Pulau Ubin is a small island located to the north east of Singapore and is one of the last undeveloped areas of the country. Legend says that the island was formed when three animals—an elephant, frog and pig—challenged each other to a race; the losers would be turned to stone. As none of the animals could finish the race, the elephant and pig were turned to stone and became Pulau Ubin and the frog became Pulau Sekadu (Frog Island). Whether the legend is true or not is up for debate, but the truth is that the island is made of granite, a fact that thrilled the English when they were settling the area.
Nowadays, the island is an oasis of green with old wooden homes and jetties and abandoned plantations and quarries illustrating the traditional kampong village, a side of Singapore that is mostly absent on the mainland.
Sentosa is a short distance from the city’s south coast, offering theme parks and attractions galore, including the superb aquarium Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon, the sound-and-light Images of Singapore museum, the Merlion statue, and Butterfly Park.
Ride the Sky Tower for panoramic views or visit Sentosa’s theme parks for 4D visual effects, a cinema ride, the MegaZip Adventure Park, and go with the flow at the Wave House. Free relaxation and entertainment on Sentosa includes lying on the beach and watching the nightly musical fountain and laser shows.
Singapore’s Garden by the Bay redefines the whole garden strolling experience. Spanning over 250 acres, or 100 hectares, the gardens are located near to the Marina Reservoir and feature three large garden spaces in what many people consider to be a virtual garden city.
The Bay South Garden segment, which opened midway through 2012, is perhaps the most impressive, with two bio-controlled conservatories, dubbed Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome. In them is plant life found on the different corners of the earth, from the Mediterranean to both cool and arid climate areas.
Another fascinating part of the gardens are the huge tree-like structures known as the supertrees, which provide an environment for vast collection of exotic and rare ferns, orchids and vines. At night the supertrees light up, giving an especially unique look into gardens.
This entertaining wax museum is fun for the whole family and filled to the brim with figures made in the likeness of pop culture and historical stars. Visitors can snap photos with Beyonce and Madonna, or strike a pose with Venus and Serena Williams. The exciting “Spirit of Singapore” boat ride transports travelers through a tropical garden where native plants come to life in what’s sure to be a memorable part of any visit to the museum. Once the ship as sailed through the mystical foliage, travelers will head through a grand prix race and into a magical downtown Singapore cityscape before floating to Pai fang and taking in celebratory fireworks before leaving the boat.
This one-of-a-kind museum is the perfect stop for families looking for a bit of fun on a rainy afternoon or for travelers looking to check out a different kind of Madame Tussauds experience.
Welcome to the largest oceanarium in the world! Part of the 8-hectare Marine Life Park complex, the S.E.A. Aquarium houses more than 100,000 animals of 800 species in 45,000,000 liters of water. The aquarium comprises 10 zones with 49 habitats; the Strait of Karimata & Java Sea, the Strait of Malacca & Andaman Sea, the Bay of Bengal & Laccadive Sea, the Persian Gulf & Arabian Sea and the Shark Seas, to name a few, are all represented at S.E.A. Aquarium. Popular species include the bottlenose dolphin, the scalloped hammerhead shark, the goliath grouper, the Japanese spider crab as well as relatively uncommonly exhibited species such as the guitarfish and the chambered nautilus.
The most popular feature of the aquarium, outside its outstanding selection of marine fauna, is its awe-inspiring viewing panel. Officially the world's largest, at 36-meter (118 feet) wide and 8.3-meter (27 feet) tall, it gives visitors the feeling of literally standing on the ocean floor.
When the seasons in Singapore are changing, travelers can still voyage into a constant springtime at the popular Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay. Lush tropical foliage and colorful Mediterranean flowers and are in perpetual bloom. Visitors can explore desert plants from around the world, wander through the expansive Flower Field and get up close with baobabs, succulents and a variety of tree species from South Africa, Australia and the Americas.
Brilliantly colored blooms and changing floral displays, like the wintry wonderland and spring sensation are just part of what makes a trip to Flower Dome so enchanting. The impressive 1,000-year-old olive tree is homage to the highly-valued fruit of Spain and hands-on exhibits and galleries are perfect for the younger crowd.