The second day of our trip to Singapore was spent in Sentosa Island, popularly known as Asia's Favourite Playground. (On the first day, we had a blast at Universal Studios Singapore). Sentosa is an integrated resort that offers something for everyone, whether for business or pleasure – themed attractions, spas, verdant rainforests, beaches, resort and hotel accommodations, golf courses, yachting marina, and exclusive residences.
We wanted to experience a “playful day” in Sentosa and fortunately, they offered a Day Play Pass that allowed us to enjoy 16 Sentosa attractions at only SGD 69.90 per adult/SGD 53.90 per child (great value for money at 70% off the regular price!). The Day Pass was valid from 9am to 7pm. We bought our tickets at the Sentosa Station ticketing counter located at VivoCity Lobby L, Level 3.
The 16 attractions included in the Day Play Pass were: Wave House, Fort Siloso, Extreme Log Ride, Desperados in 3D, Pirates in 4D, The Maritime Experiential Museum, Images of Singapore, Bi-pedal bicycle, 1 Luge, Tiger Skytower, Singapore Cable Car (return trip only), The Flying Trapeze, The Merlion, Unlimited Skyride, and Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom. Check the Sentosa Website to see the updated list of attractions for the Day Pass.
Sentosa beach area
Our first stop was at the beach area, a 3.2km expanse of white sand. We just checked out the beach and did not wade in the water anymore.
Bikini Bar; Beach tram station and GoGreen Bicycle Rental
Sentosa beach tram
We rode the beach tram from the tram station so we could go to the Segway fun ride. Segway is a personal transporter on two wheels. For beginners like us, we were instructed first on how to properly ride and control the Segway before we were allowed to ride it on our own. It was so much fun riding the Segway on the circular path with exciting twists and turns. I was not able to take photos because all of our belongings were required to be stored in the locker. The allotted time for the Segway Fun ride was only about 15-20 minutes. Sigh… how I wished the fun lasted a little longer. For those with enough money to spare, you can rent the Segway for another 30 minutes and explore either Siloso Beach or Palawan Beach for SGD 38.
Next stop was at the Skyride. We were able to glide through the top of the trees and watch the panorama of the city’s skyline and picturesque coastline. But I was nervous throughout the ride, because we were so high up, almost at the level of the trees’ canopy. I was so relieved when the Skyride was finally over!
After the Skyride, we tried the Luge which is “part go-cart and part toboggan.” It was an exhilarating ride as we manoeuvred through 688 meters of the Dragon Trail. Please note that “passengers with heart conditions, motion sickness, back problems, other physical limitation such as epilepsy, vertigo and pregnant women are not allowed to ride on Luge & Skyride.”
In Imbiah Lookout, there were 11 attractions to choose from. We did not pass up the chance to visit The Merlion, Singapore’s famous icon that is half-lion and half-fish. I was surprised that we could actually enter inside the 37-meter tall Merlion statue.
Entrance to the Merlion
We watched a short animated feature about the origins of the Merlion inside a mini-theatre. Afterwards, we climbed to the lion’s mouth, where we took some photos against the scenic background. We also went further up to the lion’s crown and from here we were able to admire the city’s skyline and Singapore’s southern shores.
Scenic view from the Merlion's crown
It was already noon when we went down from the Merlion's head. We just had lunch at KFC, located near the Merlion Park, because we wanted to finish our meal as fast as we could. A lot of other Sentosa attractions still awaited us...