A whole host of world-class attractions and entertainment awaits you at Sentosa. Spas, golf, retreats, hotels, as well as history and nature, are nestled on the 500+ hectare island covered in lush greenery and fronted by a 3.2 kilometre stretch of pristine white sand beach. Attractions on Sentosa: -
Tours: Available only for certain attractions, visit their website for details.
History: Sentosa (which means ‘peace and tranquility’ in Malay) was opened in 1968. The island was originally known as Pulau Blakang Mati (which means ‘island behind which lies death’ in Malay), taking its name from an outbreak of malaria which wiped out the population of Bugis pirates who inhabited the island during the 18th century. It served as a British military fortress during the mid-20th century, before it was given back to the Singapore government in 1967. Owned and managed by Sentosa Development Corporation, today, Sentosa is Singapore’s largest offshore island and home to beautiful beaches, gardens and attractions.
The area selected for the construction of Fort Siloso was at the western point of Blakang Mati. Lt. H.E. McCallum, Royal Engineers and a workforce comprising of local people began preparing the site for Fort Siloso in 1874. British, in the days of Queen Victoria, came to Singapore to take advantage of its strategic location to enhance their trade with China. This location would give the new fort a commanding position at the western entrance to Keppel Harbour. The western approach to the harbour is said to had been 'discovered' in 1848 by Admiral Sir Henry Keppel sailing in HMS Meander. There is, however, extremely good evidence that this entrance was known of by the seamen of the east for a significant period of time before Admiral Keppel came on the scene.
Fort Siloso (1874-1918) is now a preserved fortification and served as the last bastion of the British forces during the Japanese invasion of Singapore to the Battle for Singapore in 1942. Just in case you are wondering what a fort or fortress is, just think of it as a large wall or building designed to defend a place or a country from attack.
On 8th December 1941, Fort Siloso was put to the test but unfortunately, our attackers from Japan were too powerful and Singapore lost the battle. The Japanese then, were all out to conquer the world. So they launched surprise attacks not just on Singapore but many other countries and one of them was Hawaii. Like the British soldiers, the American troops stationed at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii were caught off guard and the entire army base was destroyed.
During World War II, the guns of Fort Siloso engaged Japanese forces in the Battle for Singapore, even firing landwards in support of the British troops. They kept the Japanese busy but ultimately surrendered. Before surrender, they destroyed almost everything. Japanese used this Fort to accommodate Prisoners of War.
After 23 years of service, the Sentosa Monorail System cease operations from 16 March 2005.
Address: Sentosa Island, Singapore.
Detailed Map: Click here to download detailed map by Sentosa. For latest version, visit their website to download the map.
Driving: You can use postal code 099958 to bring you to Sentosa Island. There are car parks on the island, you may park at Tanjong & Palawan Car Park, Imbiah Car Park, Beach Car Park, Sentosa Cove Village Car Park. A flat gantry admission charge, also covers all passengers aboard the vehicle, is applicable to each car entering Sentosa. Admission charges vary according to time period, $2 - $7. Speed limit on the island is 40km/h and motorcycles are not allowed on the island. You could also take a Taxi to Sentosa, addission charges vary according to time period.
Bus: Take buses 65, 80, 93, 188, 855, 10, 30, 97, 100, 131, 143, 145 or 166 and alight at VivoCity, along Telok Blangah Road. Board bus RWS8 from bus stop 14141 at VivoCity or bus stop 14121 at Merrill Lynch, HarbourFront to alight at Resorts World Sentosa drop-off point. If you are going to other parts of the island you may take the Sentosa Express (LRT), see MRT below.
MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) Station: Harbourfront MRT (NE1/CC29), proceed to Level 3 of Vivo City to take the Sentosa Express (LRT). Guests are required to pay $4 for this mode of admission. The Sentosa Express Tickets can be bought at the Sentosa counters located right outside the Sentosa Express gantries, alight at Waterfront LRT (S2).
Walk: You can take a leisurely stroll down the Sentosa Boardwalk (located behind Vivo City). Running parallel to Sentosa’s vehicular bridge, the Sentosa Boardwalk is also set to provide guests with an experiential walk amid lush landscapes. It is the only garden-themed boardwalk in South-East Asia, and features five tropical landscapes that are indigenous to Singapore. Overlooking the bay, the Sentosa Boardwalk boasts extensive vantage lookout points for guests to enjoy the sunset, arrival of cruise liners from the sea and outdoor performances. Admission to island is $1.
By Cable Car: Get into Sentosa by Cable Car and you will be rewarded with an aerial overview of the Island including Resorts World Sentosa and Universal Studios, Singapore’s City skyline and Harbour. The best mode of transport into the island takes you directly to the attractions hub of Sentosa: Imbiah Lookout. Alight and be ready to kick-start your Sentosa journey with 11 attractions to choose from at Imbiah Lookout. To get here, alight at Harbourfront MRT and take Exit B (Harbourfront Centre). Follow directional signs leading to Singapore Cable Car station at Harbourfront Tower II. Operating hours 8.45am - 10pm daily (last boarding at 9.30pm), ticketing adult $29 and child (3-12 yrs) $18.
Information is correct as at 30 November 2014. Please visit the destination website for latest updates.