THERE’S NEVER A DULL MOMENT ON SENTOSA ISLAND

By LINDA JAMES | Updated June 15, 2023 | AREA GUIDES

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I had imagined some glitzy island, theme-park resort with beautiful beaches and seaside cafes when I first read about Sentosa Island but it did not quite live up to the picture I had in my mind. True, it has a stack of resorts and the theme park as well as a host of other activities that have been developed alongside it.

However, when you look out from its three beaches and view the massive container ships moored in the water, it loses a little of its “resort” feel. The beaches, too, are a little lacking if you’re thinking of a Bondi or, even, Cinque Terre feel.

That said, it is home to one of only two Universal Studios in Asia (the other being in Tokyo) so that does give it a bit of clout and it’s a very popular place to go if you have kids.

Getting There

The island itself is joined to Singapore via a causeway, which cost $S117 million to build. so you can drive there or even walk! The Sentosa Boardwalk is near VivoCity mall’s waterfront promenade. It features five tropical landscapes that are indigenous to Singapore and has a host of lookout points so you can enjoy the sunset. You might even catch a cruise liner arriving.

The main way tourists get there, though, is the Singapore Cable Car or the Sentosa Express. The former gives you a fantastic view of Singapore’s skyline, the harbour, and Sentosa island.

For either, take the North-East or Circle lines to HarbourFront MRT and take Exit B to HarbourFront Centre. For the cable car, follow the signs to the Singapore Cable Car station at Harbourfront Tower II. For the Sentosa Express, go to the 3rd level of VivoCity shopping mall (Lobby L).

You can buy individual tickets to the attractions but there’s also a Fun Pass where you buy tokens according to the attractions you want to see. You can also use them to buy food and beverages and you can top them up at various ticketing counters. It can also include entry to Universal Studios.

The transport system on Sentosa is excellent with free bus and beach shuttles that run around the island to and from the various cable car and Sentosa express stations.

Cost: 60 token Fun Pass $S60, 90 token $S90 (includes 5 free tokens); 120 token (includes 10 free tokens) $S120
Getting there: Sentosa Express – take the North-East or Circle line to HarbourFront station, take Exit E to VivoCity and go to level 3 to board the Sentosa Express; cable car - walk to Exit B in HarbourFront train station. Follow the directional signs leading to Singapore Cable Car station at HarbourFront Tower ll.
More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/

What to See & Do

Adventure Cove Water Park

This is an all-day activity with rides, slides and the Rainbow Reef, which has 20,000 tropical fish. There are sting ray close encounters at Ray Bay between 11am and 3pm for an extra $S18 for adults and $S16 for children, who must be at least 5 years old and 107cm. Adventure River takes you through a jungle, a grotto and an underwater tunnel. If you’re short on time, buy a skip the line pass for $S15.

For younger children, who don’t meet the height restrictions, there’s a wet maze and something called Seahorse Hideaway, which has a wading pool with water fountains.

Cabanas can also be hired and include locker hire and some other perks. Prices vary according to where they are. Cabanas at Bluwater Bay cost $S108 for 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm or $S166 for the whole day.

Address: Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway
Open: Friday to Sunday 10am-5pm
Cost: One-day ticket is $S38 adults 13-59 and $S30 for 4-12yrs. Online prices for residents are $S32 and $S24. 
Getting there: Sentosa Express – get off at Resorts World Station, walk to the Merlion statuette, past the Candylicious store on the left, keep left and cross a small bridge to arrive at the Maritime Experiential Museum. Follow the signs to Adventure Cove Waterpark. 
Cable car – disembark at Imbiah station. Take the Sentosa Express and get off at Resorts World station. Directions as above
More information: www.rwsentosa.com/attractions/adventure-cove-waterpark

Beaches

The three man-made beaches – Palawan, Siloso and Tanjong – are open daily until 10pm. Visitors need to book timeslot on the weekends either 8am-1pm or 2pm-7pm because of Covid.

The activities at Palawan are aimed for children so it’s very family-friendly. This is where you’ll find the suspension bridge to continental Asia’s southernmost point.

More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/palawan-beach/

If you’re kids are older or you like a little action, then go to Siloso, however, it’s also the busiest with Mega Adventure Park, iFly Singapore, water jetpacking at Ola Beach Club and bungee jumping at AJ Hacketts.

