Skydiving, exploring long stretches of beach skirting the South China Sea, flowboarding and tracing Singapore’s past circa World War 2: If there’s one thing Sentosa Island’s known for, it’s being both a tranquil and adrenalin-inducing escape, depending on the adventure you choose. We share the top six things to do on one of Singapore's best offshore islands. 
Wave House Sentosa

Flowboard with (hopefully) pizzazz 

Surfing’s an impossibility in Singapore, given the lack of waves surrounding the city’s shores. Thankfully, Wave House Sentosa fills that gap with its 10-foot-high FlowBarrel wave and Double FlowRider rides, both of which promise adrenalin-inducing fun for beginners and pros alike. And here’s a nugget: 30,000 gallons of water are used per minute to recreate the surfing experience.

Wave House Sentosa, 36 Siloso Beach Walk. Mon-Fri 11.30am-9.30pm; Sat & Sun 10.30am-9.30pm. $12-$800.

Palawan Beach Sentosa

Hit up Singapore’s best beaches 

Three stretches of glistening white sand and azure waters await at Sentosa’s beaches, but each has its own charm. We’re particularly taken with Palawan Beach, the quieter – just by a hair – sister to Siloso Beach. It’s here you’ll find the Palawan Pirate Ship water playground for kids, as well as a suspended bridge that carries you to the southernmost point of Continental Asia. Want a tranquil escape? Tanjong Beach is your best bet. It skirts Sentosa Cove, a residential area within which Quayside Isle sits – the perfect spot to yacht-spot from over a cocktail. By night, Siloso Beach comes alive with its host of lively bars fronting the South China Sea. 

Fort SIloso Singapore

Explore Singapore's secret tunnels

Did you know Singapore was once a thriving trading port? Step into the city’s past at Fort Siloso, a historical site whose roots extend beyond World War 2, when the country hadn’t yet found independence from British rule – and, subsequently – the Japanese Occupation. Start your journey at the Fort Siloso Skywalk, a treetop trail 11 storeys aboveground, before taking in the remains of military structures and tunnels at Fort Siloso via the Heritage Trail or Gun Trail. Don’t miss the immersive show that is Surrender Chambers, which recreates the Japanese invasion up ’til its surrender in 1945. 

Fort Siloso, Siloso Rd. Daily 10am-6pm. Free.

iFly Singapore

Try skydiving...indoors

Want a kick unlike any other? Then make for iFly, Singapore’s only indoor skydiving experience that recreates the feeling of leaping off a plane – within boundaries, of course, thanks to the controlled environment monitored by trained instructors. If you can, try peering out of your 18-foot glass-walled chamber while suspended for unparalleled views of the South China Sea.

iFly Singapore, #01-01 43 Siloso Beach Walk. Mon & Tue, Thu-Sun 9am-9.30pm; Wed 11am-9.30pm. $89-$119.

Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom

Be at one with nature

Step into the verdant greenery of Sentosa’s Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom, a proud showcase of some of nature’s most unusual – yet curiously beautiful – creatures. Beyond butterflies and insects, though, are tortoises and an iguana and bird aviary. And if luck’s on your side, you might just spot a metamorphosis at the Pupa House.

Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom, 51 Imbiah Rd. Daily 9.30am-7pm. $10-$20.

Mega Adventure Park

Zip across Sentosa island at 60kph

‘Breathtaking’ gets new meaning at the Mega Adventure Park when you hop on MegaZip, Southeast Asia’s steepest flying fox that spans 450 metres. Speed over the jungle canopy of Imbiah Hill and beaches of Sentosa at 60kph, then test your limits at the 36-obstacle treetop ropes course, MegaClimb. If that doesn’t give you enough of an adrenalin rush, try the 15-metre free fall simulator at MegaJump that replicates parachute jumping – minus the plane ride. Take note: You'll have to be at least 120cm to attempt the MegaClimb.

Mega Adventure Park, 10A Siloso Beach Walk. Daily 11am-7pm. $50-$100. 

Want more? Singapore’s just as much an island packed with excellent food – and our Guide to Local Food has all you need to get started. Then retreat to your home-away-from-home by booking a stay at Marina Bay Sands

Sentosa Cable Car

Getting there:

Sentosa is accessible by foot, Sentosa Express, car, shuttle bus and cable car.

We recommend taking the Northeast or Circle MRT line and alighting at Harbourfront Station – familiarise yourself with Singapore’s MRT map here. From there, make for Sentosa Station (Lobby L, Level 3) in VivoCity. A S$4 charge is imposed for a two-way ride on the Sentosa Express, which’ll take you to key attractions on Sentosa Island. Click here for more travel tips before visiting Singapore.

Sentosa is open daily from 9am to 10pm. Operating hours vary for retail shops, eateries, transport services and attractions.