As densely populated as Singapore is, it is also a storehouse of natural havens to engage in some of the best-known adventure activities.
- Wakeboarding: A Cable Ski Park lets you learn various tricks on board while being pulled around a lagoon. Up to 8 riders are allowed in the cable, providing ample time on the water. It is way cheaper than renting boats although hiring a boat and heading out to reservoirs is also popular.
- Ziplining: The Mega Zip Adventure Park provides a high rope obstacle course, 50-foot bungee jump, and a huge zipline above the jungle canopy enough to keep your adrenaline pumping throughout the day.
- Zorbing: Spending some quality time in the inflatable ball rolling down grassy hills is always fun!
- Tree Top Walk: The HSBC Tree Top Walk allows a canopy walk in a rainforest located around the MacRitchie Reservoir. A 250ms long suspension bridge allocates a 10km hike through the rainforest with a view of exotic birds and monkeys.
There are way too many activities and adventures to explore when in the Lion city, but here are some of the best of the lot:
- Hawker Food Market: Located in Mawell Road, this is one of the broadest selections of Asian food found on Earth, this effectively cheap yet mouth-watering food market is full of local favorites like dim sum, Hainanese chicken rice, and others.
- Marina Bay Sands: Check out this five-star resort all set to provide you with Las Vegas feels with its casinos, huge shopping malls, gondolas, quality shows and a 57 storied infinity pool.
- Gardens by the Bay: With an area covering almost 250 acres of land, it consists of bio domes- the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome that showcases exotic flora and fauna from around the world. An additional attraction- Supertrees, a flickering group of 50m structures enchants the people with a musical show at night.
To engage in some quality water time with your friends and family, visit these amazing water parks:
- Singapore Wake Park: This is the only cable-ski park in Singapore that offers water skiing and wakeboarding. A two-way ferry is also available.
- Paddle Lodge: This MacRitchie Reservoir’s calm waters provide new kind of recreational activity: kayaking. Sit-on-top, sprint, and closed-deck kayaks are available for novices as well as experts.
Singapore has some of the best wildlife attractions, namely:
- The River Safari: This provides its visitors a boat ride through the tropical forests of Singapore while simultaneously letting them enjoy freshwater attractions right next to the boat. There are a total of 10 global ecosystems and animals as diverse as pandas, otters, American beavers, and anacondas.
- Jurong Bird Park: One of the world’s largest, it is situated quite close to The Turtle and Tortoise Museum. Home to about 5000 birds of 400 distinct species, some of its most significant exhibits include the Penguin Coast, the nine-story tall Lory Loft and the Dinosaur Descendants, a rare collection of flightless birds.
To have an ideal cruise experience of adventure and luxury, try:
- Marina Bay Sailing: This famous luxury liner is complete with17 bars, 3 pools, spas, designer boutiques, a rock-climbing wall and an ice-skating rink. From shore excursions through Langkawi Rainforest to island=hopping in Phuket, it has it all.
- Sapphire Princess: With an outdoor movie theatre, wedding chapel, and posh balcony suites, this is no less than a floating luxury hotel. With 12 distinct itineraries, it drops anchor in Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
The Pulau Tioman, Pulau Redang, Aquaterra Adventures, Dolphin Dive Adventure and Big Bubble Centre are some popular scuba diving centers.
Open scuba diving courses start ranges from Rs.1385 to Rs.2120.
The Dive Company, Singapore Freedivers, Marlin Divers, Subar Laut Island and Orpheus Dive are some of the best locations to try snorkeling.
Some of the best hiking trails to discover the natural landscape of Singapore includes:
- The Southern Ridges: This covers a stretch of 10kms of lush greenery connecting Kent Ridge Park, Mount Faber Park, Hort Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Labrador Nature Reserve. It is a fairly moderate hike and also very exploratory.
- Fort Canning Park: Located right in the heart of the city, this small hill offers up to 4 easy trails with a historical and recreational experience at the same time.
- Bukit Timah Nature Reserve: This has the tallest natural hill with steep slopes in Singapore. With a 0.2km steep trail of uneven steps and inclines, this is the place to go if you are up for a challenge.
