May 19, 2017
Tired of the all-you-can-eat buffets? Surprise your dad this Father’s Day (June 18, 2017) with a short getaway where you can bond while fishing, go-karting or spotting wildlife.
1. Go fishing in Singapore’s southern islands and beyond
My Fishing Frenzy Academy (above) offers a beginner angler’s course for children and adults on scenic Lazarus island. With patience and luck, you may hook some of the many native fish species, from little cardinalfish to huge groupers! Experienced anglers can book a private yacht or join organised fishing trips around the southern islands, where the waters boast the largest reef ecosystem around Singapore. If you’d like to venture further, take a ferry to Batam, Indonesia, where Pancing Mania – Barelang Fishing boasts some of the best saltwater pond fishing in the region. Choose to catch-and-release, or bait the family ponds and have the on-site restaurant cook up a delicious seafood dinner for you and your family.
2. Whizz around a go-kart circuit in Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Just 20km outside of Johor Bahru city centre, speed demons will find Permas Go-Kart Club, which boasts one of the longest kart tracks in Malaysia at 1.433km. Rent your go-karts – all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and buggies are available too – and get your adrenaline pumping through 14 turns and two straights, just like a race car driver. Scramble for pole position and see if you can beat dad to the podium.
3. Witness sea turtles hatching and laze on the beach at Cempedak and Nikoi islands, Indonesia
Known for rustic luxury and being eco-conscious, the private villas of sister islands Cempedak (above) and Nikoi are just a short hop from the resort island of Bintan. The private beachfront villa stays are the perfect launch pad for exploring the area’s rich marine life, flora and fauna. Guests can go on guided treks to spot wildlife such as small-clawed otters, silvered leaf monkeys, and the endangered Sunda pangolin. From March to August, Hawksbill and Green sea turtles nest on the secluded beaches.