5ha of natural rocky shore with coral reefs and some
Interesting cliff formations with rare native coastal vegetation.
Uniquely Singapore! The reefs of Sentosa are only minutes from
the city centre! More about our city reefs.
Legends of Sentosa
Its previous name, Pulau Blakang Mati, ("blakang" means "behind",
and "mati" means "death") points to a legend about a Malay that was
murdered behind the hill. It may have also been a reference to the
piracy and bloodshed that once pervaded the island. In 1968, when
the Government decided to develop the island into a holiday resort,
the public was invited to suggest names and "Sentosa" - meaning "peace
& tranquility" in Malay - was eventually chosen.
Sentosa is being developed as a holiday resort with many large-scale
projects. However, bits of the natural island still remains.
Marine life of Sentosa
On Sentosa's last long stretch of natural shore next to Rasa Sentosa
at Tanjung Rimau, there is are living coral
rubble and reefs
with a variety of hard and soft corals remain. The water on Sentosa
is surprisingly, the clearest among the Southern Shores at low tide.
Commonly encountered animals include octopuses,
and a wide variety of crabs seldom seen on other Southern Shores.
shore is rich with snails and other surprises, while the natural
cliffs are cloaked with rare native coastal
Sentosa is ALIVE!
In 2006, a group of wild volunteers did a seagrass
survey of Sentosa; they helped gather data and had
fun too! As a result of the Sentosa transect, these volunteers
have started TeamSeagrass
who continue to monitor seagrasses on Sentosa and many other Singapore
Doomed Sentosa shores?
More about natural shores on Sentosa that were
affected by reclamation for Resorts World Sentosa.
More tips for visitors
is accessible by public transport and cars (but not motorcycles) may
drive into the island. The nearest MRT station is Harbour Front. More
details on the Sentosa website
More about preparing for a trip to the shores
More FAQs about visiting the shores
How to take photos on the shores.
Plans for the
Sentosa Integrated Resort (IR)
living wild reefs!
guides and references