10 Free and Fun Things to Do in SentosaSingapore’s very own State of Fun, Sentosa is full of attractions and sites designed to cater to all types of people.
But it’s not called a tourist trap for nothing – a day at Sentosa can also seriously damage your pocket. To help you save some money, here are 10 things you can do for free at Sentosa.
And instead of staying at expensive 5-star hotels, you can stay at these budget hotels that are located near Sentosa and Universal Studios Singapore.
1. Walk to the State of FunThe first way to save money on your trip to Sentosa is to walk there rather than taking the monorail.
The new Sentosa Boardwalk from VivoCity is hardly more taxing than walking around the mall (and definitely faster than standing in the monorail queue for 30 minutes), with several travelators along the way to ease your stroll.
You’ll also end up paying a fraction of the entry fee: only S$1 as opposed to S$4 if you take the monorail. Okay, okay, so it’s not completely free, but neither is admission to the island (unless you really like swimming).
You’ll also get lots of selfie opportunities with views of the sea and Resorts World Sentosa, lots of calories burnt walking AND lots more space than if you crammed into the monorail with everyone else.
2. Volleyball on the BeachIf you’re tightening the purse strings, you may want to consider bringing your own volleyball and staging a tournament on the beach with your friends.
Siloso Beach, the beach closest to Beach Station, would be the perfect spot for some beach games, as they have some areas on the beach that have nets up just for that purpose.
It is on a first-come-first-serve basis, however, so be sure to go down early during peak periods. It pays to be kiasu, especially when you’re trying not to pay at all.
3. Take a Dip in the South China SeaWhile Sentosa may be the only place in Singapore that can get away with charging as much for bottled water as you’d pay elsewhere for a cold beer, they haven’t yet figured out how to make you pay for the sea.
So after an afternoon of volleyball in the hot sun, why not take a blissfully free swim. Most of the beaches even have little islets, where you can pretend you’re on your own private tropical island.
Also, “Let’s go to the South China Sea!” sounds a lot more impressive than “Let’s go to Sentosa!”
4. Picnic by the Sea
There are plenty of things to do on Siloso beach, like scooting down the Luge, or relaxing at one of the many beach clubs on that stretch of sand.
However, for the budget-conscious, it’s time to go old school with a picnic with friends. Siloso beach has two large sheltered pavilions; the Emerald and Sapphire Pavilion, where you can relax in the shade, while still enjoy the view of the sea.
There is no better way to enjoy the afternoon than by the sea, your tummy filled with yummy, free, food from home, and some of your favourite chill music playing on your phone. Bonus points if you bring a board game.
5. Fort Siloso ToursWhile at Siloso Beach, you may want to walk a little bit further down to visit Fort Siloso, home to Singapore’s largest collection of World War II memorabilia.
The only preserved coastal fort in Singapore, Fort Siloso usually charges adults S$10/12. But if you go on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays at 12.30pm and 3.30pm, you can catch the free guided tour at Beach station – HOORAY!
The tour takes you through old tunnels, showing original guns, cannons, film clips and photographs from the 1940s. Capacity for tours is capped at 20 people though, so be sure to register early at the Fort Siloso Tram Station.
6. Catching Some RaysAfter working long hours at the office or in school, it can sometimes be a shock to catch sight of your pale-as-a-Pontianak legs in a mirror.
Sentosa’s beaches may be fake, but they’re still some of Singapore’s nicest tanning spots. If the idea of exposing your unsightly bits in a bikini makes you shudder, Tanjong Beach is a good pick.
One of the quieter beaches on Sentosa, Tanjong (which means ‘point’ in Malay) Beach is mainly known because of the trendy Tanjong Beach Club. However, there is still plenty of space on the beach for you to bring your own towels and spread out.
Plus, you get to enjoy the funky music the beach club blasts, totally free of charge! Bring your own drinks and a good book (or movie-loaded iPad) and you’re all set.
7. Journey South!Perhaps on the way to or from bronzing yourself at Tanjong Beach, you could stop by Palawan Beach to visit the southernmost point of continental Asia.
By crossing a suspension bridge from Palawan beach, you could stand at the edge of continental Asia. If you want a gorgeous panoramic view, climb up one of the two viewing towers and look out on the South China Sea.
8. Make Some Furry Friends
At the Palawan Ampitheatre there are three animal shows daily: Feeding at the Bird Aviary, Teach us Wild, and On the Wild Side.
The shows run from 2pm to 5.30pm, and though great for kids, really, who doesn’t enjoy seeing cute animals? The shows feature birds, reptiles and monkeys and are all completely free!
9. Getting in Touch with NatureIf you don’t like getting sand stuck in all the wrong places, perhaps you can venture inland and explore the island’s many nature trails.
Sentosa Nature Discovery Center at Imbiah Lookout has a series of galleries and interactive exhibits, perfect for the family to discover local habitats and wildlife.
If you want a more hands-on experience, perhaps try the Nature Walk. A relatively short hike at 1.8km, the walk will take you through natural rainforest, where you may spot some of the 30 Heritage trees on Sentosa.
10. Island TransportAfter all that activity, your tired legs may need a break, so why not make the most of your island admission and take any of the free transport around the island for a more relaxing (not to mention air-conditioned) tour of what Sentosa has to offer.
Though you have to pay for entry to Sentosa, once on the island, all the bus, tram or monorail services are free – and a great way to beat the hot weather.
That’s it, 10 great things you can do on the island for free! So next time friends or visiting relatives suggest a day at Sentosa, fret not – free things come to those who are creative (and slightly shameless). You’re welcome.