Singapore may be mighty metropolitan, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t escape on adrenalin-pumping journeys from time to time. Our advantageous location means that you’re never far from a beach, mountain or jungle where you can get your hike on, ride some waves or reel in a big one. For those looking for an active getaway not far from home, we give you these adventurous trips that you can do over a weekend.
Deep Sea Fishing, Malaysia
Head out on the open water in search of sailfish, mahi-mahi and trevally on a 2-day, 1-night fishing tour with Deepsea Fishing Singapore. The trip includes transportation from Singapore to Rompin, Malaysia and back, accommodation in a homestay, fishing gear, expert guidance by a skipper and fishing guide, and a delicious seafood dinner on the last day of fishing. The boat can accommodate up to 10 anglers, and single guests have the option to join the cost-sharing package. Kids are also welcome if accompanied by an adult.
Jungle Bungy Jump, Thailand
Your heart won’t be the only thing racing at Jungle Bungy Jump when you throw yourself off a 20-storey platform and speed towards the ground at lightning speed, only to be jerked back up towards the sky. Set in the gorgeous woodlands of Kathu on the island of Phuket, Jungle Bungy Jump offers courageous visitors the chance to leap off tall towers into pools of water, jump in tandem with a friend or partner, and even do the ‘Rocket Man’, where you are flung 50-meters in the air and bungy your way back down and up.
G-Land Surf Camp, Indonesia
The legendary waves off Grajagan Bay (G-Land) are the stuff of surfer’s dreams with world-class barrels running for hundreds of meters down a coral reef. When it was discovered by surfers in the 1970s, G-Land was barely accessible through a tropical rainforest, but today there are a handful of surf camps set amongst the foliage just steps away from pristine white sand beaches. G-Land Surf Camp is one of the best with packages that include fast boat transportation to and from Bali, A/C or fan accommodation in bungalows, 3 meals a day (including up to 5 beers), and use of the zodiac boat to hit up all those stellar swells.
Climb Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia
Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in the Malay archipelago, making it a must-visit spot for any serious climber. Located in Borneo in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah, the mountain has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage site and protected park status. It is possible to hike to the top in one day, but most people opt for a 2-day climb with an overnight stay at the Laban Rata Resthouse on the mountain. As per park regulations, climbers must purchase a climb permit and have a guide with them at all times. There are only 146 permits allotted per day, so be sure to book in advance.
Imagine feeling the wind whip through your hair as you skim across the waves on a kiteboard next to one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam. Kiteboarding is all the rage in Mui Ne, and there are plenty of schools where you can learn the basics of the sport or brush up on your existing skills. We like Surfpoint for their super qualified and friendly instructors, top notch equipment and fun lessons on five different wave points. They can also arrange accommodation and tours to other kite surfing spots in Vietnam.
White Water Rafting, Bali, Indonesia
Bali has not one, but two rushing rivers that are perfect for exhilarating white water rafting trips. The Ayung River is the longest river on Bali and the most popular with well-established tour companies like Bali Sunrise Tours. As the river makes its way down the mountains to the sea it twists and turns past lush jungles and sheer rock cliffs, producing Class II and Class III rapids along the way. The Telaga Waja River is more challenging with rapids ranging from Class II to Class IV, and far less crowded because the starting point is a bit of a drive from Bali’s major tourist centres.
Rock Climbing, Thailand
Krabi province in Thailand is renowned for rock climbing, as the coastline is dotted with limestone karst formations that tower over white sand beaches and jut out of the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. The best places to climb in Krabi are at Ton Sai Beach and Ao Nang Beach, as there are multitudes of routes for all levels of climbers. If you’re feeling more adventurous, try a deep water soloing trip with Basecamp Tonsai where you can take a boat out to rock formations in the sea, climb as high as you can without ropes or harnesses and then leap into the water below.
Canyoning is definitely not for the faint-hearted, especially in Dalat, Vietnam where it involves jumping off cliffs, rappelling down the side of waterfalls, and throwing yourself head first down a rock waterslide into a churning whirlpool. Definitely choose your tour company wisely, as you want to make sure that your guides are experienced and know their stuff and that they’re using top-notch equipment and teaching you the proper way to use it too. We suggest Phat Tire Ventures or Dalat Canyoning Tours.