A tropical island surrounded by calm seas, its not surprising Singapore is home to a multitude of boating activities. Whether its speeding around in a speed boat or cruising on a leisurely paddle boat in a reservoir, there’s something for all the family and it’s a great bonding experience. So grab your hats and sunscreen and get out and enjoy the water! This is your guide to the best boating in Singapore.
Take a thrill ride along the beautiful coast of Siloso Beach. The Banana Boat ride takes up to 10 passengers so you can bounce along with family and friends. The speed boat will twist and turn trying to throw you off but half the fun is falling in so be prepared. If you prefer donuts to bananas, you can lie face down while you zoom along behind the boat, hold on tight!
Cool Bananas, www.sentosa.com.sg
Wake-Boarding, Water Skiing and Knee Boarding are a great physical activity that can be enjoyed by all the family from beginners to experts. Gain confidence knee boarding before moving on to wakeboarding or water skiing. The 2-hour SingExperience package at Punggol Marina is an awesome way to try these fun sports and they’ll have you jumping the wake in no time!
Kayaking is a great way to explore nature from the waters of Singapore. PA Water-Venture has eight locations and runs kayaking courses as well as other water sports including sailing, power boating and rafting. Interesting children's programs are also offered. Older kids might want to try the more challenging and competitive Dragon Boating.
PA Water Venture, www.pa.gov.sg
Learning to sail is a great way for kids to Build self confidence, leadership and sense of responsibility as well as environmental awareness. SailSmart teaches primary school-age children the basics of seamanship. They learn the physics of sailing and gain experience steering a sailboat and trimming its sails. Students receive a SailSmart UV protection rash guard, full-color illustrated handbook, and meals.
For a luxurious ocean experience there’s nothing like chartering a boat for a few hours or even overnight. With a range of boats to suit different occasions and budgets, this is a great way to explore Singapore's local islands. Fishing rods, kites, snorkelling kits and kayaks are thrown in free and S$100 to take the banana boat along. Probably best for children over the age of 4 years.
Like the World famous jet boat in Queenstown, adrenaline junkies will love the high-speed excitement of the Singapore Jet Boat racing and spinning across the water with views of Marina Bay and the Singapore skyline. It's safe and fun for kids but they should be 1.3 metres in height and brave enough to withstand the signature 270 degree spins and other hair-raising stunts.
Singapore Jet Boat, www.asiatravel.com
For an original way to get a tour of Singapore, catch a ride on the original Wacky Duck. Little boys and girls will love this land and sea adventure on a remodeled WW11 amphibious Vietnamese war craft. The Singapore skyline is best viewed from the water and this 1-hour tour will point out landmarks such as the Fountain of Wealth and the Singapore Flyer while you enjoy the view.
Duck Tours, www.ducktours.com.sg
Fishing is gaining popularity as a family outing in Singapore. It’s a relaxing way to bond with loved ones and practice your patience! Children accompanied by an adult can take a guided fishing boat around Singapore and might be lucky enough to snag a seabass or snapper to take home for dinner. Beginners are welcome with a guide on hand to help with your technique.
Deep Sea Fishing, www.deepseafishing.sg
Hop aboard a traditional bumboat and cruise along the Singapore River taking in the sights and visiting different historical landmarks such as the Merlion, the Raffles Landing Site and the Esplanade along the way. Hop on and off between Robertson Quay, Clarke Quay, Boat Quay and Marina Bay to see the contrast between old-world architecture and the modern skyscrapers in the CBD.
Singapore River Cruise, www.rivercruise.com.sg
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