If you’re looking to get out of the city, and into the open sea, then a day out kayaking might be just the day-trip for you.
The experience is from 9 am-1:30 pm and departs from the jetty of Pulau Ubin, an island off the northeast coast of Singapore. It is home to the last remaining rural village in Singapore. To get there from the city, head to the Changi Point Ferry Terminal and catch a bumboat which will take you to the Pulau Ubin jetty. It costs just S$3 — what a steal!
Each Kayak takes a minimum of two people, so we suggest you choose your partner wisely. There’s nothing worse than having to take the brunt of the rowing while your friend takes it easy in the back, unless of course you’re looking to work on your biceps.
Tickets for this activity start at $90.95 for kids (age seven and up), and $104.86 for adults. You will also be provided with a super stylish lifejacket, to ensure you remain safe and fashion-forward on the water.
After setting off, you will kayak from Pulau Ubin towards the highlight of the tour, Pulau Ketam island. Don’t worry about having to use the stars to guide your trip, you will be accompanied by an experienced leader who will keep the group on track. They will also tailor the kayaking speed according to the ability of the group, so all fitness levels are welcome.
Alongside trying to keep in sync with your partner’s rowing speed, we suggest you take some time to observe your surroundings. As you pass halfway around the island, you will enter the mangrove swamps which are home to a variety of birdlife, such as gray herons, as well as some intriguing aquatic inhabitants. Monitor lizards are often seen cruising through the waters, and happy otter families can be spotted playing in the shallow waters. The flora and fauna in the surrounding area, are also a sight to behold as the coastal wetlands boast an incredible diversity.
You will arrive back in Pulau Ubin slightly damp and just in time for lunch. After a few moments of stretching out your sea legs, you will be ready to head back into the city, with a mind as clear as the open waters and a camera full of pictures.