SINGAPORE - It's a regular night out, but with a twist.
Instead of hitting the conventional clubs along Clarke Quay, some revellers are taking the fun to local waters, where they dance and get sloshed on a boat.
While private yacht parties organised by the well-heeled are not new, boat parties open to the general public are just beginning to pick up here.
Last Saturday night, 140 young professionals turned up at Marina South Pier at Sentosa, ready to catch the sunset on a passenger boat.
The party cruise was organised by Klink Connection, a social network for working professionals headed by Miss Hazel Ang, Mr Desmond Choo and Mr Guillaume Chab.
Their debut boat party was last month. The entrepreneurs, who are in their 20s, invited participants via a poster which was posted on their Facebook page, named SingaporeUNI.
"We attended a private boat party arranged by a Polish friend and found it quite a good concept for the business we already have," explains Miss Ang, who also ties up with local clubs to market and organise party events.
The boat, which had a maximum capacity of 140, sailed for about two hours past the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands and One Degree 15 Marina Club before docking at Kusu island, a destination which was kept unknown to the partygoers until they arrived.
"The theme of the day was 'mystical island', and the guests were asked to dress according to a pirate theme. "Most of them were quite game, turning up with eye patches and interesting outfits," she says.
Each participant paid $50 to attend the event, on top of cash they dished out for booze from a makeshift bar set up on the boat, which has an exterior resembling Chinese junk boats.
"It begins at about 6pm, just in time to catch the sunset on board. Guests then dance to music churned out by a DJ, and simply hang out," adds Miss Ang.
Partygoers hopped off at the island, located in the south of Singapore, had a dinner of gourmet sandwiches, then ended the night partying at a Clarke Quay club.