Sentosa Island, dubbed “The State of Fun”, is a great getaway for both thrill seekers and those looking to unwind at beaches or resorts. It also has rain forests, theme parks, and a giant Merlion observatory where you can see a beautiful panoramic view of the island. The majority of the island is reachable on foot, but you can take cable cars from one end to the other. Though some parts of the island are quite touristy, the beaches are never overcrowded, so I highly recommend traveling here to see them.
The best way to access this island is to travel from Mount Faber Station via cable car to Sentosa’s Mount Imbiah Station because you get the best views and most exciting experience. However, taking the MRT is a cheaper option. I decided to get the Cable Car Free & Easy Package they were selling at the entrance to the cable cars so I had unlimited rides and access to two attractions on the island. This package was priced at $55 (SIN), and seemed to be overall worth it.
The view I managed to get from riding the cable cars was truly amazing! I loved looking down at the sparkling pools and seeing the architecture of the massive theme parks:
Upon arrival, I decided to make my way to Sentosa’s most scenic beach, Palawan Beach. Sentosa has a total of three beaches you can visit, but Palawan is hands down the most popular due to its famous suspension bridge you can cross to climb a wooden watchtower. Even though I went to the beach on a weekend, it still wasn’t overly crowded and I had a lot of room to swim. If you come, be sure to bring some water to be hydrated, as most of the restaurants are located closer to the station rather than the beachfront.
In addition to this beautiful palmed-lined beach, you can also see Siloso Beach and Tanjong Beach, which are a bit more remote but definitely a great change of scenery. You can also check out some of the many attractions that Sentosa Island has; everything from animal encounters to skydiving. I chose to go to the Merlion Observatory and seeing an amazing view from its gaping mouth, as well as take the Skyride down to the beach area. There are activities for all different interests and age groups available, so you have a lot to choose from.
The Sentosa Merlion is a lot bigger than the one in central Singapore and is definitely worth checking out! You can learn some of the history of the country and also why the Merlion was chosen as its courageous symbol. It has two galleries; one from atop its head and one from its mouth. Both are very fun to check out. In addition, you also get a card to receive a lucky gift from the Merlion!
I am very happy for my experience at the State of Fun because it was exactly the trip I needed to recharge from the bustling city life.