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Where to find outdoor adventure in Singapore

Treetop canopy walks, stand-up paddleboarding, mountain biking and more - get your blood pumping with these Singapore activities

Discover Singapore

Route: Visit two contrasting islands then take a walk through Singapore’s past and present
Duration: 3 days


For a compact destination, Singapore packs in a lot. Getting out of the city in search of adventure is always quick and easy, and it’s in this respect that the country’s smattering of islands come into their own.

Kayaking is a relaxing way to take in the scenery
Kayaking is a relaxing way to take in the scenery

Off the northeast coast, Pulau Ubin is a case in point. Ten minutes on a small boat ride from Changi Point and you’ll be somewhere a world away from the Central Business District [CBD]; this island’s rugged, tropical terrain and slow-moving villages make it well suited to mountainbiking.

Numerous hire outlets are based on the island, and there’s also the chance to visit the Chek Jawa wetlands, a biodiverse zone rich in wildlife and marine life. Guided tours can help give visitors a better chance to spot the wild boars that roam the area.

Singapore's lush interior
Singapore's lush interior

More developed is Sentosa, the island off Singapore’s southern coast. Reachable by bridge and home to various theme parks, it’s also offers a wide range of adventure activities and trails. Watersport enthusiasts take note: there’s also a stand-up paddleboarding school, on the island’s Tanjong Beach.

Back on the mainland, meanwhile, you’ll find a neat way to combine culture with exercising those legs. The eight-kilometre Jubilee Walk connects important areas such as Marina Bay and Fort Canning hill – the latter was once home to ancient palaces. East Coast Park offers more cosmopolitan routes for cyclists while MacRitchie Reservoir has a diverse range of walking and water adventures.

Sunset at the Bedok Reservoir
Sunset at the Bedok Reservoir 

The latest sport to hit Singapore students? Quidditch. But you don’t need to be Harry Potter to play. The muggles at the University of Singapore chase the ball with the broomstick between their legs.

For those looking for a more leisurely touring approach to Singapore, gentle-paced river cruises are available to take in the bays and quays. More active travellers can head instead to the Singapore Sports Hub, where a 500-metre regatta course is primed for canoe and kayak hire.


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Discover Singapore