Sentosa On A Budget: We Found A Ton Of Free Activities You Can Enjoy!
From roller coaster rides to bungee jumping, to exploring the world’s second-largest aquarium, Sentosa has an exhaustive list of things to do and see. These attractions can be quite pricey, however.
If you’re on a budget, but still would like to experience Sentosa, don’t despair – read our guide on what you can do on the island without paying an admission fee.
Free attractions in Sentosa Island
1. Fort Siloso
Military history buffs will want to visit Fort Siloso, Singapore’s only preserved coastal fort. At Fort Siloso, you’ll find WWII memorabilia like cannons, bunkers, wax exhibits and more. Here’s what you can do here for free:
- Fort Siloso Skywalk. You can enter the fort via the Fort Siloso Skywalk, an 11-storey, 181 metre-long trail that offers dazzling views of Western Sentosa, Mount Faber and Keppel Harbour.
- Fort Siloso guided tours. There are free day tours of Fort Siloso that run from 3pm to 4.30pm every 2nd and 3rd Saturday of the month. You’ll need to register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, as limited spaces are available.
2. Resorts World Sentosa
Resorts World Sentosa offers lots of major attractions, such as the Universal Studios theme park, Adventure Cove Water Park and the S.E.A. Aquarium. Admission into these places can be pretty pricey, however. Fortunately, if you’re on a budget, you can still enjoy the following for free:
- Sentosa Boardwalk. You can access Resorts World Sentosa from VivoCity Mall via the Sentosa Boardwalk. The 700-metre long boardwalk offers views of the oceanscape, tropical greenery and the Singapore cityscape. If you tire of walking, there are two-way travelators along the boardwalk.
- Sentosa Crane Lake Dance. Head to the Waterfront every night at 8pm to watch a light-and-water pyrotechnic performance about the transformative power of love.
- Lake of Dreams. Admire this spectacular choreographed display of fire, water and light every night at 11pm at Festive Walk.
3. Palawan Beach
- Southernmost Point of Continental Asia. Visit the edge of continental Asia, a tiny islet with a lovely beach view, especially during sunset. The islet is accessible via a suspension bridge.
- Animals and Birds Encounter. Visit the Pahlawan Ampitheatre for daily animal shows running from 2pm to 5.30pm.
- Pahlawan Pirate Ship. This free water park is designed for children aged 3-10 years old. It’s a relatively small park, but if you have children in tow, you could easily spend a few hours here.
4. Imbiah Lookout
- Sentosa Nature Discovery. The Sentosa Nature Discovery Gallery houses several interactive exhibits in which you can learn about the natural flora and fauna that are endemic to Sentosa.
- Nature Heritage Tree Tour. Sentosa is home to more than 25 conserved heritage trees. Every last Saturday of the month, head to Imbiah Lookout for a free Nature Heritage Tree Tour.
5. Quayside Isle
Quayside Isle is a long stretch of restaurants, cafés and bars in the high-end residential precinct of Sentosa Cove. Food and entertainment can be pricey, but you don’t have to spend anything to have a good time – the yacht-lined waterfront of Quayside Isle makes a great location for a sunset stroll.
6. Tanjong Beach
Fans of sun, surf and sand will want to head to Tanjong Beach. You’ll find a lovely stretch of sand and deep blue seas – perfect for playing volleyball, tossing Frisbees, building sandcastles or simply basking in the sun.
7. Palawan Green
Palawan Green is a beachfront lawn space where you can catch free weekly movie screenings, ranging from classics to Hollywood blockbusters. Check out this page for the latest lineup of movie screenings.
8. Sentosa walking trails and cycling routes
If you like the outdoors, you’ll want to check out Sentosa’s walking trails and cycling routes. Sentosa offers three trails – the Imbiah Trail, the Merlion Trail and the Coastal Trail. Each trail passes through popular tourist landmarks, so even if you’re not the outdoorsy type, there will still be plenty of things for you to see and do.
There are also three cycling routes you can explore on the island, ranging from easy (mostly flat), to medium (some hills and bends), to challenging (some long or steep slopes). You can either bring your own bicycle, or rent one at Gogreen Bicycle Rentals for S$10.50 an hour, or S$12.60 for two hours.
Getting discounts on attractions
Admittedly, most free-of-charge activities in Sentosa involve taking in the sights or enjoying the tranquillity of nature. If your idea of a good time involves more adrenaline pumping action, you can still enjoy the island’s attractions at discounted prices.
Instead of paying admission fees to individual attractions, consider getting a FUN Pass, which allows you to visit a certain number of attractions at a discounted price. The FUN Pass starts at S$48 for 3 attractions, all the way to S$115 for 18 attractions. Pay with your MasterCard to get 8% off or buy your passes through Klook to shave a few dollars off. Take note that not all Sentosa attractions are included in the pass, though.
Alternatively, you can get a Token FUN Pass, which allows you to get a certain number of tokens, starting from S$51. These tokens can be redeemed at participating attractions or retail outlets.
Cheap places to eat in Sentosa
Food generally doesn’t come cheap at Sentosa, but there are a few places you can get a meal for under S$10 to S$15:
- Malaysian Food Street at RWS. This Malaysian food court offers a variety of hawker-style dishes that can be had under S$10.
- McDonald’s at RWS and iFly. Satisfy your fast-food cravings and stay within budget at McDonald’s.
- Beaver’s at iFly. Beaver’s offers local favourites and Western dishes. Their nasi lemak can be had for just S$8.90, which makes it a relatively cheap meal in Sentosa.
- Good Old Days at Siloso Beach Walk. There’s a variety of local and Western dishes to be had at Good Old Days, at around S$10 to S$17 a dish.
One final tip: plan ahead
There’s tons of stuff to do in Sentosa, but without some preplanning, you might miss out on the best attractions or cram a bit too much into your schedule, especially if you’re just planning to be there for a day. To make the most out of your visit, whittle down your to-do list down to a few key attractions – you’ll want a bit of free time to spontaneously explore the many wonders that Sentosa has to offer.