Pulau Tembakul Travel Guide

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Pulau Tembakul Things to Do

  • Wooden Viewing Towers

    There are several wooden towers on Kusu Island. You can climb up to have good views of the island, beach and surrounding seas.

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  • Lotus Wishing Well

    There is a beautiful lotus shaped wishing well at the temple pavillion on top of the main lagoon of Kusu Island, next to the Tua Pek Kong temple. Drop a coin and make a wish here, perhaps your wish might come true :) During the annual pilgrimage season, many locals who come here will wake their wishes.

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  • Main Pond / Lagoon

    The main lagoon or pond on Kusu Island is located just next to the famous Tua Pek Kong temple. There is a temple pavillion on this lagoon, which houses a wishing well. The tortoises of Kusu Island used to live in this lagoon, but now have been shifted to a nearby tortoise sanctuary.

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  • Rock of Luck

    There is a famous Rock of Luck at the hill-top kramat area of Kusu Island. The rock is painted gold (see photo) and many local people come here to wish for good luck. They will write on the rock, hoping for lucky lottery numbers or other lucky things to happen on them :)

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  • Tortoise Sanctuary

    There is a tortoise pond or sanctuary on Kusu Island, as tortoise is regarded as a sacred animal here due to religion. There are also some tortoises at the Tua Pek Kong temple.The tortoises used to be living at the main lagoon next to Tua Pek Kong temple, but now they are housed at this tortoise pond.

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  • Tortoise Statue No. 2

    Besides the big tortoise statue at the beach area, there is a smaller and colourful statue of the tortoise at the premises of Tua Pek Kong temple (see photos).

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  • Tortoise Statue No. 1

    There is a big tortoise statue with 2 tortoises located near to the beach area at Kusu Island park. Kusu Island is famous for its tortoises due to religious seasons. Besides the tortoise statues, there are also many tortoises at the tortoise sanctuary on the island.

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  • Temple Pavillion

    Next to the famous Tua Pek Kong temple is a big lagoon with a beautiful temple pavillion in the middle of the lagoon (see photos).

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  • Kusu Island Park

    Almost the entire Kusu Island is made up of a beautiful park with well-manicured grass. It is very relaxing to visit here during the weekends to enjoy and scenery, beach as well as the strong sea breeze.

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  • The Warning Beacon

    There is a big red warning beacon at one end of Kusu Island facing the open sea. This beacon is needed because this part of the island is very rocky and very dark at night.

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  • Arrival Point at Kusu Island

    The arrival point at Kusu Island is a cosy jetty located at a relatively calm water between Kusu Island and a neighbouring island. There is a big welcome sign on top of this jetty :)

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  • Hilltop Kramats

    At the top of the hill on Kusu Island stands three kramats (or holy shrines of Malay saints) to commemorate a pious man (Syed Abdul Rahman), his mother (Nenek Ghalib) and sister (Puteri Fatimah) who lived in the 19th century. During the Kusu pilgrimage season, many devotees will climb the 152 steps leading to the kramats to pray for wealth, good...

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Pulau Tembakul Restaurants

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    The temporary food court on Kusu Island sells various local dishes and drinks. The stalls only operate each year during the ninth lunar month (which falls between Sep and Nov according to the Lunar Calendar), thousands of devotees flock to Kusu Island for their annual Kusu Pilgrimage to pay homage for good health, peace, happiness, good luck and prosperity.

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Pulau Tembakul Transportation

  • Boats to Kusu Island

    There are regular daily boats from Marina South Ferry Terminal to Kusu Island. The journey takes about 20-30 minutes one way, and return cost is as follows:$15 for adult$12 for children under 12 For the boat schedule and contacts, please visit the website below. Please note that the boats also go to nearby St John's Island as well.

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  • Ferries to Kusu Island

    Each year during the ninth lunar month (which falls between Sep and Nov according to the Lunar Calendar), thousands of devotees flock to Kusu Island for their annual Kusu Pilgrimage to pay homage for good health, peace, happiness, good luck and prosperity.To cater for the huge local crowds, additional big ferries are required during this period to...

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  • Marina South Ferry Terminal

    Marina South Ferry Terminal is a pier that is located in Marina South area of Singapore. It is used as a terminal for tourists and day trippers who boarded small boats and ferries heading for the Southern Islands. Regular ferries to Kusu Island and Saint John's Island operate daily.Marina South Ferry Terminal was specifically built to replace...

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Pulau Tembakul Shopping

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    Each year during the ninth lunar month (which falls between Sep and Nov according to the Lunar Calendar), thousands of devotees flock to Kusu Island for their annual Kusu Pilgrimage to pay homage for good health, peace, happiness, good luck and prosperity. At this time of the year, there is a temporary bazaar on the island selling various stuff such as souvenirs, religious items etc. This bazaar is located just next to the famous Tua Pek Kong temple.

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Pulau Tembakul Local Customs

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    Each year during the ninth lunar month (which falls between Sep and Nov according to the Lunar Calendar), thousands of devotees flock to Kusu Island for their annual Kusu Pilgrimage to pay homage for good health, peace, happiness, good luck and prosperity.

    The main purpose of the devotees is to visit the popular Chinese temple - Da Bo Gong or Tua Pek Kong (The Merchant God or God of Prosperity) as well as the three hill-top kramats.

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Pulau Tembakul Warnings and Dangers

  • Strong waves

    The section of Kusu Island facing the open sea has very strong waves, so be very careful and do not swim here. If you want to swim, do it in the lagoon area at the calm side of the island. The water here is calimer and meant for swimming.

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  • Stairs going up to hilltop Kramats

    In order to visit the hilltop Kramats (holy shrines of Malay saints) of Kusu Island, you have to walk up a flight of stairs to the top of the small hill. It is not very high up, and there is a rest stop along the way.

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  • Crowds during annual Kusu pilgrimage

    Each year during the ninth lunar month (which falls between Sep and Nov according to the Lunar Calendar), thousands of devotees flock to Kusu Island for their annual Kusu Pilgrimage.Do take of the crowds when you are visiting during Kusu Island during this period, and be prepared to wait longer for the ferries.

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Pulau Tembakul Sports & Outdoors

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    There is a beach lagoon on the sheltered side of Kusu Island, which is very idyllic and good for swimming and beach activities. There are toilet facilities here, as well as wooden shelters and trees for shade. Nice place to come for a swim, sun-tan and relax.

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Pulau Tembakul Favorites

  • Wooden Shelters

    There are many wooden shelters located on various parts of this small island, which is for shelter during hot weather or rain. It can rain any day on Kusu Island, but most rain falls during the monsoon season sometime from October to March every year.

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  • View of Singapore from Kusu Island

    From the beach of Kusu Island, you can actually have a good view of Singapore city during a clear and sunny day, as shown on these photographs.

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