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The best kayak rentals in Singapore

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

By Dewi Nurjuwita
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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

MacRitchie Reservoir
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MacRitchie Reservoir

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.

Lower Seletar Reservoir Park
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Lower Seletar Reservoir Park

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. At a new water sports centre in Khatib, a one-hour kayaking session starts from $8 per pax as part of an ongoing promotion. The promotional pricing is available till May 2021.

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Ola Beach Club
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Ola Beach Club

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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. 

 

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Pasir Ris Park

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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Singapore Sports Hub
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Singapore Sports Hub

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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

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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. 

Where to kayak in Singapore

Kayakasia
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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. 

Pekan Quarry, Pulau Ubin
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Pulau Ubin

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 Island
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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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