Punggol is a waterfront town at the northeastern tip of Singapore that’s surrounded by two rivers and an expressway. Though it is a distance away from town, it is definitely worth it to make a trip down to this idyllic waterfront neighbourhood to unwind and get closer to mother nature. The myriad of recreational facilities at places such as Punggol Waterway Park, Punggol Point Jetty, Punggol Promenade Nature Walk and Coney Island are guaranteed to give you a fun time and take your mind off work and worries.
TOP 1 Explore Punggol Waterway Park
Punggol Waterway Park is built around the Punggol Waterway, enabling park users to enjoy a variety of activities along the waterway. Jogging, cycling, inline skating or just taking a stroll amidst the lush greenery and tranquil waters does wonders to help you relax. Alternatively, take your seat at one of the many benches around the park and enjoy the fresh air with a book in your hand. The little ones can have fun at the water playground.
Check out the many bridges built across the waterway and bring along your camera to capture the scenic views. If you are in luck, you might spot several species of birds too. Punggol Waterway Park is also the gateway to the nearby Coney Island if the explorer in you is still not satisfied!
Address: Sentul Cres, Singapore 821313
TOP 2 Set Foot on Coney Island
Nature lovers would love this small island located off the northeastern coast of Singapore. Opened to public only in late 2015, it is relatively untouched and allows you to get up close with nature. Home to 86 tree species and over 157 animal species, it is a treasure trove for wildlife and nature lovers. If you are lucky and keen-eyed enough, you might spot birds such as the blue-throated bee eater, Baya weaver, and even endangered species such as the spotted wood owl and the rusty-breasted cuckoo.
The rustic island is easily accessible via Punggol and Pasir Ris, and houses the 2.4km long park connector network that links Punggol Promenade and Pasir Ris Coast Industrial Park 6. Things that you can do there include riding a bicycle along the park connector network, strolling along the 2km long beach, exploring Lorong Halus Wetlands, challenging yourself at the mini obstacle course at Casuarina Exploration, or just literally wandering off the beaten path to explore the nature. Bonus points if you find the long abandoned Haw Par Beach Villa left behind by wealthy businessmen Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par (the same owners behind Haw Par Villa) who bought over the island and built a grand villa there in 1937.
How to get there: Take bus 84 from Punggol MRT Station
TOP 3 Take a Stroll at Punggol Promenade Nature Walk
Punggol Promenade Nature Walk is the place to go if you just want to enjoy some peace and quiet. The 2.4km Nature Walk is the middle section of Punggol Promenade and it faces Coney Island on the other side of the river. Simply take a relaxing stroll or jog along the promenade as you enjoy the scenic view, or take a rest at the many shelters along the meandering track. There are also a number of fishing platforms for fishing enthusiasts.
How to get there: Alight at Damai, Oasis or Kadaloor LRT stations and walk there
TOP 4 Catch Sunrise and Sunset
Punggol Waterway Park’s bridges are some of the best spots to capture that dreamy sunrise and enchanting sunset. Be sure to head to the sunset strip and the Jewel Bridge where you can enjoy a full view of the setting sun. The round structure on the Jewel Bridge is made of steel strips and shaped like a jewel (pictured above). If you’re lucky, you might catch the beautiful sight where the golden rays land on the structure, causing it to glisten like a jewel. On the other side of Punggol Waterway Park lies the Sunrise Bridge, which is the perfect spot to catch the sunrise at Punggol Waterway Park. Who says you can’t get the best of both worlds!
TOP 5 Indulge in Seafront Dining at The Punggol Settlement
Pamper yourself with seafront dining at The Punggol Settlement after your workouts, with the likes of big juicy crabs at House of Seafood, Mee Goreng and seafood dishes at Ponggol Seafood, Original Sembawang White Bee Hoon (rice vermicelli with seafood in a flavourful broth) at White Restaurant, Thai BBQ at Siam Square Mookata (pictured above), Indian grilled meats at Tandoor Lounge and many many more. Check out the restaurants in The Punggol Settlement here!
Address: The Punggol Settlement, 3 Punggol Point Road, Singapore 828694
TOP 6 Shop Till You Drop at Waterway Point
Waterway Point is a mammoth shopping mall located at the doorstep of Punggol MRT. With a diverse range of retail and dining outlets together with entertainment and education venues, it is poised as a hub to serve Punggol residents. Shop for apparels, shoes, groceries, electronics, furniture, bedding materials, eye care products and many more here where almost every major brand and retailer set up shop. There is also a cinema and a 24-hour NTUC Fairprice where you can get your groceries any time.
Address: 83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828761
TOP 7 Enjoy the Breeze at Punggol Beach
Punggol Beach has bloodied past – it was one of the three main sites where the Sook Ching massacre took place during the Japanese Occupation in 1942, which saw scores of Chinese civilians executed on suspicion of being anti-Japanese. However, don’t let the past deter you from visiting this lovely beach. Located near The Punggol Settlement at the northeastern tip of mainland Singapore, the beach offers an unparalleled view of the horizon and has natural soft fine sand that caresses your feet. The characteristic rock formation that stand at the beach also distinguishes Punggol Beach from other beaches and makes it a photo worthy spot.
How to get there: Take bus 84 from Punggol MRT to the last stop
TOP 8 Go Prawning at Hai Bin Punggol
Head over to Hai Bin Punggol for 24/7 prawning! Get a rod and some baits and plop yourself down on a chair by the pond filled with swimming prawns. It won’t be long (compared to fishing in the wild) before the prawns take the bait, and your patience will be rewarded with freshly grilled prawns over charcoal pits. You can also pair the grilled prawns with ice cold beer and have a relaxing time with friends!
Address: 6 Tebing Lane, #01-04, Singapore 828835
TOP 9 Feast at Punggol East Container Park
A place like no other, Punggol East Container Park is a hipster food haven made entirely from recycled containers. It is home to seven bars and bistros, each specialising in its own type of cuisine. Dig into crunchy fish and chips and grilled seafood such as sambal stingray and other local stir-fried dishes, and cool down with a bowl of decadent chendol. Western grilled food, bentos, Korean food, fusion food, tapas, and the large variety of beers from the bars also stand ready to fill your growling stomach. The food and drinks are affordably priced and the portion is generous, so what’s not to love about this place?
Address: 50 Punggol East, Singapore 828824
TOP 10 Fish at Punggol Point Jetty
Punggol Point Jetty is an extension at Punggol Beach where you are legally allowed to fish. You can spot anglers with fishing rods, baits and pails here, waiting patiently for the next catch. The types of fish you can find here include the toad fish, the goby and glass fishes that are considered bait stealers. If you use the right bait and you’re lucky enough, you might get grouper, barramundi, rabbit fish and sand whiting.
Photo credits: Delfina Utomo/Honeycombers, Archnet, Steel Wool/Flickr, The Punggol Settlement, Frasers Property, Holidify, Jimmy Tan/Flickr, The New Age Parents, Xavier Lur/Twitter
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