Experiencing the Magic of Sentosa

PauTravels Family Photo with Oscar of Sentosa

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.

It was the day before Christmas when we decided to schedule our trip to Sentosa but we almost canceled that trip. We woke up that morning with rain pouring outside. It was my first time to experience rain in Singapore that lasted more than an hour. Well it fell the whole morning. At around 11 in the morning Jen and I decided to push through and just try our luck with the weather, so we went out of the drizzling weather. We brought umbrellas with us and fortunately, Kuya has a raincoat for the stroller that we borrowed from them for Janine.
Experiencing Sentosa

Sentosa Monorail Station in VivoCity

Experiencing Sentosa

Sentosa Monorail

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.

Experiencing Sentosa

Sentosa Monorail Beach Station

Experiencing Sentosa

Pricelist for show

Experiencing Sentosa

At Siloso Beach

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.

Experiencing Sentosa

Live Corals at the Underwater World

Experiencing Sentosa

Janine watches the fishes

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.

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At the underwater tunnel of Underwater World Sentosa

Experiencing Sentosa

Giant Arwanas

Experiencing Sentosa

a stingray swims gracefully

Experiencing Sentosa

feeding the sharks

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.

Experiencing Sentosa

The Sea Lion Auditorium

Experiencing Sentosa

Sea Lions showing Tricks

Experiencing Sentosa

A Sea Lion at the Underwater World

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.

Experiencing Sentosa

Sentosa’s Merlion

Experiencing Sentosa

Headed for Palawan and Tanjong Beaches in Sentosa

Experiencing Sentosa

Sentosa Sign on Palawan Island

Experiencing Sentosa

Palawan, The Southernmost Point of Continental Asia

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.

Experiencing Sentosa

The Songs of the Sea

Experiencing Sentosa

Princess Ami

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Oscar the fish

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The Lord of Fire

Experiencing Sentosa

The Spirit of Light

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Lady of the Sea

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Blue jets of water

Experiencing Sentosa

Colors blend to the waters

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At the shows finale

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.

7 thoughts on “Experiencing the Magic of Sentosa

  1. Hello,

    Entertaining post. Our company is organizing a meet for employees and shareholders around that area. Do you, by any chance, know anything about car rentals in the area Can you please share some info on car rentals also?
    Thank you.

    Gilly

  2. Oh I’m sorry but I’m not familiar with any car rentals there but I’d presume the known brands like Avis are available there.

    But I don’t think you need to rent a car to go around Singapore. It is just a small country with a very good transport system. I’ve only relied on their MRT and buses to go around whenever I go there. They also have free maps at the airport to help guide you around.

    And if you are going to Sentosa, you just need to go to the nearest MRT station and you can simply transfer seamlessly upto the Harbourfront Station on the Purple line.

    😀

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  6. hi there. sharing your experience about Sentosa made me filled up with the things i’ve missed to see in there. hope i could still go back to Sentosa and see a lot more that this place has to offer. though the availability of time and unpredictable weather in SG make me think twice if i would still go back or not. but the beauty of this place is absolutely amazing!

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