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Published: March 1st 2019
Yesterday we went back to Sentosa Island. It’s quite small but also, until you get used to it, quite confusing, partly because it’s nice and jungly so you can’t exactly see where things start and finish. It’s best to do some planning in advance as individually activities are expensive, but there are ways to save a bit, like buying a pass which you can use to pay for some, or buying a bundle, like we did. Don’t go for the beach unless you are desperate. The water is murky and unless you pay for a wooden platform and parasol, there isn’t much shade. Apparently there are monkeys and monitor lizards but they must have been hiding in the jungle.
We got the cable car trip, 35SGD for one round trip on the 2 lines, which kind of meet in the middle with a bit of a walk between them. You get good views but it isn’t hop on hop off unless you pay more, and they make you get off and mark your ticket. We went over the top of the cruise ship and then could see Universal, which looked tiny, and the Oceanarium with the poor dolphins swimming round
The cable car goes over the cruise ship
and round in a tiny tank. We changed to the other line in the middle and it went to the end of Siloso beach, so you can see the little man made coves and islands, and the zipline, which we’d booked for in a bundle with a 30 minute Segway tour. as we got off there was a luge and chair lift, so we paid for the chair lift to go down. The luge looked fun and OK for smallish kids too. The luge cart things are hooked back onto the chairlifts for the return journey. There were no queues as it was a quiet, weekday, although there were quite a few school groups roaming around.
After a pricey coffee on the beach we found the Segway place. We were the only 2 on the fun ride, and as we’ve done this a lot of times before we were quite speedy and finished the route a bit early. You go to the ends of Palawan and Siloso beaches. The guide was very quiet and offered no information. I’m not sure where you’d go on the 2 hour tour. Then we went to the zipline station on Siloso beach. We
were wondering about what to do with our bags and how to get up to the start. It all happens at the station. It was a lengthy and tedious process. First queue to give in your voucher and get a wristband, then PAY (how dare they charge for this...) for a locker, then queue again to get WEIGHED! Oh oh oh! They write your weight in kilos for all to see on your wristband. Gill was keen to read everyone’s numbers. Me, less so. Much less so. We had to fill in a health/marketing thing on a row of iPads and then get into our harnesses. We had to wait a while for the golf buggy to take us up to the top, an exciting ride up a narrow path through the trees. There’s a 4 floor climb up the tower. Again, nobody else of our age was doing it. The staff at the top had clubby music playing and were having a bit of a party. There is no braking system, or rather there is, but they do it for you when you approach the finish. The route goes down to an island, over the water, and it’s quite
Sad to see dolphins in captivity. Not going there on principle!
fast and felt very safe, as the brake catches you at the other end and there’s a safety net to stand on. Then you walk back across the beach and hand your harness in. It all took a long time for a 30 second ride.
To transport people around there’s a free tram which goes all along the beach from one end to the other. It’s every few minutes and there are many stops. We thought it would take us up to the Merlion in the middle but it didn’t, and we couldn’t work out how to get back to the cable car so we wasted the rest of the ticket and just got on the Sentosa Express at the beach station instead. So it was an expensive morning and we didn’t feel the urge to stay in one of the hotels or go back there. Interesting to see though. There are walking trails through the centre and a few other activities like a surfing machine and indoor skydive place, but if you did everything it would cost a fortune.
We had a rest by the rooftop pool at the hotel and then walked back to the MRT
to go to Kampong Glam to eat and look around. Last year we went in the day, in the evening Haji Street is beautiful, so colourful with street art and bars. We decided to go for happy hour drinks at the very place we’d seen on Tripadvisor, Blu Jaz, and it was in such a great location and reasonable prices. They were setting up for live music. We walked to the mosque, all lit up, and the street opposite has a lot of halal restaurants and is really peaceful in contrast, but they relentlessly try to persuade you in. A quick walk back to Bugis MRT and we were done.
Now at Changi waiting for our flight to Langkawi.
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