If you’re looking to escape the flurry of activity in downtown Singapore, why not opt for a cool spot where you can get your feet wet, go for a hike or do some fishing? Singapore’s three reservoirs, MacRitchie, Peirce and Seletar are great settings for a family outing or for the weary just looking to relax!
MacRitchie – Singapore’s Oldest Reservoir
Surrounded by the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, MacRitchie Reservoir is a verdant green paradise, lush with plants and forest life on all sides. Boardwalks and hiking trails meander along the shores of the reservoir and provide access to the Nature Reserve’s leafy woodlands, ranging in distance from short 3km walks to intense half-day hikes along the 11km trails. The TreeTop Walk is a must-see trail that includes an aerial suspension bridge offering views from MacRitchie’s highest points.
Within MacRitchie’s forests, one can observe the area’s colonial history. Rubber trees still grow along the edges of the reservoir where 19th century plantations once prospered. For family outings, enjoy a picnic to the music of local school band performances while the kids take advantage of the exciting playground areas!
Peirce Reservoir – A Calm Oasis
6 hectares of parkland surround the tranquil waters of Peirce Reservoir, Singapore’s smallest and most peaceful reservoir park. The serene beauty of Peirce Reservoir is a draw to those seeking a pleasant escape to nature. Walking trails allow visitors to amble through the quiet forest park and let you get up close to the exotic animals and tropical plants that are native to Singapore Island.
Upper and Lower Seletar Reservoirs – Outdoor Sports Galore
If you’re in the market for a relaxing paddle boat ride on cool waters or a sunny round of golf, the Seletar Reservoirs are for you! Outdoor enthusiasts often take advantage of the beautiful views and sports facilities at Seletar, which include jogging, sport fishing and boating. The lookout tower within the 15-hectare park offers top-notch views of the entire area.
The Executive Golf Course at Upper Seletar Reservoir is a 9-hole course open to the public. This short course is the ideal place for beginner golfers to hone their skills or more experienced players to take in a quick morning round.
If you have kids, opt to check out the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and Mandai Orchid Garden, all of which are just a stone’s throw from the Upper Seletar Reservoir.
Getting There and In
All three reservoirs are located in the north central part of Singapore Island and are easily reached from the city center. The parks and lakes are open everyday and admission is always free, though admission fees apply to the Singapore Zoo (Adult $18/Child $9), Night Safari ($22/$11) and Mandai Orchid Garden ($3.50/$1).
Arrival by public transport is available via the following:
SBS bus 132 or bus 167 from Orchard Road.
bus 167 from Orchard Road.
MRT to Ang Mo Kio Station (NS16) then board SBS bus 138.
MRT to Yishun Station (NS13) then take SMRT Bus 851, 852, 853, 854.