Singapore is perhaps best known for its stunning architecture and sweeping skylines. However, The Little Red Dot is also home to a world of tropical biodiversity and stunning wildlife – a natural history that’s inherently connected to today’s urban life. Next time you need a break from the urban jungle, head out to one of these locations to feel at one with nature.
The name Pulau Ubin actually translates directly to ‘Quarry Island’ in Malay. This was the island’s main purpose for a while, however, these days the quarries have filled up with water, creating these stunning, cobalt-colored lakes.
One of the benefits of being an equatorial island is that, between the clouds from afternoon storms and the amazing coastal views, the shores of Singapore show off some pretty impressive sunsets.
Another beautiful location to catch both sunset and sunrise is Changi Beach. There are chalets for rent along the coast, which make it the perfect location for a staycation or romantic getaway – a tad more calm than family-friendly Sentosa Island. Just be sure to get your shopping for the weekend done in advance, since there aren’t any stores near the chalets.
East Coast Park is popular with tourists and locals alike, which is no surprise when you consider that it boasts 15 kilometers of coastline. The park is well equipped, with facilities for renting bicycles, tandem bikes, barbecue pits and more. Thanks to its flat geography, exploring East Coast Park is a relaxing way to get some exercise and people-watch at the same time. It is worth noting that the park is notoriously difficult to get to by public transit, so the best way to get there is to head to a nearby MRT station and take a taxi (about $7 from Kembangan MRT on the EastWest Line, or $9 from Stadium MRT on the Circle Line).