PHOTO: Singapore may be a modern metropolis, but it also has a natural side. (Photo courtesy Thinkstock.)
Singapore might be a stunningly modern metropolis, but it also has a natural side and there are more ways than ever to explore it, says the Straits Times.
“There are now 18 licensed tourist guides specializing in nature and at least three organizations that offer eco-tours [in Singapore],” writes Lea Wee.
Tour guide Subaraj Rajathurai believes that one of the country’s strengths is its size when it comes to exploring its natural side.
"People say there is little nature in Singapore and we cannot compete with the bigger national parks in neighbouring countries. But not everybody wants to go to such parks, which take many days to explore. Some want an experience that combines many things in one day, for instance, a city tour with food stops and a little nature thrown in,” Rajathurai tells the Straits Times.
Edu Outdoor Activities provides and leads nature walks in the city and guide Leong Kwok Khuen says that people are often surprised by the number of outdoor activities there are.
"Many of our participants are often amazed that there's still so much nature to be seen in urban Singapore."
Pulau Ubin is one such area where visitors can explore its rich heritage and culture.
Asian Detours takes guests on kayaking and cycling trips in the region, exploring places such as German Girl’s shrine, “which used to hold the remains of a young woman who lived on the island before World War I; Butterfly Hill, a knoll created out of wasteland to conserve butterflies; and the Chek Jawa wetlands,” writes Wee.
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For a marine adventure, try Singapore’s diving in Pulau Huntu.
“If you dive deep into the waters around Pulau Hantu, you might come across sea stars, sea turtles, sea horses, shrimp and sponges.A great way to explore the rich marine eco-system is to follow a dive tour led by non-profit, volunteer-run group Hantu Blog, which has been leading regular trips there since 2003,” notes Wee.
In addition to these natural activities, there are wetland tours, visits to a dairy farm and more. For further details, read on here.