Locals previously called this offshore island “Pulau Belakang Mati” – The Island After Death, and it’s true that Sentosa Island once saw darker days during the Japanese Occupation in WWII.
However, it is now one of the biggest and most popular tourist attractions for visitors to Singapore, and host to the famous beach “foam parties”. The New Year’s Eve parties here are known to be great! The island features three white sand beaches and can be accessed by bus, cable car, monorail or on foot across a footbridge.
Lots of family-focussed activities can be found on Sentosa. There is a children’s water park and the Dolphin Lagoon, which features performances by rare pink dolphins. For the more adventurous, there is the Sentosa Luge and Skyride – taking a ski-lift to the top of a hill and bobsledding down. Those looking for a more “adult” experience would be happy with a spot at the popular beach bars.
Recent additions to Sentosa are the popular Universal Studios Singapore, a casino, and an indoor skydiving facility.
Sentosa is one of two places in Singapore to take a selfie with the Merlion, the country’s half-fish, half-lion mascot. Do catch the light displays at night.
Take North-East line train (Purple line) to Harbourfront station. Sentosa can be accessed by a boardwalk, cable car, bus or on foot. All these are a short walk away from the station. A monorail also runs from the top floor of the mall attached to Harbourfront MRT.