Rock climbing, an age-old sport of adventure, aerobic endurance, and muscle strength, is a popular activity in Singapore.
- Clip ‘N Climb: 17 quirky designed bright colored walls in a 260 sq m facility makes up for Clip ‘N Climb. Situated on the Tampines Avenue, it is equally suitable for beginners as well as seasoned climbers.
- Kinetics Climbing: Situated in Serangoon Road, this is a pleasant bouldering space of 2000 sq ft with a reserved area for training and top rope climbing. Beginners’ courses, as well as private coaching sessions, are also provided.
- Onsight Climbing: This massive indoor climbing gym has an area of 7000 sq ft dedicated to hardcore climbers. Speed on 15m walls, lean on 14m walls and top rope on 8m walls are all available for competitive climbers. A substantial bouldering space for amateurs is also available. Situated in the ex Singapore Badminton Hall, it also has tiered stadium used as a rest point in addition to an auditorium for watching the climbers.
Some of the most exclusive places for an enchanting art and culture experience in Singapore are:
- Children Little Museum: Located at Kampong Glam, it is a walk down the nostalgia lane full of affordable childhood knick-knacks like cameras, postcards and old school games.
- The Heritage Shop: A mega pot full of cultural items of Singapore’s past heritage, it is stacked with old antiques like English teapots, bona fide Peranakan lunch boxes, and much more.
- Blu Jaz Cafe: Full of live entertainment and open mic nights, this is your place to go if you want to recite some of your verses or simply add to the audience of entrancing weekly poetry slams.
Hougang and Choa Chu Kang are popular locations in Singapore for parasailing.
It costs about Rs.450 per person with additional packages of Jet Ski and banana boats.
The Paragliding Sports Society and The Paragliders’ Association provide training on this adventure sport.
The cost is Rs.2, 900 per person including insurance and necessary equipment.
Amidst all the hustle-bustle of the city life, there are still some major cycling trails available to fully explore and enjoy the tropical terrain of Singapore:
- Bukit Timah MTB Trail: A 6.5km mountain bike loop circling around the Bukit Timah Hill and stretched between Dairy Farm Road and Hinhinde Park, it is quite a difficult climb followed by tricky descents.
- Ketam MTB Trail: Youngest of the local trails, it is situated off the urban coast of Singapore, on Pulau Ubin, around the Outward Bound School. Although a technical climb, highlights like mesmerizing scenery, course distance, rest points and smooth descent makes for an ideal bike trail.
- Kent Ridge MTB Trail: This short 2km single track loop is located off South Bouna Vista Road up the Vigilante Drive. Full of alternate paths, graveled descents, and low-traffic trails, it is one of the best biking routes situated close to the city
For the best jeep safari experience, the Night Safari is a must visit. It is the first nocturnal zoo of the world, open solely at night to let the animals be seen in their natural habitat. It follows the ‘open enclosure’ model to let the visitors have a look at the animals up close. The zoo also provides a safari on foot or by tram for exploring its seven geographical zones.
There’s hardly an adventure sport as exciting as Bungee Jumping. There are many institutions that provide bungee jumping from some of the tallest buildings.
G Max Reverse Bungy at Clarke Quay, 3E River Valley Road is one such institution.
AJ Hackett Sentosa at Sentosa Island besides bungee jumping provides an entire buffet of adrenaline pumping activities with the world’s first ‘vertical skywalk facility and ‘duo giant swing system.’ The primary attraction is Singapore’s first bungy jump tower that offers a free fall from a 50m tall double jump deck.
Apart from Wave House Sentosa in Singapore, some of the best surfing areas around Singapore include Desaru Beach in Malaysia, Phuket in Thailand and Bali in Indonesia.
The cost ranges around Rs.2600 per hour.
Romance and Singapore go hand in hand. It is one of the best places to visit for a honeymoon.
- Changi Point Coastal Walk: Heritage trees, offshore kalongs, beautiful boats, hilltop chalets, lush greenery, and a stunning view of the sea and sunset makes it an amazingly romantic destination to explore with your partner.
