Outdoor activities in Singapore
I’m probably not the only one who feels this way, but one of the best ways to destress after a long day of work is to go outside for some fresh air. For many Singaporeans, spending time outdoors among nature does wonders for our mental and physical health.
Sometimes, though, we may have a hankering for something different from indoor activities such as jogging, cycling, and hiking through PCNs, and nature reserves. Here are some unique nature and outdoor activities for you to get your nature fix.
Table of Contents
- Outdoor activities in Singapore
- 1. Escape “room” on St John’s island – Solve clues with friends
- 2. Scuba diving at Pulau Hantu – Explore SG’s marine life
- 3. Changi Beach intertidal walk – Family-friendly seaside trail
- 4. Forest Bathing – Destress with a guided forest therapy
- 5. Sungei Buloh Wetlands Tour – Visit SG’s largest mangrove forest
- 6. Nighttime Forest Adventure – Spot nocturnal animals in the wild
- 7. Kranji Countryside – Farm hop & sample fresh produce
- 8. Gallop Stable – Horseback riding in Pasir Ris & Bukit Timah
- 9. Kayak Fishing – Guided group tours along Tanjong Beach
- 10. Laser Clay Singapore – Try real shotguns
- 11. WW2 Marsiling tunnels exploration – Dog-friendly tour
- Unique outdoor activities for Singaporeans
1. Escape “room” on St John’s island – Solve clues with friends
For the amateur detectives, satisfy your inner sleuth by taking up the escape room challenge on St John’s Island. Over 5.5 hours, work together with your friends to find clues, solve puzzles, and eventually find the cure for the Green Death, a fictional pandemic sweeping the world.
Unlike the typical escape room experience, this outdoor challenge covers the entire island. While you try to find the cure for the virus, take some time to learn about the rich history of the island and explore the island.
Rates: $510.84 for a group of 5 pax
Address: 31 Marina Coastal Drive, Marina South Pier, Singapore 018988
Opening hours: Sat-Mon 9am-1.30pm (Closed from Tuesdays to Fridays)
Contact: St John’s Island escape room
2. Scuba diving at Pulau Hantu – Explore SG’s marine life
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Think of scuba diving and destinations like Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia probably come to mind. But it turns out you don’t need to pack your passport in order to do the need locally at Pulau Hantu.
The scuba diving sessions are conducted by registered diving instructors.
Image adapted from: @chuo.ren and @cuddlefishdivers via Instagram
Dive into the crystal clear waters while looking out for turtles, seahorses, and even nudibranch – colourful sea slugs typically only found in shallow, tropical waters. One thing is for sure, you’ll leave with a greater appreciation and understanding of the diverse marine life there.
Rates: From $165/session
3. Changi Beach intertidal walk – Family-friendly seaside trail
You’ll rarely ever meet a kiddo who doesn’t love animals or is at least intrigued by them. A good nature activity for families with inquisitive children is the Changi Beach Intertidal walk. These guided intertidal walks allow participants to learn to identify various species of marine life.
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The 2-hour tour is hands-on and interactive, making it perfect for young ones who like to get their hands dirty. As the tour is held during low tide, participants will be able to spot creatures that are typically hidden from view such as hermit crabs, starfish, and anemones.
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Rates: $81 for a 2-hour tour
Book the Changi Beach Intertidal Walk.
4. Forest Bathing – Destress with a guided forest therapy
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Getting in touch with nature doesn’t just entail adventures and physical workouts – you can choose to take a more meditative route. Derived from the Japanese word shinrin-yoku, forest bathing is a mindfulness exercise meant to promote spiritual rejuvenation through basking in nature.
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Xiu Nature Connections offers just that – guided forest therapy sessions to allow you to relax and destress in nature. Conducted by certified forest therapy guides, the forest bathing sessions allow you to slow down and take a breather from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
The weekly classes vary in location and price, and are only meant for those aged 16 and above.
Rates: From ~$72
Contact: Xiu Nature Connections
5. Sungei Buloh Wetlands Tour – Visit SG’s largest mangrove forest
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Fun fact: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is home to the largest mangrove forest in Singapore. This gem is a go-to for nature lovers to spot everything from migratory birds in the sky to mud lobsters hidden in the soil. For the uninitiated, you can explore the reserve and all it holds on a guided walking tour of the mangrove forest.
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Over the 2.5-hour tour, you’ll learn about the various mangrove species found in Singapore – try to spot birds, mudskippers, and even tree-climbing crabs while your guide gives you the low-down on these creatures.
Address: 301 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718925
6. Nighttime Forest Adventure – Spot nocturnal animals in the wild
Conducted at night, when the creatures of the forest are most active, the Naturalist Night Adventure by The Untamed Paths is for all nature lovers looking to get up close and personal with Singapore’s wildlife.
Image adapted from: Klook
Unleash your inner boy/girl scout during the 2-hour tour and observe Singapore’s hidden species up close and learn how to identify them, while hearing the stories behind these creatures.
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You’ll get to trek along the designated walking paths from the tour’s meeting points in Bukit Batok and Pasir Ris. During the tour, look out for fruit bats, owls, bugs, frogs, snakes, and even scorpions.
Rates: $100 for a 2-hour tour
Book the Naturalist Night Adventure.
