When thinking of Singapore, most people will think of a rapidly developed city with many skyscrapers, being a melting pot of cultures. But it is also known as the garden city, maintaining a greening policy that has covered the island with tropical flora, parks and nature reserves. Amongst them is Pulau Ubin, a 10 km2 island situated in the north-east.
Pulau Ubin is unique in its kind as it is one of the last rural areas to be found in Singapore, with an abundance of natural flora and fauna. Upon arrival, you will find yourself in a completely different world while still having a view at Singapore’s skyline.
Several eateries are located just a few meters apart from the ferry port. At Season Live Seafood both fish, seafood and vegan options are being provided. In the same street you can rent mountainbikes, a fun and fast way to explore the island.
The island can be explored by bike or foot. Head to the Chek Jawa Wetlands on the south-eastern tip of the island. Here you will find a unique nature area, housing some of Singapore’s richest coastal ecosystems. The 1.1-kilometre boardwalk can best be visited during low tide as it gives you the chance to admire some small marine life such as mud lobsters, peacock anemone and sea stars.
While many mangrove wetlands have been cleared in South-East Asia to make room for seafood farms, Singapore managed to keep this unique area intact.
Don’t forget to climb the 20-metre tall Jejawi Tower as this provides an incredible wide view of Ubin, Singapore and Malaysia.
Ubin is home to a wide range of animals including monkey’s, hornbills and otters. While some animals are rarely seen on the mainland, wild boars and monkey’s like to gather at the bike parking near to the visitor centre and the board walk.
You can even extend your stay at Ubin by setting up a tent in one of the parks where camping is allowed and, if you are lucky, will experience a sky full of stars.
You can easily get to Ubin by taking a bus or cab to Changi Point Ferry Terminal, from there a bumboat will get you to the island ($3 pp). It is recommended to prepare yourself by bringing along sunscreen, mosquito repellent and rainwear.
A visit to Pulau Ubin can be considered as a lowbudget and eco-friendly excursion which is worth a visit from both Singaporeans and international guests.