With a suspension bridge linking beach-goers to the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia (and also Asia's closest point to the Equator), Palawan Beach, Singapore's happiest family beach, boasts interesting shops and eateries that are a favourite with adults and children alike.
Palawan Beach, Sentosa Hot
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The quiet spot in Sentosa
It’s hard to find somewhere quiet, or less crowded in Sentosa. Everyday, everywhere, every part of Sentosa seems packed with locals or tourists. But what I’ve discovered, is that Palawan Beach is rarely overcrowded! You won’t have a problem finding a shady area to settle in Palawan Beach.
It’s really clean on the beach too, and there are perfect spots for sun tanning, although it can get reaaally hot sometimes. It’s a long walk from the Sentosa express station, but you can take a tram to the beach. Maybe it’s the inaccessibility that keeps tourists from venturing into Palawan. The toilets are really near the beach too, and there’s also an open shower.
When everyone else is squeezing in some other beach like Siloso, get directions to Palawan and you can hang out with your friends in a spacious and chill environment.
Although most people may simply see Palawan Beach as just another Singapore beach, to me it’s another beautiful area filled with biodiversity and the chance to appreciate nature.
Looking into the relatively clear waters, you can see quite a variety of fish such as butterfly fish and half-beaks darting around. You may also spot horseshoe crabs near the shores during the right season, and sometimes even squid or cuttlefish.
I’m happy that there are still a few places in Singapore where we can enjoy nature and tranquility, even if it stems from a man-made environment. Cross the linking bridge to discover your own quiet part of the beach and get away from the bustle of the city.
The landmark that is remembered by most would be the long, suspended bridge that leads from the beautiful golden shore to the small island acoss the clear blue waters.
Being a frequent visitor of the beach - be it for school events or treasure hunts - this place is usually a hot spot for school excursions. I usually spot groups of students who come specifically to this part of the beach precisely because of the beautiful landmark that makes a wonderful clue in the treasure hunts.
Regardless, this place is wonderful for a day of relaxation and fun. This part of the beach, other than groups of students, is usually quite empty as compared to siloso beach. This means that the vast space and the beauty of the beach is available for enjoyment. Definitely one of my favourite hotspots to visit while in sentosa but Siloso beach seems to appeal to me more!
Perfect for a picnic
I've come here several times, and the last time I was here, I was with friends on a potluck picnic. We were lucky enough to find a shady spot beneath a tree, and we did most of our eating there. The beach can get pretty warm by 10AM, so I suggest not to dress in black if you're coming here. Also, wear your footwear at all times, because the sand gets really hot and painful after a while.
The beach is pristine, and the water is crystal-clear. It was pretty crowded when I was there, although it was a weekday afternoon, but most of the visitors were tourists. Hence, this is definitely not the place for a romantic afternoon. Keep your food covered at all times, as there are lots of birds at the beach as well. This is definitely a great beach for a memorable outing with friends!
What's there to say
We are not exactly spoilt for choice but I pretty much do enjoy this beach.
It's the less populated part of Sentosa. And I hate crowds so this meant a pretty nice trip for me.
My most recent experience of this place was me coming alone when a friend bailed on me. I overslept for her and so she headed back to sleep while I headed here.
I had a book, a sketch pad, a camera and a shawl. I thought it would be romantic to come read a book by myself and sketch a little.
In the end, my book became a camera stand for my 1001 photos of myself.
At least I admit it right heh heh.
I did enjoy watching the waves for a while. I sketched a little and wrote a haiku and went around exploring the place. I found this barricaded area and snuck under it and managed to find a nice spot on the rock where I watched waves and sung aloud to myself.
Must have looked pretty insane to the poor passerbys.
If siloso beach is the beach for the party/volleyball enthusiast, palawan beach is for the family. Numerous family will come down to Palawan beach with their kids to enjoy a day of fun, sun and some water games. It is also recommended for those who do not fancy your sea views to be blocked by barely clothed guys/girls attempting to play volleyball. I have rarely seen them venture into Palawan Beach, a fact that I am thankful for.
But lets take a walk down the same Palawan beach at night. Palawan beach will start getting empty from 6 onwards. Pretty soon, along with the sun a hush would fall all over the beach. You would be able to hear the rustle of the leaves that the light wind makes,something that you wont during the day.
Pick a nice spot to sit on, preferably on the sand. Enjoy the coolness of the sand, let it slide through your fingers. Across the water which is now pleasantly black, you can see faraway lights of ships moving against each other. If you feel relaxed enough, lie down on the sand and look up at heaven. If the night is clear and cloudless, stars will greet you. Ponder their distance and your insignificance, day dream about that cute guy's smile you like, tackle serious stuff like the meaning of life as you gaze up to eternity. Watch your life slow down for a while. Breath and relax.