More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/siloso-beach/

Tanjong is very tranquil and is where you’ll find the very hip Tanjong Beach Club so it’s really geared more towards adults. More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/tanjong-beach/

Cost: all of the beaches are free but many activities are not
Getting there: For all of the beaches take the beach shuttle from Beach Station (accessible for either Sentosa Express or public bus) to the beach you want

Dolphin Island

You can buy a range of “experiences” here from the Dolphin Discovery where you get into the water with Indo-Pacific Bottlenose dolphins to the Dolphin Encounter where you’re out of the water.

Open: Saturday to Tuesday 10am-5pm
Cost: Dolphin Discovery - $S90, Encounter - $S35 and observer (for those accompanying but not participating) $S20
Getting there: Sentosa Express – get off at Resorts World Station, walk to the Merlion statuette, past the Candylicious store on the left, keep left and cross a small bridge to arrive at the Maritime Experiential Museum. Follow the signs to Adventure Cove Waterpark. Dolphin Island is within the waterpark.
Cable car – disembark at Imbiah station. Take the Sentosa Express and get off at Resorts World station. Directions as above
More information: https://www.rwsentosa.com/en/attractions/dolphin-island

Fort Siloso

This fort was part of Singapore’s defences during WWII and the museum has a collection of memorabilia. 

Open: Fort Siloso and Surrender Chambers 9am-6pm, exhibits open 10am
Cost: free
Getting there: From Beach Station get Sentosa Bus A, C or the Beach Shuttle to Siloso Point.
More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/fort-siloso/

Fort Siloso Skywalk

This treetop walk, which is 11 storeys high and 181m long, is on the way to Fort Siloso.

Open: Daily
Cost: free
Getting there: From Beach Station get Sentosa Bus A, C or the Beach Shuttle to Siloso Point.
More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/fort-siloso-skywalk/

GoGreen Cycle

Although the transport on Sentosa is excellent, if you fancy a dyi cycling tour, hire the GoGreen rental bikes. There’s a free map that will help you plot your journey. They’re at the Segway® Eco Adventure counter at Beach Station and at Segway Eco Adventure at Siloso Beach.

Open: Daily 10am-7.30pm
Cost: $S15 for 1hr or $S18 for 2hrs
Getting there: Hire one at Beach Station or take the beach shuttle to Gogreen Segway Eco Adventure at Siloso
More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/gogreen-cycle/

GoGreen Segway @ Eco Adventure

Your other option is to hire a Segway. There are two options available: a 30-minute trip exploring Palawan and Siloso beaches or a quick 800m Fun Ride.

Cost: Funride $S25 a person
Open: Daily 10am-7.30pm
Getting there: Hire one at Beach Station or take the beach shuttle to Gogreen Segway Eco Adventure at Siloso
More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/gogreen-segway-eco-adventure/

HeadRock VR

Choose from 8 extreme attractions like standing on the edge of a high-rise building, dodging crazed zombies or travelling into the depths of a jungle. There’s also an interactive media indoor playground called Hello My Dino for younger kids.

Address: 80 Siloso Rd 
Open: Daily 11am-7pm
Cost: Hello My Dino! (1 adult and 1 child $S30
Getting there: Take the beach shuttle to Siloso Point
More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/headrock-vr/

Hydrodash

Challenge your friends and family to complete this floating water park of obstacles in record time! It’s also a good way to cool off.

Open: weekdays noon–6pm, weekends, public and school holidays 10am–7pm
Cost: 5-6yrs, 1 hour, includes 1 adult ticket and access to kids area in zone 1,
$S13; 7yrs and above, 1 hour, includes access the open section in zones 2,3,4
$S18
Getting there: Get the beach shuttle to Palawan Beach 
More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/hydrodash/

Ifly Singapore

Try parachuting the safer way – in a massive indoor wind tunnel. You need to be there an hour before your scheduled “jump” for pre-flight training. 

Address: #01-01 43 Siloso Beach Walk 
Open: Daily 10am-9.30pm
Cost: Range of packages but the Challenge is $S109 if you book two days in advance and even cheaper at $S89 if you go off peak
Getting there: a short walk from Beach Station

Madame Tussauds Singapore

Take a selfie with Cristiano Ronaldo or Lady Gaga, visit the Marvel Universe 4D Cinema and have a VR Racing Experience.

