If you love being outdoors soaking in some Vitamin D besides sun-tanning by the beach or pool, you’ll be in for a treat to know that there are activities aplenty even within the small sunny island nation of Singapore.
Despite being a city-state, Singapore offers up a range of outdoor activities on land and water that are fun-filled and will guarantee you a sun-kissed skin (unless it’s raining of course).
Cable-ski at Singapore Wake Park
If you’re looking for a day outdoors to pick up a new sport or just for an adrenaline fix while being under the sun, Singapore Wake Park is the place for you. The only cable-ski park built in a lagoon at East Coast Park, this high-energy playground is suitable for both kids and adults, with three cable systems that are dedicated to varying levels of experience.
Start with the basics like learning how to stand on a wakeboard, with hourly lessons by instructors, then graduate to the intermediate system and build your confidence moving left and right. Advanced riders can choose to challenge their skills on the 11 obstacle features. Here’s an outdoor workout that will challenge you both physically and mentally!
Kayak through the mangroves at Pulau Ubin
For a little more tranquil outdoor activity, go off the beaten path in Singapore and kayak around the mangroves of Pulau Ubin. You will be in for a treat as you enter the waterways of the mangrove forests and learn a little more about the island’s nature and history. Complete beginners don’ have to worry as the waters in the mangroves are very still, or you can opt for a tandem kayak and paddle in pairs. Catch sightings of different species of birds like kingfishers, hornbills, perhaps even monitor lizards and water snakes. If you’re lucky that day, you might even spot a family of otters.
Conquer obstacles at Hydrodash
What is even more fun than an obstacle course? An obstacle course on water! For outdoor lovers looking for some challenging fun, Hydrodash is just the place for you. As Singapore’s first floating aqua park, this inflatable playground is the place to challenge your friends around the different obstacles.
Apart from some fun in the sun, you will also be in for a physical workout. Kids are not left out from this fun, with a zone in the aqua park reserved for them, so families can get together for a day of good fun too.
Drive up your adrenaline at Mega Adventure Park
Go on an exhilarating quest as modern-day Tarzan or Jane when you spend your day outdoors at Mega Adventure Park. Known for operating MegZip, Asia’s #1 zip line that spans 450 metres, fly over Siloso Beach in Sentosa at 60 km per hour and feel the freedom of flying in your face.
Challenge yourselves to MegaClimb, a 36-obstacle ropes course that will test your balance skill, or take a leap of faith down the 15 metre high parachute simulator MegaJump. For a little more “down-to-earth” fun, go on the MegaBounce and display your acrobatic skills on the bungy-assisted trampoline.
Splashing fun time at Wild Wild Wet
Voted by TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice as one of the top 5 Water Parks in Asia in 2019 and 2020, Wild Wild Wet remains one of the most popular attractions in Singapore. We can see why – being one of the largest water parks with 16 attractions ranging from relaxing and gentle river rides to adrenaline-pumping free falls – you will be guaranteed a day outdoors with excitement brought to a whole new level. We have a few of our favourite rides recommended.
Navigate your way through the Coast-to-Coast Trail
For seasoned hikers or those looking for a challenge and some bragging rights while enjoying a nice long walk outdoors, you can set yourselves up for the Coast-to-Coast (C2C) Trail. This 36km trail is the longest trail by Singapore NParks stretching from Jurong Lake Gardens in the West to Coney Island Park in the Northeast with 10 checkpoints.
Use the online trail guide to navigate the park connectors, alternatively, you can download the C2C mobile app. The app complements your hike with an interactive walking experience that lets you learn more about the native biodiversity found in Singapore. This route is not the faint-hearted, and if you’re new to hiking, we highly recommend you start slow by going on a few shorter-route hikes before attempting the C2C trail.
If being outdoors under the sun is not your thing, check out the heritage food trail to satisfy the foodie in you.
*Main picture credit @hydrodash.sg