Although most visitors only spend time on the main island of Singapore, the country actually consists of over 60 different islands. Some are inhabited and some are not, some have accommodation, camping is permitted on a few, others are accessible only for day trips, and there are also those that it is not possible to visit. A visit to the different Singapore islands is a great way to add lots of diversity to your stay and see a different side to this wonderful country.
On the main island you can enjoy attractions such as Chinatown, Little India, Raffles Hotel, the Singapore Flyer, the Merlion, Orchard Road, the Night Safari, and the fun filled night life.
Some other Singapore islands to visit include:
Sentosa Island is the second most visited island after the main island, filled with plenty of fun things to do. There are numerous entertainment and leisure options on Sentosa; from beaches to amusement parks, golf course to casinos, great shows to adventure activities, and viewpoints to fine dining and night life, it is hard to feel bored on Sentosa Island! Some favourites include Universal Studios, the Tiger Sky Tower, the Merlion statue, the cable car, the luge, MegaZip Adventure Park, Butterfly Park, Underwater World, and Adventure Cove.
Easy to reach for a great day trip, Kusu Island is situated a short way from the coast of the main island. It boasts gorgeous beaches and splendid lagoons, and the waters are a great spot for enjoying excellent diving and snorkelling. Learn more about the slow tortoise at the Tortoise Sanctuary, and if you are feeling active you can climb the 150 odd steps up the hill to see several sacred shrines.
This charming island shows what Singapore would have been like in the past. The way of life is still as it has been for many years, with commercial ventures and industry having had no affect on this part of the country. Visitors can see the traditional wooden houses and meet the laid back locals, as well as spotting an abundance of wildlife that also calls the island home. You can enjoy scenic cycling and hiking, passing by old quarries and plantations.
There are two islands that make up Sisters’ Islands; Big Sister and Little Sister. There are several myths as to how the islands came into existence. They are especially popular with visitors who like to see a wide variety of sea creatures, as the spectacular reefs are favourite spots for a large variety of different fish and other marine life. For some serious relaxation, head to the beautiful sandy beaches, where you can simply laze around and soak up the sun.
Ghost Island is another idyllic island, with pristine beaches meeting clear waters that are teeming with aquatic life. Diving and snorkelling are popular, as are swimming, fishing, and sunbathing. It is particularly popular with couples as the quiet environment makes it easy to find a secluded and intimate spot. You can feel really romantic on your own little piece of tropical island paradise.
With more to the country than skyscrapers and modern shopping malls, make sure that you check out some of these splendid Singapore Islands.