Sentosa, Singapore’s Island Backyard

Located at the southern-most part of Singapore, Sentosa Island stands at a mere 465 hectares, yet it has much more to offer than meets the eye. Beyond the typical notion of endless sun, fine white sand and crystal clear waters, what completes an enchanting Sentosa experience its plentitude of activities, performances and interesting sites, all for you to enjoy in an island resort fashion.

Photo credits - Roro Fernandez

Photo credits - Roro Fernandez

Adventure

Hosting the first-ever night luge ride in Southeast Asia, the Sentosa Luge and Skyride bring you to the top with a stunning panoramic day or night view of the entire island while you journey up the hill via the Skyride. After which, prepare for an adrenaline rush as you rocket 650 meters down the colorfully and brightly lit track with simple steering and braking luge carts safe for people of all ages. Next, try out the 450-meter long and 70-meter high flying fox that whizzes you through the jungle, right over the sandy beaches, across the sea and finally landing at an islet off Siloso Beach.

Photo credits - shaun wong

Photo credits - shaun wong

Historic Sites

Having gone through the World War II, the island still houses remnants of its painful past at the preserved Fort Siloso. Go through the tunnels built more than half a century ago with life-size figurines and exhibits that spiral you back in time. Out in the opens, an array of authentic 17th century guns and cannons are on display, much to the fancy of many.

If being out in the sun is getting too much to bear, head over to The Images Of Singapore, an indoor one-stop-know-it-all spot for tourists to get a quick understanding of the culture, tradition and history of Singapore. Check out the variety of local cuisines and bring home a couple of souvenirs to round up an encompassing experience to the heart of Singapore.

Photo credits - Reggie Wan

Photo credits - Reggie Wan

Beaches

There are three beaches in Sentosa each offering a different kind of seaside indulgence. The most popular Siloso Beach is home to beach volleyball lovers, especially on weekends where the entire vicinity is flooded with bikini babes and beach hunks. There are bars and bistros situated along the beach, including the much-known Cafe Del Mar coming alive in the evening as the music booms much louder, sparking up the nightlife.

Walk further down the coastline to Palawan Beach and find yourself at the southern-most point of the Asia Continent. Connected by a suspension bridge across the waters, this little off-shore island hardly more than a kilometer wide (in estimation) is also the closest point to the equator! Tanjong beach is located furthest away from the heart of the beach, but ideal for those who seek peace and tranquil leisure. With fewer crowds, Tanjong Beach is the perfect place to get away from the clutter and noise while staying close within 10 minutes walk from where the actions are.

Photo credits - royster00

Photo credits - royster00

Live Shows and Performances

Kids are always wildly enticed and adults much entertained, by the live shows available daily on the island. There is the Animal and Bird Encounter where visitors get up close and personal, some even get a chance to come face-to-face with our pig-tailed macaques, parrots, eagle, python, hawks and Siberian husky friends.

There is also the Dolphin Lagoon to visit the highly intelligent Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins (also known as Pink Dolphin for their pinkish skin color). When night falls, be sure to grab your tickets for the land-and-water laser show, Songs of the Sea. With a stage built on waters and audience close to the shoreline, the laser effects and fireworks coupled with impressive performances by the artists left many with two thumbs-up.

About the Author. Michelle Lee. There is an idea behind every writing, and magic in bringing words to life. For Michelle, words create worlds beyond ours. A writer based in Singapore, Michelle seeks to inspire thoughts, ignite emotions, and explore the unfounded as much as boundaries can be ventured into. Her inspirations spiral from overseas escapades filled with wild diversities of culture and traditions. “Abandoning responsibilities, work and the hustles of life to a place where everything is fresh, new and alienated. That, is sheer fascination.”

Comments

5 Comments on "Sentosa, Singapore’s Island Backyard"

  1. Nomadic Matt on Thu, 10th Sep 2009 12:31 pm 

    I love sentosa. It’s so much fun to go to. Not what you expect in typical “strict singapore”

  2. Kim on Thu, 5th Nov 2009 1:09 am 

    Matt, I disagree – it is exactly what I’d expect in Singapore. Plastic, organised fun. There was an article in the local press on how much money it costs them each year to ensure that the beach sand is light and fluffy.

    Sentosa is not for everyone. If you like Disneyland then you’ll enjoy it, if not take another exit from the MRT and go to Mount Faber and the Hendersen Waves bridge.

  3. Sihol Edison Sitorus on Tue, 14th Dec 2010 7:25 am 

    Where I can get a travel agent to see the Sentosa ?

  4. Avijit Paul on Wed, 29th Jun 2011 11:22 am 

    owo its too sweet place and too much beautiful.Request to all people to visite Sentosa Island,Singapore

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