Sentosa Island is where the locals and tourists go to play in Singapore. The island is only a 15 minute train ride from downtown. The island which was once known as Pulau Belakang Mati ‘ the Island After Death’ in Malay has over the years had so many facelifts to help it be resculptured and rebranded to become one big tourist attraction.
It is hard to imagine what the island used to be like before the likes of a casino, a shopping mall, multiple resorts and a Universal Studio theme park took prime land on the island.
Sentosa Island though can be quite expensive for a family as each attraction has a fee. You can have fun at Sentosa or you can be taken for a ride. The attractions below are the ones that we recommend for the family.
The latest main attraction to Sentosa Island is Universal Studios. An action packed movie theme park with attractions over seven zones. The park features attractions for the little ones in Far Far Awayland and Madagascar to the exhilarating rides for the older children in Ancient Egypt, as you plunge into total darkness on the indoor rollercoaster, The Revenge of the Mummies. In Sci Fi City, you will join transformers in the battle between Transformers and Decepticons in the fight against good and evil, on this thrilling 3D ride.
There are enough shows to keep everyone entertained and ends with the nightly fire works display.
If you choose to go to Universal Studios then this will probably be the only place you will have time to visit on Sentosa Island, unless you choose to stay over night at one of the resorts on the island.
One day pass
Adult 13-59 $74
Child 4-12 $54
Senior 60+ $36
Sentosa Skyline Luge and Skyride
Sentosa skyline luge is part go-kart, part toboggan, steer yourself down the 650 metre track as it veers down the steep hill. If you’re after more excitement then try ‘The Dragon Trail’ with tighter curves. This track is 688 metres of fun. Riders are instructed how to control the luge before setting off. Fun for all the family the little ones can ride with parents while the older ones can drive by themselves.
Unfortunately this is paired with the Skyride, which is a chairlift offering views of the surrounding area of Sentosa Island.
Underwater World was the prize attraction on the island before Universal Studios came. It has more than 2500 marine animals. It starts with a hands on touch and feel exhibit, giving children the chance to touch aquatic sea life. There is also an 83 metre tunnel which you can look at an array of marine life including coral reefs, sting rays, moray eels, turtles and sharks.
Underwater world also gives you the opportunity to dive with sharks, dugongs or swim with dolphins. These programs come with an additional charge.
Sentosa Island Beaches
Sentosa Island has over 3 kilometres of beach with Palawan beach, Tanjong beach and the most well known Siloso beach. The white sandy beach is a perfect spot to laze around, play in the sand or play beach volleyball. The island has had sand shipped in from Australia to form the artificial beach. The water is not the cleanest due to ships, cargo carriers, oil rigs passing through the ocean, which you can see from the beach. The water is still swimable and a pleasant escape from the heat of Singapaore.
The Crane Dance
Sentosa Island has another light show but why pay money when you can see the love story between a pair of magical mechanical cranes and how their love for each other transforms them into real birds. Using visual technologies, astounding light and water affects be awed by the cranes graceful courtship ritual. Shows start at 9pm.
Have you been to Sentosa Island ? What attractions would you recommend? Our readers would love to hear your experience.