Cheap flights to Singapore’s Changi International Airport are available from the Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne stopping in Kuala Lumpur on airline AirAsia. Direct flights are available from Darwin on Jetstar Airways, SilkAir and Virgin Australia. Departures from Sydney may include cheap flight options travelling with new carrier Scoot. Cheap flights exiting Hobart or Canberra will typically include a domestic flight connecting in Sydney. Departures from Adelaide typically include a domestic flight to Melbourne, Sydney or Perth. For a stay not exceeding 90 days, Australian passport holders can remain in Singapore without applying for a visa. Ground transportation into the city centre includes train and bus services run by MRT. Access Sentosa Island via Cable Car near the Harbourfront MRT Station. The Sentosa Boardwalk from VivoCity Shopping Mall is a cheap and easy walk onto the island. Changi International Airport is a half hour drive from the city and a taxi fare will include entry into Sentosa Island.
Sentosa Island covers an area just shy of 5km² on Singapore’s south coast. All attractions are easily accessed on foot, taxis are cheap but unnecessary and there are a number of free transport options on the island. Beach trams offer services departing every 10 minutes to Siloso Beach, Tanjong Beach and Palawan Beach. Three distinctly different buses transfer customers between attractions on Sentosa Island and the frequent services take the hassle out of time management.
This is a tourist resort island and is generally expensive so plan ahead to get the best value from your stay. See World War II relics at Fort Siloso and at the Maritime Experiential Museum. Balance through a Gogreen Segway Eco Adventure or visit theme parks Universal Studios Sentosa and Underwater World. Take a day cruise and snorkel beautiful Kusu Island or laze on the white sand of Palawan Beach with the picture perfect backdrop of the adjoining suspension bridge. For a cheap (and somewhat cheesy) evening, take in the lights and lasers of show Songs of the Sea. Test your nerve with the high ropes at MegaZip Adventure Park or board skills at Wave House. The Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom is definitely worth a look and if there’s a pang of artificial overkill, head to the Imbiah lookout for a spectacular view of where it all started.
Retail offerings on Sentosa Island are more an afterthought, but try your luck at the Luxury Fashion Galleria. For the best shopping experience, head to VivoCity on the mainland and get lost in Singapore’s largest mall. Slightly further from the island is Suntec City Mall and a visit here will satisfy retail wants. For fine dining, enjoy the seafood selection at The Cliff, the Chinese cuisine and degustation menu of Cassia or the set course at Nogawa Japanese Restaurant. Cheap and delicious chill crab is on offer at Jumbo Seafood , or try Trapizza for a reasonably priced wood-fired pizza coupled with a stunning view. Sip cocktails at Sand Bar or Bora Bora Beach Bar. Party at Tanjong Beach Club or relax to the live music at trendy Bob’s Bar.