Regardless to say, Palawan beach is my favorite spot in Sentosa. It's a personal ritual to go there at least once a month to unwind. So Palawan beach is great at day time and awesome at night, something everyone should try if your craving quiet.
Tranquility on a beach.
Unlike Siloso Beach, I think that Palawan Beach is a place for people who truly wants to relax and have fun on their own, away from all the fun attraction and loud music, which is hard to find in a small Singapore.
I am not a fan of the crowds and noises so I always visit Palawan Beach. Even though it sounds boring as compared to her "sister" beach just a 5 minutes walk-away, it truly isn't! It boasts of many eateries and casual dining restaurants that gives you a good view of the beach. I haven't had the pleasure of trying at these restaurants just yet, but the occasional parties and family laughters that I always hear when I past these restaurants, tells me that it is good there!
They also have a mini zoo, where there are really pretty birds, the last I remembered, that all happened to be in pairs (so cute!) Other than that, you can also go cycling if you rent a bike over at Siloso Beach. The breeze can definitely ease your mind.
At the same time, you can take really nice pictures there! I mean, a view of the horizon, and the amazing sunset is always photo-worthy right? I always act like I'm in some kind of shampoo commercial with all the wind caressing my hair (not quite a good sight actually).
If you're finding for a relaxing corner and tired of the busy Singapore, give yourself a break at the Palawan Beach.
Safe and relaxing beach
With the limited beaches here in Singapore, beaches are a treat to us Singaporeans. We do not have natural beaches and this man-made beach is of great quality! It is clean and safe. These are the two most important things I look out for in beaches. Because many of us walk around bare footed and in our beach wear, it wouldn't be nice to step on litter or even dangerous sharp objects. So I am glad to say that this beach is both clean and nice. It is a great place for family gatherings and also safe for children to run around.
The shaky bridge adds a nice touch of rustic feeling to the whole beach. Do take care of your children when they are crossing the shaky bridge though! I would suggest you to bring more food and water to the beach instead of buying them there. The prices are very marked up and there are few food and drink stations around the beach. It can be scorching at times so prepare your sunblock if you don't want to get nasty sunburns!
Finally, after gazillion attempts attempting to construct the most natural looking beach at the East and West side, Singapore succeeded in doing so at Sentosa. Palawan Beach. This particular beach wavers in close proximity near perfection. Perfection for a man-made beach that is.
East Coast sand isn't sprawled as naturally as how it did in Palawan. The beach at the West on the other hand, exuded much more of a botanical garden vibe instead of a beach one. Palawan Beach succeeded in balancing both the botanical element and the much sought after beach vibe to a perfect tee. There is even a rustic bridge there that swayed treacherously above the waters casting beach lovers with a sense of trepidation. Fantastic.
Affter hours spent baked under the scorching sun, I yearned for a humongous bottle of Ice Mountain. Unfortunately, there aren't multiple drink stalls stationed there. I had to drag myself millions of miles away from my original location to purchase a drink under the sweltering hot Sahara Desert weather. Otherwise, this beach breeched near the complain-free zone. Applauds.
Family Friendly Beach
Palawan Beach in Sentosa is designated as the family friendly beach, so you'll see a lot of families with kids here. An atmosphere of playfulness surrounds Palawan Beach, with its theme of Pirates, its various Playgrounds and Wet Play Areas, the brightly painted Palawan Pillboxes, the Arid Gardens, and the Palawan Beach Statues.
The star attraction at Palawan Beach is the Port Of Lost Wonder (POLW), a pirate themed kids play area. The Curio Exchange is located outside the 'Secret Entrance', and adults can enter free with a hug from their child. The main highlights include the Pirate Ship, a huge wet play area, the Curiosity Island, a foam play area, and the Play Den, an indoor play area.
Just behind the main stretch of Palawan Beach shops is the Palawan Amphitheatre. This is where the Animal And Bird Encounters is held daily. There are only 3 daily shows, all different, and held at fixed timings. Lory Feeding is at 2pm, the Close Encounter With Animal Friends photo opportunity is at 4pm, and the On The Wild Side show is at 5pm. While On The Wild Side was funny and entertaining, the range of animal tricks displayed was quite limited. Close Encounter With Animal Friends usually involved only 1 monkey, but its well trained and cute! Plus, you can take photos with it on your shoulder, your arm, or your head!
The self-proclaimed Southernmost Point Of Continental Asia in Palawan Beach features 2 Lookout Towers, offering a great view of the island, and the South China Sea. Connected to the main Sentosa island by a Suspension Bridge, this area also has a Sentosa signage made of rock. You can actually swim across to this place from the main beach too.
If you're planning a visit to Palawan Beach, do note that admission fees varies depending on the attraction you're visiting. Also, allocate between 1 to 3 hours for viewing, and bring plenty of water. Parts of the beach can get pretty crowded, especially on weekends, because a lot of families visit this area. Try to time your visit to catch the shows at the Palawan Amphitheatre.