Sentosa Island, Singapore


Sentosa Island by Jpatokal

Sentosa is a small island situated just off the southern coast of Singapore. Formerly known by the rather unattractive name of Pulau Belakang Mati ("The Island of Death from Behind" in Malay), Sentosa has been re-branded and transformed into one big tourist attraction, popular with Singaporeans as a quick island getaway. Sentosa Island features sheltered beaches, two golf courses and resort-style hotels. It is also the location of the Resorts World Sentosa complex featuring the Universal Studios theme park and casino.

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Long a bit of a joke, Singaporean like to quip that SENTOSA actually stands for "So Expensive and Nothing to See Actually". Sentosa's attractions have received some much-needed upgrades in recent years, with the worst of the lot unceremoniously demolished. Sentosa Island is very much a family destination and should keep the kids occupied and amused at least for a day or two. Besides the various accommodations available at Resorts World, there are also several resort-style hotels situated across Sentosa Island. Camping on Sentosa is not allowed and the only campground on the island has closed.

Aerial view of Sentosa Island by Terence Ong

The small southern islets of Kusu Island, Lazarus Island, Pulau Seringat, Pulau Tekukor, Saint John's Island and the two Sisters' Islands are managed and maintained by Sentosa Development Corporation. Various plans to develop these islands have not come to much and they remain off the beaten track but by no means undiscovered. The islands have a tranquil setting compared to Sentosa, with very little commercial activities and relatively untouched by the millions of tourists that come to Singapore each year. The first two islands can be reached by public ferry but for the rest you will have to charter a boat.

Pulau Seringat by Jacklee

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