Less than a half-mile off the south coast of Singapore, Sentosa Island presents itself as an ideal family outing brimming with activities both kid-friendly and adult-approved. Reconstructed for entertainment in the 1970s after a long military past, the island contains enough varied attractions to easily fill a full day. From water parks and miles of beaches to niche museums, with 14 world-class resorts mixed into the fray, it's no wonder the island draws nearly 20 million visitors each year.
Sentosa Island is a veritable playground of theme parks, water parks, natural attractions, and resorts for visitors of all ages. Due to the sheer number of things to do, the island is best enjoyed on an afternoon or full-day tour from the mainland. Hit up all the major Sentosa attractions with the help of a tour guide who can create a custom private itinerary or help you mingle on a group Sentosa tour.
Ocean lovers won't be disappointed with the S.E.A. Aquarium and Dolphin Lagoon, while the culturally savvy enjoy the Images of Singapore museum, the Madame Tussauds wax museum, and the immersive 4D experience of Mysterious Island. You can opt for a one-day pass or skip-the-line VIP ticket for the ever-popular Universal Studios Singapore, or indulge in surreal photo ops in the Trickeye Museum (Alive Museum). Adventurous travelers can ride the waves at the Adventure Cove Waterpark, then soar through the air on the MegaZip Adventure Park zipline. Those looking to relax can head to the resorts at Siloso Beach or Tanjong Beach or visit the island's sights on a leisurely Segway tour. Kids love the Butterfly Park, Merlion Tower, Tiger Sky Tower, and Insect Kingdom, while foodies and shopping fanatics frequent the island's restaurants and shopping centers.
Things to Know Before You Go
- A variety of money-saving admission ticket packages are available.
- The Sentosa Island attractions are easily accessible from mainland from Singapore.
How to Get to Sentosa Island
Take a cable car ride from Mount Faber on the mainland to see panoramic views of the city skyline and the bay, and even catch a glimpse of Malaysia on a clear day. Alternatively, take the North-East Line of the MRT to HarbourFront and make your way to Level 3 of Vivocity, where it's possible to catch the Sentosa Express monorail to the island. Once on the island, you can get around by a series of bus routes, the beach tram, and the Sentosa Express.
When to Get There
The Asian island is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Weather is warm year round.