Where to go in Singapore: The island of Sentosa

Anyone who has even been to Malaysia knows that it is teeming with attractions. While this is excellent for travelers, it can make deciding pretty challenging. However, one of the most popular locations for both locals and tourists in the city-state is Sentosa. Dubbed “Asia’s favorite playground,” this island is brimming with family-friendly activities that can meet the expectations of any world traveler.

For those who think “vacation” means lounging on beautiful white-sand beaches, Sentosa is an amazing place to visit while in Singapore. The island is lined with almost 2 miles of beaches and coconut-filled palm trees. There are three beaches on Sentosa, including Silosa, Palawan and Tanjong Beach, and each location has its own distinct personality. Silosa Beach, for example, is perfect for younger visitors. The area is packed with volleyball courts and a variety of other outdoor activities during the day. When the sun goes down, Silosa is also a ideal location for fun, as it features music, bars, parties and restaurants that come alive every night.

Many individuals who venture to Sentosa also stop at Silosa Point. At this part of the island, one of the most popular attractions is Underwater World Singapore and Dolphin Lagoon. Here, visitors will be able to view marine life such as octopuses, sharks and rays. For those who want to spend a little more quality time with these creatures, shark diving, swimming with the dolphins and fish reflexology is available. Silosa Point is also home to Fort Siloso, which can provide travelers with insight into the country’s long history. The fort played a significant role in protecting the Malayan region during World War II and now houses the nation’s largest collection of war memorabilia. During the free weekend tours, guests will be able to see war tunnels, original guns and much more.

If all of these attractions aren’t enough, it is easy to visit Sentosa’s offshore islands, which include Kusu, St. John’s, Sisters’ and Pulau Hantu Islands. There is a regular ferry that leaves Sentosa for Kusu and St. John’s, while the others can be visited by hiring a boat. Once arriving, these gorgeous little spots are ideal for swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and sailing. These islands are also a great location to see the natural beauty of Singapore.