[Singapore] 9 Reasons Why You Should Visit the DBS Marina Regatta 2018

May 31, 2018 0 Comments A+ a-

It's the start of the school holidays and the DBS Marina Regatta 2018 is also back again. Set against the backdrop of our stunning Marina Bay skyline at The Promontory @ Marina Bay, this is Singapore's biggest bay festival and an event not to be missed with the family.

The Marina Regatta is held over 2 weekends, on 26-27 May and 2-3 June 2018, and I visited it on the first weekend. Apart from the free admission, here are 9 reasons why you should come by!

1) Battle Bay Extreme: Challenge Yourself, Do Good!

Battle Bay Extreme, Southeast Asia’s largest first-of-its-kind land and water obstacle course, offers 3 levels of difficulties suitable for participants of varying fitness levels. Powered by Under Armour, get your adrenaline rush by tackling obstacles like tilting hexagons, inverted walls and wire crawls. Come out tops in each level to win various prizes such as JBL gear! Proceeds from the registration fees will be donated to Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities.

Registration fees start from S$8. Onsite registration is available, details here.

2) Sail by the Bay: Set Sail, Admire the Scenary!

Set sail on a DBS sailboat and experience the amazing views of Marina Bay. As the bay area is not always open to the public, I would say that this is one of the rare opportunities not to be missed. Each sailboat can accommodate between 4 to 8 people, and each sailing slot is 40 minutes each. Safety briefings will be conducted before each session. 

Free admission. Meeting point is next to Customs House, adjacent to the Promontory at Marina Bay. Onsite registration is available, details here.

3) Game Challenges: Have Fun with the Family!

For those visiting the event with your family, everyone young and old will enjoy the various game booths at the mini carnival. Relive your childhood through simple games such as "basketball" and "shoot the can". My dad also enjoyed himself! Stand a chance to take home souvenirs such as water bottles, drinks, sunblock packs generously given by various sponsors.

Free admission.

4) Bay Passport: Collect Stamps, Win Prizes!

After trying your hands at the various game booths, remember to collect a stamp! Explore the area and complete at least 5 tasks/ stamps (including those at the game booths) on your Bay Passport to join the On-the-Spot Lucky Draw and Grand Draw. The tasks are easy, and include recycling a bottle or uploading a photo of yourself on Instagram. Prizes like the Porsche Design HUAWEI Mate 10, Scoot flight tickets to Berlin, Maldive and Kuching are up for grabs.

Free admission.

5) Creators Market: Learn Something, Get Crafty!

The Creators Market is where interactive hands-on workshops and sharing sessions are conducted. Ideal for the whole family, attend a series of wellness, kid-friendly upcycling or craft workshops together! As a foodie, I recommend the hands-on Granola Bar, Acai Bowl and Latte Art classes.

Workshops are at S$20 each. Online registration is available, details here.

6) Mahota: Eat and Explore!

Mahota believes in conscious consumption and encouraging a lifestyle focusing on holistic wellness. Here, shop for organic fresh produce and healthy superfoods at the grocery retail stalls, or take up an urban farming class set within the beautiful space set amidst lush greenery. One of the stalls I recommend is the one selling kombucha. Known for its digestive benefits, I first tried the drink in the Maldives and love how it tastes like apple cider. It's very likely the first such stall in Singapore, so we were really glad to find it here!

Free admission, but pay for your own food! :)

7)  Dragon Boat Races: Cheer On!

Organised in partnership with the Singapore Dragon Boat Association, the DBS Marina Regatta 2018 is definitely about the dragon boat races as well. In the 7th edition of this international competition, choose a team amongst the 80 from across Asia and cheer on as it competes for the largest prize money on offer for the sport in Asia!

Free admission. Details here

8) Buskers by the Bay: Sing Along, Support Budding Talents!

Here's busking with a fun and competitive twist! Aligned to DBS' new brand promise, "Live more, Bank less", Buskers by the Bay is a platform that allows buskers and street artists to showcase their talents to a wider audience! Do support the buskers who will collect contributions during their performance. Who knows, you may also recognise your favourite busker from Orchard Road playing your favourite song!

Free admission. Details of the performers here.

9) ArtBox: Eat and Shop! 

A short walk away from the main Regatta area is the ArtBox. As the overseas edition of the famous hipster pop-up market from Bangkok, this will not require any introduction. With over 160 F&B stalls and many others offering a unique and eclectic range of fashion, handcrafts, simply indulge in a whole afternoon/ evening of eating and shopping! Don't miss the 20 social enterprises as well which are supported by the DBS Foundation, a champion for social enterprises in Asia. 

PS: In case you were wondering, this year's event space is almost 3 times the size of last year's and crowd management has improved!

Free admission. Arrive from the Bayfront MRT, exit from MBS Convention Centre. Details here.


The DBS Marina Regatta 2018 is all about family fun, learning, eating, shopping and giving back to society. As some parts of the event are held outdoors, do bring along your umbrella, sunglasses, a change of clothes (if you are taking part in the physical activities) - and of course your camera!

Post-Event Update: For those who want to relive those fun-filled memories, view the videos here: Day 1 / Day 2 / Day 3 / Day 4.

(This post is published in collaboration with DBS.)

DBS Marina Regatta 2018
26 - 27 May | 2 - 3 June
The Promontory @ Marina Bay
Website here.

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