We got a glimpse of the Supertree Grove and the OCBC Skywalk from our visit to the Gardens by the Bay on the previous day, but we didn’t actually explore the area. We found time the next day to make a stop there to get a closer view of these Super trees and Skywalk. Since it was almost the Mid Autumn Festival, and we had already seen the displays during the day, we thought it would be nice to go during the evening to see their light displays in celebration of the holiday.
When made our way towards the Supertree grove we noticed the lights in the Super Trees changing colors, as we got closer we realized that there was music accompany the light changes. This also explained the large crowds of people, some even laying on the floor enjoying the light show. More about the light/music show later.
We were on a mission to find the ticketing office for the OCBC Skywalk. We had seen on the website that the ticket office would close at 8 pm (an hour before the skywalk closes) and that time may be pushed up earlier if the lines were long, we were really cutting it close in time. Luckily we were able to find the ticketing office in time but we were greeted with a sign saying the wait was 60 minutes. We were not deterred! Tickets costed SG$8 per person and honestly, I felt this is so much more worth it compared to the Sky Park, even with the long wait. And it was probably 15 or so minutes later that we saw a security guard cap off the line and closed it.
Although the sign said it would be about a 60 minute wait, we really waited only about 40 minutes. We were also entertained by people watching while we were in line. We even noticed a couple going up to take wedding pictures. I wonder how those pictures came out. And after getting on the Skywalk, I realized why it went so quickly. If anyone lingered in one area for too long there would be employees shooing you to move forward, they were quite efficient!
The 40 minutes actually went by rather quickly, and it was finally our turn to ride up the elevator to the Skywalk. Located in one of the many Supertrees, the elevator was quite small and it really couldn’t fit a lot of people. I must say, as someone who isn’t a big fan of elevators, it was not a pleasant ride up. On the good side, it wasn’t that long of a ride since the Skywalk is only 22 meters (about 72 feet) above the ground! We did also notice a set of stairs that spiral up to the Skywalk, but I don’t think it was opened to the public. The stairs at the exit, however, was open for the public to take. I would say, get some extra exercise and skip the crowded elevator, take the stairs when you exit the skywalk!
Of course once we got onto the skywalk we started to snap lots and lots of pictures. Don’t let my smile fool you, I was definitely trembling the whole time. The skywalk is actually a suspension bridge and I could feel the bridge shaking as we made our way across the 128 meter (420 feet) long pathway. The point of this design is to make you feel like you are floating higher up. From here, we were able to see views of the top of the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome as well as a more elevated view of the Marina Bay Sands
I made myself comfortable staying by the rail of the skywalk, and conveniently located here were signs telling me what I was looking at or what I should be focusing on.
As we were making our way we also noticed that it started to get more crowded down below. This was because the second showing of the Music/Light show was starting up again and we got to enjoy the show on the skywalk! The show plays every night at 7:45 pm and 8:45 pm. During the show the night lights up as the trees change colors according to the music. I am not sure if the show that night was customized for the Mid-Autumn festival, but there was a wide range of songs from various Asian countries, such as Hong Kong, Korea, and Malaysia. According to the website, there are 68 audio speakers used during the show and this provides an effect of hearing live music.
We ended up hanging around the end of the skywalk to enjoy the light show, watching the supertrees change colors according to the rhythm of the music. It all actually worked out rather well, since we were one of the last groups to go onto the skywalk, the employees were less strict on make us leave. So we were able to linger a little longer to enjoy the show. I think we were on there for longer than 15 minutes.
We definitely got some spectacular night views of the Supertrees and the Singapore skyline! Here are some pretty pictures of the views we saw!