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Location: Central Region, Singapore
Area: 4.71 square kilometers
Nearest Railhead: Sentosa Express
Nearest Airport: Changi Airport
How to reach: Sentosa Express and a walk across Sentosa Boardwalk from VivoCity Shopping Mall
Famous for: Universal Studios
Months Open: All year
Best time to visit: November - January, and June - July
What's Here: Universal Studios, Sentosa Beaches, Adventure Cove Waterpark Singapore
Sentosa, formerly called Pulau Blakang Mati, is a resort island in Singapore. It was a British army base along with a Western prisoner-of-war camp, and lots of Chinese were killed on its shore during the Japanese occupation. The island has been renamed Sentosa and become a tourist destination in 1972, and it's currently home to a favorite hotel that receives twenty million people each year. Attractions comprise two km (1.2 mi) long sheltered beach, Fort Siloso, 2 golf courses,the Merlion, 14 resorts, along with also the Resorts World Sentosa, including the theme park Universal Studios Singapore and among Singapore's two casinos, all which are still draw repeat visitors from all around Asia. Located just south of Singapore CBD, the 12-minute cable car trip from VivoCity into Sentosa Island gets the extra bonus of providing astounding panoramic views.
If all this sounds exhausting, then do not worry, Sentosa Island also has many gentle, sandy beaches along the southern shore that are particularly popular on weekends.
An ideal place to relax, unwind and spend time on a beach as per your liking on your Sentosa Island Tour, Tanjong Beach is your quiet idyllic tropical beach to spend time. There is no separate entry fees for Tanjong beach apart from the one you pay when entering Sentosa islands. It is open 24 hours and you can choose to swim or sun-tan, or just lay under an umbrella reading your favorite book. A great place to spend family time, kids will enjoy making sandcastles and couples can enjoy long walks on the pristine white-sand beach.
A place which is of historical importance, the fortress stands near the Siloso beach and used to be an important defense establishment till recently. There is a military museum here which tells the chronology of Singapore’s past and has many relics of World War II. The newly opened SkyWalk that leads up to the fort gives a different perspective from above the treeline of the panoramic view of the Siloso beach and the lush greenery nearby.
If Tanjong beach is for relaxation, Siloso beach is for watersport action. There are many activities to choose from like kayaking, rollerblading, skim-boarding or surfing the man-made waves. The beach comes alive after dark with the live music, exceptional bars and restaurants and parties happening everywhere. The best place for fun-loving people, Siloso beach is a must-include in your Sentosa Island package.
Sentosa Nature Discovery Park
Even if Sentosa is developed as a tourist attraction, it has done so very cleverly without disturbing the nature and natural habitat of the island. This is clear by taking a walk in the Sentosa Nature Discovery Park where you can witness 8 different habitats ranging from coastal rainforest, to wetlands to seashores to many more. The admission for Sentosa Nature Discovery is free with Sentosa Island entry price. A good idea is to include a guided tour here with your Sentosa Island Package to get full information about the various flora and fauna including insect-eating plants, butterflies and heritage trees.
Universal Studios Sentosa
The only Universal Studios in Asia, it is the perfect inclusion in your Sentosa Island Tour if you are a movie-buff. Get a chance to meet your favorite movie and cartoon characters, click pictures with them and spend time in this fantasyland that will make you feel like you are living in the movies. For the adventure seekers, there are also multiple roller-coaster rides to enjoy.
Southernmost point of Continental Asia
Through a suspension bridge from Palawan Beach Sentosa, you can reach this small islet which is recognized as the southernmost point in Continental Asia. Reaching this point and viewing the ocean beyond is an experience in itself that you should not miss on your Sentosa Island tour. Access is open from 9 am to 7 pm everyday. While you are here, you can also enjoy some family time at the Palawan beach, swim in its waters and enjoy time at the various beach shops and eateries.
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