- Clarke Quay: A drift along the Singapore River provides an enchanting view of The Merlion, Marina Bay Sands and such other of the city’s historic elements. The laser light show with water jets and fire geysers along the bay is equally popular to spend an evening with your beloved.
- Botanic Gardens: A peaceful, quiet walk through this enthralling green rainforest retreat is an ideal way of spending your honeymoon. The National Orchid Garden with over 2000 orchids followed by a gourmet expedition at the exotic Corner House eatery makes the day even better
Although Little India has little to offer in terms of foreigner-friendly bars or raging nightlife as we know it, it still offers plenty of cool things to do after dark, such as:
- Prince of Wales Backpacker Pub: This Aussie-themed and run bar and pub also function as a backpacker hostel and is the perfect place to crash for all Little India travelers. Cheap alcohol, live music shows, a big communal area with games and TVs make it the best for the best nightlife experience.
- Suprette: This cafe-cum-bar makes for a great night stop beside providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Situated on the ground floor of ‘Wanderlust’, a beautiful boutique style hotel, it offers the most comprehensive drinks menu in Little India. Along with regular cocktails, its creative concoctions like ‘Spiced Pisco Sour’ and ‘Good.Let The Hate Flow Through You’ make for attractive additions.
- Countryside Cafe: This definitely falls under the quirky nightlife list. Located on Dunlop Street, this eccentric backpacker bar with its shiny green table decor, old vinyl glued walls, live sports, jam jars and cheap drinks make for a great shack to spend the night in style
Some of the most popular amusement parks for kids include:
- Universal Studios: This Hollywood movie theme park is unquestionably the best of the lot. Enter the gripping world of movie magic as you ride the Movies on roller coasters and other such movie-themed attractions. Best rides include Revenge of the Mummy, Jurassic Park Rapids, and Transformers 3D Battle. You can also meet your favorite characters- from Minions to Frankenstein’s monster. The Lake Hollywood Spectacular fireworks display in the evening is a pleasurable bonus.
- Adventure Cove Waterpark: Situated at Resorts World Sentosa, it has fun rides, thrill slides, and seven other adrenaline pumping water rides. A unique attractions include Rainbow Reef and Ray Bay, which offers a close-up with over 20,000 exclusive kinds of fish.
If you want to have a rejuvenating and relaxing experience with quality body treatments, facials, and massages, here are some of the best spas in Singapore:
- So Spa: This beautiful Sentosa haven is complete with an outdoor spa garden, a float pool, swimming pool, mud pool, divine treatments and a meditative labyrinth. Most popular are the Five Elemenyts Ritual, Cinderella Facial, and The Sentosa Massage.
- ESPA: Lush green spaces, amazing spa treatments, killer views and top-class facilities makes this luxury destination more than just a spa. Home to Singapore’s first genuine Turkish hammam, onsen-style pools, saunas and a crystal steam room, it is a veritable oasis amidst Sentosa’s busy structural life.
- Auriga Spa: This Swish joint provides the very best of body pampering by using only organic and natural products. Situated at Capella Singapore, it is completely stunning with ice fountains, vitality pools, herbal steam rooms and private outdoor gardens opening to every treatment room
Da Bo Gong Temple of the Kuku Island and Abdul Gaffoor Mosque, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Leong San See Temple and the Temple of 1,000 lights of Little India are some of the most popular sacred sites of Singapore.
What better way to round up your trip than by spending some fun time with your friends and family at these amazing theme parks!
- Wild Wild Wet: Situated near Changi Airport, this is one of the most famous water parks in the realm. A perfect combination of exciting slides, sun loungers and gentle pools and flumes for all ages and tastes promises an action-packed day full of watery fun. Favourite attractions include The Water Works, Side Up and Torpedo, (an 18m free fall slide reaching up to a speed of 70km/h).
- Haw Par Villa: Located in Harbourfront, this unique theme park is based on the folklore and heroes of Chinese mythology. Featuring a colorful collection of concrete and plaster mythical figures, the highlight is undeniably the Ten Courts of Hell depicting the various sins and their punishments. Multimedia performances of Chinese myths and legends and a unique rollercoaster boat ride make for an enchanting experience.