Although the name translates as “peace and tranquility” in Malay, which in turn came from the Sanskrit word Santosha, there is plenty of thrilling action and adventurous activities to get up to when on Sentosa Island—Singapore’s sunny island playground paradise.
It’s home to exciting themed attractions, rousing underwater worlds, lush rainforests and golden sandy beaches. It’s also home to South East Asia’s first Universal Studios theme park and Singapore’s only cable car, but we’re sure you already knew about them.
A day out on Sentosa is a fun day out for everyone, but it might not give you enough time to do and see it all.
1. S.E.A. Aquarium
Home to more than 100,000 marine animals of over 1,000 species from 50 different habitats, S.E.A. Aquarium is one of Singapore’s most unique and iconic venues. You’ll go below the ocean and thanks to the 36m wide by 8.3m tall viewing panel, you’re able to feel as if you’re on the ocean floor as marine life swim by.
But that’s not all. At the Discovery Pool, you will be able to touch creatures like sea cucumbers and starfish while daily shows will give you the chance to see a number of species being fed.
2. Skyline Luge and Skyride
They say that once is never enough going downhill at Skyline Luge Sentosa, which makes the four purpose-built tracks extremely handy. From exhilarating straights, nerve-racking hairpins and through tunnels and rainforests on your way down from the top, you’re going to want to go again and again.
Those afraid of going too fast don’t need to worry because the Luge carts give riders complete control, so you can enjoy the track at your own speed. And don’t worry about having to walk back up the mountain for another thrilling ride because you can jump onto the scenic Skyride.
SkyHelix Sentosa is the tallest open-air, 360-degree panoramic ride in Singapore. Onboard, riders sit on a gondola while it slowly rises 79 metres above sea level on a vertical structure. At the top, they get a complimentary drink as they take in all the views of the island and far beyond.
4. HeadRock VR Theme Park
Singapore’s first-ever virtual reality theme park is on Sentosa where you will be able to dive into a number of thematic experiences for some mind-blowing fun. Escape the howling winds of a snowy blizzard, loop-de-loop in a rollercoaster, team up to defeat the zombies or combat the killer robots at high altitudes are just some of the insane VR experiences you can play.
The new Kids Media Interactive Zone is the futuristic children’s playground that combines analogue with digital technology for fun and amusing games.
5. Bungy Jump, Giant Swing or Skybridge at AJ Hackett Sentosa
One of the best views of Siloso Beach on Sentosa is when you’re plummeting towards the ground from 50-metres in the air, a bungy cord strapped to your ankles and bouncing back up again and again until you come to a complete stop. It’s heart-in-your-mouth sightseeing just like the Giant Swing that will hurtle you towards the beach at speeds of 100km/h and more.
For those that prefer to keep their feet planted but still want their heart to palpitate, AJ Hackett’s Skybridge is a 40-metre walkway with see-through sections to make you feel as if you’re walking through the air.