What to do in Sentosa
Sentosa Island is south of the main island of Singapore. Nicknamed the “State of Fun” – It has attractions like Universal Studios Singapore, Trick Eye Museum, Fort Siloso, S.E.A. Aquarium, and Madame Tussauds Singapore. However, Sentosa actually translates to “peace and tranquility” and the lagoon-style beaches reflect that calm feeling. The whole front of the island is considered “Resort World Sentosa” and has enough to keep you occupied for a few days. However, the whole island is compact enough to be able to walk around and explore in a day if you weren’t attending any of the attractions. Sentosa Island is a 5-10 minute walk from VivoCity mall, and not far from Gardens by the Bay & Marina Bay Sands. So, if you’re not planning on staying at Marina Bay Sands, we’ve listed all of the Sentosa Hotels for you below!
Before you visit, you may also want to check out some movies that were filmed in Singapore such as:
They feature some of the most popular sightseeing spots like Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Gardens by the Bay, and Changi Airport.
You can also learn a lot about Singaporean culture and customs from this book.
How to Get to Sentosa Island
Take the MRT to Harbourfront Station.
From Harbourfront Station, we recommend either taking the cable car over the water, or walking across the Boardwalk. Prices vary for the cable car depending on what specials they have, but it runs around $30-45 SGD for an “Unlimited Rides” day pass. Children (4-12 years old) are about $20-35 SGD. Tickets here.
For the budget-minded traveler, or those with a fear of heights, the Boardwalk is free and still offers great views of Sentosa Island as you approach it. The walkway isn’t air conditioned, but it is covered, and has travelators to assist you. Walking end-to-end without stopping takes about 5 minutes. Plan to add some extra time if you want to stop to take photos – the view can be especially magical during sunset. From Harbourfront Station, walk through VivoCity to get to the entrance of the Boardwalk.
Another option would be to take the Sentosa Express Monorail. It is $4 SGD from VivoCity’s 3rd floor to Sentosa Island. Subsequent rides are complimentary once you’re on the island. If you purchase a combo attraction ticket, it may already be included as well.
Resort World Sentosa Hotels
Staying at least one night in one of the Sentosa hotels is best if you want to experience all that the island has to offer. We’ve listed the Sentosa Island hotels below based on their location, cost, and value to help you choose which one would be best for your vacation holiday.
RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA HOTELS
Located on the northern side of the island near the primary parks, such as Universal Studios Singapore and Adventure Cove Waterpark. Also a short walk to VivoCity.
Beach Villas (5-star, from $597 USD)
The on-site restaurant, Forest, has a 1-star Michelin rating. Guests enjoyed the room sizes and easy access to the pool & hot tub.
Crockfords Tower (5-star, from $451 USD)
Equarius Hotel (5-star, from $217 USD)
Festive Hotel (5-star, from $188 USD)
Hard Rock Hotel Singapore (5-star, from $225 USD)
Guests love the large pool and convenient location to attractions.
Hotel Michael (5-star, from $188 USD)
Two of the four restaurants on site are Michelin rated. Joël Robuchon Restaurant - 3 Michelin stars, and L'Atelier deJoël Robuchon- 2 Michelin stars. Both are open on select days only.
SILOSO BEACH & SILOSO POINT HOTELS
Located along the southern side of the island and close to all of the beach attractions, including the Sentosa Luge.
Costa Sands Resort, Sentosa (2-star, around $60-90 USD)
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa Singapore (5-star, from $241 USD)
Families enjoyed the children’s pool & slide, and gorgeous ocean views from their rooms.
CHI, The Spa
Siloso Beach Resort, Sentosa (3.5-star, from $148 USD)
Located right in the middle of all of the attractions on Sentosa Island, these hotels will guarantee that you never have to walk far to get to where you want to go on the island. Additionally, they are located near the Sentosa Express Monorail - Imbiah Station for easy access to VivoCity and the rest of Singapore.
Le Meridien Singapore, Sentosa (5-star, from $184 USD)
For the ultimate relaxation vacation, upgrade your stay to an onsen suite. Soaking in the hot baths on your own private outdoor deck is a perfect way to get away from it all.
The Outpost Hotel (4.5-star, from $206 USD)
Village Hotel at Sentosa (4.5-star, from $219 USD)
Guests note that the rooms feel a little small, but the pools and lazy river are amazing)
Sentosa Cove is secluded on the northeastern side of the island in a more relaxed boating atmosphere.
W Singapore - Sentosa Cove (5-star, from $256 USD)
Retreat to peace and quiet on the eastern side of the island. The view from the beaches nearby are the best on Sentosa, and the location makes for easy access to the Sentosa Golf Club.
Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa (5-star, from $272 USD)
The Club Residences by Capella Singapore (5-star, from $583 USD)
Families enjoy the privacy of these luxury apartments with full kitchen.
Capella Singapore (5-star, from 468 USD)
Guests love the luxurious rooms and high-quality service at this romantic resort.
Auriga Spa and Wellness
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa (5-star, from $217 USD)
There are three beaches located on Sentosa Island: Siloso, Palawan, and Tanjong. All of the beaches are located on the southern side of Sentosa Island.
When we first arrived at this beach it was a bit underwhelming. This beach is designed mostly for nightlife rather than for daytime fun. During the day you can see the huge number of shipping vessels from the shoreline - which may not be the most pleasing or relaxing of sights on a beach. However, at night, the lights from the ships make it a little more beautiful.
SILOSO BEACH & SILOSO POINT ATTRACTIONS
AJ Hackett Sentosa
Bungy Jumping and Giant Swings never were more exciting or as safe as they are at AJ Hackett Sentosa. The ultimate adventure where you can challenge yourself or simply enjoy the views from 47 meters high at the Skybridge.
Open: 10 AM - 7 PM daily (open until 9 PM on Fri, Sat & Public Holidays)
Prices: Bungy: Jump $199 SGD, Giant Swing: $79 SGD, and Skybridge: $16 SGD
Fort Siloso & the Fort Siloso Skywalk
Singapore’s only preserved coastal fort which is accessible only by the 11 story high - and 181 meter long - scenic Skywalk trek among the treetops. Fort Siloso has the largest collection of World War II memorabilia in the whole country. What’s best is that admission is free!
Open: Skywalk: 9 AM - 7 PM daily, Fort: 10 AM - 6 PM daily
MegaBounce by Mega Adventure Park
Practice your flips and turns on this bungee trampoline with beach views. You can reach heights of up to 8m while showing off your acrobatic skills. Remember to bring socks if you’d like to jump!
Minimum weight: 10 kg (22lbs) / Maximum weight: 90 kg (198 lbs)
Open: 11 AM- 7 PM (last entry 6:45 PM) daily
Price: $15 SGD
An open-air play space with 17 play sections including obstacle courses and slides. Children aged 5 and above are welcome to play and explore. One adult entry is included with child aged 12 and below; Children under 7 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
Open: 11 AM - 9 PM (Weekdays); 9 AM - 9 PM (Weekends)
Prices: Mon-Fri: $15 SGD (1 hr) / $25 (2 hrs) ;
Sat, Sun, Public Holidays, and day before Public Holidays: $18 SGD (1 hr) / $28 SGD (2 hrs)
Additional adult: $10 SGD
Ola Beach Club
“The home of beach fun” has water activities for all ages and a restaurant/bar with a Hawaiian-themed menu. Paddle through Siloso on a kayak or stand up paddleboard. Get a group together to ride a banana boat or donut behind a speedboat. Strap on a JetPack or JetBlade to take flight above the water. There’s something for everyone at Ola’s.
Open: Watersports: 10 AM - 7 PM daily / Dining: 10 AM - 10 PM (Sunday - Friday & Public Holidays) ; 10 AM - 12 AM (Sat & eve of Public Holidays)
Prices: JetPack/JetBlade: (45 min) $198 SGD
Banana Boat / Donut: (15 min) $25 SGD
Single Kayak: (60 min) $25 SGD
Double Kayak: (60 min) $35 SGD
Stand Up Paddleboard: (60 min) $35 SGD
Sentosa Cable Car - Singapore Cable Car Sky Network (Sentosa Line)
The Mount Faber Line will get you from the Harbourfront Station to Sentosa Station on Sentosa Island. It is important to note that the Sentosa Line is different from the Mount Faber Line.
NOTE: The Sentosa Line has three stops: Merlion, Imbiah Lookout, or Siloso Point.
Once you arrive at Sentosa Station (Mount Faber Line), you can walk a few minutes over to the Imbiah Lookout Station on the Sentosa Line. You can then take the Sentosa Line to Siloso Point - if you’re planning to go to either Siloso Beach or Fort Siloso (and do the Fort Siloso Skywalk) - or to the Merlion, and also a short walk away from Universal Studios Singapore.
TIP: Did you know that you can even have a 4-course dinner while riding on the Cable Car?
Wave House Sentosa
Sentosa’s lagoon-style beaches lack the giant waves surfers long for, so Wave House Sentosa steps up to fill the void. Flowboarding is popular among surfers, skater, snowboarders, and wakeboarders. If you work up an appetite after riding the waves, there is an on-site restaurant and bar with everything from tapas to full meals.
