Ah… Sentosa. The island paradise south of Singapore that used to be all about historical sites like Fort Siloso, and unique attractions like Underwater World and the Musical Fountain. But though things look different now, there are still some great reasons for visiting the island. Here are 10 wallet-friendly activities to do while on Sentosa, and all of them cost less than half the $74 price of a one-day adult pass to Universal Studios Singapore.
For your convenience, we’ve divided them based on their proximity to the three Sentosa Express stations on the island:
There are at least 11 attractions in this area, including the Sentosa Merlion. Yes, you know that gigantic 37-metre tall eyesore that has been conning tourists into believing some mythological lie for the past 20 years. Honestly, compared to that everything else at Imbiah Lookout looks positively amazing!
1. MegaZip Adventure Park
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, then the aerial obstacle courses available here will definitely get your juices running. If you’re not a fan of heights, then it’ll be some other fluid. Their ClimbMax high rope course features 24 obstacles at 40 feet high. Alternatively, spend time on the MegaBounce trampoline, flying up to 20 feet in the air!
Tickets can be purchased for individual activities or as a customised package. For example, the custom Monkey Package includes the ClimbMax, ParaJump (which simulates a parachute landing without the parachute!) and NorthFace (their rock climbing wall).
Individual activities can cost between $15 (e.g. for MegaBounce) and $39 (e.g. for ClimbMax). The different customised packages are between $50 and $85. The Monkey Package, for example, is $60 per person.
However, if you have the Entertainer App, you can get a 2-for-1 deal for MegaBounce, ClimbMax and the Monkey Package.
2. Sentosa 4D AdventureLand
If spending an insane amount of money to watch a 3D movie is just not immersive enough for you, then why not try the 4D experience. We’re talking about a regular 3D video projections, but now accompanied by actual wind, water and other elements that are meant to heighten your viewing experience.
Okay, okay, I will admit, done well, these 4D movies are really quite clever. Also, don’t forget, if you’re caught in Sentosa in the middle of a thunderstorm, then this really is the best attraction to make the most of a disappointing trip out.
Tickets are $38.90 for adults and $26.90 for children. They also have a Green Lantern ride (only till end March 2015) that will add another $10 to your ticket if you’re up for it. Because, you know, it can’t be worse than sitting through the Green Lantern movie, can it?
3. Madame Tussauds Singapore
This world-famous wax museum now has a local flavour with the recently opened Madade Tussauds Singapore. Not only can you rub shoulders with amazingly lifelike copies of Hollywood and Bollywood’s elite, you can also pose with the likes of Phua Chu Kang, Mr and Mrs Lee Kuan Yew and Stefanie Sun.
If you buy tickets online, it’s just $32 for the adult ticket, $27 for seniors 60 years old and above, and $22 for children between 3 and 12.
Located conveniently between Siloso and Palawan Beaches, with tram access to Tanjong Beach, you definitely don’t want to miss Sentosa’s beaches. Here are a bunch of activities you can do if playing in the sand and people watching aren’t exciting enough for you.
4. Combat Skirmish Live
Relive your childhood (assuming you grew up at all) by playing laser tag in the indoor maze of the historic Fort Siloso fortress. Because, you know, there’s nothing ironic about playing soldier in a darkened area where Prisoners of War used to suffer.
There are several activities available here. The Indoor Maze laser tag battle is $20 per person for 15 minutes. Alternatively, play “co-op” style against mechanical soldiers in the Tunnel Battle at $35 per person for 30 minutes.
You can also try your hand at clay pigeon shooting! Well, “safer and greener” clay pigeon shooting. Laser Clay uses infrared beams and simulated sounds to mimic the experience of firing a shotgun at fake birds. Does anyone remember the Nintendo game Duck Hunt? Relive the 80s at $35 per person for 30 minutes.
With the Entertainer App, you can now get 2-for-1 deals for admission to Combat Skirmish Live as well as 40 minutes of clay pigeon shooting at Laser Clay!
