Rightfully known as the City in a Garden, Singapore’s sustainable, urban cityscape is dotted with green spaces, tranquil parks and tropical landscapes. For all nature lovers out there, here’s a guide to the Lion City’s eco-tours, where you’ll learn all about the local flora and fauna.
Explore the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Tour operator: Let’s Go Bike Singapore
Honoured with a UNESCO World Heritage site award in 2015, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a star attraction for visitors and local nature lovers alike. This 82-hectare space houses over 10,000 species of flora, and explorers with a love for botany are certain to learn a thing or two about tropical ecosystems when they visit.
To explore the gardens and the surrounding urban landscape, hop on a bike with the good folks at Let’s Go Bike Singapore, via a private tour. You’ll be able to customise your sightseeing options on this tour, but we suggest a route that takes you past Singapore’s bustling shopping belt of Orchard Road, the Istana (official residence of the President of Singapore) and into the heart of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Thereafter, you’ll be able to conclude the tour at the Singapore River, a buzzing nightlife enclave with a history that’s deeply entwined with Singapore’s past as a global trading metropolis.
Book your private tour with Let’s Go Bike Singapore here.
Singapore in a Nutshell: Introductory Sightseeing & City Tour
Tour operator: Monster Day Tours
This one’s for avid explorers who’re inspired by the contrast of urban and natural landscapes. The Sightseeing & City Tour by Monster Day Tours is an intimate walking trail that will bring you around the heart of the city, encompassing Raffles Place, Marina Bay and the historic Singapore River.
After learning about the city’s bustling urban landscapes, the tour will bring you to the verdant oasis of Gardens by the Bay, where you’ll gain a broad understanding of the intricacies of nature. This awe-inspiring, 101-hectare nature park boasts thousands of plant species, the world’s tallest indoor fountain and the iconic Supertree Grove, with its 50-metre-tall vertical gardens.
Book your tour with Monster Day Tours here.
Take a fun walk along the Southern Ridges
Tour operator: National Parks Board (NParks)
A perfect activity for families looking to inculcate an adventurous spirit in their children, the Fun Walk along The Southern Ridges will bring you on a leisurely stroll through a soothing sanctuary of lush greenery. The 10-kilometre stretch of green, open spaces wind from Mount Faber Park to the World Trade Centre.
Besides being a hotspot for local bird watchers, the Southern Ridges also boasts some of the most beautiful vistas on the island, with panoramic views of the city and the southern coast.
Segway? Eco Adventure+
Tour operator: Segway? Tours Singapore
The beach ain’t just for surfing! If you’d like to experience Singapore’s coastal landscapes, pay a visit to Sentosa, an island resort off the southern coast of Singapore’s main island. While its main claim to fame is as a playground for beach lovers, the island is also home to coastal forests and an array of diverse wildlife.
You won’t have to hoof it across the island to see all its natural splendour. Instead, hop on a Segway? and cruise along all three of Sentosa’s beautiful beaches in the span of an hour.
Book your tour with Segway? Tours Singapore here.
Mangrove Kayaking Adventure
Tour operator: Asian Detours
An emerald gem off the coast of Singapore, Pulau Ubin is an unspoiled island sanctuary, and a repository of diverse ecosystems, teeming wildlife and tropical flora. Pulau Ubin’s various natural habitats range from rocky beaches to seagrass lagoons and dense mangroves. Explorers who take the time to appreciate the locale’s rich diversity are certain to find themselves inspired by the natural beauty around them.
While you can explore Pulau Ubin on foot, Asian Detours provides an aquatic option for your excursion, with a four-hour adventure into the mangroves of Pulau Ubin. This beginner-friendly kayaking expedition is a great way to learn the fundamentals of kayaking while exploring the island’s pristine wetlands.
Book your tour with Asian Detours here.
Discover the natural riches of Sungei Buloh
Tour operator: Strix Wildlife Consultancy
Avid bird-watching fans who’d like to hone their powers of observation should pay a visit to the tropical wetlands of Sungei Buloh. The first wetlands reserve to be gazetted in Singapore, this haven for wildlife is a stopover point for migratory birds such as the Himalayan Swiftlet and Great Egret.
For a leisurely exploration of Sungei Buloh, take a morning walk with the experts from Strix Wildlife Consultancy, as they bring you on an eco-themed adventure into Singapore’s verdant wetlands. Led by stalwart conservationist and veteran eco-tour guide Subaraj Rajathurai, these tours will certainly enrich your understanding of Singapore’s natural habitats and ecosystems.
Book your tour with Strix Wildlife Consultancy here.