7. Kranji Countryside – Farm hop & sample fresh produce
Live out your cottage core dreams for a day by farm hopping around the Kranji Countryside. Situated alongside the Kranji Reservoir, the area is relaxed and serene, and is home to several farms, including fisheries and goat farms.
If you want to sample some of Singapore’s fresh produce, or just enjoy clean eating, visit the farmers’ market, which happens once every quarter.
After a long day of farm hopping, have a meal at one of the many restaurants located directly in the compound. These restaurants are operated by the local farms themselves, and many of the meals offered are made with fresh ingredients grown directly on the farm.
Poison Ivy Bistro’s Warrior’s Family Meal serves 2.
Check out the full list of Kranji farms.
8. Gallop Stable – Horseback riding in Pasir Ris & Bukit Timah
If you love animals and nature, you may want to try horseback riding at Gallop Stable. The guided horseback riding sessions allow riders to trot along a picturesque green off-road track while accompanied by an experienced horse handler to ensure that you’re safe, even if you’re new to the activity.
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Gallop Stable currently runs 2 stables – one in Bukit Timah and the other in Pasir Ris Park. While on the green trail, expect to encounter all sorts of wildlife, including monkeys, and monitor lizards.
Image credit: Gallop Stable Singapore
Rates: $45 for a 1-hour ride
Gallop Stable Bukit Timah
Address: 100 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287992
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8am-7pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 6463 6012
Gallop Stable Pasir Ris
Address: 61 Pasir Ris Green, Carpark C Singapore 518225
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 10am-12pm, 2pm-7pm | Sat-Sun 8am-12pm, 2pm-7pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 6583 9665 | Gallop Stable
9. Kayak Fishing – Guided group tours along Tanjong Beach
If you love the water, but want to try something different from the typical kayaking, you may enjoy kayak fishing. The unique activity is conducted in small groups of 4, and allows you to get in a good workout while catching fish.
Held in the waters near Tanjong Beach, each kayak fishing session lasts 4 hours, so make sure to bring along plenty of sunscreen and water. Unlike regular kayaks, the kayaks used here are pedal powered, so you’re sure to get in a good workout.
Image credit: Fever SG
Rates: From $149/pax
Address: 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Singapore 098942
Opening hours: 7am-6pm, Daily
Contact: 8850 8501 | Fever SG
10. Laser Clay Singapore – Try real shotguns
Image credit: Laser Clay Singapore
Shooting a rifle is not something many Singaporeans get to do on a daily basis. But Laser Clay Singapore is where you legally can.
Image credit: Laser Clay Singapore
The lesser-known sport lets you shoot modified shotguns that fire laser beams instead of bullets so there’s no recoil and it’s completely safe. The aim of the game is to then hit a clay pigeon that is shot out of a canon – no real pigeons are harmed in this activity at all. The activity is even suitable for kids as young as 10 years old.
Rates: From $ 690/5 pax
Address: 91 Bukit Batok West Ave 2, #03-02 Civil Service Club Singapore 659206
Contact: 6779 1031 | Laser Clay Singapore
11. WW2 Marsiling tunnels exploration – Dog-friendly tour
When it comes to outdoor activities, we know one member of the family who’s always up for a walk – the pet dog. Now you’ve probably already brought Rover to beach clubs or to dog runs and parks around Singapore. But we bet you 2 have never explored a hidden WW2 landmark together before.
That’s where the 2.5-hour expedition to the Marsiling Tunnels comes in. The guided tour will have you trekking through jungles before you’ll have to squeeze into a small opening to get to the tunnels. Past explorers have admitted that the tunnels can be quite spooky, so having your furbaby around can really help ease the tension.
They’ll have to sit out on visiting the bunkers though, which can only be accessed by a very narrow passageway.
While you could look for the tunnels yourself, it’s best to join a guided tour to prevent getting lost.
Book your Marsiling Bunkers Expedition.
(Closed) WaterBike SG
If you’ve been to Pasir Ris Park recently, chances are you’ve heard of WaterBike SG. The water cycling activity went viral on TikTok recently, and for good reason. Water biking is both safe and fun, and makes for a scenic, heart-pumping workout.
In spite of its intimidating appearance, the waterbike is easy to manoeuvre and is suitable for riders of all skill levels. The pedalling action mimics the feel of cycling on land, except instead of being surrounded by trees, dirt and rocks you’ll be greeted by calm sea views and gentle waves.
If you’re worried about losing your perfect complexion to the merciless rays of the sun, or getting lost yourself, you’ll be relieved to know that the water bikes come equipped with umbrellas to shield you from the elements, as well as walkie-talkies to allow you to stay in contact with your friends while at sea.
Unique outdoor activities for Singaporeans
When the weekend rolls around, it can sometimes be difficult to decide what to do. Instead of spending yet another day off watching Netflix in bed, get out of the house and into the outdoors.
The next time you find yourself craving a unique adventure, try out one of these outdoor activities. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie looking for a challenge, or a mum looking for something to entertain her kids, you’ll be able to find one that suits your fancy.
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Cover image adapted from: Xiu Nature Connections, @gallopstableofficial, Laser Clay Singapore
Originally published on 2nd March 2022. Last updated by Shivani Supramani on 17th November 2023.
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