Sentosa is a small island in Singapore that was formerly a military base. Nowadays, however, it has many attractions, gardens and beaches and is considered a local recreation area. Sentosa has been the island’s name since 1972, which comes from the Malay and means something like “calm” or “peace”.
A day trip from Singapore to Sentosa Island
If you want to see the sights of Singapore for a few days , we can also recommend a trip to Sentosa Island. You can visit the island with many tours or on your own. In the following you will find out how to get to Sentosa Island and what you can discover and experience on site.
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Arrival to Sentosa Island
Sentosa Island is about 10 kilometers south of Singapore, but has excellent public transport connections and is therefore very easy to reach for everyone. The MRT station HarbourFront with the Vivo City Shoppingmall is the starting point to enter Sentosa Island. So take an MRT train out of the city to this station.
After that, there are several ways to get to Sentosa Island. For example, from HarbourFront MRT station, you can take the 123 bus , which will take you to the heart of the island in 15 minutes. Or you can opt for the monorail Sentosa Express . A few minutes later you are on the island for 4 SGD.
The third option would be the Sentosa Cable Car , which is definitely the most spectacular way. Here you take gondolas at a height of 60 meters from Mount Faber over to the island. You will have great views of Sentosa Island and Singapore. Cost SGD 35 round trip.
If you have time and want to save money, you can also choose the fourth option. Just walk. The Vivo City Shoppingmall is connected to Sentosa Island by a path or bridge, so you can walk across it in 10 minutes and start your tour at the Trick Eye Museum .
The SEA Aquarium is part of Sentosa Island ‘s Marine Life Park , along with Adventure Cove Waterpark . Until 2014 it was the largest aquarium in the world, but today it is still among the largest with a diversity of over 100,000 sea creatures.
Behind acrylic panes you can observe a whole range of fish and mammals. These include sharks, manta rays, jellyfish, moray eels, groupers and many more. In total there are 800 different species of animals housed in 45 million liters of water.
The SEA Aquarium is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. It only closes at 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets cost SGD 40 (approx. €26). For a few euros more, however, you can order a ticket including hotel pick-up online , which is absolutely worth it.
2. Trick Eye Museum
Sentosa Island’s Trick Eye Museum is an optical art museum. Here you can become a part of the pictures and take absolutely fantastic photos. The works of art are breathed into life, so to speak, and you sometimes stand in the middle of them.
The special thing about it is that the Trick Eye Museum is no ordinary 3D museum, but relies on its own Augmented Reality Technology (AR). In this way, you not only see an image, but also get sound, light and other effects. Tickets are available from 25 SGD on site, if you book online you save a little. Open from 10am to 9pm daily.
Things are also exciting at Universal Studios on Sentosa Island. A highlight for the whole family if you have enough time. There are many attractions and roller coasters that take you through well-known film sets or are modeled on them. These include, for example, Puss in Boots, Transformers, Jurassic Park, Madagascar and some more.
Since this is of course not all, there are numerous dining options, souvenir shops or shows. Universal Studios alone can take a whole day and is also very entertaining, especially for children.
It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Fridays, however, only until 7 p.m., but on Saturdays until 10 p.m. Day tickets start at SGD 79 for adults and SGD 59 for children. You can save a bit, for example, if you combine the tickets with a hotel pick-up .
4. Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds wax museum is originally from Amsterdam and the 7th branch in Asia has opened on Sentosa Island in Singapore. Since 2014 you can see wax figures of many stars here, which are based on the original in real size.
In addition to various stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Lewis Hamilton, Tom Cruise, Jackie Chan, you can also discover other famous personalities such as Barack Obama, Mahatma Gandhi or Nelson Mandela. Other highlights include a Marvel 4D Experience or the VR Racing Experience, in which you can compete in a race with Sebastian Vettel.
Tickets start at SGD 32 for adults. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is open daily from 10am to 6.30pm. If you also want to visit the Trick Eye Museum , there are also combination tickets that can save you money.
