Exploring Sentosa Island For Free (Almost)

          Although it seems impossible to enjoy Singapore at minimum cost, it is actually doable. I will share with you ten things to do in Singapore for free on my next post, but, for now, let me start with how to explore Sentosa Island for free (or almost free). Read on! 🙂

          There are tons of things to see and do in Sentosa and most of them require an entrance fee.  If you have money to spare, I recommend that you try the different attractions in Sentosa for a wider, more enjoyable experience. However, if you are running low on cash (and credit), try these:

A. Use Sentosa Boardwalk to get to Sentosa.

          One can reach Sentosa by cable car, by train (Sentosa Express) or on foot (Sentosa Boardwalk).  Among the three, Sentosa Boardwalk is the cheapest and costs only SGD 1 ( PHP 34) per person. This already includes entrance to Sentosa (no additional fees required).  A return trip via cable car costs SGD 29 (PHP 965) for adults and SGD 18 (PHP 600) for 3-12 years old. The Sentosa Express costs SGD 4 (PHP136) per entry.

          The 620-m-long Sentosa Boardwalk is covered, has tropical landscapes and equipped with two-way travelators or walkalators so you don’t really have to walk the whole way. Just step on the travelators/walkalators and enjoy the view until you reach Sentosa.


Sentosa Boardwalk, Level 1, Vivocity Shopping Mall


Rupert and Zuri on a travelator at Sentosa Boardwalk. The Boardwalk is adorned with lots of plants and covered, protecting you from direct sunlight.


          Sentosa Boardwalk is open 24 hours daily, but the travelators operate from 7:00 am to 12:00 midnight. The boardwalk ticketing counter is open from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm, but you may use your EZ-link card for quick access.

          To reach Sentosa Boardwalk, hop on the MRT and alight at the Harbourfront Station. Walk to Vivocity Shopping Mall. Sentosa Boardwalk is at Level 1 of Vivocity Shopping Mall.

          For more information about getting to Sentosa, visit http://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/getting-to-around-sentosa/getting-to-sentosa/

B.  Take pictures at Resorts World Sentosa.

          Upon reaching Sentosa Island via Sentosa Boardwalk, go to the visitor center and get a map. Head to Resorts World Sentosa for lots of photo opportunities. Here are some:


Take a selfie or groufie with Resorts World Sentosa as your background.


Have your picture taken with the Universal Studios globe.


Here is another photo op in front of Universal Studios.


Zuri in front of Universal Studios Singapore.

          Note: For those who want to experience Universal Studios Singapore, here are the rates and opening hours: 1 day pass S$74 / Adult, S$54 / Child (4 – 12 years old), S$36 / Senior (60 years old & above); 2 day Pass S$118 / Adult, S$88 / Child (4 – 12 years old), S$58 / Senior (60 years old & above); Express Pass S$50; Open 10am – 7pm (Mon – Sun). Hours may extend on certain dates.


Another photo op: giant candy trees in front of Candylicious.


Zuri reaching for candies.


These huge M & M’s are also found right outside Candylicious.


Pretend to eat this huge chocolate bar.


More chocolates!


Say hello to Bumblebee.


Take a picture with this colorful merlion.

C. Let your kid pretend shop at Candylicious with a mini-shopping cart.

          Candylicious is a candy store located at Resorts World Sentosa. It is filled with colorful treats from left to right, top to bottom. Stepping inside Candylicious is like going to candy heaven. Caution: Your pretend shopping may easily turn real especially if your kids (or you) love sweets.


2-year-old Zuri had a blast pushing this mini-shopping cart around Candylicious.


Pretend shopping


Looking around Candylicious.


Zuri bought this lollipop from Candylicious (around SGD 1 / PHP 34).

D.  Let your kid have fun at this free water play area.

          There is a free water play area found at Resorts World Sentosa, where Candylicious, Hershey’s Chocolate Factory and Garrett Popcorn Shop are also located. 


This is the free water play area. Seen at the background is the huge candy tree in front of Candylicious.


This boy was having the time of his life at the water play area. Note the colorful merlion on the right.


Here is Zuri about to try the free water play after checking out Candylicious.


E. Take more selfies at Merlion Plaza and Merlion Walk.

                 After exploring Resorts World, go to Merlion Plaza. From the water play area or Candylicious, go to Lake of Dreams.


This is the Lake of Dreams. A free show is held here at 9:30 pm daily.


          Aside from the Lake of Dreams, you will also see this:


Behind me are the two mechanical cranes used for a light, sound and water show called Crane Dance, shown at 9:00 pm on most days for free.


Then, walk through this area:


From the Lake of Dreams and Crane Dance, go to this area and walk through.


Go up the escalators to go to Merlion Plaza.


Go up the escalators behind Rupert to go to Merlion Plaza.


Once you reach Merlion Plaza, take another selfie with the merlion.


