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Sentosa Island in Singapore - a day trip

Sentosa is a small island in Singapore that was formerly a military base. Nowadays, however, it is provided with many attractions, gardens or even beaches and is considered a local recreation area. Sentosa has been the name of the island since 1972, which comes from Malay and means something like "calm" or "peace".

A day trip in Singapore to Sentosa Island

If you want to see the sights of Singapore for a few days, then we can recommend a trip to Sentosa Island. You can visit the island with many tours or on your own. In the following, you will find out how to get to Sentosa Island and what you can discover and experience on site.

Arrival to Singapore

Singapore owns with the Changi Airport not only one of the largest airports in Asia, but also one of the best in the world! Therefore, Singapore is very well connected to the route network of international flights.

You can fly direct to Singapore from many destinations in Europe as well as from many destinations in Southeast Asia. Both more exclusive airlines and low-cost airlines land in Singapore and you can find a good overview of flights with departure times and prices at Skyscanner and Momondo.

There are also bus and train connections from Thailand or Malaysia, as these can reach Singapore via the mainland. Further information and tickets are available from

Overnight in Singapore - our hotel tip

Accommodation in Singapore is significantly more expensive than in other metropolises in Southeast Asia. For a decent hotel with a good location, you have to plan a little more budget. A good hotel that we can recommend is the Fragrance Hotel Riverside. It is located in the beautiful and popular district Clarke Quay, just 5 minutes from the MRT station. Although the rooms are relatively small, they are nicely modern and brightly furnished. There is also a swimming pool on the roof terrace to cool off after a hot day in Singapore. Top!

If you'd like to stay in an area other than Clarke Quay, please stop by here.

Singapore: Tours and Tickets

Arrival to Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island is about 10 kilometers south of Singapore, but has excellent public transport links and is therefore very easy for everyone to reach. The HarbourFront MRT station with the Vivo City shopping mall is the starting point for entering Sentosa Island. So take an MRT train from the city to this station just mentioned.

After that there are several ways to get to Sentosa Island. From the MRT station HarbourFront you can e.g. the Bus route 123 that will take you to the middle of the island in 15 minutes. Or you can opt for the monorail Sentosa Express. A few minutes later you are on the island for 4 SGD.

The third possibility would be that Sentosa Cable Carwhich is certainly the most spectacular kind. Here you drive with gondolas at a height of 60 meters Mount Faber over to the island. This opens up great views of Sentosa Island and Singapore. Cost 35 SGD for a return trip.

If you have time and want to save money, then you can also choose the fourth option. Just go on foot. The Vivo City shopping mall is connected to Sentosa Island via a path or bridge and so you can walk over in 10 minutes and start around on Trick Eye Museum your tour.

1. S.E.A. Aquarium

The S.E.A. Aquarium is one of the Marine Life Park from Sentosa Island, shared with the Adventure Cove Waterpark. It was the largest aquarium in the world until 2014, but is still one of the largest today with a diversity of over 100,000 marine life.

You can observe a whole range of fish and mammals behind acrylic panels. These include sharks, manta rays, jellyfish, moray eels, groupers and many more. There are a total of 800 different species of animals housed in 45 million liters of water.

The S.E.A. The aquarium is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., only on Saturdays it closes at 6 p.m. The tickets cost 40 SGD (approx. 26 €). For a few euros more, however, you can order a ticket including hotel pick-up online, which is absolutely worth it.

2. Trick Eye Museum

Sentosa Island's Trick Eye Museum is an optical art museum. Here you can become part of the pictures and take absolutely fantastic photos. The works of art are breathed into life, so to speak, and you sometimes stand in the middle of them.

What is special about it is that the Trick Eye Museum is no ordinary 3D museum, but relies on its own Augmented Reality Technology (AR). In this way, you don't just see a picture, but also get sound, light and other effects. Tickets are available from SGD 25 on site, and you save a little when you book online. Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

3. Universal Studios

The Universal Studios on Sentosa Island is also exciting. A highlight for the whole family, if you have enough time. There are many attractions and roller coasters that lead you through well-known film sets or have been modeled on them. These include, for example, Puss in Boots, Transformers, Jurassic Park, Madagascar and a few more.

Since that's not all, of course, there are numerous dining options, souvenir shops and shows. Universal Studios alone can take a whole day and are also very entertaining, especially for children.

It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Fridays, however, only until 7 p.m., on Saturdays until 10 p.m. Day tickets start at SGD 79 for adults and SGD 59 for children. You can save something, for example, if you combine the tickets with a hotel pick-up.

4. Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds' wax museum is originally from Amsterdam and the 7th branch in Asia was opened on Sentosa Island in Singapore. Since 2014 you can meet wax figures of many stars here, which are modeled after the original in real size.

