Sentosa Island turns 50 with a speedboat


Sentosa, Singapore’s popular tourist destination, marks its Golden Jubilee with a host of recreational and culinary outings.

Sentosa, Singapore’s popular tourist destination, marks its Golden Jubilee with a host of recreational and culinary outings.

Soon, in addition to spa getaways, rainforest tours, and beach sunsets, you’ll be able to take a speedboat ride at Sentosa in Singapore.

According to S Kogu, Founding Director of YachtCruiseSg, a one-hour ride on the newly launched service to the island’s popular resort is set to become an iconic attraction for tourists.

As part of Sentosa’s Golden Jubilee celebrations (1972-2022), the country has also waived entrance fees for all visitors until September 30.

The speedboat, the first of its kind in Sentosa, has started taking reservations online. The one-hour ride will touch down on the island of Saint John and will feature live commentary. Another new addition is Scentopia, located close to Silosa Beach. Here, more than 300 scent exhibits can be explored, and visitors can choose the scent of their choice – after a personality test on contactless “aroma machines” – which is then filled into crystal bottles.

Sentosa Tourist Attractions

For gourmets, a wide range of seafood, pizzas, burgers, fruit juices and ice creams await you at the open restaurant, including the ever-popular organic coconut water, served chilled to counter the heat. The Sentosa Development Corporation has also given space to local artisans to display their crafts, which attracts a steady stream of visitors during the weekends, according to officials from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

Sentosa isn’t the only place getting a makeover. Meet at Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSHH) Coffee Bar. Located along Tyrwhitt Road in Singapore’s Jalan Besar district, CSHH was once home to several metalworking and hardware businesses. The name of the building, which means “to bloom again”, was designed in collaboration to pay homage to the material heritage of the region.

The Ice Museum

The Ice Museum

Another attraction for heritage enthusiasts is the Kampong Gelam Hall of Fame, nestled among the many high-rise and multi-storey buildings in the area. There is also Singapore’s largest mosque surrounded by shops selling souvenirs and handicrafts.

Check out the famous Ice Cream Museum, where you can learn about the world’s most beloved summer treat, and play in a cheerful “sprinkle pool.” End the tour with a double scoop of taro boba milk tea ice cream and banana caramel milkshakes.

Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center

Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center

The writer was in Singapore at the invitation of the Singapore Tourism Board.


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