Things to Do on Sentosa Island, Singapore

Things to Do on Sentosa Island, Singapore
Sentosa Island sits directly off the south coast of Singapore, and has been developed into what is essentially a great big theme park. Its location and pleasant beaches make it a natural for a recreational area. It is most easily reached from the Harbour Front Metro Station, which connects to the Sentosa Express monorail.
 

The Beach

Sentosa's two miles of sheltered beaches are likely the original reason the island became a recreational destination, and remains popular among the locals. These beaches are Palawan Beach, Siloso Beach and Tanjong Beach. Sea kayaks are available for rent, and beach soccer and volleyball facilities are available.

 
 

Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom

Open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. every day, this is an interesting opportunity to not just see, but to also handle everything from giant beetles to scorpions.

Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom
51 and 51A Cable Car Road
Sentosa, 099702/3
00 (+65) 62750013

Underwater World

A wildlife counterpart to the Insect Kingdom is Underwater World. As can be expected from Singapore's tropical location, this is a first-rate aquarium, with the special treat of a "swim with the dolphins" program. There are also dive with the sharks and dive with the dugong opportunities.

Underwater World Singapore
80 Siloso Road
Sentosa
00 (+65) 6275-0030

Island Strolling

Of interest to history buffs are the World War Two era gun emplacements of Fort Siloso and Mount Imbiah. When the British surrendered the island, most of the prisoners were later sent to Thailand and employed in building the infamous railway that served as the basis for the film "Bridge Over the River Kwai."

Other Islands

Also, there are other Singaporean islands near Sentosa. These offer better nature walking opportunities and quieter, less developed beaches. For outdoor activities, St. John's Island, Sisters' Islands and Pulau (island) Hantu are the best option. All three allow for overnight stays, and Pulau Hantu has a campground. All three are great for snorkeling, scuba diving or renting a sailboat.

 

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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