Places Of Interest:
Singapore is in fact not just one island but a main island with over 60 surrounding islets. The main island has a total land area of about 640 square km.Some Of these islets have a lot of attractions in store for the tourist apart from breathtaking scenic views.Of these islets the islet of Sentosa is worth a trip.
Sentosa is Singapore?s favourite island off the Straits of Singapore.
a.Underwater World: This is Asia?s most exiting tropical oceanarium. Walking among the sharks with their steely gazes and the hundreds of shoals of glimmering fish; the abundant marine life makes you wonder if you are travelling in a dream. This is the entrance to Underwater World, an attraction in Sentosa that provides an introduction to the aquamarine world of fishes, corals and others, that will prove to be both enlightening and enjoyable. It has an 80-metre submerged acrylic tunnel, allowing you to see over 2 500 marine animals in close proximity. Opens from 9am to 9pm daily.
b.Fantasy Island: Fantasy Island is one of the biggest water theme parks in Asia with a wide variety of rides and treats for everyone. Enjoy thrilling roller coaster rides down gushing water slides. Fantasy Island also provides imaging cashing services.
c.VolcanoLand: VolcanoLand, where you will discover the secrets of the ancient Mayan Civilization and the legendary Mount Prospero, re-creates a journey into the centre of the earth, and traces the origins of the world and the evolution of life. See some of the last works of Professor Hugo II and his trusty robot, IGO-NOGO, an acronym for?(you find out for yourself)! Take the challenge and follow them on an exciting journey to the Kingdom of Fire. The remnants of prehistoric creatures are also fossilised and preserved for all to see. You will finally get to meet the God of Fire at the final stage of your journey.
d.The Merlion: The Merlion is a legendary creature that has the head of a lion and a body of a fish. Sentosa's Merlion Tower is one of Singapore's national monuments and as its name implies, it is built as a replica of the Merlion itself. Its construction was completed and it was officially opened to the public in 1996, making it one of Sentosa's newest attractions. The 37-m high Merlion Tower offers a fantastic and panoramic view of Sentosa and beyond.
e.Sentosa Orchid Gardens: The Sentosa Orchid Gardens offers a variety of orchids to your viewing pleasure. There?s a clock made of flowers, a carp pond and a Japanese teahouse, too.
f.Nature Walk/ Dragon Trails: Meandering through the lush secondary rainforest, the 1.5km walk is adorned by monkeys, squirrels, over 20 species of birds and unique insects such as cicadas and crickets. Look out for "dragons" and "snakes" while you stroll, as they appear almost everywhere!
g.Fort Siloso: The Japanese were marching down to Southeast Asia on their quest to conquer the whole of Asia. The British had no choice but to defend Singapore, one of the most important colonies found in Asia; they built Fort Siloso. And it still stands, preserved from the ravages of time, on the island of Sentosa, a reminder of the presence of the vigilant British soldiers on the fair island. Several tunnels and underground passages led into the some of the Fort's storerooms, where vital supplies and equipment were kept for use. After restoration in the 1980's, the cannons were returned to their places of 40 years ago. Travel back in time and witness the military officers in their living quarters. This is just what Fort Siloso does; it literally, brings you into the past, the turbulent years of World War.
h.Central Beach: One of the three beaches in Sentosa, the Central Beach will give you a great time under the sun! Swim or rent surf boards and canoes?anything you can name. Look out for the "Monkey Shows", an outlet for the talented monkeys to display their tricks!
i.Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom Museum: A walk-in aviary with over 2 500 free-flying butterflies and 4 000 insects. See human-faced insects, deadly scorpions and learn more about the insect kingdom.
j.Maritime Museum: Watercraft that used to ply Singapore?s waters are on show here. In the past, pirate ships were a common occurrence on Singapore waters. Now they are not, but found in the Maritime Museum. Learn more about the maritime history of Singapore at the Maritime Museum.
A bumboat journey from the main island takes you to Pulau Ubin, an island full of fun, where the lifestyle hasn?t change much in the last 30 years. Visitors still can see kelongs, duck and prawn farms. You can go mountain biking or camp at Pulau Ubin. Pulau Ubin has a natural haven of flora and fauna in its mangrove and forest areas. Ma Chor temples can also be found on the island.
Take a ferry from the World Trade Centre.It was believed that Kusu Island was transformed by a giant turtle to save shipwrecked sailors. Religious groups make annual pilgrimages to Kusu Island.
Take a water taxi from Jardine Steps or Clifford Pier.Perfect for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. Sisters Island is an ideal place for picnics.
5.St. John?s Island:
On Sundays and public holidays, return ferries from St. John?s Island depart at 9.30am, 11.05am, 12.35pm, 2.25pm, 4.20pm and 6.05pm. From Monday to Saturday, ferry services depart from the island at 11.15am and 2.45pm.St. John?s Island is popular for weekend getaways and camping trips. Colonial bungalows are also available for rent.