27 March 2021

8 Ways to Leave Singapore Without Leaving Singapore

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Sam David When not scuba diving or birdwatching, Sam's busy binge-watching true crime documentaries.

Because sometimes, the best adventures are sitting right there in your backyard, waiting to be discovered.

Pulau Ubin, cruises to nowhere, boat rides to the Southern Islands, staycations – these may be the “faux getaway” options for Singaporeans right now. But why stop there? If you are looking for a break, we’re here to tell you that there is really no need to hop on a plane just yet, even if that VTL flight is tempting you to whip out your wallet. Here are eight ways to beat the daily grind in the meantime and find some form of escape in the Lion City.

Explore Seletar via kayak
Explore Seletar via kayak
  • Group Travellers

Yes, you already know Seletar and associate all things aerospace-related with it (Seletar Airport, the new Seletar Aerospace Park, et cetera). But did you have any idea about its wild mangrove forests? Kayak your way through Seletar Reservoir and afterwards, paddle by a kelong (an offshore fish farm) and check out its fresh produce.

Tumble around lush greenery
Tumble around lush greenery
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Ever heard of ZOVBing? It’s an activity which sees you getting into a clear, gigantic plastic ball and rolling down a gentle slope for the ultimate anti-gravity adrenaline rush. Previously, ZOVBing was only available in New Zealand, so hey, if we can’t fly over there, we’ll settle for NZ coming to us!

Try a VR experience
Try a VR experience
  • Group Travellers
  • Families with Kids

You know what they say: it’s all in the mind. So if you really want a next-level escape, try a VR sesh at HeadRock VR on Sentosa. With three thematic zones to explore, you could easily spend an entire day lost in VR world shooting zombies, swinging from tree to tree like Tarzan, or trying to run away from a terrifying T-Rex.

Enjoy a sunset dinner cruise
Enjoy a sunset dinner cruise
  • Instagram-worthy
  • Out-of-city Experience
  • Couples

Hop on the uber-luxe Royal Albatross for an overwater journey featuring a three-course meal. Tuck in as you leave mainland Singapore and watch the backdrop slowly change from Sentosa to the beautiful Southern Islands. The menu gets refreshed every month so you could totally come back time and time again for a quick getaway into the sunset.

Book an Insta-worthy picnic
Book an Insta-worthy picnic
  • Couples
  • Instagram-worthy
  • Families with Kids

Even something as simple as a picnic right by the sea or amongst majestic trees counts as major R&R. Let the good folks at Picneeds handle everything for you, from the fancy grub to pretty props so you can take pictures for your Instagram feed. Psst… this could even be a surprise for your anniversary date with the S/O or that BFF’s birthday party.

Play with dolphins on Sentosa
Play with dolphins on Sentosa
  • Families with Kids
  • Couples

Nowhere else in Singapore can you get up close and personal with adorable Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins. Head to Sentosa for this incredible experience that will make you feel like you’re exploring far away oceans, all while learning about dolphin behaviours and getting cool snapshots with them.

See another side of our beaches
See another side of our beaches
  • Families with Kids

Singapore has more than 250 species of hard corals, over 120 species of sponges, and 120 species of reef fish. So imagine what you’d come across combing our lesser-known shores at Changi and Pasir Ris. Get out of the city and play marine biologist for the day on this tour where you’ll find and learn all about critters such as crabs and starfish.

Explore our parks at night
Explore our parks at night
  • Hidden Gem

You’ve been to our iconic national parks during the day, but have you ever wondered what these places look like at night? Well, let’s just say you’d feel as if you were in another country altogether. Join this nighttime walkabout to explore our green spaces and learn how to spot fascinating nocturnal animals like owls and snakes.

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