoy a quite stroll along this stretch of sand.
- Silosa Beach – Being closer to night clubs and bars, this are is more suited for young adults. Volleyball courts are available at a first in first serve basis and Wave House is also nearby for those who want to enjoy more thrilling activities.
There are always special events or themed occasions on Sentosa Island. Get the latest news from their official events page.
For those who love their golf and need to get away from the crazy city life, there’s a world class golf course situated near Tanjong Beach. For more information, you can visit their official site http://www.sentosagolf.com