Open: Thursday to Monday 10am-6pm
Cost: adults $S30, children 3-12yrs inclusive $S18
Getting there: Sentosa Express, get off at Imbiah Station, public bus 123 to Village Hotel, cable car to Imbiah Station
More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/madame-tussauds-singapore/

Magical Shores

Check out Siloso Beach at dusk when there’s a light and sound show that turns it into a kaleidoscope of colour and music. Make sure you book beforehand because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Open: Session 1 7.30pm-8.45pm, session 2 9pm to 10.15pm
Cost: free
Getting there: Take the beach shuttle to Sentosa Beach 
More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/magical-shores/

Mega Adventure Park

This has 36-obstacle treetop rides and a 450m MegaZip. There’s also MegaBounce, a bungee trampoline, and MegaJump, a parachute simulator.

Address: Sentosa Beach or Imbiah Lookout counter
Open: Monday to Sunday 11am-6pm
Cost: Individual prices from $S15 with a combo, zip, jump and climb ticket for $S75.
Getting there: Take the Sentosa beach shuttle, get off at the 3rd stop or take the cable car to the Imbiah Station. 
More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/mega-adventure-park/

Nestopia

This indoor centre has 17 play sections with obstacle courses that feature three giant nests 7.5m off the ground. There are also two huge slides.

Open: Wednesday to Friday 2pm-6.45pm, weekends, public and school holidays 10am-6.30pm
Cost: 1hr play $S10
Getting there: take the beach shuttle to Siloso Point
More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/nestopia/

Sentosa 4D Adventureland

There are four 4D experiences, which last about 15 to 20 minutes, including one taken from “Journey 2” – the movie starring the Rock.

Address: 51B Imbiah Rd
Open: Friday and Saturday 10am to 9pm. Sunday to Thursday 10am to 7.30pm.
Cost: a 4-in-1 combo ticket is $S39.90 for adults and $S29.90 for kids.
Getting there: take the beach shuttle or cable car to Imbiah Station
More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/sentosa-4d-adventureland/

Sentosa Nature Discovery

You might catch the endangered Magpie Robin or a variety of insect-eating plants, migratory birds and butterflies when you do this nature trail, which has interactive exhibits, sculptures and a lookout point.

Check out the Geology Gallery, which explains the formation of Singapore and Sentosa. Sentosa is similar to the main island of Hawaii and has eight different habitats including coastal rainforests, rocky seashores and wetlands.

Open: Daily 9am-5pm
Cost: free
Getting there: Take the Sentosa Express or cable car to Imbiah Station
More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/sentosa-nature-discovery/

Singapore Cable Car Sky network

Take the cable car all the way from Faber Peak to Sentosa. There’s heaps of entertainment and dining options as well as amazing views of Singapore. With six stops on Sentosa and the free buses, you can get to just about everywhere.

Open: Daily 8.45am-8.30pm
Cost: Sentosa line round tip – residents adults $S3, children $S2; others – adults $S15, children $S10
More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/singapore-cable-car-sky-network/

Skyhelix Sentosa

These open-air gondolas rotate as they go up to 79m and provide great views to the Keppel Bay area and the Southern Islands.

Open: Daily 10am–9.30pm
Cost: adults $S18, children $S15
Getting there: Take the Sentosa Express or cable car to Imbiah Station
More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/skyhelix-sentosa/

Skyline Luge Sentosa

I like this luge because you control the speed, going as fast or as slow as you like. Children need to be 6 years and over and over 110cm to ride on their own. The Skyride-Luge ticket includes the chairlift to the top and a luge down. Helmets are mandatory so take a hotel shower cap with you.

Address: 45 Siloso Beach Walk
Open: daily 10am-9.30pm
Cost: 2 luge and skyrides $S24 per person up to 5 (plus a free ride) for $S30..
Getting there: You can go to either Imbiah Station via the cable car or beach shuttle or to the Siloso Beach Counter at Beach Station
More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/skyline-luge-sentosa/

Skypark Sentosa by AJ Hackett’s

Bungee jump from the 50m Skypark Sentosa Bungy tower or take the Giant Swing and hurtle towards the beach at 120km/h. There’s also a Skybridge, a 40m walkway with see-through sections.