5. Dolphin Island
Did you know dolphins are mammals? No? All the more reason to see them and learn more about these amazing creatures!
If you can afford to, you have the opportunity to actually swim with them for an hour for $190 per person. If you don’t wanna swim with them but can still afford to splurge, you can be an observer of the session for about $62. (If you do decide to go this route, get the Entertainer App, the savings will more than cover the cost of the app!)
However, for the rest of us, there’s 4 Meet the Dolphin sessions daily that you can see for $29.90 per adult or $20.60 per child between 3 and 12.
6. Animal and Bird Encounters
Sentosa’s not the Zoo or the Birdpark, but you can still enjoy three different kinds of wildlife encounters at the Palawan Amphitheatre daily. Get to meet monkeys, giant iguanas or parrots! Then, depending on the animal in question, get to watch them either perform tricks or just laze around in the sun judging you with their little beady eyes. Then, after each 15 to 30 minute show, ask yourself why your children aren’t as obedient.
Best part though, admission is free! So you can’t complain about why you rushed all the way to Palawan Beach just for that.
There’s something to be said about going about Sentosa at your own pace. You don’t have to squeeze in with the rest of the island’s visitors into the Sentosa Express, or wait in the hot sun for the buses and trams. GoGreen at Beach station provides several options for getting around.
Hybrid Bicycles that are battery powered when you need that extra boost of energy can be rented at $20 for two hours. Alternatively, put your man to good use by renting the bi-pedal bicycle for $18 for two hours and make him do all the work.
If you have the Entertainer App, you can get a 2-for-1 deal for either hybrid or bi-pedal bicycle rental.
Alternatively, if you want to pretend you work for Google, rent a Segway! You can choose to just ride around their circuit ride for $12, or take the Segway up and down the beaches for 30 or 60 minutes at $38 and $80 respectively.
If you have the Entertainer App, you can get a 2-for-1 deal for a 60 minute Segway adventure.
8. Sea Breeze Water Sports
It’s just not Sentosa if you don’t get into the water. And by that I don’t mean being forced to plunge into the sea naked as part of some freshman orientation camp hazing ritual. Really, guys, I’m not bitter about that. You know who you are.
Now, at Sea Breeze Water Sports, there are tons of activities for adventurers of all levels. You can go broke and chose to look really cool with JetLev, a water-propelled jetpack for $228 to $298, or look really stupid on a 10-person Banana Boat for $25 per person.
Alternatively, stick to the familiar with kayaking at $25 for a single kayak or $35 for a double kayak, or enjoy life on a stand-up paddle board for $30 per board.
If you have the Entertainer App, get a 2-for-1 deal for one hour of Kayak or Stand-Up Paddle hires.
9. Adventure Cove Waterpark
There’s probably nothing you can’t imagine doing at the Adventure Cove Waterpark. For just $36 for adults and $,26 for children and senior citizens, you can go on all kinds of crazy water slides, snorkel amidst tropical fish and reefs, float on a tube through different environments and just have fun in a giant wave pool.
Plus, if you have the Entertainer App, you can get a 2-for-1 deal for Adult admission!
10. Trick Eye Museum
Unless you’re not on Facebook or Instagram, you can’t have missed the photo album after photo album of your friends visiting the Trick Eye Museum, a collection of 90 paintings that create a 3D optical illusion. Not only is it rather impressive to view, these paintings also expect you to interact with them, making you the object of a “personalised” masterpiece.
So don’t forget to bring a camera! And bury your dignity in the sand. Because no one’s going to be lauding your photo of you riding the Merlion. Really, people. Really.
Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for children and senior citizens.
Thank you SG50!
From now till the end of the year, walking into Sentosa is now free, while those of you who drive will now enjoy free entry on weekdays after 5pm (not including public holidays).
What other fun activites on Sentosa won’t bust your budget? Share them with us!