With its high-speed roller coasters, atas hotels, and beach clubs littered along the shores, The State of Fun, a.k.a. Sentosa, is usually associated with these famous attractions. But unbeknownst to many is the secret Tanjong Rimau Beach, tucked away at the tip of the island.
If you’re looking for an untouched beach with natural landscapes and marine animals, this hidden beach is definitely worth checking out.
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Be prepared to get your feet wet in the tide pools
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Unless you’re a hardcore adventurer or have stayed at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, you’ve probably never heard of Tanjong Rimau before. In fact, when you bring it up in conversation, most people will probably assume that you’re referring to the more IG-famous Tanjong Beach instead.
Located right at the very tip of Sentosa Island, this beach – which is also known as Siloso Headland – has remained mostly untouched, with only a few lookout points and beacons along its rocky shore.
Tanjong Rimau beach looks like it’s straight out of a Studio Ghibli movie with its lush greenery
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Because of this, there are plenty of hidden nature spots to explore on the beach like caves and tidal pools. Plus, the waters are also teeming with all kinds of marine creatures so you’ll be able to go full-on explorer mode on this beautiful beach.
Note: Avoid handling or touching the marine life as this can be extremely damaging to the ecosystem. The creatures can also be poisonous so remember to watch your step and avoid stepping them.
Various creatures like corals, stonefish, and crabs co-exist in this beach’s waters.
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While this can be quite intimidating for first-time visitors, Sentosa does provide guided tours so you won’t have to worry about getting lost in a random cave.
Not only will the tour guide point out the marine animals and natural landscapes to look out for, but they’ll also ensure that you leave minimal footfall on this fragile ecosystem.
Disclaimer: Sentosa’s guided tours have been temporarily suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions, though July slots are currently open.
Although following a guided tour is highly encouraged to protect the natural landscape and ensure your own safety, it can still be accessed if you decide to go on your own. Visiting Tanjong Rimau requires quite a bit of planning, from making sure the tide is low to preparing covered and non-slip footwear.
But once you’ve figured out the details, reaching Tanjong Rimau isn’t too difficult of a journey. To get to this coast, you’ll have to walk beyond the edge of the Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa and descend a rocky slope. Alternatively, you can even take a short walk down from Fort Siloso.
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Sentosa is a staycation favourite for good reason and while some of us may claim to know the island inside and out after countless visits, there are still secret spots like Tanjong Rimau for us to discover.
Even though you’ll have to do quite a bit of preparing and possibly sacrifice a pair of shoes, a visit to this beach will promise a day of scenic waterfront views and fun exploring.
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Cover image credits: @louisamayfung, @hikenseesg, TheSmartLocal
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