Sentosa is a small island located off the southern coast of Singapore, and is connected to the mainland by road, cable car, monorail and a pedestrian boardwalk. This resort island is absolutely packed with attractions, activities, and hotels, but, if you only have a day to spend on Sentosa, here are some of the things that you definitely should not miss.
Universal Studios Singapore
If you are visiting Sentosa with children, then it is likely that a visit to Universal Studios Singapore is unavoidable. This sprawling complex has enough attractions to appeal to just about everybody, with everything from themed rides and live shows to Hollywood movie sets.
Tiger Sky Tower
The Tiger Sky Tower is the highest viewing tower in Singapore, and stands at 131 metres above sea level. Visitors enter a cabin on the ground floor, and this slowly revolves and ascends until it reaches the top. Once at the top, you will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of Sentosa and Singapore, as well as parts of Malaysia and Indonesia.
Sentosa Butterfly & Insect Kingdom
The Sentosa Butterfly & Insect Kingdom boasts over 3000 different species of insects from all around the world, all set within green, tropical surroundings. The abundance of vegetation here, plus the two waterfalls to cool the air, really adds to the experience, and you will no doubt be blown away by the colorful butterflies flitting around your head. In addition to the butterflies and other insects, you will also be able to see other animals, such as jungle parrots and a variety of different species of reptiles, including snakes and lizards.
Although Sentosa’s beaches are man-made, with the soft white sand being imported in from Malaysia, there is 3.2 kilometres of beautiful beach to be enjoyed here, an experience that cannot be had anywhere else in Singapore. Palawan Beach is one of the most popular, and is known for its suspension bridge that connects Sentosa to another tiny island. Tanjong Beach is also great, especially during the daytime, as it enjoys a more secluded location. Finally, there is Siloso Beach, which is on the south-western tip of Sentosa, and is where you will find the highest concentration of bars, hotels, restaurants and shops on the island, although the other two beaches do have plenty of facilities nearby too.
For those who want to learn more about Singapore’s history, a visit to Fort Siloso, a preserved fort, is a must. This fort has now been turned into a military-themed attraction, but still features its tunnels, barracks, ammunition bunkers and gun emplacements, as well as a collection of guns, photographs and other memorabilia that date from the 17th century to WWII.
Sentosa is home to so many different attractions that you will likely want to spend as much time here as possible. From the views from the top of the Tiger Sky Tower to the adrenaline-fuelling rides at the Universal Studios Singapore, these are just a few of the things available to do on Sentosa Island.