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The best kayak rentals in Singapore

Grab your paddles and soak up the sun (and sea) at these spots

Dewi Nurjuwita
Delfina Utomo
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Dewi Nurjuwita
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Delfina Utomo
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Contrary to popular belief, there are numerous outdoor activities you can do in Singapore to stay fit. We are a tropical island, after all – with access to nature parks, reservoirs, and beaches. You can head out and embark on one of the city's best hiking trails, or explore a whole new island altogether. 

A popular bonding activity is kayaking, which may or may not bring back memories of OBS in school. Kayaking not only helps you de-stress, but it's also a great idea for family get-togethers or unorthodox dates. At least you have something to save you from potential awkward conversations, y'know. Grab your paddles and rent a kayak from one of these places in Singapore. 

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Where to rent kayaks

  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours
  • Central Water Catchment

One of the four reservoirs that make up the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, MacRitchie is one of Singapore's most serene spots. While it is known to be a place for cross-country runs, the calm waters here make the perfect spot for kayaking.

Head to Paddle Lodge at MacRitchie Reservoir, operated by the Singapore Canoe Federation. Rental starts from $15 per hour for a single or double sit-on-top kayak.

  • Things to do
  • Simpang

The scenic stretch of Sungei Khatib Bongsu may start unassumingly, around the corner from Yishun Park but if you follow the path, you'll find an idyllic area which attracts many birdwatchers, joggers, cyclists and fishing enthusiasts. Most of Khatib Bongsu is dominated by mangrove forests and mudflats. Kayak through the Sungei Khatib Bongsu with Kayakasia and explore this mangrove riverine that spans 9km. 

 

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  • Things to do
  • Rochor

Fun fact: the Kallang River is the longest river in Singapore. It stretches for 10 kilometres from the Lower Pierce Reservoir to the Kallang Basin. Before making a name for itself as the top spot for water sports, it used to be home to the sea nomads who lived on boats in the  Kallang Basin and pledged allegiance to Temenggong Abdul Rahman of the Johor-Riau Sultanate. Today, you'll find kayaks and dragon boats instead. 

Spend a day kayaking around the Kallang Basin and you might even spot the popular family of otters. You can rent a kayak or canoe for as low as $8 per hour from the Singapore Sports Hub. 

  • Things to do
  • Yishun

The calm and peaceful Lower Seletar Reservoir Park is great for outdoor activities including kayaking. Set aside a whole day to leisurely paddle down the beautiful waters of the reservoir while appreciating mother nature. Book the two-hour ABC Kayaking Experience and walk the history of Seletar while learning about the flora and fauna along the reservoir and appreciating the work behind keeping Singapore's waterways clean. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Sentosa

Since its opening in 2016, Ola Beach Club has been a popular spot for its Hawaiian-style dishes such as Lomi-Lomi Salmon ($16) and Kalua Pork Taco ($23). However, the beach club also offers water activities – from jetpacking to banana boating and stand up paddle-boarding. 

Row down Siloso beach in single or double kayaks with friends and family, while enjoying the scenic surroundings of Southern Singapore. Prices start at $25 per hour for a single kayak, to $35 per hour for a double kayak. 

 

  • Attractions
  • Beaches
  • Pasir Ris

Pasir Ris Park is known (and notorious) for many things, but it's an undeniably peaceful stretch of coast in the East of Singapore with thriving flora and fauna. Bike along the designated pathways or rent kayaks from Ohana Beach House. Rates start from $10 per hour for a sit-on-top-kayak and $14 per hour for a sea kayak. Don't forget to watch out for the resident crocodile while you're there. 

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  • Sport and fitness
  • Kallang

Who said you can only kayak in nature? The Singapore Sports Hub is a popular place for a good bonding activity in the city. The Water Sports Centre offers a variety of canoes, kayaks and pedal boats for rent. Kayak and canoe rental starts from $12 per pax for two hours during non-peak hours for adults, and $8 for children, students, or senior citizens.

Passion Wave @ Marina Bay
  • Sport and fitness
  • Kallang

Passion Wave @ Marina Bay is a BCA Green Mark Platinum & Universal Design award eco-friendly building with green features, strategically located along Marina Reservoir. The calm waters here boast ideal conditions for beginners to pick up kayaking, dragon boating, bell boating, and pedal boating – suitable for the whole family. Prices start from $18 per person for 2.5 hours of the orientation programme. 

Other "islands" to explore

The Southern Islands
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The Southern Islands

Go on an island hopping tour in your kayaks by going on a tour to The Southern Islands. It comprises Kusu Island, St John’s Island, the twin Sisters’ Islands, Pulau Tekukor, Lazarus Island and Pulau Seringat. 

Where to book: With Kayakasia's 7-islands trail, you get to discover and paddle to all seven beautiful islands of the south. 

  • Things to do
  • Pulau Ubin

Take a walk on the wild side as you step foot on one of Singapore’s last surviving kampongs. At a sprawling 1,020 hectares, Ubin boasts lush greenery and abundant wildlife, drawing nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to explore the many wonders of the granite island.

If you'd like to explore a different side of Pulau Ubin, sign up for the island's kayak tours ($101.75/person for full day) and paddle through the mangroves. You might just be able to have a close encounter with jellyfish, kingfishers and (if you’re lucky) otters. 

Where to book: Klook has nature kayaking tours from $101.75 with passionate and good-humoured guides, some of whom are Ubin natives.

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Northern Islands
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Northern Islands

The Northern Islands, right off Sembawang Park, is a coastal sea kayaking trail that offers five islands, numerous rivers and an urban wilderness mix. Aim to go during high tide, so you can spend a couple of hours exploring disused prawn farms, sinking trawlers, and the many waterways created by the mangrove forests. Paddling along the coast will also bring you to interesting islands such as Pulau Seletar, Pulau Serangoon, the Punggol islands, Pulau Ubin.

Where to book: Kayakasia's Northern Islands tour is a trail that can be done as a one- to three- day trip and spans 14-30km. 

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