To give you mateys a helping hand when it comes to the initial planning stage, we’ve listed a round-up of places to hire a boat, yacht, riverboat or catamaran around Singapore
Boat parties have become incredibly popular in Singapore, thanks to constant sunshine and the sea on our doorstep – we are on an island after all! The best part? These aren’t difficult to organise at all. Hiring a boat in Singapore is just a case of chatting to a few companies, working out the overall size, deciding upon a route (from day trips to weekends away) and adding extras like food, booze and activities.
ONE15 Luxury Yachting
Here, you have an ample selection of high-end yachts to choose from for casual outings, fun day trips or full-on VIP events. Planning a mini vacay? They also charter trips around Singapore, plus longer holidays to Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
ONE15 Luxury Yachting, #01-01, Sentosa Cove, 11 Cove Drive. p. 6305 9676.
A popular yacht rental service, Marine Bookings boasts a huge range of shapes and sizes when it comes to boat rental. Likewise, you can choose your destination, whether it’s short trip around SG or a cruise to Thailand. A cruise around Singapore for 10 guests starts at $1000 per day, and you can add on fun activities like banana boats and donuts for the kids.
Marine Bookings, #06-21, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, p. 6808 6303.
Lloyd Marine has a range of boat sizes that start from eight to 45 people, all equipped for different occasions – whether it’s a holiday, party, wedding, or even a networking trip. It even has a private cruise service for island hoppers who crave a relaxing getaway; you can rent a private cruise to Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Expect high-end prices for high-end services: $970 for a two-hour cruise.
Lloyd Marine, #09-03 Great World City East Tower, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, p. 6438 7889.
Think traditional bumboats with plenty of character, for up to 45 people. You can also take smaller ‘duffy’ boats for up to 10. These guys will take you up and down the Singapore River or around Singapore’s seas – they have pick-up and drop-off jetties all over the island. Prices start at $428, and you can even bring your own food and drinks (wine corkage of $15).
River Cruise, #15-06 Hight St. Centre, 1 North Bridge Road, p. 6336 6111.
Blue Star Yachting
For those who don’t mind spending top dollar, Blue Star is all about full-on luxury (think P Diddy videos). Expect stunning, high-end catamarans with heaps of space and experienced crew. You can rent the yacht for a dockside party ($300 an hour). Or, you can book a five-day trip to Tioman (there are four en-suite bedrooms, and diving is possible off the boat). It can be a little pricey, so get a big group together – a party for up to 23 guests starts at $2,750.
Blue Star Yachting, 52 W Coast Ferry Rd, p. 6513 0295.
Yacht Charter Singapore
This company’s got a wide-ranging selection of different boats on offer, with a few huge, posh ones for corporate days out. There are optional extras, such as fishing rods and wind-surfing equipment, with lots of locations and destinations to pick from to boot.
Yacht Charter Singapore, 391A Orchard Rd , Ngee Ann City Tower A.
Singapore Island Cruise
These chartered boats circle Singapore’s islands – including Kusu, Lazurus, the Sister Islands and more. You can hop off to explore the islands while the ferry waits, and wine and dine options are also available. The best part? Affordable prices! A return trip to the Sister Islands for 12 is just $400.
Singapore Island Cruise, #01-04 Marina South Pier. p. 6534 9339.
For a sure-fire way to impress, book these guys for a birthday prezzie to remember. The Cruise In Style gift package includes a romantic four-hour joy ride on a power cruiser, with watersports activities such as snorkelling , diving and wakeboarding – now who wouldn’t love that?
SingExperience, 45 Greenwood Ave, p. 9178 1234.
Pop the question to your special someone onboard the appropriately named PassionOne (40’ sedan cabin cruiser) that comes equipped with a karaoke system, snorkelling masks, board games and two large staterooms – available for couples or up to 18 guests.
Neo Yacht, #05-03/04/06 Enterprise One, 1 Kaki Bukit Road 1, Singapore 415934. p. 9833 6198.
White Label Charters
If you’ve been dreaming about saying “I do” out on the open water right when the sun sets, hit up White Label Charters. With five different wedding packages available, and with everything from catering, decoration and photography covered, the only thing discerning couples are left to do is remember their wedding vows.
White Label Charters, p. 9367 1900.
Think you’ve seen everything our lil’ red dot has to offer? Think again. Albatross Cruises takes you off the beaten path with a bunch of unorthodox routes for a whole new perspective of our island city, as well as our neighbouring islands. Intrigued? A full-day cruise will take you to the white sandy beaches of the Southern Islands, before venturing to the little-known Hantu Island where you can have a picnic, and finish off by setting sail along the Singapore East Coast.
Albatross Cruises, #01-01, 11 Cove Drive, Singapore 098497. p. 9101 4115.
Getting tired of the boujee-luxe yacht life and crave a change of scenery instead? Stewords Riverboat is larger than your average riverboat and has a vintage, old-world charm (mostly thanks to its paddle steamer) that would whisk you back to a simpler time. Onboard, there are two f&b outlets to choose from – the Santa Fe Tex-Mex Grill, or head up to the deck for drinks at the Wood & Steel Gastrobar.
Stewords Riverboat, Berth 1 Marina South Pier, 31 Marina Coastal Drive, Singapore 018988. p. 6278 5775.
Stumped about your next birthday bash or company get-together? YMPL has a fleet of affordable – albeit picturesque – boats that’s great for a wide-range of gigs. We even had the honour of throwing a Honeycombers bonding sesh onboard the Charter Me (a 48’ power catamaran), and judging from the splashin’ good time we had, you won’t be disappointed!
Yacht Management Pte Ltd, #01-01 One15 Marina Club, 11 Cove Drive, Sentosa Cove, Singapore 098497. p. 6681 6775.