5. Adventure Cove Water Park
Perfect for families, but also for anyone who is looking for a cool down including exciting slides or would like to experience the sea creatures up close. Snorkeling is offered in the Adventure Cove Waterpark as well as relaxing in the swimming pools and the adrenaline rush on the slides.
Adventure Cove Waterpark is part of the Marine Life Park on Sentosa Island along with the SEA Aquarium. Open daily from 10am to 6pm with ticket prices from SGD 38 for adults and SGD 30 for children.
6. Mega Adventure
If you are looking for even more fun and adrenaline after Adventure Cove Waterpark, then don’t miss Mega Adventure Park. Some activities are offered here, such as MegaZip, a 75 meter high, 3 lane and 450 meter long zip line where you can challenge your friends to a race.
Or try the MegaClimb high ropes course, simulate a 15 meter free fall on the MegaJump, or test the huge trampolines in the MegaBounce. Prices for individual activities start at 15 SGD. You can save even more if you combine several “mega” activities. Open daily from 11am to 7pm.
The Merlion is the symbol of Singapore and you can find it at Marina Bay in front of the city skyline. There is a replica on Sentosa Island that you can see when you visit. This replica is 37 meters high and even accessible for visitors.
Open from 10am to 8pm, you can visit the inside of the Merlion for 18 SGD. In the entrance area you will be introduced to the story of Prince Sang Nila Utama , with which the legend of the Merlion is closely linked. There is also a viewing platform in the head.
The Merlion Walk, which is decorated with colorful sea creatures and leads you over 120 meters to Siloso Beach , begins directly behind the Merlion of Sentosa Island .
8. Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom
In the middle of a rainforest is the Butterfly Park and the Insect Kingdom. The park has existed since 1987 and is home to many different and, above all, exotic species of butterflies and insects. Also special is the station with the cocoons, where you can watch how new butterflies see the light of day.
Sometimes you can also see parrots or turtles and various shows are also offered. Every Saturday and Sunday there is a show at 3 p.m. where new butterflies are let fly.
The Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom on Sentosa Island is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tickets cost SGD 18 for adults and SGD 12.60 for children.
9. Fort Siloso and Skywalk
The Siloso Skywalk takes you a good 180 meters, 11 stories up over a platform to Fort Siloso. There you can learn about the history of Singapore and the invasion of Japanese troops during World War II.
An old cannon still stands on site at Fort Siloso and you can learn more about Singapore history at the Surrender Chambers immersive show if it interests you. The whole thing is free and can be visited every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Three artificial beaches have been created on Sentosa Island, which you can visit for free. These are Siloso Beach , Palawan Beach and Tanjong Beach . The sand for this was imported from Malaysia and Indonesia and the whole area was equipped with palm trees and offers a beautiful backdrop for a big city.
The Siloso Beach offers a beach club (the Ola Beach Club), kayaking or the Wave House, where you can surf. Palawan Beach caters more to families and there are also small paddling pools available for children. Tanjong Beach is the quietest stretch, attracting sunbathers who just want to relax. By the way, you can swim everywhere on the said beaches.
Bonus: The southernmost point of Asia
A suspension bridge leads from Palawan Beach to an offshore viewing platform, from where you have a great view of the beaches of Sentosa Island. It is also the southernmost point of continental Asia. Not particularly spectacular, but if you visit the viewing platforms, you can stop here and enjoy the view of the sea.
11. Sentosa Golf Club
The home of the Barclays Singapore Open. Sentosa Golf Club consists of two greens, The Serapong and The New Tanjong . There you can play 18 holes as a golfer and try out the best golf course in Asia as a private individual. Because that is exactly what the Serapong was chosen for.
What else awaits you at the Sentosa Golf Club, how high the green fees are and all other things worth knowing, you can read on the Sentosa Golf Club website .