Long a bit of a joke, Singaporean wags used to quip that “Sentosa” stood for “So Expensive and Nothing to See Actually”. Well, it’s still expensive, but there are now more than enough attractions to spend a day or two taking it all in, especially in the family-oriented Resorts World Sentosa. In fact the crowd during the weekends and school holidays can be quite daunting, and it’s never easy waiting in long sweaty queues under the mid-day sun but Universal Studios Singapore is a standout experience for theme park lovers and for those who haven’t been to Orlando.
Among Singaporeans, a popular reason to go to Sentosa is to hit the beaches.
Labrador Park (map) and Labrador Secret Tunnels. Opened in May 2005, there are two ways of looking at these two restored British-era bunkers: either they’re done a pretty good job of making a tunnel interesting, or even if you dress it up with spot lights and recorded booms, it’s still just a bunch of tunnels. There are also some machine gun posts, old artillery guns etc scattered about in Labrador Park, which also has some walking trails and a quiet stretch of seashore opposite Sentosa.
*Southern Ridges Walk, Mt Faber (map). This is about as far from hardcore hiking as you can get. On the mainland, it’s a 9 km long walk starting from Mt. Faber that passes over treetops and through housing estates. Offers an easy getaway from shopping centres and tourist attractions. The Henderson Waves (map) are the first major stop on the trail.
Beach Station (map), the terminus of the Sentosa Express monorail, is the primary transport hub for the island. All transportation around Sentosa (except taxis) is free.
Three shuttle bus services coded A, B and C connect Beach Station to various points on the island. Buses run every 10-35 minutes from 07:00-22:30 every day and till 00:00 on Saturdays.
Open-air beach trams shuttle people between Beach Station and all three beaches every 10 minutes.