I remember as a child, we didn’t have that much options when it came to getting to Sentosa. It was an island, we got there by ferry. Yes, we could have taken the cable car, but I don’t think my parents fancied taking us on a cable car ride after the 1983 Singapore cable car accident. So ferry it was.
These days, nobody goes to Sentosa by ferry anymore. Not sure about private yachts though. Today, we have many ways to get to Sentosa. We can drive in, we can cab in, we can take the Sentosa Express (monorail) in, we can take the cable car in. And of course, the cheapest way to do it: WALK.
Sentosa Boardwalk is currently FREE of charge. But good things don’t last yo. It is only free until 31 December 2015. After which there will be a $1 charge.
Arriving at Habourfront MRT station, we took the exit to Vivocity shopping centre and made our way up to Level 1. From there, we spotted signs pointing to the Sentosa Boardwalk.
There was a bazaar running along a small stretch of the boardwalk close to Vivocity. If you like shopping at every opportunity you get, you can check out kitschy souvenirs for sale there. We were focused: On getting to Sentosa. So we skipped the bazaar and headed straight for…. The travellators!
That’s right! The Sentosa Boardwalk is not really a WALK. You can walk all the way if you wanted to. But if you are lazy like us, you can use travellators for most of the ‘walk’! So we glided along the travellators, relaxing and enjoying the scenery that surrounded us.
Along the way, there were signs to tell us how much further we had to ‘walk’ to reach Sentosa.
Who cares about the distance when there are travellators.
Somewhere in the middle, there was a viewing platform which was a great vantage point for Resorts World Sentosa up ahead!
Tried to get the kids to pose for some photos at the viewing platform – failed.
Tried to get the kids to take a decent photo with me – failed.
Decided to ditch the kids at the side and just take a solo photo – Still the kids managed to ruin my photo with their silly antics by the side.
Don’t you LOVE travelling with kids? (Yes, I consider visiting Sentosa travelling, even if I am a Singaporean. There are two places in Singapore that make me feel like I’m overseas: Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands.)
Back to the boardwalk. A while more, we arrived at the gantry where you would need to pay $1 to pass through in future. Now it’s open for all the enter free. And after passing through the gantries, we were officially on Sentosa island! Woohoo!
I camped at the spot above for a pretty long time waiting for the Sentosa Express to come out from the tunnel to take a classic photo of Sentosa. But no monorails came out from that tunnel. Turns out – the monorail was down that day!
There goes our awesome plan of catching the monorail for free from Waterfront Station to Beach station. But on any other day, note that once you enter the gantries to Sentosa island, you can head to Waterfront Station for the Sentosa Express where you can then catch the monorail for free to Imbiah station and Beach station. Don’t take the wrong direction though – or you will find yourself back at Vivocity where you started!
Pin it up for later!
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