Open: 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM (Weekdays) / 10:30 AM - 9:30 PM (Weekends & Public Holidays)
Last entry at 8 PM
Prices: Weekday: $12 SGD (1 bodyboarding try) / $35 SGD (1 hr on Double Flowrider)
Weekend: $15 SGD / $40 SGD
PALAWAN BEACH, KIDZ CITY & TANJONG BEACH
These beaches have more spots to lay down at where the cargo and tanker ships aren’t so visible. Additionally, there are a few kid-friendly attractions nearby!
With free admissions at all showtimes (2:00 - 5:00 PM on the hour), this show will amaze you with animals and birds that perform a number of unusual tricks!
A kid-sized city where kids can “work, learn, or play” by combining role-play with real life.
Open: 10 AM - 6 PM daily (last entry at 4:30 PM).
Prices: $62 SGD (ages 3-17), $35 SGD (ages 18-59), $25 SGD (ages 60+)
Southernmost Point of Continental Asia
Located between the Tanjong & Palawan Beaches is a bridge that leads out to an island south of Sentosa.
Open: 9 AM - 7 PM daily.
Skyline Luge Sentosa
One of the main attractions on Sentosa Island is the Sentosa Luge. The saying goes: “Once is never enough”. It is the first-ever gravity thrill ride that is safe for all ages. With two new thrilling luge tracks and a brand new Skyride, there’s plenty to enjoy!
You can catch the luge near Siloso Beach or at Imbiah Lookout.
Open from 10 AM - 9:30 PM daily
Luge + Skyride Tickets: $24 SGD (2 rides), $27 SGD (3 rides), $29 SGD (4 rides)
Minimum age/height for Solo Luge rides: 6 years old AND 110 cm
Minimum height for Solo Skyrides is 135 cm
Minimum height for Luge OR Skyride is 85 cm with an adult
Here is a list of the best Sentosa Island Attractions to help you plan your trip!
Rent a bicycle and choose route to discover all of the hidden trails in Sentosa.
Open: 10 AM - 7:30 PM daily
Prices: $15 SGD (1 hr), $18 SGD (2 hrs), $30 SGD (4 hrs)
Learn to drive a Segway while cruising around the beaches of Sentosa Island!
Open: 10 AM - 7:30 PM daily for Fun Rides or Eco Adventures - Tickets here
Experience the thrill of jumping out of an airplane without actually jumping out of an airplane! iFly lets you feel what it’s like to be falling from the sky in the safety of an upward facing wind tunnel with a net to protect you.
Open: 9 AM - 9:30 PM daily (Wednesday opens at 11 AM)
Prices: $89 SGD (1 skydive), $119 SGD (2 skydives)
Wings of Time
Outdoor night show filled with water displays, lasers and fire effects and music. You can find a similar show for free at Marina Bay Sands.
Show Times: 7:40 PM & 8:40 PM daily
Prices: $18 SGD (standard seat), $23 SGD (premium seat)
RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA
Adventure Cove Waterpark
You can relax in the lazy river or get your heart pumping on the high-speed water slides at the Adventure Cove Waterpark.
Open: 10 AM - 6 PM daily (last entry at 5:30 PM)
Prices: $38 SGD (adult) / $30 SGD (child/senior citizen)
Add on a dolphin encounter programme when you visit Adventure Cove Waterpark. Prices and time slots available vary, so click here if you’d like to reserve a spot or request more information.
A free water & light show near the entry of Sentosa Island that brings to life the cranes’ graceful courtship rituals.
Show Time: 8 PM daily
This is Singapore’s first and largest VR theme park – with 11 attractions to choose from among 3 zones. Prices range from $35 - $65 SGD, but there may be promotions available here. Minimum age is 6 years.
Lake of Dreams
For late-night entertainment, check out this fountain display of fire, light, and water designed and choreographed by four-time Emmy Award winner Jeremy Railton.
Show Time: 11 PM daily
Super Yacht Royal Albatross
Take a Sunset Sail which includes a tour of the luxury yacht and a 2-hour cruise along the coast of Sentosa’s beaches and a view of Singapore’s city skyline.
Boarding time: 3:30 PM - 5 PM
Sailing time: 5 PM - 7 PM
Prices: $135 SGD adult / $90 SGD child (discount available with a FUN PASS)
This Sentosa aquarium houses over 100,000 marine animals. Learn about and meet sharks, manta rays, groupers and other ocean creatures.
Open: 10 AM - 7 PM daily (last entry 6:30 PM)
Prices: $40 SGD adult / $29 SGD child/senior citizen
The Maritime Experiential Museum
Explore the adventures of seafarers and encounter pirates through 15 thematic galleries and an interactive experience.
