Singaporeans are huge fans of cycling and hiking, with folks conquering all sorts of routes from cycling routes of all difficulties to epic round-island walking trails. Let that love for the outdoors loose once again, with brand new seaside destination to explore: Changi Bay Point, along the Changi Bay Park Connector.
Here is a guide on what you can expect during your next trip down.
Changi may be far away for many, but anyone with a penchant for good views would have visited the area for its panoramic vistas, especially if they’re looking for a good sunrise or sunset spot in the east. Plus, there’s park connector (PCN) right by Changi Beach Park that you need to check out for a breath of fresh air.
Start your journey near Changi Beach Car Park 7, which is best accessed by car or taxi. A 3.6km journey along the Changi Bay Park Connector lies ahead.
A wide cycling bridge – the first of 2 bridges – will let you know that you’re on the right path. From this point onwards, expect seaside views throughout. Now would be a great time to sweep the dust off your skateboard, as other than for walking and cycling, the flat pavement is great for cruising as well.
There are plenty of sea-facing benches, where you can take a breather to admire the view and have a snack. Since there aren’t any F&B stops along the way, it’d be a good idea to stop by Changi Village beforehand to dabao some food over for a scenic picnic.
Bask under the sun among the colourful patches of flowers along this PCN – at this point, anyone could have convinced us that we were in a faraway land. In fact, tell your friends that you are in NZ and they may just take your word for it.
Before long, you’ll come across Changi Bay Point itself, a picturesque lookout point by the sea. There’s a romantic pavilion from which you can catch a stunning sunrise. That isn’t to say the stellar views end once the sun is fully up. We were there in mid-afternoon and still, the experience was 10/10.
Thanks to the unblocked views, you can spot Pulau Tekong and even some of Johor’s hills sticking out on the horizon.
Tuas may be the legendary spot to find lalang grass for “Tumblr-worthy” photoshoots but we’ll say Changi Bay Point easily dethrones it with dreamy lalang grass by the sea.
Snap a gazillion shots, and once you’re done, take a break under the nearby shelter. There’s a vending machine here where you can purchase outdoor essentials like water, tissue, and even bandaids if you’ve got an injury.
The breakwater is an obscure spot some might miss out on as it seems cordoned off by a wall of trees. We found a semi-shrouded dirt path leading in, where you snap some shots, or simply chill out and soak in the vitamin D.
Path leading into the breakwater
For those who need to go for a round 2, head to the new Changi Bay Public Toilet. There’s even shower cubicles for the public to use if you need a minute to cool down.
No outdoor adventure’s complete without a vending machine – buy yourself some cold drinks or refill your water bottle for free. If you’ve taken a dip in the sea, rinse off the sand at the indoor and outdoor showers here.
Connected to this is also a short boardwalk where you can take a break from your walk and soak in the views. Our quick tip here would be to use this stop as an opportunity to slather yourself in sunscreen, especially if you’re there on a sunny day. There won’t be much shade along the rest of the way.
If you’re catching Coney Island vibes from the image, you’ve got that right. Near the public toilet is a small forest patch that our photographers were quick to go gaga over. The mystical enclave was one that we didn’t expect to find, but it’s a spot that would be worth checking out if whimsical photos are what you’re gunning for.
While we nearly ended our trip there, we were glad we didn’t – a little further down the road is a picturesque leaning tree right by the sea where you and your friends can sit down and enjoy some HTHT with a view. Bali, Phuket, and Okinawa – y’all can take a back seat today.
Part of the Eastern end of the Round-Island-Route, Changi Bay Point is a beautiful new stop to add to your outdoor adventure. After visiting the area, you can continue on the PCN, either upwards to Punggol or downwards to East Coast Park.
Be sure to check the weather forecast before heading down and try to come on a weekday if you’d like the space all to yourself.
Address: Aviation Park Road
Opening hours: 24 hours, Daily
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Photography by Huiwen Chan.
Originally published on 31st January 2022 by Kezia Tan. Last updated on 10th July 2023 by Iffah Nabilah Norhisham.
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