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Sentosa

The biggest and most famous of Singapore’s offshore islands, Sentosa is also one of the nearest to the mainland. A multi-million dollar pleasure resort, the island is encircled by a monorail and offers a wide variety of activities and places of interest. Some of these are the Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon, Images of Singapore, the currently refurbished Musical Fountain Show, the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom Museum, The Merlion, the Carlsberg Sky Tower and Sijori WonderGolf.

Beautiful gardens, fine beaches and a variety of restaurants and eating outlets all contribute to the popularity of the island with foreign travellers and natives alike. Many people skip the theme park sites and go straight to Sentosa’s beaches like Palawan, Siloso and Tanjong, where there are a great selection of watersport facilities. These beaches were created with imported white sand and are usually crowded, particularly Saturdays and Sundays.

Many of buses, trams and monorails are provided from Sentosa to the city centre, and the causeway bridge is open to pedestrian traffic. An entrance fee to the island is charged and composite tickets can also be purchased which allow admission to some of the attractions; enquire locally for information. Camping, hotels and resorts as well as other accommodation are available on Sentosa.

Other Islands

St John’s Island is a big, hilly and tree-shaded island, which has many superb beaches. Plenty of walking trails are also available. A scheduled ferry service from the HarbourFront Centre will take travellers about 40 minutes to reach this island.

Kusu Island is popular for 2 famous sights: the Chinese Tua Pekong Temple and the Keramat (a Muslim shrine). It can be reached by a frequent ferry from the World Trade Centre which takes about 30 minutes.

Pulau Hantu, Lazarus Island and Sisters Islands (the latter being part of the group of Southern Islands) are excellent for fishing, snorkeling and swimming. There is no regular ferry however, boats can be chartered; enquire locally for details.

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