Google Singapore and you’ll most likely find shots of our skyscrapers or icons such as the Merlion and Victoria Theatre. But did you also know that hidden in Singapore are spots that provide you with breathtaking views of the sunrise?
Whether you’re a guy scouting for a venue for your next romantic date or a professional photographer who’s looking to capture the next insta-worthy shot, here are 5 places where you can catch the perfect sunrise. Who knows, you may just be the next Darren Soh.
1. Marina Bay
This may be a no-brainer, but Marina Bay is the perfect sunrise spot in Singapore. The sun rises from between Marina Bay Sands and the Art Science Museum, giving you the perfect frame. Plus, Marina Bay is pretty accessible by public transport so getting there in the wee hours of the morning shouldn’t be too difficult. That is minus the part of actually having to wake up before the sunrise.
There are many angles/ spots to catch the sunrise, but the most popular spot for photographers is to be at the Merlion Park. The view from there is spectacular as you’ll be able to capture the Singapore Flyer, Art Science Museum, and the Marina Bay Sands building. The best time to be at the location is around 6:30am, as the sun usually rises at around 7am.
2. Changi Broadwalk
Since the sun rises from the east, it wouldn’t make sense not to head to the most eastern part of Singapore to catch the sunrise, right? Located at the extreme end of Singapore, Changi Broadwalk, remains as one of the most popular places where Singaporean photographers go to get their beautiful sunrise photos. With the sun rising above the calm sea waters and the sound of waves hitting the shore, it’s definitely a breathtaking sight to behold.
The sunrise can be admired from anywhere along the broadwalk and beach, so there is no specific spot to catch the sunrise. If you’re planning on heading down, we recommend that you make your way down to Changi Broadwalk by 6:15am. This will allow you to explore the place before the sun rises, to find a spot that is most comfortable for you. Changi Broadwalk is located close to Changi Point Ferry Terminal, so once you’ve found the ferry terminal, you’re at the right place!
3. Lower Seletar Reservoir Park
Lower Seletar Reservoir Park has been a popular sunrise spot for many photographers in Singapore. The waters are still and people only start streaming in during midday. Grab a mat and a basket of snacks and you’re ready to have a romantic breakfast by the banks of the reservoir with the sunrise as your backdrop. Lower Seletar Reservoir is quite a distance from Khatib MRT and is a 10 minute walk from the nearest bus stop, but the stunning view will more than make up for the travelling.
Walk along the banks of Lower Seletar Reservoir Park and you’ll be able to find many comfortable spots to catch the sunrise. Most photographers like to camp out at the heritage bridge for their sunrise shots. It’s best to be at Lower Seletar Reservoir Park by 6:30am this will allow you to find the location that suits you the most!
4. East Coast Park
East Coast Park is a popular place for roller-bladers and cycling enthusiasts. Head there during the day and you’ll find many cycling and playing along its sandy shores. But head there in the morning, and you’ll be greeted with a gorgeous sunrise. It is best to get there by car, and having a bike with you would come in handy when you’re looking for the perfect spot.
The sunrise can be caught from anywhere along the beach. It’s best to arrive at East Coast Park early as the carparks are located quite a distance away from the beach.
5. Pulau Ubin
If you’re up for an adventure, head down to Pulau Ubin! Besides being a spectacular sunrise spot, Pulau Ubin is also home to other activities such as trekking, cycling and fishing, all of which you can do after the catching the sunrise.
Once you’ve arrived on the island, head towards the Jelutong Campsite. The best spot to catch the sunrise is along the sandy beaches located just a short 5 minutes walk from the jetty. It is best to explore Pulau Ubin beforehand so as to familiarise yourself with the place. Remember to bring along flashlights, insect repellent and water.
To get to Pulau Ubin, you’ll have to take a short boat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal. The ferry costs $3/person for a one way trip. An additional fee of $2 is charged if you’re bringing your own bicycle. There is no specific operating time for the ferry service and the boat leaves the jetty when the minimum number of 12 people is met. Alternatively, you can request for an express charter ferry service for $36 and the boat will leave immediately. We recommend to make special arrangements with the ferry operator the day before, to ensure that the ferry is in operation.
There you have it, the 5 best sunrise spots in Singapore. Now you can start planning for that dream date or photoshoot!
(Header image by Flickr, words by writer)