Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom
S$10 / Child (3 - 12 years old)
Located in Singapore's Sentosa Island, surrounded with lush tropical greenery, Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom showcases the stunning beauties of a different variety of beautiful butterflies and interesting insects. A must - see outdoor experience for children, tourists and nature lovers alike, Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom has wowed visitors from all over the world. With the scents, sights and sounds of an authentic tropical rainforest, it's a multi - sensory, interactive experience that's guaranteed to engage you from start to finish. The is located at Sentosa. There are two main ways to get there: 1. Board Sentosa Express from Vivo City Lobby L, Level 3 and alight at Imbiah Station. 2. Board Blue or Red Line bus and alight at Imbiah Lookout.
Perhaps I went there on a day when the butterflies simply fluttered by, or were resting. Whatever the reason, I was less than overwhelmed. I know butterflies and moths and insects and pupae are perhaps not as exciting as a massive tank filled with dolphins and sharks and wondrous sea creatures gliding last as if on the wings of butterflies, bit I did expect a lot more.
Or perhaps it was the heat? But how can lah? To me it was a shame that the most number of butterflies and etc etc I saw were pinned onto display boards, or encased in souvenir display cases.
Worth it? Sorry.
Somewhat cautious before entering the metal enclosure of butterflies, insects and what-not, I was feeling pretty blah about the entire thing. However, the moment I stepped into the land of flowers and foliage, I was enthralled by the beautiful butterflies fluttering around. The atmosphere of the place was quaint and peaceful, and not only did the park house insects, it was also home to colorful parrots and parakeets, not to mention a pretty menacing looking monitor lizard as well!
The Insect Kingdom was riveting, with tarantulas and centipedes on display. What completely captivated me though was seeing the mould of the most beautiful, iridescent butterfly in the world!
I would highly recommend this place for insect, animal and nature lovers. But I would also recommend this park to those who would choose to bypass this unassuming attraction. It is truly a jewel in the rough.
The most interesting attraction at the Butterfly Park And Insect Kingdom is the very first enclosure, the Butterfly Aviary. This is where visitors can view and interact with the butterflies at close range, and there are about 10 or so different, brightly coloured species here. The little treehouse here is quaint. Oddly, there is also a Toucan enclosure here, which seems a bit out of place. Also located here is the Pupa House, with live specimens.
The Insect Kingdom Museum contains most of the board mounted displays, but the first area houses the live specimens, including the 160 mm Hercules Beetle, scorpions and tarantulas. This area is designed as a cave, though I'm unsure if the damp conditions and dripping water from the fake stalactites on the ceiling is meant to be part of the experience, or simply a malfunction. The Butterfly Park And Insect Kingdom also houses several species of birds and reptiles, and while they serve as interesting attractions, I'm unsure how they fit with the overall theme of the place.
The board mounted displays in the Butterfly Park And Insect Kingdom are clearly labelled and informative, but lack the interactive appeal. It does serve the purpose of introducing visitors to the variety of butterflies and insects in various regions of the world. Unfortunately, the much lauded Firefly Enclosure was unavailable during my visit.
If you're planning a visit to the Butterfly Park And Insect Kingdom, do note that admission fees cost SGD $16, and allocate between 1 to 2 hours for viewing. Personally, I feel that it's not worthwhile visiting the Butterfly Park And Insect Kingdom for the average / casual tourist, and may be more suitable for those with a specific interest in butterflies, insects or nature.
It is extremely hard to learn about or see any insects in urban Singapore, and it was my first time seeing and learning about so many of them. There are even hundreds of them pinned up and named for your viewing pleasure.
I used to think that it must be very painful and inhuman for these insects to be stuck to the wall but now that I’ve gotten over my scruples, I've come to realise that it helps to showcase the beauty and usefulness of insects to us urbanites!
The rare sights of a butterfly are not enough to balance the horrible experience. Despite the true beauty of nature, I could not find the heart to enjoy the experience.
Prior to my visit to this insects park, I imagined myself appreciating coloured and beautiful butterflies, as if the feminine female lead in some Korean show. It turned out that the whole experience there was not pleasant for me.
I get creeped out by insects easily - even the sight of them makes my legs feel the urge to run away from the insects. Bugs, beetles and so many other insects unknown to me showed up in front of me in the park. I could not help but frantically waving my hands to chase the buzzing insects away from me.
I should emphasise again that if you are not a lover of insects or anything tiny creature that flies around you and makes you itch, try to avoid visiting this place.
It was truly an experience to have all those butterflies of various sizes, some no bigger than a 20 cent coin to some truly gigantic (for a butterfly) specimens. Kids learning the reproductive cycle of insects would have a great time observing the butterflies at the various stages of their lifecycle. You'll find caterpillars on leaves and pupas hanging off branches and a special wall constructed just to display the cocoons. If you are lucky, you just might find one trying to break out of its cocoon.
Wish the place was bigger, though I wish that it had been free for anyone to enter. It's such a pity to put a price on natural beauty.
Inside the butterfly park, there was a lot of vegetation but a clear path for us to follow. As we were walking, an interesting array of different types of butterflies were flying all around us. One butterfly was especially beautiful. Its wings were white in color and had beautiful prints on it. It landed onto my shoulder and then more started to land on me as i stood still. Soon, about 5 of them were resting on me!
Overall, I'd recommend this to anybody who'd like to experience tranquility. Great for the family or a date even!
The entrance fee is quite costly, but one step into the enclosure of the butterflies will make your money worthwhile. Imagine a place where butterflies are everywhere, and the scent of flowers makes the whole experience magical, as though in a dream. Some rare insect species are also preserved and available for viewing pleasure.
However, here comes the biggest disappointing factor. To be honest, the enclosure is pretty small, and after a short walk, that's the end. For visitors who don't really like insects and nature, this visit would have wasted your money. But overall, it's still a good learning experience, especially for younger kids.
When my dad suggested that we should visit there during the weekend, I was up for it.
There are more than 50 species of butterflies and 3000 rare insects. No surprise that the park is one of the largest and most captivating and world-class collections.
Parents with little kiddies should bring them here. Bringing them to such parks will enable them to understand about mother nature, and ultimately, they will learn to appreciate life and to take care of our environment in the near future. They get to interact with different kinds of insects and plants. Of course, adults can learn something as well. Fun fact: Butterflies can see red, green and yellow!
The staff were interactive and engaging, which makes the park an ideal place for families. Butterflies, flowers and fresh air, the experience is both refreshing and fun.