Sentosa, a former fishing village turned British military base, was transformed to an island resort in 1972. The island resort has three artificial beaches, namely Siloso, Palawan and Tanjong. One can visit these beaches to enjoy activities like cycling, in-line skating, canoeing and horse riding.
Alternatively, one can also sunbathe or laze around in the pubs and bars at the beaches. These beaches also organise various events throughout the year, including Sentosa Sandsation, Zouk Out Dance Festival and annual countdown parties, among others.
One can also head to the Underwater World, which is a large oceanarium. The Fish Reflexology treatment at this theme park is a unique foot massage. The theme park also contains the Dolphin Lagoon, where one can view pink dolphins.
One can visit the Merlion, which is the symbol of the Singapore Tourism Board. From the head of this statue, one can get a 360 degree view of Sentosa and a panoramic view of Singapore's southern shore.
Tourists can also stroll along the island and view its flora & fauna. During this walk, one can also explore the secondary rainforest, which is a habitat of monitor lizards, monkeys, peacocks and parrots. A visit to the Enchanted Grove of Tembusu, Fountain Gardens, Herb and Spice Gardens, Mount Imbiah, Nature Walk and Orchid Gardens enable one to get acquainted with the flora and fauna of the region.
At night, one can head to the Songs of the Sea to enjoy the musical and visual extravaganza. The Sentosa Fountain Show is popular for its sound, fire and laser extravaganza. Further, one can learn about the history of Sentosa by visiting places like Fort Siloso and Images of Singapore.
The thrilling experience at CineBlast, an interactive simulation theatre, is popular with tourists. A trip to Mount Imbiah can be taken to explore the history of the destination. One can also head to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia or Bintan, which is a beach resort in Malaysia.
Additionally, one can also visit the Southern Islands of Singapore. These include Kusu, St John's, Sisters' and Pularu Haltu. These destinations are famous for activities like fishing, jogging, sun-bathing, swimming, sailing, snorkelling and scuba diving.
At the Sentosa Islands, I plan to catch the following (other than Universal Studios, of course) based on general public feedback.
- Sentosa CineBlast + Desperados - 2-IN-1
- Megazip (Not too adventurous so avoiding Climbmax, Parajump, Northface)
- Luge & Skyride
- Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon
- Songs of the Sea
- Animal & Bird Encounters at Palawan Amphitheatre
- Segway Fun Ride (on secure circuit)
- Southernmost point of Continental Asia
For anyone who has covered Sentosa Islands as comprehensively as possible, could you please guide me on a few queries…
1) I have short-listed the following to save time and money. But am I missing anything really worthwhile from the above mentioned rides/shows/attractions?
2) Would I be able to cover all this within one day? Will it he a rush-n-run experience?
3) Do I need to go for advance booking for any of these rides? I plan to visit in Apr-May 2012… is that peak period?
4) What kind of transport is available within Sentosa to go from one attraction point to other? Are they really far-away from each other? Are there any shuttle services and how much would it cost? I don’t have personal transport…
5) What are the best economical pure veg food options within Sentosa?
6) Finally, how much would I compromise on the fun if I take along my 2-yr son, since I guess kids are not allowed on most rides?
Would really appreciate genuine feedback. Thanks in advance.
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