Open: 10 AM - 7 PM
Prices: $12 SGD adult / $8 SGD child / $5 Senior citizen
Universal Studios Singapore
Also known as USS, it has a few attractions that are unique to the Singapore location. For example, the New York Public library facade is 3D in USS – other Universal Studios have it in 2D only. Also, Battlestar Galactica holds the tallest dueling roller coaster in the world title at 42.5m high. If you can afford it, we’d recommend getting the Universal Express add-on so you can spend more time on rides and less time in lines. Buy your Universal Studios tickets online to save time when you arrive. Also, check here for current promotions and package deals.
Trick Eye Museum Singapore
If you chose to walk across the Boardwalk to Sentosa like we did, then the first attraction you’ll see is the Trick Eye Museum. With the rise of social media, venues like the Trick Eye Museum have become popular to get an insta-worthy shot. To save money on attractions, you can purchase your tickets in advance online here. Additional savings up to 30% off are available when you purchase a ticket combo.
The icon of Singapore is the Merlion, a mythical creature with a lion’s head and fish’s body. Enter the 37m tall Sentosa Merlion to learn about the legend and how it became the Guardian of Prosperity of Singapore.
Open: 10 AM - 8 PM daily (last entry at 7:30 PM)
Prices: $18 SGD adult / $15 SGD child/senior citizen
Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom
Experience the sights, sounds, and scents of a tropical rainforest and discover butterflies, iguanas, and other animals.
Open: 9:30 AM - 7 PM daily (last entry 6:30 PM)
Prices: $20 SGD adult / $14 SGD child
Madame Tussuads Singapore
Even if you’ve been to a Madame Tussuads elsewhere, you’ll want to experience the 'Spirit of Singapore’. It is the first ever Madame Tussauds boat ride which travels through a fantasy, tropical Singaporean garden. Purchase in advance online for the best rates.
Mega Adventure Park
Asia’s #1 zipline, the MegaZip at Mega Adventure Park is operated here and spans 450 meters and you can fly at 60 kph! Additionally, you can also enjoy MegaClimb, a 36-obstacle ropes course and MegaJump, a 15 meter free fall simulator! Additionally, you can find MegaBounce on Siloso Beach near Siloso Point.
Sentosa 4D Adventureland
Experience a 4D immersive movie, ride a 4D roller coaster, and play Asia’s first 4D shootout game. Besides the regular deals when purchasing a combo ticket, additional savings are available on tickets with entry after 6PM. There are height requirements for some of the rides with the tallest restriction being a minimum height of 1.1 meters (43 inches).
Sentosa Nature Discovery
Go on a free 1.8 km nature walk and learn about Sentosa’s wildlife and plants.
Open: 9 AM - 5 PM daily
Sentosa Island Tour
If you are looking to start your trip off easily, consider booking the very affordable Explore Singapore package which includes 3-nights at a 3-star Hotel, complementary breakfast (vegetarian option available), transportation from the airport, an English-speaking guide, a tour of the city, a Tour of Sentosa Island (including a Cable Car ride, Madame Tussauds, a Marvel Movie in 4D, Images of Singapore, and Wings of Time), and transportation either back to the airport or to your next hotel. It’s the perfect start to your Singapore vacation!
Planning on staying a little longer and getting a little more in-depth with Sentosa Island? Add on the 4-day / 3-night Singapore City Stay tour - which also includes airport pickup and drop-off (if required), hotel stay for 3 nights, and unlimited travel on the SIA Hop-on Hop-off bus as you spend your next couple days doing what you like best (on or off of Sentosa Island), plus access to more than 20 great deals for attractions such as Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Cable Car, Singapore River Safari and more. We even recommend trying the Original Singapore Duck Tour which tours you through the city streets, as well as through Marina Bay, to see all of Singapore’s highlights.
However, if you’d prefer to choose of of the amazing hotels or hostels listed above, we suggest adding on the Singapore Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing bus or the Singapore City Hop On Hop Off Tour 2 Day Pass (a better deal) to get around to all of the important sights. Additionally, if you like to go touring at night, check out the HiPPO Night City Tour!
If you enjoy light shows, be sure to check out the Rainforest Lumina at the Singapore Zoo!
Curious about some cheaper places to stay? Here are some of the best value places we could find:
Best Value & Location Hotel: Fragrance Hotel - Sapphire (around $45 USD per night)
Best Experience & Location Hostel: Beary Nice Pod Hostel (around $35 USD per night!)
Cheapest Decent Hostel & Location: Nano Hostel ($10-$17 USD per night!)
VivoCity (FUN Shop Sentosa)
VivoCity is technically not on Sentosa Island but if you take the MRT to get to Sentosa, you’ll have to pass through this mall. You can walk through to get to the boardwalk or Cable Car station, or go up to the 3rd floor to take the Sentosa Express Monorail. The mall has many popular stores and restaurants and is easy to get to if you’re staying on Sentosa and want to spend a day shopping.
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