Although Sentosa means ‘peace and quiet’ in Malay, this is not a name that fits the island. The third largest island in Singapore with its 20 attractions is just an amusement park, so everything except quiet and peaceful. You look your eyes on this bizarre island, where everything seems artificial. Sentosa is a great place if you have a big wallet in your pocket, but this will unfortunately not be the case for most backpackers. Yet this special island can also be very nice if you have less money to spend.
There are different ways to travel to Sentosa Island. The cheapest is of course on foot. Take the metro (MRT) to Harbourfront. From there you can walk over the Sentosa Boardwalk to the island. It is not very far, but if you are planning to walk on the island itself, we recommend taking the monorail. The monorail departs from VivoCity, the shopping center located above Harbourfront MRT station and costs $ 4. The monorail makes three stops on Sentosa.
The best, but also most expensive, way to reach Sentosa is with the cable car. The cable car leaves from Mount Faber, the highest mountain in Singapore and gives you a breathtaking view of the island and the city that you can see in the distance.
On Sentosa itself you have the ‘beach tram’, an electronic bus (like in amusement parks) that runs up and down between the three beaches. This bus is free and you can just get in when he drives past. Furthermore, the monorail back to the city is also free from Sentosa Island.
The Merlion is a made-up animal with the tail of a mermaid and the head of a lion. Hence also the name, which is an amalgamation of mermaid (mermaid) and lion (lion). The Merlion is the guardian of prosperity and the figurehead of the history of Singapore as a port city. Through the city of Singapore you can find an image of the Merlion in different places, but on Sentosa Island the largest of 37 meters high. From the Merlion you can walk to the beaches via a path full of mosaic.
Sentosa has three beautiful artificially sprayed beaches on the south coast of the island. Despite the fact that the beaches did not come naturally, you get a tropical feeling here. The most popular is Siloso Beach. Here you can play beach volleyball and practice various water sports. Furthermore, you have a number of eateries and beach bars here. In the evenings it is still lively here and in the weekend you can even have a party here regularly. Our favorite is Palawan Beach. Slightly quieter than Siloso Beach, but more special. From the beach you can with a suspension bridge to Palawan Island, which is the ‘Southernmost Point of Continental Asia’. This is therefore quite special to visit. Furthermore, you have 2 watchtowers on this island, from where you can easily see the hundreds of ships in the sea. The third beach is Tanjong Beach, the quietest of the three. Here you can also relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the city and the rest of the island.
On Sentosa Island you look out your eyes. Especially because it is easy to see that many things on the island have been artificially constructed. The island has about 20 attractions, including the amusement park ‘Universal Studios’, the largest aquarium in the world’ SEA Aquarium, ‘Madame Tussauds’, two golf courses and several museums. Unfortunately, these attractions are very expensive, making Sentosa for backpackers especially fun to walk around, to party and to lie on the beach.