Get away from the urban sprawl and head offshore for a spot of island hopping. The most popular of Singapore’s offshore islands is Sentosa, the site of the country’s other new major ‘integrated resort’. Younger adults love it for its beautiful beaches and laid-back bars, while families visit for its child-centric attractions.
Sentosa, located to the south of the main Singapore island, was once known as Pulau Blakang Mati (‘island at the back of death’ in Malay), in reference to the frequent fatal disease outbreaks on the island. It was also a refuge for pirates in the 19th century before the British used it as a military fortress. When the British pulled out their troops in 1968, the island was turned into a leisure playground and renamed Sentosa (‘isle of peace and tranquillity’).
Recent redevelopment has seen Sentosa re-emerge as the latest lifestyle enclave away from the city. Sentosa Cove, an upmarket residential project, now boasts swish multi-million-dollar homes by the water. Resorts World Sentosa, the first integrated resort to open in Singapore, is headlined by the Universal Studios theme park and a glitzy casino.
HOTSPOTS OF SENTOSA ISLAND
Enter the thrilling world of movie magic as you “ride the movies®” on roller coasters and other movie-themed attractions. Be dazzled and delighted by an immersive entertainment experience that brings the silver screen to life.
The park has a total of 24 attractions, of which 18 are original or specially adapted for the park. It consists of seven uniquely themed zones which surround a lagoon. Each zone is based on a blockbuster movie or television show, featuring their own unique attractions, character appearances, dining and shopping areas.
The park will feature the world’s tallest Dueling roller coaster based on the hit television show Battlestar Galactica, a castle from the world of Shrek and Monster Rock, a live musical show by the infamous Universal Monsters as well as celebrity Look-alikes. The park also includes about 30 restaurants and food carts together with 20 unique retail stores and carts located around the park.
There are seven themed zones that make up Universal Studios Singapore. They are: Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City,Ancient Egypt,The Lost World, Far Far Away, Madagascar
One of the most enduring symbol of Singapore is the Merlion. It is because of the Merlion that Singapore is called the Lion City and this half-lion, half-fish is about 37 meters high. This Merlion on the Sentosa was sculpted and designed by James Martin, an Australian artist. This is made of Glass Reinforced Cement over a steel armature and is attached to the central lift core. This statue recalls the legendary tale of Sang Nila Utama. This person saw a lion while hunting in Singapore. The Merlion legend is commemorated on the Sentosa island. The Merlion of the Sentosa island was opened in 1996 and is the tallest Merlion of Singapore. The Merlion is also called the ‘Sea Lion’ and the tourists can go to the top of the Merlion for a panoramic view of the Sentosa island. A pre-show introduces the tourist to the sea mysteries and a lively music follows them as the walk by the dioramas depicting lake monsters, mermaids, sea serpents etc. The interior of the Merlion is enthralling. The Merlion rewards you with a 360 degree view of the island and also the southern shores of Singapore. You can also spot the Mouth Gallery Viewing Deck and the impressive skyline of Singapore. You must also bag the iconic Singapore souvenir from the Merlion shop.
SONG OF THE SEA
Songs of the Sea on the Sentosa island began on 26th March , 2007. This one has replaced the Musical Fountain Show which was about 25 years old. It is an entertainment product of Sentosa to attract the tourists. This is the only permanent show which is set in sea and has spectacular pyrotechnics displays, lasers and flame bursts. Songs of the Sea has open-air viewing gallery and accommodates 2,500 visitors. The show takes place twice daily for 25 minutes. The entry fee is S$10.00 per person. Sentosa island’s Songs of the Sea is mesmerizing and captivating .
The oceanarium’s highlight is the 83-m- (272-ft-) long acrylic tunnel with a travelator, which leads under a huge tank containing over 2,500 sea creatures – think bright, luminous reef dwellers, sinister stingrays and sharks. Stone fish, sea urchins and moray eels lurk behind the rocks and amid colorful corals. There are also ‘touch pools’ and aquariums of jelly fish, sea dragons and other colorful marine life.
The Dolphin Lagoon on Sentosa island in the Underwater World houses humpback dolphins which are Indo-Pacific. In the Meet-the-Dolphins sessions the visitors are allowed to enter the pool which is waist-deep and can interact with the humpback dolphins. The tourists can also extensively interact with the dolphins at the Swim-with-the-Dolphins session at Sentosa .You can also avail a fun ride in the Dolphin Lagoon with the experience of ‘dorsal tow’.The admission fee is S$150 per person.
MOUNT FABER CABLE CAR TO SENTOSA
Mount Faber Cable Car To Sentosa is simply superb. This cable car is the link from Mount Faber to the island of Sentosa. The cost of a round-trip cricket is SGD 18.90. It is a splendid cable car ride to Sentosa. Sentosa is a paradise and its view through the cable car is special. Enjoy the breeze in the cable car and look at the heavenly abode below. Mount Faber of Singapore provides the ideal view of Singapore. The car provides a complete ride of the Sentosa island.