Aside from our visit to the Singapore Zoo during our 6-day trip to the Merlion city, we have reserved another day to come to Singapore’s premier tourist destination which is Sentosa. Sentosa is an island themed park located south of the island state which featured experiences with nature, the beach, and family fun.
It has been more than a couple years since I last visited Sentosa and I’d say a lot have changed. And unfortunately, we visit Sentosa a few months too early before the opening of the Universal Studios theme park that will open doors this first quarter of 2010 along with the other attractions in the Integrated Resort within Resorts World Sentosa there.
We took the purple line to Harbourfront MRT station and headed to VivoCity. There we strolled the mall area for a while and looked for a place to have lunch. We ended up having lunch at Carl’s Jr.
Fortunately just after lunch, we noticed that the rain has stopped. This gave us a mark that we can finally proceed to Sentosa. So we went to the 3rd floor of Vivo City to the Sentosa Monorail station. Using our EZ-Link cards, we rode the monorail to Sentosa. Entrance fee of SG$3 to the park is automatically deducted from our card.
The Sentosa Monorail had four stations, one in VivoCity, a station for the Integrated Resort where Universal Studios park is located, the Imbiah station where the big Merlion statue is located and the Beach Station where the Songs of the Sea show is located. We first headed to Beach Station to purchase the tickets for the Songs of the Sea light and water show. Tickets are for 745pm and 845pm shows.
After buying tickets for the night show, we made our way to the nearby Beach Train station to get to Siloso Beach. Anyways that whole area in the Beach Station is very new to me as the last time I was there, the whole place was still undergoing construction. And on our way to Siloso, a lot of beach resorts have already found place on what used to be a simple public b beach. Anyways, at the end of the Siloso tram route, we had our pictures taken to a familiar signage of Siloso where beach concerts are usually done.
Then from Siloso, we just walked for a few minutes to the Underwater World attraction. The ticket costs SG$22.90 to enter the oceanarium and the Dolphin Lagoon. The Underwater World houses hundreds of different marine animals with touch pools and an 83-meter long underwater tunnel.
At the entrance, guests are greeted by a tall cylindrical aquarium of different species. Also touch pools are also there where guests can freely touch stingrays as they swim. And they have these glassed enclosure for some fishes that looked like a bigger version of gold fishes where there is an extended glass area where one can insert their hands in to touch the fishes. Janine enjoyed this very much to try to touch the fishes. Well Janine loves fishes that she kept calling ‘Fishy, Fishy’ which basically got from Darla of Finding Nemo.
The attraction only had stairs so I had to carry Janine’s stroller as we go deeper to the aquarium. Going deeper, a lot of different fishes, jellies, and crustaceans are found. Also, that time there was a clown making balloon shapes for the kids. Of course we had the clown make her a flower shaped balloon.
At the lowest section is where Underwater World’s main attraction is located and it is their walk through tunnel that passes through the huge tank of marine life. It had a moving conveyor belt where one can stand up while it moves and enjoy the view, or step off anytime along the path. Janine was pretty much amazed that it took us 3 rounds before we decided that we get off to the next attraction.
Getting out of the aquarium area, we headed to the stadium behind it where there is a big pool which happens to be where they have moved the pink dolphins. Unfortunately there was no dolphin show that day, but we watched their sea lion show. We sat in front and at a very good spot where the dolphins have their tricks.
Those were very good attractions but we had to move to another spot, and this time we headed for the Merlion Park where a 37 meter replica of the Merlion is located. It is basically located almost at the center of the island where guests may get in and come up to its top floor by the merlion’s mouth. But we just went to the park in front of it to have some pictures with it. That spot has changed a lot as a big part of the garden in front of it was closed for construction of the Integrated Resort.
Next, we took the monorail once again back to Beach station and this time heading to Palawan beach. We rode the Palawan and Tanjong Beach tram. We were off to see the Southern Most Point of Continental Asia. This small island is connected by a hanging suspension bridge and has wooden viewing areas that rise about 3 storeys to offer a good view of Sentosa and the Malacca Strait. The main landmark there is a stone structure that had the name of Sentosa. Palawan beach is a good spot for swimming and playing on the beach so we took some time to relax and enjoy the sea breeze before heading back to Beach Station.
Around 630pm we headed for the Songs of the Sea for the 745pm show. We went there early as we expected that a queue would be lining up there soon and then there was already a queue starting. But before lining up, we first took some pictures with Oscar which is the main star of the show. We waited not much until they had guests enter the show. So we looked for a good spot to sit and watch the show. The auditorium faces the sea where a section of the beach is off limits to guests while on the shore, a wharf is set up.
At sun down, they started to light up the wharf structure until the show began. It started with a bunch of guys singing on the white beach until a beautiful princess appeared behind the wharf and they were met with the different creatures of light, fire, water and others. The show was magnificent with all the water, light, and fire that they showed. Like the old show, they projected through fountains to make the illusion.
It was a very long day but it was definitely worth the time to visit Sentosa, and I guess much more this 2010 when the Integrated Resorts including the Universal Studios opens up.