The Outdoor Nature Guide You Need To See The Best Of Singapore

from lush nature trails to avant-garde dining
By: Nina Shahriman
June 1, 2022

Visitors to Singapore generally flock to its retail malls, museums, and hawker centres, but we’re here to encourage you to branch out! Sure, our vibrant nightlife, soaring architecture, and glitzy (heh, see what we did there) fashion rodeo are must-see attractions. Have you, on the other hand, attempted to appreciate Singapore’s outdoors, from lush nature trails to avant-garde dining? If you don’t know where to start then let Glitz give you a tour of the best of Singapore outdoor nature life!

1. Kayaking

Pulau Ubin is Singapore’s other offshore island, located close to the coast of Changi. Spend a day riding, hiking, or kayaking here! Wildlife such as kingfishers, hornbills, otters, and even dolphins have been observed in the mangroves. Lead a kayaking excursion and let an expert guide take you through the Singaporean wilderness’s waterways.

One of the finest ways to view all of the sites on Pulau Ubin is to go for a bike ride around the island. If you can’t read a map to save your life, you may join our bicycle trip, which will take you down gorgeous roads and tracks that you would otherwise miss. A licensed guide will take you into the heart of Ubin to show you the picturesque villages hidden away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The path also passes through well-known sights such as the Chek Jawa wetlands and the Ketam Quarry.

2. Skyline Luge

The Skyline Luge is one of Siloso Beach’s most popular attractions, and here’s why: Ascend the Skyride with the wind in your face and your legs swinging in the open and take in the vistas.

After that, suit up and zoom down on the Luge’s many courses.  This three-wheeled sledge is not to be dismissed! As you go down the slope, push the handlebars to speed for an added surge of excitement.

3. Floating dinner

It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to eat at a floating restaurant. The only halal-certified kelong seafood restaurant in Singapore is Smith Marine Floating Restaurant. The “sure catch” pond, where you may try your hand at catching your own fish, which the chef will then prepare and deliver to your table, is the highlight of dining here.

4. Hiking

While we may not have large mountains to hike in Singapore, we do have lots of natural reserves and parks to explore, complete with beautiful boardwalks and lush foliage. Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill, Hort Park, Kent Ridge Park, and Labrador Nature Reserve are all connected by the Southern Ridges. A trek here would provide you with an excellent photo opportunity and will help you build up an appetite before resuming your hawker food binge.

5. Farming

It’s no secret that millennials are the houseplant pioneers. But, other than succulent care, most of us may be unfamiliar with the ins and outs of agriculture. You may attend a one-hour session at an edible garden and orchid farm to hone your green thumbs and learn more about farming. You’ll learn about the basics of soil management, microgreens (another term for edible plants), and how to use them successfully throughout the course.

6. Island hopping

On an island-hopping day trip, visit Singapore’s outlying Southern Islands! This is an excellent option if you’ve had to postpone your beach vacation plans. Enjoy the beaches of Lazarus Island, then visit St John’s Island to learn about marine life conservation initiatives before travelling to Kusu Island to witness some live Tortoises or make a good luck wish.

7. Modern Kampong

Spend a breezy Saturday morning at Ground-up Initiative, a 21st-century Singaporean kampong, if you need a break from the concrete jungle. The three-hour trip will take you and your family on a farm tour of the campus’s clean and green environment. The tour consists of an hour-long sensory farm tour followed by some time in the kampong’s play areas, which is ideal for children. After the activities are completed, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the farm’s store, where you may purchase handcrafted wooden toys such as an aeroplane and a boat.

8. Urban art trail

We understand that not everyone enjoys adrenaline or physical activity. Did you know that, in addition to art displays in air-conditioned galleries, Singapore’s streets are home to a plethora of urban street art murals that are well worth seeing? One of our favourite routes begins near the Little India MRT station, where you’ll be met by a mural of gorgeous colourful cows on bicycles as you walk along Kerbau road. After that, continue along Race Course Road to see more colourful street paintings until arriving at the House of Tan Teng Niah, a colourful Chinese palace!