06 December 2021

6 Ways to Embrace Singapore’s Tropical Climate

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Joel Conceicao A long-suffering Arsenal fan who will most likely reincarnate as a Himalayan goat.

Sunshine is never far away in tropical Singapore. Make good use of that sun with these cool activities:

Singapore famously only has two seasons – dry and wet. That’s what happens when you are right smack in the middle of the equator. The tropical climate here doesn’t take any break. Add the urban heat island effect, and the weather can be sweltering for the uninitiated. But that is also what makes going out here so predictably, reliably fun. Sunshine is a daily affair, and a day of fun in the sun is never far away. If you are the outdoorsy sort, here are great activities that you must try for your next trip to the Lion City:

Discover a Magical Underwater World
Discover a Magical Underwater World
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With Singapore’s well-trimmed bushes and skyscrapers, you are more likely to stumble across fresh fish at a wet market than anywhere else. The city is a concrete jungle, after all. But if you start having urban fatigue, you can always escape to the ocean for a break. Head to Marina at Keppel Bay, and there you can dive underwater to discover an aquatic wonderland – think pretty corals and schools of tropical fish. Not to mention, it makes for a great way to get away from the tourist crowd.

Say Hola to Ola Beach Club
Say Hola to Ola Beach Club
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Beach clubs are hot in Singapore. Good-looking people sipping on cocktails with music blasting in the background – as far as good vibes go, what more do you need than that? And of the best places to chill out is Ola Beach Club. Not only can you soak up the sun with great food and drink. You can also try your hand at some splashing fun water activities like kayaking along the gentle waters of Siloso Beach or standup paddleboarding along the coastline. The choice is yours here.

Island Hop Your Way Around
Island Hop Your Way Around
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Contrary to popular belief, Singapore is more than just an island city. A total of 63 other offshore islands surrounds the mainland. But of course, some are more worth checking out than others, chiefly the laidback trio of St. John’s Island, Lazarus Island, and Kusu Island. Get to know what Singapore’s beach bum life is all about with an island-hopping cruise around these three hotspots. Pro tip: the powdery white sand of Lazarus is superb for lazing around and getting your tan game on.

Have a Farm-to-Table Adventure
Have a Farm-to-Table Adventure
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Write off Singapore’s rural charm at your own risk. Farms may not be regular fixtures of the city-state’s bucket list items for travellers to visit. Although, you should make an exception for Kampung Kampus, a planet-friendly farm in the heartlands. Here, immerse yourself in nature and get a feel for foraging greens in a rustic environment. Use seasonal local produce plucked fresh from a 10-acre organic farm to whip up delicious farm-to-table dishes. And channel your inner Gordon Ramsay like never before.

Meet Ponies and Horses at a Rustic Farm
Meet Ponies and Horses at a Rustic Farm
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appropriately-named Horse City, nestled in lush Bukit Timah. Be it feeding ponies or taking part in hands-on grooming, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better way to make better use of Singapore’s weather than an outdoor expedition here. At night, camp out under a blanket of stars in a spacious tent. And the next day, get the action going again with an archery or rock-climbing session.

 

Ride Some Waves with a Waterbike
Ride Some Waves with a Waterbike
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If you are on the lookout for hidden gems, make a beeline for Pasir Ris, a residential neighbourhood and a hotbed of natural wonders, so much so that a National Geographic photographer snaps stunning photos of sunrises there as part of his morning routine. Experience the area’s natural beauty on a waterbike adventure at Pasir Ris beach, an eco-friendly way to burn calories while working on that tan. Best of all, you won’t even get wet as you will stay afloat while on the bike.

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