Wakeboarding day trip in Singapore

By Marla D · Aug 6, 2016

Singapore CBD, (south part of the island)
Punggol, in the north east, where just the water separates you from Malaysia
Main mode of transport
Car - Grab taxi
Cost per person
Mid range

Best Bits

Generally just being out on the boat. It was really relaxing and refreshing to see another side of Singapore.

Also, one of our friends brought homemade pistachio-chocolate chip-sea salt cookies!

Worst Bits

The seaweed that brushed up against me when I fell.

I wish I had taken more photos!

Trip Dates and Comments on Timing

August — The water was pretty calm, there was no lightning and not much haze.

Arrival Logistics

A $20 Grab taxi ride from home to the Marina Country Club at Punggol.

General Overview of Itinerary

Get out on the water!

Main Activities

Boating, wakeboarding, watersports, sports

Food and Drink Highlights

Joe’s homemade cookies

Essential Packing for this Trip

A cooler filled with water, beer… A smartphone or something to play music. Sunscreen. Sunglasses. A towel and change of clothes for when you finish. A dry bag is handy for electronics and cash.

Marla’s experience:

Marla wakeboarding in Singapore

Sometimes you have to use your imagination to think up ‘new’ things to do in Singapore, otherwise eating, drinking and shopping can take over. I had been wanting to try wake boarding in Singapore for a while, but didn’t get around to organising it on my own, and last year the automated cable park shut down, making a boat hire a must. I joined friends who regularly do it, so I didn’t have to do any of the research myself. We met at Pier 4 at the Marina Country Club in Punggol, met our driver for the afternoon and wasted no time heading out on the water.

Some things to take into account:

  • We hired the boat through Ryders @ Ponggol company which is who my friends usually book through. You can request a driver as well - they each have their own business card there. Our driver was Jasmie (+65 9835 3610) and he was top notch. Safe, very patient for all skill levels, offered really good tips if anyone needed help (I ride right-foot forward and at first I couldn’t go left over the wake but he told me how and after 1 run I could do it), and was just generally cool the rest of the time.
  • Gear is provided (life jackets, different boards, tow rope of course)
  • We were on a standard size speed boat, 4 of us + driver and only 3 of us were wake boarding. I’m sure the boat could fit more, but I wouldn’t enjoy it as much with more than 6 + driver.
  • There were good speakers on the boat and a cable to plug in your phone to get music.
  • We were there on a Saturday afternoon and it was a nice day. There were a few other boats on the water, but we never really crossed each other.
  • The water you’re on is the Johor Strait - it’s salt water, and not particularly clean looking (murky, fair bit of seaweed, mangroves along the shores so probably full of aquatic life…) but I swallowed my fair share of water with no ill-effect. The water was really warm.
  • Cost was $120 / hour and we were out for just over 2 hours.
  • There appeared to be plenty of things to do around the country club if you wanted to make it more of an outing - shrimping pools, games rooms, group dining restaurants like Korean bbq or fresh seafood…the area has a very ‘local’ feel to it, definitely not what I would consider to be a country club feel.
  • There are toilets and showers near the area where you book and pay for the boat, but everything is really basic. There’s also a really cool resident rooster strutting about.

About The Traveller

Gender & Age Range
Female, 31 - 35

I’m from
Calgary, Canada

My favourite trip as of late
A long weekend in Byron Bay

Travelling Style
Book the important stuff, but leave some flexibility in the schedule.

I like to go on the following types of trips
Culture, sporty, beach, gourmet, relax.

It’s a dealbreaker when
Fatty meat. It’s a weird one, but it’s true and it makes enjoying meat around Asia a bit of a challenge. So if I ever recommend restaurants, you can bet I ate nice, lean, tasty meat there!

Continent I know the best

First Last Name

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I’m from Perth, Western Australia

My favourite trip as of late is New Zealand, solo travel in lots of nature for a soul-refresher.

My travelling style is to Book the first night, then wing it from there!

It’s a dealbreaker when I’m stuck around large groups of package tourists.

Continent I know best is Asia.

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