Singapore's island of Sentosa isn't just a place for adrenaline-pumping activities, beach clubs and theme parks - it's also a picture-perfect paradise. We dish out eight Insta-worthy locations in Sentosa for your monthly feed envy
No one can dispute Sentosa’s well-deserved moniker as The State of Fun. Away from Singapore’s high-rise landscape and the jostle of crowds, the island’s our fave locale for a short weekend getaway; there’s the Universal Studios theme park, massive aquarium, sun-soaked beaches and adrenaline-packed activities for all. But do you know what else this island is? An Instagrammer’s paradise, thanks to its heritage and greenery. We’ve sussed out eight locations for your snapping pleasures and #OOTD shots, ranging from popular tourist spots to the lesser known nooks and crannies of the island. Tip: Bring a good eye and sense of adventure (as always) for this one!
Images of Singapore
Once known as the “Sick Quarters”, this historic building – a military hospital from 1893 to 1950 – is now home to Images of Singapore and Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. With its old-world architecture and deep green doors, the facade’s a dream to photograph for lovers of colonial-era buildings. Adjacent to the building is a walkway which looks out onto Resorts World Sentosa. Pause for pictures here, or take a breather while looking out at the island’s landscape from a higher viewpoint.
Getting there: From Imbiah Station, take the escalators up to the highest peak.
Mount Imbiah Battery
Overshadowed by Fort Siloso (Singapore’s only preserved coastal fort), Mount Imbiah Battery lies unbeknownst to many. Built in the 1880s to screen merchant vessels before entering the Singapore harbour, the battery ceased operations in the 1930s. While Fort Siloso has now been turned into a tourist hot=spot, the battery remains largely untouched – which is, naturally, good news for us who favour abandoned Insta locations.
Getting there: From Imbiah Station, walk towards Megazip Adventure Park. Walk up the slope to Mount Imbiah (watch out for oncoming buggies) or take a shortcut and trek up the forest. Note that the latter has a steep path, so only attempt if you’re in comfortable sneakers.
Known as Sentosa’s most family-friendly beach, Palawan’s magic lies in its gorgeous shore and majestic bridge, leading up to the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia. While the bridge itself is a must-snap, we suggest walking to the other island – it’s got two facing wooden treehouses with a connecting bridge if you’re up for rustic backdrops.
Getting there: From Beach Station, hop on the Sentosa beach tram or walk to Palawan Beach
Fort Siloso Skywalk
Here’s your chance if you’ve always wanted to walk amongst the trees in Sentosa. The 11-storey high Skywalk trail lets visitors bask in aerial views of beaches and greenery en route to Fort Siloso. Take the staircase down if you’re big on geometry – there’s an interesting mix of lines and curves from the layers of steps here.
Getting there: From Beach Station, hop on the Sentosa beach tram and alight at Siloso Point. Walk towards Fort Siloso Skyline.
While Siloso Beach’s bridge may lack the grandeur of its Palawan counterpart, we see its appeal for minimalists. With the backdrop of a typical sun-soaked beach and palm trees swaying in the breeze, the clean planes of this bridge is a winner. Shoot between 6pm to 630pm (AKA the golden hour) for optimal lighting.
Getting there: From Beach station, hop on the Sentosa beach tram and alight at Siloso Beach.
The playground of the rich is unsurprisingly rife with photo opps if you’re looking for a more luxurious background. Dress in your finest resortwear and bask in the sea breeze as you pose along the boardwalk and fancy yachts docked at the marina.
Getting there: From Beach station, hop on Sentosa Bus 3. Alight at W Hotel and walk to Quayside Isle.
Underwater World Carpark
Underwater World may have closed its shutters for good, but its surrounding areas? Still a goldmine for Instagrammable photos. Head to the back of the carpark, which faces Harbourfront Centre, and shoot along the rocky coast.
Getting there: From Beach station, hop on the Sentosa beach tram and alight at Siloso Point. Walk past Underwater World and towards the carpark.
In an island that’s been thoroughly reconstructed, stumbling upon a raw gem is cause for celebration (and a thousand photos, of course). The last remaining undeveloped Sentosa coastline along Singapore’s Western tip boasts mangrove trails, large rocks and even secret, tiny caves.
Getting there: Tanjong Rimau is located at the edge of Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort. Access is only possible via a rocky slope down the beach.