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Central Beach is one of the popular beaches of Sentosa in Singapore.

Central Beach is one of the popular beaches of Sentosa in Singapore.

Overview of Central Beach

• At Central Beach, you can see pink dolphins at Dolphin Lagoon.
• Take the bridge to a bit of land that is the ‘southernmost point of the Asia’.
• Rent bikes, umbrellas and beach chairs at Siloso or Central Beach.
• Ride the Beach Train (goes on the road) between the beaches.
• To get to Sentosa Island, take the cable car from Mount Faber or the World Trade Centre.
• Ferry or bus services are also available to the island.
• Away from the city, 3.2 kilometers (1.9 miles) of Sentosa’s southern coastline has been refurbished into three beaches.
• The Central Beach offers many facilities for water sports, from pedal boats to aqua bikes.
• Away from the beach crowds, Tanjong Beach is a haven for sunbathers.
• As for Siloso Beach, it serves mainly guests from the nearby resorts and is famous for its beach pubs.
• Amenities are excellent, with shower facilities, bicycle kiosks, food stalls and snack bars dotted along the beaches.
• Admission to the Sentosa Beaches is free. (Admission charges for access to Sentosa apply).
• Central Beach Station is the fifth station along the discontinued Sentosa Monorail in Singapore.
• It was located near Palawan beach.
• Monorail ceased operations in 2005.
• The station was reused as Sentosa’s Nature Walk which the monorail station was used as a gallery in the beginning of the walk.
• The original monorail track structure which used to go up Mount Imbiah are now used as an elevated.

Major Attractions of Sentosa

1. Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon
• Underwater World is an oceanarium that is located on the western part of Sentosa.
• It was opened in 1991.
• The living museum has more than 2,500 marine and fresh-water animals of 250 species from different regions of the world.
• The oceanarium is underground.
• It has an 83 metre long travelator that moves visitors along a submerged glass-windowed tunnel.
• From here, they can look at an array of marine life.
• This includes a coral reef, stringrays, moray eels, turtles, sharks, and other fishes.
• In the ‘Dive-with-the-Sharks’ program visitors can scuba dive in the large oceanarium.
• The best part is they can scuba dive even if they are not scuba qualified.
• Qualified scuba divers can also “Dive-with-the-Dugong”.
• The Underwater World also includes a Dolphin Lagoon.
• This is home to some Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins which are also known as the pink dolphins.
• Several “Meet-the-Dolphins” sessions are held daily to allow visitors to enter the waist-deep pool and interact with the dolphins at close proximity.
• A more involved is teh “Swim-with-the-Dolphins” program. In this program, visitors can interact extensively with the dolphins.
• Underwater World Monorail Station of the now-defunct Sentosa Monorail once connected visiting tourists to the western half of the island.
• It no longer does as the monorail was discontinued in March 2005.

2. Tiger Sky Tower
• It was previously known as the Carlsberg Sky Tower is a free-standing observation tower.
• It is at a height of 110 m (360 ft) above ground and 131 m (430 ft) above sea level.
• It offers visitors a panoramic view of Sentosa, Singapore, and the Southern Islands.
• On a clear day, the view extends to parts of Malaysia and Indonesia.
• At ground level, visitors enter a large disc-shaped air-conditioned cabin fitted with glass windows all round.
• The cabin then revolves slowly as it ascends the column of the tower.
• The cabin has a capacity of 72 visitors.
• The Sky Tower now sits at the very spot of what was formerly known as the Dragon Court.
• It has a dragon statue in the centerpiece with water spouting out from its mouth.
• In one of its claws, it holds a previous logo of Sentosa which was used in the 1970s.
• Its tail ends at the dragon trail at the northern part of Imbiah Lookout.
• It was opened on 7 February 2004.
• It is situated in the Imbiah Lookout zone in the centre of Sentosa and can be reached by Cable Car, Sentosa Luge Chair Lift, by Sentosa Express or by bus.

3. Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom
• It is a landscape garden with over 15,000 live butterflies.
• It represents more than fifty species.
• It is housed in a cool outdoor conservatory.
• These butterflies range from the 25 millimetre (1 in) Eurema sari to the 150 mm (6 in) Papilio iswara.
• The Insect Kingdom houses some 3,000 species of rare insects from around the world.
• It includes a 160 mm Dynastes Hercules beetle.

4. Merlion Statue
• A gigantic 37-metre tall replica of the Merlion.
• It also houses two viewing galleries and a souvenir shop.
• The Merlion statue once played a part in the famous Magical Sentosa show.
• The Sentosa Monorail used to pass by this gigantic statue.
• Now it is replaced by the Sentosa Express which still passes by the statue.
• The Merlion Statue played several parts in several performances at the famous Sentosa Musical Fountain.
• This included the Spirits Of Sentosa show, and the Magical Sentosa show.

5. Songs of the Sea
• It was designed by Yves Pepin.
• The Songs of the Sea show started on 26 March 2007, replacing the world-famous Magical Sentosa show at the 25-year old Sentosa Musical Fountain.
• The Malay Kampung by the Sea or more commonly known as a Kelong.
• It is 120 m (390 ft) long while the rest of the equipment (water jets, water screens, lasers and projectors) is hidden at the back of the kelong.
• It features pyrotechnics displays, water jets, laser show and flame bursts a live cast.
• There is an open-air viewing gallery which can comfortably accommodate 2,500 visitors.
• The show runs twice nightly every evening.