Another selfie with the merlion.


You might also want to take a picture with the baby merlion.


Baby Merlion


          Note: The Merlion is a creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. Initially used as a tourism logo, it is now the national personification of Singapore.

          After taking selfies with the Merlion, go to Merlion Walk.


The entrance to Merlion Walk


Walk down this path and take more selfies.


The bright and colorful Merlion Walk. This will lead to the beach.


A colorful selfie at Merlion Walk


F. Enjoy the beach.

          When you reach the end of Merlion Walk, walk straight ahead for a little bit more to reach the beach. On the right is Siloso beach. On the left is Palawan beach.  The beaches are free. The water is not clear but clean and the sand is fine enough. There are outdoor showers which Zuri used for free.


The beach


Good enough for a free beach


Taking a dip


G. Watch someone fly.

          If you are interested, you may visit iFly Singapore, a wind tunnel for indoor skydiving. You may watch for free. But, if you want to try it out, you have to pay.


The iFly Singapore building

          You will see iFly Singapore on your way from Merlion Walk to the beach.


Floating inside the wind tunnel at iFly Singapore.


Upside down at iFly Singapore.We did not try iFly Singapore. We only watched other people do it.

          Note: For those interested to try, here are the rates and opening hours of iFly Singapore: First Timers’ Package The Challenge (2 Skydives): $99; The Adventure (4 Skydives): $175 Opening Hours: Mon, Tue & Thur – Sun: 9am – 9.30pm, First Flight 10am, Last Flight 9.30pm; Wed: 11am – 9.30pm, First Flight 12pm, Last Flight 9.30pm.  Be at iFly Singapore 1 hour prior to your flight time for training and gearing up.

          Aside from those I have stated above, there are still other activities that you can do for free in Sentosa. We would have loved to do the following if only we didn’t run out of time.

G.  Animal and Bird Encounters at Palawan Amphitheatre

          These are animal shows that run daily from 2:00 pm till 5:30 pm and are absolutely free. The show features monkeys, reptiles and parrots. Here is the schedule:

2pm – 2.15 pm Lory Feeding at the Bird Aviary  (Live commentary on Lories at Bird Aviary)

3pm – 3.30pm Teach us Wild  ( A close encounter with animals)

5pm – 5.30pm On the Wild Side  (Multi-animal Encounters at Palawan Amphitheatre)

H. Southernmost Point of Continental Asia

          Found on Palawan Beach, the southernmost part of continental Asia is accessible via a suspension bridge and has two viewing towers. This is open 24/7 and is absolutely free.

I. Crane Dance

          This is a light and sound show with water effects at Resorts World Sentosa shown at 9:00 pm on most days (confirm show schedule here: http://www.rwsentosa.com/language/en-US/Homepage/Attractions/CraneDance) and lasts 10 minutes. Free-of-charge.

J. Lake of Dreams

          This is a spectacular show that uses flaming dragons, water cannons, and laser special effects at the heart of FestiveWalk, Resorts World, Sentosa. Shown at 9:30 pm, daily, free-of-charge.

K. Port of Lost Wonder

          Port of Lost Wonder is a big water play area with water puddles, fountains and a huge play structure in the form of a ship. It has lots of slides, nets and stairs for maximum fun.  Port of Lost Wonder is found on Palawan beach and is exclusively for children 12 years old and below. This is not free but deserves mention because it is surprisingly cheap (parents get in free). Here are the rates:

Weekdays: $10/ child (SGD 10 or PHP 340); School Holidays, Weekends & Public Holidays: $15/ child (SGD 15 or PHP 510). Parents will be granted free admission! Opening hours: 10:00 am to 6:30 pm daily (Water play area closes at 6:00 pm). Restaurant opens from: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm (Sun – Thur); 10:00 am to 8:00 pm (Fri – Sat). Retail opens from: 10:00 am – 6:30 pm daily.

          In summary, our trip to Sentosa cost us SGD 3 / PHP 102  ( SGD 1 each for Rupert and me for our entrance to Sentosa via Sentosa Boardwalk and SGD 1 for Zuri’s lollipop from Candylicious) excluding meal and transportation expenses.

          In exchange for PHP 102, we were able to go sightseeing and take lots of photos, pretend shop at Candylicious, play at the water play area, watch indoor skydiving at iFly Singapore, feel the sand and take a dip at the beach. If only we managed our time well, we could have seen Animal and Bird Encounters and gone to the southernmost part of Continental Asia at no additional cost. We also could have watched the Lake of Dreams and Crane Dance shows for free, but we were not willing to stay until 9:00 in the evening.

   Before going to Sentosa, I highly recommend checking this out to plan your visit: http://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/ This website is comprehensive and very, very helpful.

           Thanks for reading! 🙂

           Up next: Ten Things To Do In Singapore For Free

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