Started as a British trading colony in 1819, Singapore has one of the busiest port in the world. Known for its efficiency, clean and secured environment, Singapore offers the best location for long term berthing of your yacht; stop-over to re-supply and source for parts; as well as carry out that essential repair that you have been putting off for some time.
Singapore has three world class marina that are friendly to transiting superyachts. These are One15 Marina Club, Raffles Marine and Republic of Singapore Yacht Club. These marinas provide secured berthing with world class infrastructure and marina services. Captains enjoy peace of mind berthing in Singapore because of the security and safe environment.
There are plenty of things for the crew to do while in Singapore. The only F1 night race is held in this city state every September. Concert and shows featuring internationally renowned artists can be found all year round. Singapore is cosmopolitan and ultra-modern with a vibrant night life. In 2010, around 11 million visitors came here and the figure is growing every year.
Getting around Singapore is inexpensive and easy. There is a subway system known as the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) and it is linked with the bus system throughout the island. English is the working language and signs, maps and instructions are all in English. The Taxi service is clean and efficient. Charges are based on meter reading but do take note that surcharges apply during peak, midnight hour and for certain journeys such as from the airport and city. You can flag a taxi on the road the traditional way or book a taxi by your mobile phone.
If you have time in your hand and wish to explore neighbouring countries in the region, there is a lot of exotic places within 4 hours flight time that can be reached by direct flights from Singapore. With 5000 arrivals and departures a week by 80 international airlines, Changi International Airport has been consistently voted the best in the world by business as well as leisure travellers.
As a free port, Singapore is a shopping paradise. Duties are only applicable to four broad categories of goods – intoxicating liquors, tobacco products, motor vehicles and petroleum products. Otherwise, it is just the Goods and Services Tax (GST) which stands at 7% at the moment. However, tourists could get their GST refund at checkpoints such as the airports when they leave the country. For crew, a good yacht agent will be able to advise you on GST compliances and optimisation.