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Beach in Singapore – Sentosa Island

By on May 23, 2015 in Singapore

I found a beach (of sorts) in Singapore on Sentosa Island… Well, I say beach, but it is man-made, and it has been produced using what I call ‘sharp’ or ‘builders’ sand, that is, it literally is ‘sharp’ as it hurts the feet when you walk on it.

Sentosa Island is located on the southern tip of Singapore Island and you can get to it by car, train, or cable car. It is a rather odd place as it is a sort of ‘Singapore Disneyland’ where the locals come to have fun. I found it all a bit weird.

Carpark - Sentosa

Carpark – Sentosa

Sentosa Island, Singapore

Sentosa Island, Singapore

When I was on Sentosa Island there seemed to be a lot of runners doing some sort of cow themed fun run… very odd…

Fun run on Sentosa Island, Singapore

Fun run on Sentosa Island, Singapore

The beach did look good, but was heavily managed as the sand was tightly packed and it was obvious that it had been shipped in…

The beach - Sentosa Island, Singapore

The beach – Sentosa Island, Singapore

The view from Sentosa Island is not great, unless you like big ships, as the island is located near the mouth of the main harbour.

View from the beach - Sentosa Island, Singapore

View from the beach – Sentosa Island, Singapore

The walkway in the photo below is to what us claimed to be the most southerly point in continental Asia. I can assure you it is not as the most southerly point in mainland Asia is in Malaysia, and to get to this place in Singapore you have to cross two bridges. In addition, just down the road for this ‘point’ is a section of road and island that is further south.

Sentosa Island, Singapore

Sentosa Island, Singapore

If you do go out to the alleged most southerly point there are couple of viewing towers that will allow you to look back at the island.

Beach complex area - Sentosa Island, Singapore

Beach complex area – Sentosa Island, Singapore

Sentosa island is popular with Singaporeans and their are marked off swimming areas and beach patrols.

Beach Patrol - Sentosa Island, Singapore

Beach Patrol – Sentosa Island, Singapore

During the second world war, and before, the island was mainly a military base, and some of the defences are still visible. The role of the island was to protect the harbour, and to prevent invasion by sea.

Machine gun post - Sentosa Island, Singapore

Machine gun post – Sentosa Island, Singapore

Another Machine gun post - Sentosa Island, Singapore

Another Machine gun post – Sentosa Island, Singapore

Besides the beach the island does have a number of other attractions. One that seemed quite popular was the cable car and cart run.

Chairlift and Carting - Sentosa Island, Singapore

Chairlift and Carting – Sentosa Island, Singapore

However, a lot of the visitors just like to play and lounge around on the beach, or by the pools of the nearby hotels.

Relaxing on the beach at Sentosa Island, Singapore

Relaxing on the beach at Sentosa Island, Singapore

Swimmers and ships - Sentosa Island, Singapore

Swimmers and ships – Sentosa Island, Singapore

Volleyball -Sentosa Island, Singapore

Volleyball -Sentosa Island, Singapore

And apparently there is even some wildlife on the island – however, I saw no sign of any moneys on my visit.

Don't feed the monkeys on Sentosa Island, Singapore

Don’t feed the monkeys on Sentosa Island, Singapore

Sentosa Island is best described as a play-area for Singaporeans. It is a rather odd mix of beach-type fun things to do from volleyball and cart rides, through to swimming and just lounging on the beach. I personally found it all a little odd and artificial as it seemed to be a prescribed ‘this is a place where you will have fun and this is what you will do’.

Will I be back? Well, I missed out going to Fort Siloso, which is something I would like to have a look at, so I guess I will come back, at least once more…

FourSquare: Sentosa Island

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