Cost: $S15 from skybridge, bungy jump $S89 and giant swing $S59
Getting there: take the beach shuttle to the Mega Adventure stop and walk to Sky Park by AJ Hackett.
More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/skypark-sentosa-by-aj-hackett/

S.E.A. (South East Asia) Aquarium

With more than 100,000 marine animals including sharks, clownfish, rays and seahorses, this is a popular attraction. There’s a touch pool with sea stars and cucumbers.

Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway
Open: Daily 10am-7pm
Cost: $S41 for adults 13-59 and $S30 children 4 to 12. Online prices for residents $S37 and $S27.
Getting there: Go to Resorts World Station and walk down the Sentosa Boardwalk to Resorts World Sentosa
More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/sea-aquarium/

Southernmost Point of Continental Asia

Follow the signs from Palawan Beach and take the suspension bridge to this tiny islet and you can say you’ve been to the southernmost tip of Asia. Two viewing towers provide great views of the South China Sea.

Open: daily 9am-7pm
Getting there: take the beach tram from Beach Station or walk along the beach

Trickeye @ Southside

This is like a maze of mirrors that “trick your eye”. There’s also a Rainbow Garden that anyone into Instagram will love.

Address: 80 Siloso Rd
Open: Thursday to Monday 11am-7pm
Cost: Adults 13yrs and above $S32, children 4-12yrs $S28
Getting there: Near Siloso Point Cable Car Station
More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/trickeye-at-southside/

Universal Studios

This is much smaller than the US one but it still gets very crowded on weekends with queues of up to two hours. Try to do this on a weekday (outside of school holidays) or buy an express pass to skip the line.

It’s got rollercoasters and rides like Revenge of the Mummy and 7 different zones with names such as Ancient Egypt, Sci-Fi City and New York. There are height restrictions on many rides but younger children are still catered for with rides like the Madagascar boat ride. There’s the usual meet and greet with characters on the street and shows such as Elmo’s TVTime and the Shrek 4-D Adventure.

If it rains, which is common in Singapore, rides will be closed but they do provide pass-outs so you could leave and return later.

Open: Thursday to Sunday, noon-7pm
Cost: Adults (13-59) $S81 and children (4 to 12) $S61. Online tickets for residents are $S77 and $S58. The annual passes are good value if you're planning to visit more than once. 
Getting there: Go to Resorts World Station and walk down Sentosa Boardwalk to Resorts World Sentosa
More information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/universal-studios-singapore/

Where to Stay

Luxury

The Barracks Hotel

Guests can enjoy a free 45-minute heritage tour at this former British artillery outpost, which has been outfitted with leather sofas, exposed brick, and travel relics.

Owned by Far East Hospitality, the hotel is within walking distance of two sister properties, The Outpost and The Village, which expands the list of dining options.

All guests have access to the club lounge, The Living Room, which separates the two wings of the hotel, each of which has its own swimming pool. Cocktails and canapes are provided during Happy Hour, which runs from 6-8pm each day along with other snacks and drinks throughout the day.

The 40 rooms are either premier rooms or suites.

The hotel is within walking distance of Universal Studios.

Price: from $S650
Address: 2 Gunner Lane 
Getting there: near Imbiah Sentosa Express station
More information: https://www.thebarrackshotel.com.sg/

Where to Eat & Drink

Malaysian Food Street

Be prepared to experience some excellent traditional Malaysian dishes such as Alor Setar Tom Yam, a Thai soup prawn, squid, fishball, straw mushroom, fresh tomato, lime leaves and lemongrass, fish head curry and desserts like cendol and ice kacang, black glutinous rice and sweet potato soup.

Address: Resorts World Sentosa 8 Sentosa Gateway, Waterfront, Level 1,
Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 11am–7pm, Friday to Sunday 11am–8pm, closed on Wednesdays
Getting there: near HarbourFront MRT (CC29/NE1)
More information: https://www.rwsentosa.com/en/restaurants/malaysian-food-street/overview

Conclusion

I don’t think it’s possible to have a dull moment on Sentosa Island – there’s so much to do! This is definitely the place to go if you love action and thrills!

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