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Fun and Free Things to do in Sentosa Island, Singapore

Have time in Singapore for more than just a one-night layover? Then spending the day in Sentosa Island would be a great to do/see list.  Singapore city can sometime be a little overwhelming and busy at times. So a visit to Sentosa Island for a fun filled, enjoyable day will take you away from the hustle and bustle.

The Resort World Sentosa is a leisure destination and an island resort easily reachable by Singapore’s rail network (MRT). The Sentosa Island known for a list of amazing things to do and to see . It is also home to the Universal Studio Singapore.

Sentosa Island has plenty of fun activities catered for visitors of all ages and interest. As one of the more expensive city in South East Asia, it does not take long to blow your daily budgets here. Spending the day in Sentosa, especially in a group can be quite costly.  The best way to make the most out of Sentosa Island is to pick and choose between the stuff you really want to ‘do/experience’ which you are willing to spend your money on, as well as covering some of the free-not-to-be-missed attractions. This way, you get the best of both worlds!

Majority of Sentosa Island’s attractions requires an entry fee, however, there are also plenty of things to do and see without having to spend a penny!


The Boardwalk and Vivo City


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There are a few ways to get to Sentosa Island from your last point of stop. The way we were glad we took was through walking from Vivo City to Sentosa Island via The Boardwalk. The casual atmosphere and fun vibes with dining options and bazaars make for a leisurely 700 meters walk. If you truly cannot be bothered to walk those steps, fret not, Singapore is nothing if not awesome and user oriented. There is a sheltered travelator all the way.  The Boardwalk offers free entry until the end of 2017, when the charge of SGD $ 1 will apply.

If you do have extra time and fancy some window shopping, check out Vivo City – Singapore’s largest retail destination. It is an interesting mall with plenty of retail and dining choices.

Go for a Swim

Did not expected this, but you can swim at Sentosa Island. Sentosa is home to 3 beaches, Palawan Beach, Siloso Beach and Tanjong Beach. Palawan Beach is more popular with young families with lagoons and child friendly swim area. Siloso Beach tends to cater for the partying crowd with endless row of pubs, club and restaurants. Tanjong Beach is a little more secluded than the rest and have a slightly chilled vibe. Perfect for some relaxing quiet time.


Do the Fort Siloso Skywalk

A short walk from the Siloso beach, the Fort Siloso Skywalk is a tree top walking trail standing at 11 storeys above ground. The Skywalk offers an amazing view of Singapore city and the South China Sea. Not a fan of climbing? Not to worry, there is a lift to the top. It is so green, calm and relaxing here, you almost forgot you are in an amusement park!  Furthermore, whilst enjoying the quietness and mesmerising views, the walk should then take you to Singapore’s only preserved coastal fort with military remains, tunnel and structures used during the Japanese Invasion. This is now an indoor/outdoor museum. So, if you are into military history or WWII stuff, the Fort Siloso has a wealth of military information and fascinating memorabilia enough to please even the fussiest museum aficionado.


Hang Out with Merlion at Merlion Plaza

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The majestic 37-meter half lion half fish Singapore’s guardian of prosperity statue is surely impressive. You can’t (and you won’t) miss it, you can see it from just about anywhere within the Island. If you have enough time to see only one Merlion in Singapore, do this one- it is the biggest. It is a great spot for photos as the statue is also located next to a man-made water features. Bear in mind, while all the attractions outside of the Merlion Plaza is free, to get inside the statue and see the exhibition and viewing point, entrance fee will apply.


Stand at the Edge of Southernmost Point of Continental Asia

Located on Palawan Island, this beautiful Malay Traditional designed look-out tower it is a great place for memorable Instagram photos! From a geographical perspective, we cannot tell you how accurate this whole ‘southern most point’ is and you won’t see much reference onsite itself.  It does however, feature the most stunning view of Singapore Straits. Walk along the suspended bridge . Make your way to the top of the look-out tower for a breath-taking view of the blue sea and the cargo ships coming and going from Port Singapore.


Take Silly Photos at the Gaudi Style Water Fountain


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The Gaudi-style mosaic water fountain is 120 meters long – dragon shaped water display. The playfully located water spouts will certainly bring out the kid in you. Pose on the fountain walls for a ‘Manneken Pis’ style photo, or simply enjoy the artful creation of sea creatures and colourful tiles on the fountain walls.



Enjoy the Night Light Show

Finally, come sundown, the free night light show would be the perfect way of ending your visit to Sentosa. The Crane Light and Sound show have everything that makes a spectacular show.  Full on kaleidoscope colour, water display, brilliant soundtrack. In addition to that, there is the fireworks Display! This 10-minute showdown starts at 8 pm daily at the open-air amphitheater. As this show does attract plenty of audiences, it is recommended that you turn up a wee bit earlier to secure the best spot.


Honorable Mentions:

Animal and Birds encounter at Palawan Amphitheatre: Free daily animal shows

Nature Walk on Sentosa: A tranquil nature trail with cool mega structures of wild life


Travel Tips

  • If you are sick of walking around Sentosa, take the free beach tram and take the free train ride from one station to another
  • Bring bathers and extra clothes. If you are into swimming /water activities or if you sweat a lot. Singapore can be humid!
  • Bring/grab a picnic. Plenty of awesome spot to just sit, eat, enjoy and chill.
  • Grab the map at the entrance, it is easy to get off track here as there’s so much to see.
  • Make sure to check out the ‘What’s On’. There’s always events/festival/fun activities happening in Sentosa Island daily that you may not see in blogs/travel sites



  • Sentosa Island is open 24 hours a day 365 a year. However majority of the attraction does have opening and closing time.
  • You can stay in Sentosa Island, there are plenty of accommodation options available from 3 stars to 5-star hotels.
  • The island is visited by 20 million Singaporeans and tourists every year! (the whole population of Singapore is only 5 million)
  • Sentosa is Malay for Peace/Tranquillity. So Sentosa Island literally means Tranquillity/Peace Island.

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