Singapore is not just one island, but a main island with over 50 surrounding islets. Like a star with her own band of little startlets hovering around her. Sentosa, otherwise known as Singapore's Discovery Island, is just off the south coast of the main island and can be reached by bus, ferry or cable car.
Some of Singapore's smaller islands offer a quiet respite from the big city with their laid-back ambience, idyllic beaches and inviting waters. Pulau Ubin is a window into a Singapore of 30 years ago - thatched huts, backyard orchards, dirt tracks and interesting wildlife. It's hard to believe the strides made by Singapore in just 30 years, especially after visiting this island and getting a taste of what it must have been. St. John's Island, a former penal colony which has been transformed into a tranquil resort with abundant watersport activities and holiday bungalows, makes an ideal getaway.
Kusu or "Turtle" Island is best known for its legend of how a giant turtle turned itself into an island in order to save two shipwrecked sailors, a Malay and a Chinese. A wonderful tale there to enchant visitors. Lazarus and Sisters Islands are some of the other easily accessible tropical paradises known for snorkelling and diving. Simply catch a ferry from the Singapore Cruise Centre at the World Trade Centre or hire your own boat from Jardine Steps, Clifford Pier or the Changi Jetty.
Nature, history, recreation and fantasy - Sentosa offers all these and more in a fun, entertaining and educational way. Winner of the 9th Tourism Awards 1994 - Leisure Attraction of the Year.
Sentosa's Siloso Beach, Central Beach and Tanjong Beach offer sun-worshippers a variety of water sports such as pedal carting, aquabiking, canoeing, surf boarding and "banana boating". Catch the resident pig-tailed macaques, harvesting ripe coconuts from the trees along the beach. Hop on the Beach Trains which run along the beaches. For the outdoor enthusiasts, there are camp sites and youth hostels. Try out the wild water rides at Fantasy Island, a thrilling water park. and go wild. Simply hang loose and let yourself go. Just give in to the never-ending fun and entertainment.
The Musical Fountain presents a high-tech spectacle integrating a ballet of light, laser, colour and music. At night, the Merlion "awakens" in a breathtaking sight and sound show incorporating the dancing fountains.
Nature lovers will appreciate the Nature Walk/Dragon Trail which meanders through a tropical secondary rainforest leading to a number of vantage points offering scenic views from the summit of Mount Imbiah. Butterfly Park is so called as it is home to 2,500 butterflies from over 50 species while the Insect Kingdom Museum features giant millipedes, tarantulas, rhino-beatles and many more. Insectia anyone? Underwater World Singapore is one of Asia's largest tropical fish oceanarium. Sentosa's Orchid Gardens presents Singapore's national flower in all its glory with its manicured gardens, fresh orchid blooms and Japanese tea house.
Sentosa offers a gastronomic experience too. A perfect island for a gourmet as well as a gourmand. A food centre offers a vast array of local foods and Western cuisine. Alternatively, dine at one of the many food and beverage outlets on the island, offering choices that range from fast food and hawkers' fare to 5-star gourmet cuisines.
Sentosa is served by public buses and ferry services as well as cable cars.