10 Offbeat Activities To Try On Your Singapore Tour

From kayaking the mangroves of Pulau Ubin to flying kites at Marina Barrage, find out ten offbeat activities to indulge in on your next Singapore tour
Singapore cityscape at dusk.
Singapore cityscape at dusk.Shutterstock

While Singapore has long championed the list of the most sought-after destinations worldwide, travellers end up doing the usual activities, leading to repetition and monotony. However, the island country offers a plethora of activities that are often overlooked. Here's a look at some of them.

Kayaking In The Mangroves Of Pulau Ubin

Pulau Ubin Chek Jawa Boardwalk
Pulau Ubin Chek Jawa BoardwalkShutterstock

Escape the city's hustle by kayaking through the serene mangroves of Pulau Ubin, an island off Singapore's northeastern coast. Paddle through narrow mangrove channels to spot wildlife like kingfishers and monitor lizards. Afterwards, enjoy fresh seafood dishes at Season Live Seafood in the island's main village and explore its rustic charm and the Chek Jawa Wetlands by cycling around the island.

Stargazing At The Science Centre Observatory

Experience the night sky at the Science Centre Observatory every Friday, weather permitting. Peer through telescopes to see planets, stars, and other celestial wonders. Explore interactive exhibits at the Science Centre and dine at Fusion Spoon for Asian and Western dishes. Nearby, visit Snow City for an indoor winter experience.

Explore The Southern Ridges

Explore the 10-kilometre Southern Ridges trail in Singapore for stunning skyline views, lush greenery, and biodiversity. Start at Henderson Waves, the highest pedestrian bridge. Visit Alkaff Mansion for Spanish tapas at Wildseed Cafe and check out contemporary art galleries at Gillman Barracks nearby.

Visit The Haw Par Villa

A view of the Haw Par Villa
A view of the Haw Par VillaShutterstock

Step into the surreal world of Haw Par Villa, an outdoor theme park with over 1,000 statues and dioramas depicting Chinese folklore, mythology, and Confucianism. Explore the Ten Courts of Hell, a vivid portrayal of Chinese beliefs about the afterlife. After your visit, head to Pasir Panjang Food Centre for local delights. Also, visit Reflections at Bukit Chandu, a museum commemorating the Battle of Pasir Panjang.

Cat Café Hopping

Cat lovers visiting Singapore must stop at cat cafés like The Cat Café in Bugis and Meomi Cat Café in Kampong Glam for a cosy environment in which to relax with adorable cats. After enjoying the furry fun, explore the vibrant Haji Lane, known for its colourful murals, quirky shops, and trendy boutiques. Treat yourself to Middle Eastern cuisine at Beirut Grill, and don't miss the refreshing dessert of shaved ice with tropical fruits from one of the nearby cafes.

Discover Little India On A Trishaw Ride

Explore vibrant Little India from a traditional trishaw, passing colourful temples and fragrant flower shops. Visit the historic Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple and savour authentic Indian cuisine at Banana Leaf Apolo. Browse the Little India Arcade for unique souvenirs and enjoy traditional Indian sweets from Komala Vilas.

Kite Flying At Marina Barrage

People flying kite at Marina Barrage
People flying kite at Marina BarrageShutterstock

Enjoy kite flying at Marina Barrage with stunning city skyline views. Rent a kite if you don't have one. Then, visit Satay by the Bay for delicious local food. Afterwards, take a stroll along the waterfront or rent a bicycle to explore Gardens by the Bay with its iconic Supertree Grove and Flower Dome.

Explore The Underground World At Haw Par Villa

Take a unique journey through the Ten Courts of Hell at Haw Par Villa. This one-of-a-kind attraction features vivid depictions of Chinese folklore and mythology. Explore the park's unusual dioramas and discover traditional Chinese values and tales. After your visit, head to the nearby Pasir Panjang Food Centre for a local feast, where you can enjoy dishes such as BBQ stingray, Hokkien mee, and laksa. For a distinct shopping experience, visit the nearby Vivocity, Singapore's largest shopping mall, which offers a variety of international and local brands.

Night Safari

Explore the world's first nocturnal zoo at the Night Safari. This award-winning attraction gives you the chance to observe over 2,500 animals in their nighttime habitats. Take a tram ride through different geographical zones or explore walking trails. Don't miss the Creatures of the Night Show, showcasing the natural behaviours of nocturnal animals.

Try Indoor Skydiving At iFly Singapore

A man enjoys at the iFly Singapore
A man enjoys at the iFly SingaporeShutterstock

Experience the thrill of indoor skydiving at iFly Singapore on Sentosa Island. Afterwards, relax at a nearby beach club like Coastes for beachfront dining. Then, explore Sentosa's attractions, including Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, and Adventure Cove Waterpark.

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