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SentosaThis island connected to Singapore’s main island by a causeway bridge, and only 15 minutes by taxi from the business district, is where locals come to play. For what was once little more than a former fishing village, it certainly packs in plenty into less than two square miles. Children while away hours at the replica pirate ship at Port of Lost Wonder, manmade beaches built on reclaimed land, rides at Universal Studios, and visting the aquatic life at Underwater World and the SEA Aquarium. Adults seek thrills on a zipline, luge and indoor skydiving facility, hang out at cool waterfront lounges like Tanjong Beach Club, or dine at celebrity chef restaurants. The island’s name, incidentally, has changed several times over the centuries, from Pulau Panjang (Malay for long island) to Pulau Belakang Mati (island of death from behind), before becoming Sentosa (peace and tranquility, derived from the Sanskrit word for contentment, santosha) in 1972, the winning entry in a competition promoted by the Singapore Tourism Board.
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