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    Eh uh a half day if you really want to. The thing about Sentosa Island is that it's one big man made theme park of course there's some that would say nothing in Singapore is real but I don't agree. I haven't been to every attraction, think I saw Dolphin World and the Oceanarium however what I enjoyed most was the cable car ride over the sea back to the mainland. That was amazing. There are plenty of other attractions there which I didn't experience because I was on a guided half day tour however I believe there is an MRT train station there so once you get the hang of that you could probably go on your own and spend a day there.

    Thing is personally I wouldn't be bothered. There's so much more to see in Singapore so a half day would suffice IMHO. You could spend a day exploring the glossy centre of Singapore and take a boat trip up river. It really is worth it and you could walk to Raffles for a Singapore Sling & some daytime piano music entertainment. Don't miss the amazing Opera House, it's architecture rivals the Sydney Opera House & a walk down Clarke Quay, perhaps have a meal there, towards the Marina area is a must. The area is quite compact so to get the best out of it try & walk it & do it at your own leisurely pace rather than go on a guided tour. The Botanic Gardens near Orchard Road are an oasis of beauty in the city & would take up a couple of hours. Of course there's the Day Safari, Night Safari & Jurong Bird Park (have to admit I've been to Singapore twice & I haven't visited any of those 3 attractions, prefer to see animals in their natural setting so I'll leave it to others to comment on them) or Bukit Timah Nature Reserve if you want to see monkeys in a more natural environment. Chinatown & the temple there is worth a wander around. Those into history (or visiting an island in Singapore with a jungle setting) should head far out of the centre to the Changi area for one. I could go on & on so in answer to your question I think half a day in Sentosa Island would be enough.

    Please view following link to get an idea of the things you can get up to in Singapore.

    http://www.viator.com/Singapore/d18-ttd?activities=all over 6 years ago

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    Thanks for your answer , really appreciate it over 6 years ago

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    My pleasure.

    As I've said I've only seen a small bit of Sentosa Island on a rushed guided tour so maybe I shouldn't judge however on a 3 day trip there is far more to see than Sentosa. If you had alot longer in Singapore I might advise go for a day & explore it at your own leisure. Course if you've kids they'd no doubt love it. Below is a link about its attractions, nature and beaches.

    http://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/

    over 6 years ago

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    Hillary, I noticed on your profile that you enjoy swimming with dolphins , I have never done that but have always wanted to , live in south africa , I do not know of anywhere or whether you can , where would you say is the best to try . over 6 years ago

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    Hi Kuben,

    Well I've done it in New Zealand. The tour company I was travelling with, who had some clout, managed to get me on a swim in Kaikoura on the east coast of the South Island in New Zealand. The reason it is good here is because there is a deep sea trench not so far from shore. However bad weather set in & it was cancelled so I did it in Paihia in the north of the north island instead. Can't say I was over happy with my swim though however other groups got a better shot at it than our one, dolphins move very fast. There were baby hammerheads nearby in the water & that turned some people off getting into the water, afraid mammy & daddy would make an appearance I suppose.

    So to try to get closer next time I cheated & got into the water on the other side of the pier where they feed the dolphins at Monkey Mia in western Australia, I was picked to feed a wild dolphin too. However later I discovered you need to be very careful getting into the water here, this bay ain't called Shark Bay for nothing. At a certain time of year tiger sharks are prevalent and I've been told by one man that he witnessed one of the dolphins that was being fed being biten in half by a tiger shark infront of screaming onlookers. The dolphins are sitting ducks cause the tiger sharks know exactly when & where they'll be at the 3 set feeding times in the day. I wasn't there at the dodgy time of year, thankfully but it does put into question how ethical the practice is. They operate a similar activity on an island off Brisbane though I haven't been there.

    Also please remember that dolphins are unpredictable and very powerful with sharp teeth. They have been known on the rare occasion to turn ugly, in one case pinning a swimmer to the seabed and nugging him as he escaped to the surface. Experts observing dolphins have sumised that they can turn vicious if feeling jealous & left out of something, such as if two people are throwing a ball to each other etc. The one thing they say to me when they hear I like being in the water with wild dolphins is they hope I've taken out insurance. So be careful & don't underestimate these wonderful creatures despite their happy smily faces. over 6 years ago

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    Hey Hillary , that's a bit scary about the sharks , I'll try Sentosa Island first as this will the 1st time for me , I have sent them an e mail to make a booking , and the bookings only open in the middle of November , so I will try my uttermost to get a booking , planning Sentosa on Christmas day , thank you any how for your valuable insight , you seem to be an adventure junkie , and I am sure that you have also swam with great whites , next time or if your in S.A , be sure to give me a shout .
    Ciao over 6 years ago

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    Thank you Kuben. Do you look anything like in your picture. LOL

    No, I haven't swum with great whites just reef sharks & obviously with baby hammerheads in the vicinity. A few people have been taken off the west coast of Oz recently by great whites, I think 3. They were killed off Rottnest Island where I first ventured into the water in Oz but I was inside the reef so I was protected. I hear there are quite a few deadly sharks in South African waters too.

    I believe there are some absolutely amazing hotels on Sentosa Island so I reckon you'll have a fabulous time spending Xmas there, lucky you. You can think of me shivering & damp in Ireland. Just don't miss out on the cable car ride back to the mainland over the Malacca Straits, it's spectacular. If I ever make it to a safari in South Africa I'll let you know. over 6 years ago

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    Hi Hillary, yeah , I love animals so I have tons of dog pictures , Cape Town is noted for great whites , there were quite a few attacks there , the last one being about a month ago ,I am sure you would have heard about it in the media , yip , I am going to have a swell time this December , going to Mumbai for 3 days on the 14 dec, from Mumbai going to Bangkok , than to Singapore for day , and than to Malaysia , back to Singapore for Chrismas , and after Christmas going to Aggra in India and back home for new years .yeah can't wait ........ over 6 years ago

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    Cuba is a good place to swim with dolphins, e.g. Holguin area. over 6 years ago

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    Thanks for your reply over 6 years ago

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