Are you looking for a way to get out of the humid glass and concrete of Singapore to explore a landscape that has crisp air? Never fear because nature sanctuaries that are perfect for walks, runs, and hikes are near Singapore. Many are nestled in the surrounding waters and are accessible by bridge or boat. While some islands are not suitable for running, the ones we have selected for this article have the perfect beach, path or trail to help you reconnect with nature while building on your exercise routine.
1. Jurong Island
Running may be restricted for most of the year, but it appears to be a great paced to run online because it is the focus of a large annual running event. Part of the Jurong Lake Run website has an ideal running route map that includes the Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden and Jurong Lake Park. Instead of running, you can walk around this island to enjoy its beauty. No ferry is required because you can easily get there from West Singapore by taking the Jurong Island Highway Bridge.
This island is an easy escape from Singapore because it is attached to the mainland by the Sentosa Gateway Bridge. For jogging paths, the Tanjong Beach is a popular barefoot running area on this beautiful island. Considered the playground of Asia, you will find spas, shops and resorts are waiting for you after you finish your run. If you prefer a dirt trail, consider the multitude of paths through the island’s rainforest.
3. Punggol Coney Island
For now, this island is partially under construction but will completely open with pavement in 2015. Even with the closures, tourists are quick to point out that this is an ideal trail and beach running destination. In particular, the Punggol Waterway and Promenade are 16km of jogging or walking opportunities. Just off the coast of Singapore, the island’s main town is connected to the city by bridge.
4. Bintan – Tanjung Pinang
For a roundtrip fare of 50 SGD, you can visit an Indonesian-influenced island that is perfect for Singapore runners needing a change of pace. The island is full of beaches and has several nasi campur buffets to enjoy after you exercise. You can also try the seafood at Melayu Square. Need more places to walk or run? Catch a ride to explore ruins at the former capital of the Malay Kingdom at Penyengat Island. To get Bintan, take a boat from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.
Between Indonesia and Singapore is a large island that is like a city. To get there, take the Harbourfront terminal in Singapore to the Sekupang and Waterfront City Terminals in Batam. The journey takes less than an hour, costs 34 SGD roundtrip and you are required to bring a passport. After you run along Melur Beach, head over to the Sekupang district for a massage or spa treatment at discounted rates.
6. Pulau Nikoi
This island is remote, but well worth the trip. You will need to take a ferry for about 40 minutes to Bintan Island from Singapore, use a taxi to drive across the island and then board the private Nikoi Island speedboat to get there. The island is known for the 4-foot long lizards and its eco resort. This means after you run through the sands of the white beach and the trails in the woods, you can sit down to a restaurant-style meal. Unlike other islands in the region, Pulau Nikoi was not inhabited before 100 years ago.
7. Pulau Hantu
Located about 30 minutes from Singapore by way of the West Coast Ferry Pier, you can get to these islands with a private, chartered boat for about 120 SGD roundtrip to travel solo. This implies that running on these islands is more fun with friends. In some cases, reef scuba diving tours will also allow you to explore the island on foot. There are showers and toilets available, but there is no food, water or electricity on the islands. As you are running along the beaches, you can think of the legends related to it that have given it the nickname “island of the ghosts.”
8.Kusu Island (Pulay Tembakul) and Saint John’s Island
If you are already in Sentosa, why not go one step further by visiting these two amazing nature havens? If you take ferry from the Sentosa Terminal, you will be about 30 minutes away from one of the most-noted running sanctuaries near Singapore. Children are charged 6 SGD for the journey and adults pay 9 SGD. During the week, it is particularly deserted on the islands. However, you can expect it to be crowded on occasion because there are Chinese temples and Malay keramat shrines there. Typically, there are no food vendors, but toilets are available year-round. As far as running advantages, St. John’s is well-known for its white sand beaches and Kusu is perfect for photos with Singapore in the background.
9. Sisters’ Islands
From the city of Singapore, you can take the West Coast Ferry for 40 minutes from the Clifford Pier to these hidden treasures. The ticket to these two islands will cost you 150 SGD for 12 pax. There are several legends on Sisters’ Islands that are related to pirates, and you can look for evidence of their life there along the beaches as you run. On your jog, you will see few people, but what you will see is wildlife such as monkeys. This island also features showers and toilets, but there are few food and drink options available.
10. Pulau Ubin
When you are looking for a run that includes bird watching and rock climbing, Pulau Ubin is the island for you. There are plenty of shops and tourists if you are looking to stay near populated places. Nordin Beach is great for runners in addition to a number of trails in wooded areas. If you want to run half a mile or five, you will find this island is well-suited to jogging. To get there, take a ferry from Singapore at the Changi Point Jetty by using buses 2 or 29. The trip will cost you 2 SGD.