At the end of the 19th century, the British turned Sentosa into a defensive fortress. And it was in 1967 that the island was given back to the government, and turned into a vacation spot.
Sentosa is the most southerly point of the Asian continent, and although it might sound touristy, you shouldn't miss the opportunity to take the obligatory photo at the corresponding point.
Things to do on the island
Resorts World opened in 2012 on Sentosa: be a major complex comprised of various theme parks. Universal Studios Singapore led the project, and it became the first south-east Asian park from the company.
To get to the island you must pay a small toll. This comes included in the following modes of transport:
- Sentosa Express: a train that connects the VIVO City shopping centre to the island. The ticket costs 4 SGD (US$ 2.90) per journey.
- Sentosa Bus: connects the island with the HarbourFront terminal. The price of a ticket is 3 SGD (US$ 2.20).
- Teleférico (Cable Car): the option with the best views, but also the most expensive. You can take the cable car from tower 2 of the HarbourFront and it makes a stop at Mount Faber (you can get on and off again).
- Taxi or rental car. You should pay 2 SGD (US$ 1.50) per person to access the island.
If you want to take the cable car, train, or bus, then you should take the brown MRT line to HarbourFront where you can get on board.
Even if you're not much of a beach bum Sentosa Island will give you another image of Singapore - families couples and groups of friends all head to the island on the weekend.
If you want to make the most of your time without worrying about transport, you can reserve an excursion online following the link below.