Captain Explorer Duck Tour review

Zhuang Jia Wen

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On a recent trip to Singapore, I was looking for a fun family activity that also allowed taking in sights. We discovered the exciting Captain Explorer Duck Tour – an amphibious boat-bus combo that provides a quackin’ half-land, half-water excursion.

Touring Singapore by road and river on the remodelled WWII DUKW proved a wet and wild adventure!

Quacking Up on Land

We arrived at the distinctive Duck Tour bus with its quirky exterior paint job, feeling eager for our adventure to commence. After climbing aboard the bright yellow amphibian and getting acquainted with our lively skipper, we set off on an engaging drive around old Singapore’s Civic District.

The captain expertly navigated narrow streets while pointing out landmarks like City Hall, the Padang, Supreme Court and old Parliament House, mixing in humorous quips. Seeing Singapore’s heritage sites from the road first provided helpful orientation.

Hitting the Waves

Just as we were getting used to the bus, our captain yelled “Hold on tight!” as we plunged straight into the Singapore River! With a small splash, we effortlessly floated and continued gliding along, now with waterside views of Boat Quay and Clarke Quay.

The breeze felt refreshing as we peacefully sailed past the skyscrapers, making waves with passersby along the promenade who waved and chuckled. Our captain extended our river journey, allowing us take in sights like the Merlion statue from the novel perspective.

An Unforgettable Amphibious Adventure

After about 40 minutes, we pulled back onto land, reveling in this unique amphibious experience. From start to end, Captain Explorer’s Duck Tour delivered enjoyment, orientation, education and fun for the whole family.

Touring Singapore by road and water gave us memorable perspectives and insights unattainable on regular city tours. Driving off into the sunset, we quacked up just thinking about the wet and wild ride we’d taken by land and sea on the delightfully kitschy Duck bus!


Where does the Duck Tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends at Suntec City. Look for the Duck Tour bus beside the convention center.

How long does the Duck Tour last?

The total tour duration is around 40-45 minutes, with about 20 minutes on land and 20 minutes on water.

What sights are covered on the Duck Tour?

The tour passes highlights like City Hall, Esplanade, Merlion Park, Clarke Quay, and Boat Quay by road and river.

Is there commentary provided during the tour?

Yes, the captain provides engaging live narration and fun facts throughout the Duck Tour.

Does the bus really drive into the river?

Yes! The amphibious bus seamlessly enters and exits the Singapore River as part of the experience.

Is the tour suitable for children?

Definitely, the Duck Tour is very family-friendly and suitable for kids ages 5 and up with parental guidance.

Are tickets required or can you walk up?

It’s highly recommended to book Duck Tour tickets online in advance as tours often sell out.

What seating options are available on the bus?

Standard bus seating is available on both lower and upper decks. Upstairs is exposed for better views.

Are snacks or drinks available during the tour?

No, outside food is not allowed on board. Remember to hydrate before and after!

How do you get to Suntec City for the tour?

Suntec is located right beside Nicoll Highway MRT Station, making it easily accessible by public transit.

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