The best attractions in Sentosa Island all share one thing in common: fun, and lots of it! This manmade island, accessible via a small bridge from the main Singapore island, is jam-packed full of entertaining things to do, many of which are geared towards families with young kids. 

    Sentosa Island is famous for the massive Resorts World, which in itself contains many fun things to see and do. Sentosa is also home to all of the best beaches in Singapore. All featured attractions are easy to get to, thanks to a free bus service that runs around the island as well as a free monorail service.

    What are the best things to do in Sentosa Island?

    This massive complex of themed rides, live shows, and Hollywood movie-sets pulls in millions every year and is part of the enormous US$4.5 billion Resorts World Sentosa development. Although of course appealing more to the kids, the sheer size and variety of the park mean that there is something here for everybody.

    Multiple sections including Hollywood, New York, Ancient Egypt and Madagascar takes you through both a cinematic and geographical journey. If white-knuckle rides, huge roller coasters and live movie scenes are your thing, there really is no better place in Singapore than Universal Studios Singapore.

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    Location: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269, Singapore

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm, Friday–Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +65 6577 8888


    Sentosa Beaches

    Singapore is famous for its staggering manmade developments that have quickly turned what was just a small jungle island into a sprawling metropolis in just a matter of decades. Its beaches are no exception; the pristine white sands you see today on Sentosa’s coast are all the result of human intervention. Although technically manmade, there is nothing fake about the soft sand, which is actually imported in from nearby Malaysia.

    Sentosa island boasts 3.2km of the white stuff, and visitors can find plenty to do, such as lounging at one of the various beach bars, splashing around in the shallow warm sea or just finding a quiet spot underneath a palm tree with a good book for the afternoon. For the best spots, head to Tanjong, Palawan, or Siloso Beach.

    Location: Sentosa Island, Singapore

    Adventure Cove Waterpark Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa has enough fun rides and slides to satisfy the thrill seekers, and also has a range of other water-based activities for those not so fond of hurtling down huge tunnels or spirally around giant funnels in rubber rings.

    While this waterpark offers seven different adrenalin-filled water rides, it’s their more unique attractions like Ray Bay and Rainbow Reef (that allow you to get up close and personal with over 20,000 fish), which really sets Adventure Cove Waterpark apart from the rest of Sentosa’s never-ending list of attractions.

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    Location: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +65 6577 6000


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    Part attraction and part method of transportation, Sentosa Skyline Luge & Skyride is a perfect way of getting from A to B all while getting some great views across Singapore, as well as adrenaline fix too! The Sentosa Skyride is an open-air cable-driven chairlift which stretches from mainland Singapore all the way to Sentosa island.

    Within the same complex, visitors can also try their driving skills at the luge - a non-motorised, three-wheel carrier that goes down a steep hill from near the Imbiah Lookout and ends at the Siloso Beach. Both activities offer tree-top views of the nearby beaches as well as the Singapore skyline.

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    Location: 45 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099003, Singapore

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +65 6274 0472


    Sentosa Golf Club boasts not one, but 2 18-hole golf courses, drawing in everybody from amateur golfers to the professionals. Although Singapore has numerous golf clubs dotted around the island, few rivals the one found at Sentosa, both in terms of the quality of the course and its prestigious status.

    Those visiting Singapore without all the essential gear shouldn’t worry – Sentosa Golf Club provides all the facilities and equipment you would ever need, including buggy cars, caddies, and clubs for hire. On-site, there are also locker rooms, a driving range, shops, several bars and restaurants and meeting spaces. Everything you need all conveniently in one club.

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    Location: 27 Bukit Manis Road, Singapore 099892, Singapore

    Phone: +65 6275 0090


    Images of Singapore

    Located at Imbiah Lookout on Sentosa Island, Images of Singapore is a must-visit historical museum featuring audio-visual presentations showing Singaporean history and culture, focusing on its people and their lives.

    In an old-style warehouse format, exhibits include the period when the Malaysians rule, the arrival of the British and the post-colonialist period under Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and more.

    Location: 40 Imbiah Road Sentosa, Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa Island 099700, Singapore

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11 am to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 7.30 pm

    Phone: +65 6715 4000


    Palawan Beach

    One of the most prominent beaches in Singapore, Palawan Beach is well-known for its Pirates of the Caribbean-style suspension bridge linking to a small island which you can walk or even swim across to.

    Located in the centre of the southern tip of Sentosa, Palawan Beach has fine white sand, palm trees and a few lively beach bars to keep you refreshed from mid-morning to late evening. Once on Sentosa, you can choose to walk or take the shuttle bus around the island to the beach.

    Location: Palawan Beach, Sentosa Island Singapore 099981, Singapore


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    Siloso Beach can be found on the south-western coast of Sentosa and is well-known for being a popular picnic spot for families at the weekend, as well as hosting a range of beach sports such as volleyball, beach football and canoeing.

    This is probably the best-catered-for beach in Singapore, with a range of bars, restaurants, shops and hotels near the beachfront, which underwent an S$3.3 million makeover at the end of 2012.

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    Location: 51 Imbiah Walk Sentosa Singapore 099538, Singapore


    Tanjong Beach is arguably Singapore’s best spot for relaxing in the daytime, thanks to its slightly more secluded position on the south coast of Sentosa. This crescent-shaped hideout has shallow warm waters, fine white sand and tropical palm trees – all the essential ingredients to make for a perfect beach and help you forget it’s not actually natural.

    It's also well-known for its parties, thrown at the popular Tanjong Beach Club, which generally happens about twice a month at night. However, this bar usually provides more relaxed vibes in the day time, with its swimming pool, sun-loungers and an extensive menu of drinks.

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    Location: 120 Tanjong Beach Walk Sentosa Island Singapore 098942, Singapore


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