We visited the Gardens by the Bay, the Super Trees Singapore's newest tourist attraction. The Flower & Cloud Forest Dome.
15 May 2014| Last updated on 28 June 2017
The gardens are in between the coast and Marina Bay Sands and are well worth a visit if you are travelling to Singapore. They are easily reached by the MRT metro system- you get off at the Bay Front station and they are a short walk away. Entrance to the gardens themselves is free- you only pay to go up into the Super Trees and walk on the walkway bridge and to enter the two domes- The Flower Dome & The Cloud Forest Dome. It was $5 to go on the walkway and $28 to gain entrance to the two domes. Top tip- if you travelled with Singapore Airlines and present your boarding card stub you get 10% discount.
We headed straight for the Super Tree Grove and went up onto the OCBC Skyway- if you're scared of heights this is not for you! The walkway is suspended and bounces a bit but the views are well worth it! You can stay up there as long as you want and access is by a lift up one of the Super Tree trunks.
If you fancy dining or having a cup of tea the middle Super Tree has a restaurant called Indochine at the top- it's a minimum spend of $10 to get up there which covers the cost of a soft drink. We really enjoyed relaxing up there and also visited their rooftop bar for amazing unobstructed views of the Singapore skyline including the Singapore Flyer.
Another top tip is to wear sun tan lotion, bring water and maybe a hat as Singapore is quite hot and we ended up spending about 5 hours in The Gardens, although there are lots of shaded areas. You can buy water there as well or fill up your empty bottle at any of the drinking water stations. The whole gardens are smoke- free and never, ever litter or you could be fined!
The Super Tree Walkway
The Amazing Indoor Waterfall
We then wandered through The Gardens towards the domes where you can buy tickets to access them. We headed first to The Cloud Forest dome- and as the the doors opened were met with the sight of the world's largest indoor waterfall! A complete bonus was it was very cool and misty in there- a great respite from the midday sun! We wandered around the bottom of the indoor mountain and then headed up to the top of it where you then meander your way down. There's loads of plants and art installations to look at on the way down and also there are look out points with the waterfall flowing down so you feel like you are in the actual waterfall! There's a very interesting display of stalactites and stalagmites and beautiful giant amethyst rocks.
We headed off for lunch next- there's loads of choice there from a mid price food court to standalone pricier restaurants. We plumped for Italian from the food court in the end!
After we had regained our energy we headed to the Flower Dome which is a very impressive building packed full of flowers, plants and trees from the different regions of the world. We really liked their Easter display of a secret garden with eggs and other decorations hidden through out. The Baobab tree grove and cactus collection were particularly impressive.
Then it was time to leave... we were surprised we had stayed there so long and the 5 hours had passed so quickly! We did a quick shop for souvenirs in the gift shop before heading back to the metro station to head off to Orchard Road and more shopping!
We would highly recommend a visit here and you can get some amazing photographs as well as have a lovely morning or afternoon of wandering- we wished we could have stayed till after dark as they also have an amazing light show around the Super Tree Grove but the rest of Singapore was calling!
You can find out more about Gardens By The Bay on their website www.gardensbythebay.com.sg
Bay South Outdoor Gardens:
Opens 5:00 AM - 2:00 AM daily
Cooled Conservatories & OCBC Skyway:
Opens 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM daily
Last ticket sale at 8:00 PM daily
Last admission at 8:30 PM daily
Monday* - Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Last ride)
*Service begins at 12:00 PM every first Monday of the month
Saturday, Sunday, eve of and on PH
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM (Last ride)
Getting to Gardens by the Bay is easy. Whether you’re driving or coming by public transport
18 Marina Gardens Drive
MRT & Bus
Via the Circle Line:
Alight at Bayfront MRT Station (CE1)
Take Exit B and follow the underground linkway
Exit and cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge into Gardens by the Bay
Via the North South / Circle Line:
Alight at Marina Bay MRT Station (NS27/CE2)
Take Exit A and hop onto bus service 400
Alight 4 stops later at the bus stop along Marina Gardens Drive