The island where the fun never stops!
I am still quite shocked, actually gobsmacked to think that before we came to Singapore for the first time back in February people said to us “ooh 10 days in Singapore is too long, you’ll be bored” WRONG, Singapore and bored are not two words I would put together! When we left after 10 fun packed days we felt that we hadn’t even touched the surface and with Cameron and I both absolutely loving it here we couldn’t wait to come back.
We didn’t know back then that we would be back so soon, but with the earthquake hitting Bali when we were there and locals predicting further quakes and even Tsunamis I decided that I wasn’t prepared to take the risk and hence changed our travel plans to fly to Singapore for 8 days.
This time we decided to stay on Sentosa Island, as we only discovered this little gem on our last day here before and desperately wished we had found it sooner.
There is a lot of history and culture to be found on ‘mainland’ Singapore, you won’t find that on Sentosa but what you will find is fun, fun, fun in abundance, oh and did I mention beautiful beaches!
The Island was once used as a British Military Base and then a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp during the Japanese occupation of Singapore (1942-45) . In 1969 a contest was launched to re-name the island and Sentosa, meaning ‘tranquility’ became the winning entry. In 1972 it was officially renamed as ‘Sentosa’ and plans began to turn it into a tourist destination. In the 1990’s a further $750 million was invested to add even more attractions and infrastructure to make Sentosa what it is today.
Sentosa is now home to 14 hotels, numerous food & drink outlets, and basically just endless fun!
Sentosa’s biggest attraction is of course:
but other attractions include:
Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom
The Luge (imagine basically being taken up the hillside in a panoramic chair lift and whizzing down again in a luge which is similar go-cart!)
And if you have some time to spare in the evenings then don’t miss Wings of Time, the spectacular lights, water & firework show, set against the open sea. A truly multi-sensory presentation not to be missed.
Tickets for all Sentosa attractions may be purchased individually, but if you are looking to maximise your fun with multiple activities then you may want to consider purchasing a SENTOSA FUN PASS for maximum savings.
Sentosa is watched over by the iconic ‘Merlion’ a 37 meter tall mythical creature (which as the name implies is a cross between a lion and a mermaid) who guards the prosperity of Singapore. If you fancy it then you can take a trip right up into its jaws and the crown of its head behind the mane for spectacular views over Sentosa and Singapore.
There are many ways you can get to Sentosa from ‘mainland’ Singapore, car, bus, MRT (Subway), or The Sentosa Express Monorail which runs every few minutes.
However if you fancy something just a little more adventurous, then glide across the water on the Singapore Cable Car.
However you choose to get to Sentosa make sure you include ‘at least’ one day there during your stay in Singapore. If you are like us though, once you have spent one day there then you will just have to go back for more!