Some more attractions of Sentosa Island

• Sentosa 4D Magix
• Sentosa CineBlast
• Fort Siloso
• MegaZip Adventure Park
• Azzura Beach Club
• Sentosa Luge & Skyride
• Tiger Sky Tower
• Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom
• Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon

Beaches at Sentosa

• Palawan Beach
• Siloso Beach
• Tanjong Beach

Other facilities
• There are six hotels and resorts in Sentosa.
• Spa Villas.

Events at Sentosa

• Barclays Singapore Open
• Sentosa Balloon Hats Festival
• Beach parties
• Sentosa Flowers
• The SWATCH-FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 2007

Best time to visit/climate

– Singapore is located a mere 1.5 degrees north of the Equator.
– Weather is usually sunny with no distinct seasons.
– Rain falls almost daily throughout the year.
– Most rainfall occurs during the northeast monsoon (November to January).
– Between May and October, forest fires in neighboring Sumatra can also cause dense haze.
The temperature averages around:
– 30°C (84°F) daytime, 24°C (76°F) at night in December and January.
– 32°C (90°F) daytime, 26°C (81°F) at night for the rest of the year.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get to Sentosa?

• Basic admission to the island will set you back at least $2 per person.
• This is included in the transportation fares from the mainland to Sentosa.
• The island itself is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, although many of the attractions are not.
• The best way is in to take the North-East Line of the MRT to HarbourFront and then make your way to Level 3 of Vivocity.
• Here you’ll find the Sentosa Express monorail to the island.
• The train operates every 5-8 minutes from 7AM to 11:45PM daily, and a round-trip ticket costs $3 (island admission included, EZ-Link accepted).
• The cheapest way though, is to take an SMRT bus for $2.
• RWS 8 from VivoCity/HarbourFront MRT.

1. By taxi or private car
• You’ll need to pay $2 to $7 per vehicle to enter, and a $3 taxi surcharge also applies on the way out.
• It is now possible to walk across the bridge via the Sentosa Broadwalk ($1, EZ-Link accepted).

2. The Cable Car
• This is between Sentosa, HarbourFront and Mt. Faber.
• Return ticket on Cable Car costs $26.

3. By Bus
• Three colored shuttle bus services — Yellow Line, Red Line and Blue Line.
• They connect Imbiah Station to various points on the island.
• Buses run from 7AM-11PM on weekdays and until 12:30 AM on Fri/Sat.

4. By Tram
• Beach trams supplemented by minivans shuttle people along the beaches every 15-20 minutes.
• One service connects Beach Station to Siloso Beach; another connects Beach Station to Palawan and Tanjong Beaches.

5. By Train
The new Sentosa Express, can also be used to shuttle between the beaches and Imbiah Station (near the Merlion).

How to reach Singapore?

1. By Plane
• Singapore is one of Southeast Asia’s largest aviation hubs.
• The easiest way to enter Singapore is by air in addition to flag-carrier Singapore Airlines.
• Its regional subsidiary is SilkAir.
• Singapore is also home to low-cost carriers Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia and Scoot.
• Changi airport: The country’s main airport and major regional hub status.
• Seletar Airport: Seletar Airport is Singapore’s first airport.

2. By Road
• Singapore is linked by two land crossings to Peninsular Malaysia.
• The Causeway is very popular.

3. By Bus
There are buses to/from Kuala Lumpur (KL) and many other destinations in Malaysia through the Woodlands Checkpoint and the Second Link at Tuas.
Major operators include:
– Aeroline
– First Coach
– NiCE
– Transnasional
– Transtar

4. By Train
• Singapore is the southern terminus of Malaysia’s Keretapi Tanah Melayu network.
• There are two day trains (the Ekspres Sinaran Pagi and Ekspres Rakyat) and a sleeper service (Ekspres Senandung Malam) daily from Kuala Lumpur.
• A day train (the Lambaian Timur departing Singapore at 4:45AM).
• Sleeper (Ekspres Timuran departing at 6PM) daily along the “Jungle Railway” between Singapore and Gua Musang.

5. By Boat
Getting to/away from the ferry terminals:
• HarbourFront FT: Located next to HarbourFront MRT station.
• Tanah Merah FT: Get off at Bedok MRT station and catch bus No. 35 to ferry terminal.
• Changi FT: No bus stop nearby, take a taxi from Changi Village or Tanah Merah MRT.
• Changi Point FT: Take bus No. 2, 29 or 59 to Changi Village Bus Terminal and walk to the ferry terminal.

6. Cruises
• Star Cruises offers multi-day cruises from Singapore to points throughout Southeast Asia, departing from HarbourFront FT.
• Common destinations include: Malacca, Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Langkawi, Redang and Tioman in Malaysia, as well as Phuket,Krabi, Ko Samui and Bangkok in Thailand.
• There are also several cruises every year to Borneo (Malaysia),Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and even some 10 night long hauls to Hong Kong.

Some travel books from Amazon about Singapore

Lonely Planet Singapore Frommer’s Singapore Day by Day Malaysia and Singapore

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