Although best-known as a modern city, Singapore also has an abundance of nature reserves to explore. Thanks to its tropical location, you can expect year-round warm weather and the chance to spot native songbirds and animals like macaques and otters.
At the island’s heart, MacRitchie Reservoir has numerous trails and a Treetop Walk suspension bridge, plus boating and canoeing. You can also head to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, where trails loop past former quarries, or rent a bicycle to explore Chek Jawa’s wetlands on Ubin Island.
1. MacRitchie Reservoir
MacRitchie Reservoir is Singapore’s oldest reservoir. The reservoir was completed in 1868 by impounding water from an earth embankment, and was then known as the Impounding Reservoir or Thomson Reservoir.
2. Chek Jawa Wetlands
Tanjong Chek Jawa is a cape and the name of its 100-hectare wetlands located on the south-eastern tip of Pulau Ubin, an island off the north-eastern coast of the main island of Singapore. Chek Jawa is among the last few places left in Singapore with a natural rocky shore.
3. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is a small 1.64 square kilometre nature reserve near the geographic centre of the city-state of Singapore, located on the slopes of Bukit Timah Hill, Singapore’s highest hill standing at a height of 163.63 metres, and parts of the surrounding area.
4. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is a nature reserve in the northwest area of Singapore. It is the first wetlands reserve to be gazetted in Singapore, and its global importance as a stop-over point for migratory birds was recognised by the inclusion of the reserve into the East Asian Australasian Shorebird Site Network. The reserve, with an area of 130 hectares, was listed as an ASEAN Heritage Park in 2003.
5. Labrador Nature Reserve
Labrador Nature Reserve, also known locally as Labrador Park, is located in the southern part of mainland Singapore. It is home to the only rocky sea-cliff on the mainland that is accessible to the public. Since 2002, 10 hectares of coastal secondary-type vegetation and its rocky shore have been gazetted as a nature reserve and its flora and fauna preserved by NParks
6. Bukit Batok Nature Park
Bukit Batok Nature Park is a 36-hectare urban park in Bukit Batok, Singapore. It is situated near Bukit Batok East Avenue 2, Bukit Batok East Avenue 6, and Lorong Sesuai.
7. Dairy Farm Nature Park
Dairy Farm Nature Park is a 63 hectare nature park located at 100 Dairy Farm Road, Upper Bukit Timah in Singapore.
8. Chestnut Nature Park
Expansive nature park with a range of hiking & mountain-biking trails through scenic woodlands.