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A quarter mile way from the southern coast of the main island of Singapore lays Sentosa, a 5 square kilometer island. The island is mostly covered by secondary rainforest that serves as a home for a number of native flora and fauna. The island also has 3.2 kilometer long sandy beaches stretching across Siloso, Palawan and Tanjong.
Sentosa is a prime destination in Singapore, baring panoply of attractions and activities to cater different kinds of guest. The island is known as a cultural heritage centre, a nature park and a recreational haven for tourists and Singaporeans.
As the prime tourist destination in Singapore, Sentosa Island Resort offers a variety of attractions, museums and other facilities to endow a whole range of breathless experience.
In the vicinity of Mount Imbiah, Imbiah Lookout offers 11 attractions that will appeal to its visitors. The Sentosa Nature Discovery Gallery, which opened recently, is a place for nature lovers. Located on the fringe of the forest in Sentosa, this attraction is housed in the former monorail station. Here visitors can observe an interactive exhibition of interesting facts and colourful displays placed in the two storey indoor information gallery.
The Lookout offers immense attraction that visitors will surely enjoy. The Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom Museum, provides an impressive display of more than 50 species of butterflies and 3,000 species of the world’s rarest insects including the 160 mm Dynastes Hercules beetle. Admission cost S$12 for adult and S$10 for child. The park opens from 9 am to 6 pm. Within the Palawan Amphitheatre is the Animal and Bird Encounters show, this is another delightful attraction of the island where the menagerie of small animals thrill children of all ages. No admission is needed to see the show.
Want to know more about history, then a visit to the Images of Singapore and Fort Siloso is a must. The Images of Singapore museum offers life-sized dioramas and wax figures showcasing Singapore’s history, customs and traditions while Fort Siloso, was the largest British coastal artillery battery of the Singapore’s Fortress. Built in 1880s to guard the narrow western entrance to Keppel Harbor, Fort Siloso is the only preserved British coastal fortification that allows the history and its role as a concentration camp for prisoners of war during the Japanese occupation to relive. The fortress gives visitors a great account of World War II memorabilia as well as the largest collection of original naval guns in Asia. Admission to the museum is S$10 for adult and S$7 for child while for the fortress it is S$8 for adult and S$5 for child. It opens daily from 9 am to 7 pm and 10 am to 6 pm respectively.
If you are looking for thrilling and breathtaking adventure Sentosa offers different entertainment and experience for the whole family. The Imbiah Lookout has the largest Southest Asia’s 4-D theatre known as Sentosa 4D Magix. A state of the art equipment and the most advanced motion-based hardware in the world that offers a whole new generation of movie magic. Admission cost S$18 for Adult and S$11 for Child.
There is also the known Sentosa Cine Blast which offers a ride of a lifetime. A mind-blowing cinema simulation ride, with its high definition wide screen projection and state of the art 6-axis motion system, adrenalin fueled smile will surely seen in ones face. Admission is S$18 for Adult and S$11 for child.
Desperados is another latest attraction; a virtual shoot-out blast. The game requires participation from the audience. It employs a motion-based saddle seat facing a large screen while shooting bad guys and fire using motion-sensor guns attached to each seat. Admission is S$12 per person. Opens daily at 10 am to 9 pm.
Sentosa Luge and Skyride, brings ultimate fun and pure excitement. A 650 meters luge tracks with an aerial chairlift cableway is the only luge attraction in the region. This downhill gravity ride which is safe for all ages since this part go-cart, part-toboggan ride’s unique steering and braking system allows the rider a thrilling ride. Admission to this attraction cost S$11 per person. Skyride cost S$7 per person one way and two way for S$11 per person. Opening hours is from 10 am to 9.30 pm.
After an exhilarating Skyride, relax and enjoy the panoramic views across Singapore, Sentosa, the Southern Islands, neighboring Malaysia and the outlying island of Indonesia from the country’s highest observation tower. Formerly known as Calsberg Sky Tower, Tiger Sky tower has a height of 131 meters above the sea level. Admission to the tower cost S$12 for adult and S$8 for child.
Known as the island’s landmark, Sentosa Cable Car is 1.6 km ride to and from Sentosa offers a breath taking view of lush greenery and stunning scenery of the coast. Other attractions which visitors would surely enjoy are the Merlion statue, 37 meter high statue which offers pre-show and exhibit, from the mouth of the Merlion is a viewing deck where you can have glimpse of the spectacular view of Sentosa. Underwater World is an oceanarium located on the west part of Sentosa. This oceanarium houses 250 different species of 2500 marine animals. It is considered as the oldest and largest oceanarium in the region, here you can have a close encounters with sharks and stringrays. There is also Dolphin Lagoon along the Tanjong Beach where Meet-the-Dolphins sessions are being held allowing visitors to enter waist deep pool and interact with Indo Pacific humpback dolphins. Another stunning attraction is the Song of the Sea, this is multimedia extravaganza with water geysers, brilliant lasers and special computer imaging and musical show.
Golf enthusiasts will not be disappointed for within the recreational island they will find the most beautiful and exclusive golf club. With two picturesque yet challenging golf courses in the region, Sentosa Golf Club would surely be a haven for golfers.
The island is also famous for its beaches. The Siloso, Palawan and Tanjong, among the three Siloso beach has the nicest beach boardwalk full of clubs and restaurants. One can pander to activities like skim boarding, beach volleyball, rollerblading as well as canoeing. There are also nice dining and shopping outlets which you can enjoy. Palawan beach is located in the southern coast of the island. The stretch of the beach has a number of beach bars where you can chill out. Tanjong beach is a famous gate away for those who want privacy and serenity.