Oars at the ready! Here’s everything you need to know about kayaking in Singapore with kids. From kayak rental to canoeing hot spots, kayak tours and more
Ever tried kayaking in Singapore? Kayaking is such a fun scenic activity to do with your kids. Most kayaking places in Singapore do not require prior experience. Just rent a kayak, hop in and row! Some spots offering kayaking in Singapore have experienced guides, and kayak tours or at the very least a short kayaking introductory and safety talk before you get started! The minimum age for kayaking in Singapore is usually 7 years old but we have stated each kayaking spot’s requirements where possible. Rent a single kayak or double kayak with your kid and enjoy Singapore’s amazing scenery as you paddle around the beautiful rivers and lakes.
Here’s the lowdown on kayak rentals, tours, and kayaking classes in Singapore.
Best kayaking in Singapore with kids
1. Water Sports Centre: Singapore Sports Hub Kayaking
Rent a canoe at the Water Sports Centre at Singapore Sports Hub and kayak across the Kallang Basin where you can snap some shots kayaking past the National Stadium. Ambitious kayakers can even paddle to Marina Bay! Seasoned paddlers can opt for closed deck kayaks or outrigger canoes. There’s a minimum age requirement of 7 years old while kids between 7 and 12 can only do kayaking with an adult.
Kayak rental: 2-hours off-peak $8/kids, $12/adults. Book here.
Kayaking in Singapore with Singapore Sports Hub: at the Kallang Basin.
2. PAssion Wave: Kayaking at various locations
Admire the beautiful skyline on a kayak at PAssion Wave’s Marina Bay outlet. Or if you’re looking for somewhere closer to your home, head over to one of their four other kayaking venues. The PA also organizes cleanups for participants to pick up trash as you kayak so you can teach your child to care for the environment while having a blast at the same time!
Kayak rental: Kayaking prices are affordable – just $9 for People’s Association (PA) members and $10 for others. To join upcoming programmes, book here.
Kayaking in Singapore with PAssion Wave: Bedok Reservoir, Jurong Lake Gardens, Marina Bay, Pasir Ris Park, and Sembawang Park.
3. Ola Beach Club: Kayaking in the sea
Ola Beach Club offers kayak rentals at its beachside cafe in Sentosa. Kayaking in the sea is such a unique experience – look out for otters and rays. There’s a safety barrier surrounding the area so you needn’t worry if you are kayaking with younger kids. There is a minimum age of 7 and children under 12 must wear a personal floating device. Try the double kayaks if you are kayaking with small kids who can’t manage the (gentle) waves on their own. The kid-friendly cafe Ola Beach Club is right on the beach and has a small pool too so kids can take a dip and also make sandcastles on the beach while you wait for your meal after kayaking in the sea.
Kayak rental: $25 for single kayaks and $35 for double kayaks. Book sea kayak rentals here.
Kayaking in Singapore with Ola Beach Club: In the sea in Sentosa, at Siloso Beach.
4. Kayaking at MacRitchie Reservoir
Enjoy a relaxing kayak at MacRitchie Reservoir with canoes from Paddle House, operated by the Singapore Canoe Federation. MacRitchie Reservoir is tranquil and calm – perfect for beginners – and there’s even a designated area close to shore for novice kayakers. Note that children must be age 7 or higher to accompany adults, and there is a minimum age of 12 for single sit-on kayaks. The Singapore Canoe Federation also offers a Kid-in-a-Kayak programme geared towards kids aged 10 to 12.
Kayak rental: $15 per hour for single and double sit-on kayaks.
Kayaking in Singapore with Singapore Canoe Federation: at MacRitchie Reservoir.
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5. Kayaking at Pasir Ris Beach Park: Adventure Paddlers
Unwind as you go kayaking around the peaceful waters of Pasir Ris Beach Park. Adventure Paddlers provides a variety of kayaks, the cheapest boat being $12 per hour and $60 a day for a single, sit-on-top kayak. Families can choose the $18 per hour option which allows for two adults and one child to sit in the same kayak. The kayak rental company even has sea cycling and a water trampoline for other water sports enthusiasts!
Kayak rental: from $12 per hour and $60 a day for a single, sit-on-top kayak. Book here
Kayaking in Singapore with Adventure Paddlers: at Pasir Ris Beach Park.
6. Kayaking at Lower Seletar Reservoir
If you are based near Yishun and Khatib, this one’s for you! Get close to nature as you kayak across Lower Seletar Reservoir. Camelot organises kayaking introductory programmes for $25 per pax on the weekends or there are single and double kayak rentals.
Kayak rental: double sit-on-top kayak $24 for two hours, $14 for single kayak rental for 2 hours. Book here
Kayaking in Singapore with Camelot: at Lower Seletar Water Sports Centre.
7. Kayak Tour: Kayakasia
Embark on multi-day kayaking trips at various locations within Singapore and around Asia! Kayakasia’s Singapore kayaking trips, include St John’s Island, the Mandai River and Pulau Ubin. Check the minimum age requirement depending on the kayaking trip you are planning on doing. Some tours are just 4 years old although the 7 island 8-hour kayaking tour has a minimum age of 8 years old.
Kayaking trip price: depends on location. Book here.
Kayaking in Singapore with Kayakasia: St John’s Island, the Mandai River and Pulau Ubin.
8. Kayaking and fishing: Kayak Fishing Fever
Get double the fun on a kayak fishing tour! With Fever, you can fish for groupers, parrotfish and snappers as you go sea kayaking across gentle waves. The kayaking and fishing package includes all the equipment you need for a splashing good time (do note this is sea kayaking along a two to four-kilometre route and currents may be stronger for younger kids to manage). There is a minimum age of 7 years old, and all kids 7 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult in the same tandem kayak.
Kayak tour: from $129 per person ($80 discount when you go kayaking as a group of four). Book here.
Kayaking in Singapore with Fever: In the sea at Sentosa Cove, Tanjong Beach.
9. X’treme Kayaking courses
Ready to take kayaking in Singapore to the next level? Earn your one or two-star kayaking certificate with X’treme Kayaking’s 12-hour courses. Located in Sembawang, the kayaking company teaches skills such as forward and reverse paddling, different sweep strokes and managing kayak capsizes. Tweens aged 12 and above who are able to swim 50m with a Personal Flotation Device can dip their toes into this fun experience.
Kayaking courses: $80-$110 per person. Book here.
Kayaking in Singapore with X’treme Kayaking: at SAF Yacht Club Sembawang.