In addition to various stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Lewis Hamilton, Tom Cruise, Jackie Chan, you can also discover other famous personalities such as Barack Obama, Mahatma Gandhi or Nelson Mandela. Further highlights are e.g. a Marvel 4D Experience or the VR Racing Experience, in which you can contest a race together with Sebastian Vettel.

Tickets are available from SGD 32 for adults. The Madame Tussauds wax museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. When you this Trick Eye Museum also want to visit, there are also combination tickets that can save you money.

5. Adventure Cove Waterpark

Perfect for families, but also for everyone who is looking for a cooling off including exciting slides or who wants to experience the sea creatures up close. Snorkeling is offered in the Adventure Cove Waterpark as well as relaxing in the swimming pools and the adrenaline rush on the slides.

The Adventure Cove Waterpark is with the S.E.A. Aquarium part of the Marine Life Parks on Sentosa Island. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with ticket prices of SGD 38 for adults and SGD 30 for children.

6. Mega Adventure

Are you looking for even more fun and adrenaline after the Adventure Cove Waterpark, then don't miss the Mega Adventure Park. Some activities are offered here, such as MegaZip, a 75 meter high, 3-lane and 450 meter long zipline where you can challenge your friends to a race.

Or you can try the high ropes course MegaClimb, simulate a 15 meter free fall with the MegaJump or test the huge trampolines in the MegaBounce. Prices for individual activities start at 15 SGD. If you combine several “mega” activities, you can also save money. You can find tickets here. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

7. Merlion

The Merlion is that Singapore landmark and you can find him at the Marina Bay in front of the city skyline. There is a replica on Sentosa Island that you can see during a visit. This replica is 37 meters high and even accessible to visitors.

Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., you can visit the inside of the Merlion for SGD 18. The story of Prince Sang Nila Utama brought closer to what the legend of Merlion is closely connected. There is also a viewing platform in the head.

Directly behind the Merlion of Sentosa Island, the Merlion Walk begins, which is decorated with colorful marine life and takes you over 120 meters to the Siloso Beach leads.

8. Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom

In the middle of one Rainforest is the Butterfly Park and the Insect Kingdom. The park has existed since 1987 and is home to many different and especially exotic species of butterflies and insects. The station with the cocoons is also special, where you can watch new butterflies see the light of day.

Sometimes you can also see parrots or turtles and various shows are also offered. Every Saturday and Sunday there is a show at 3 p.m. in which new butterflies are let fly.

Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom on Sentosa Island are open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tickets cost SGD 18 for adults and SGD 12.60 for children.

9. Fort Siloso and Skywalk

The Siloso Skywalk takes you a good 180 meters, 11 stories high over a platform to Fort Siloso. There you can learn about the history of Singapore and the invasion of Japanese troops in WWII.

On site at Fort Siloso there is still an old cannon and you can use it Surrender Chambers Immersive Show learn more about the history of Singapore if you are interested. The whole thing is free and can be visited daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

10. Beaches

There are three man-made beaches on Sentosa Island that you can visit for free. These are the Siloso Beach, the Palawan Beach and the Tanjong Beach. The sand for this was imported from Malaysia and Indonesia and the whole area was equipped with palm trees and offers a beautiful backdrop for a big city.

Siloso Beach offers a beach club (the Ola Beach Club), kayaking or the Wave House, where you can surf. Palawan Beach is more geared towards families and there are also small paddling pools available for children. Tanjong Beach is the quietest section that is currently attracting sun worshipers who just want to relax. By the way, you can swim anywhere on the said beaches.

Bonus: The southernmost point of Asia

From Palawan Beach A suspension bridge leads to a viewing platform in front, from where you have a great view of the beaches of Sentosa Island. In addition, the southernmost point of continental Asia is located here. Not particularly spectacular, but if you visit the viewing platforms, you can make a short stop here and enjoy the view of the sea.

11. Sentosa Golf Club

The home of the Barclays Singapore Open. The Sentosa Golf Club consists of two greens, the The Serapong and The New Tanjong. There you can play 18 holes as a golfer and also try out the best golf course in Asia as a private person. Because that's exactly what the Serapong was chosen for.

What else you can expect at Sentosa Golf Club, how high the green fees are and all other things worth knowing, you can read up on the website of the Sentosa Golf Club.

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Photos: Photo 4 (SEA Aquarium) - PUMPZA /, Photo 6 (Adventure Cove Waterpark) - Travelerpix /, Photo 8 (Siloso Skywalk) - Miew S /, Photo 11 (Sentosa Golf Club) - Maxene Huiyu /

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