Sentosa Island in Singapore is an odd little place. An artificial island built for as a tourist paradise. Over-commercialized, all fake, you’d expect it’ll be horrible and some of it certainly lives up to the expectations but on occasion you can’t help but be impressed with this man-created tropical amusement park monstrosity. The beach area, for example, is gorgeous, despite this being close to the one of the world’s biggest shipping ports. The Gondola/cable-car, though not anywhere near as nice as the one in Hong Kong, does a nice job of making the most out of one of the only hills in flat Singapore. Going out from top of a Singapore sky-scraper I ventured to Mount Faber and then made my way down to Sentosa Island to explore its maze of casinos and amusement venues all the way to the beach. Say what you want about this, it’s fun, and a good way to spend the day. Oddly enough, there weren’t that many people, definitely not the tourist crowds I was expecting, and I could enjoy most places almost entirely on my own.
The cable car route is :
Get into Sentosa by Cable Car and you will be rewarded with an aerial overview of the Island including Resorts World Sentosa and Universal Studios, Singapore’s City skyline and Harbour. The best mode of transport into the island takes you directly to the attractions hub of Sentosa: Imbiah Lookout. Alight and be ready to kick-start your Sentosa journey with 11 attractions to choose from at Imbiah Lookout.
8.45am – 10pm daily
(Last boarding at 9.45pm)
From Wikipedia :
The Singapore Cable Car provides an aerial link from Mount Faber (Faber Peak Singapore) on the main island of Singapore to the resort island of Sentosa across the Keppel Harbour. Opened on 15 February 1974, it was the first aerial ropeway system in the world to span a harbour. However, it is not the first aerial ropeway system to span the sea. For instance, Awashima Kaijō Ropeway in Japan, built in 1964, goes over a short strait to an island. Although referred to by its operators as a cable car, the listed system is in fact a bi-cable gondola lift and not an aerial tramway
So, off we go …
Starting the tour from Mount Faber. Her’es a bit about the Mount Faber Park :
Mount Faber Park.
Retreat to Singapore’s hilltop fun and surround yourself with greenery! Take some well-earned time out to relax with friends and loved ones in this rustic forest setting.
Romance is effortless when the atmosphere is this beautiful – stroll around in your own time and reconnect with life and nature.
A wonderful way to start or end your Cable Car journey or simply bring the kids for a nature-filled family day of adventure!
So you walk a few minutes to the observation point and get some good panoramic views of bleak southern Singapore from above.
On to Sentosa…
And the beach…
Another impressive project by the Singaporean government, who seems to be able to do a lot with very little. Families with kids will probably have a blast spending tons of money on each of the Sentosa attractions (Universal, etc.).