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Soak up the Sun with These Outdoor Adventures in Singapore

by Voices Wellness 07 Sep 2021
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Discover a different side to the Lion City when you embark on these outdoor activities. By SAMANTHA FRANCIS.

Cycling at East Coast Park? Check. Enjoying a picnic at Marina Barrage? Been there, done that. If you’re tired of jostling with the crowds at these popular leisure spots, it might be time to explore other outdoor activities in the Lion City. Take a break from working indoors to soak up the sun with your loved ones and make new memories while you’re at it.

Lazarus Island. Photo: Shopback.sg

Go island hopping

A not too shabby alternative to your beach holiday plans, an island-hopping day out on Singapore’s offshore Southern Islands could be the cure to your boredom. The pristine beaches of Lazarus Island are great for kite-flying or a picnic, while St John’s Island offers an interesting insight into marine conservation efforts. Bikes can also be rented for a leisurely ride around these islands. Meanwhile, Kusa Island has a well-known dua pek kong (Grand Uncle) temple where you can pray for good luck, as well as a small tortoise sanctuary to check out.

Kayaking through the mangroves. Photo: Ptan Photo

Kayak through the mangroves 

Embark on a day trip to Pulau Ubin and book yourself a guided kayaking tour through the mangroves for an adventure you’ll remember. As you paddle in pairs, learn about the island’s heritage through the knowledge of the local guides, some of whom are Ubin natives. Keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of kingfishers, hornbills, herons, and eagles. If it’s the right season, you might even spot an otter family or a pink dolphin pod against the scenic backdrop of wetlands and waterways. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy a meal at one of the many fresh seafood restaurants on the island.

Obstacles and zip lines galore. Photo: Forest Adventure

Navigate obstacles and ziplines 

Looking to relive your secondary school camp or Outward Bound School days? Forest Adventure at Bedok Reservoir offers 44 obstacles and three giant ziplines for those craving an adrenaline rush. As Singapore’s largest treetop adventure park, the outdoor course will have you navigate through multiple obstacle crossings before rewarding you with a 300-metre long zipline over water. Expect to spend about 2.5 hours on the entire course, depending on which you’re going on. There’s the grand course, which features all the obstacles and zip lines, a junior course with 26 obstacles and two ziplines, as well as a kids’ course with 22 crossings and two ziplines.

Bumping jumping with a view. Photo: Lazada

Go bungee jumping

 Take a leap of faith at Skypark Sentosa’s 47-meter-high AJ Hackett Bungy Jump platform, where you’ll get to plunge through the air and take in lush views of the island resort. Due to the innovative design of the jump decks and overhead roof, a full range of bungy jump styles is possible. Those who’ve completed the jump will receive a certificate and a membership card as part of the package. Hoping to take home the memories? There’s the option to purchase a video or photo memento of your experience. Visitors who prefer a laid-back day out can choose to relax at the Summerhouse Beach Club.

A colourful nudibranch. Photo: The Occasional Traveller

Scuba dive in local waters

Like other avid divers, you might be dreaming of the beautiful dive sites in Asia—from Tioman to Malapascua. But with travel discouraged due to the ongoing pandemic, Pulau Hantu could be an affordable option to consider. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or someone looking to get your PADI certification, plenty of local dive schools now offer guided and unguided dive tours on the island, led by experienced divemasters and instructors. While the visibility may not beat other world-renowned dive sites, it offers rich marine life, including diverse sightings of turtles, seahorses, and nudibranch.

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