Favorite thing: Proceeding right for about 50m at the fork junction after Puaka bridge (heading towards Bubut Hut in the NW) you may pass by a mid-sized truck parked by the roadside and loaded with freezer boxes and drinks. This is a mobile drink seller run by a very friendly aunty. She can fill you up with some information about this island as she is a resident of P. Ubin. She will share with you interesting stories of visitors she has encountered in P. Ubin. There are stools provided for you to sit and relax over a bottle of ice drink or fresh coconut juice. Prices are not that steep - $1.90 for a bottle of 100plus and $2.50 for one fresh coconut juice. More distinctly recognisable is the license plate of her truck, PU1 , which makes remembering her even easier - Pulau Ubin number 1 Aunty.
Although the boat journey from Changi to Pulau Ubin is relatively short (about 15-20 minutes), it was enjoyable and you will get to see the beautiful scenery of Pulau Ubin, Changi coastal areas as well as the coast and hills of Johor state in Malaysia.
Since Pulau Ubin is very near to Changi Airport, you will see lots of planes landing and these planes actually appear quite big due to the proximity to the island.
There are a number of wooden huts on the island of Pulau Ubin which are marked on the free tourist map and which act as good markers for getting your bearings.
These small huts provide shade from the hot sun (or heavy rain - both are equally likely!) and have benches around the perimeter at which you can enjoy a picnic.
With only a few homes selling refreshments outside of the main village, it is a good idea to take food and drink with you - and the huts are the best place to stop and enjoy it en-route.
Some of these huts are near beaches (eg Kedidi Hut and Chamar Hut near Noordin Beach), while others (maybe a dozen in total) are dotted around the island, often where two "roads" meet.
When you first arrive on Pulau Ubin, make straight for the information kiosk to pick up an indispensible free map of the island.
The information kiosk is located in a wooden hut just to the right of the jetty.
The free fold-out map has a detailed diagram of the roads, beaches, quarries and marshland on the island, as well as showing where all the huts are located. These huts, each with a different name, act as good markers for determining where on the island you are.
As well as the map, the leaflet provides various information about life on the island, wildlife, activities and visitor guidelines.
There is also a member of staff available at the information kiosk to whom you can direct any questions.
It was like back in 1980s that we see such telephone booth.
This telephone booth is indeed an antique and could be the only surival.
With the widely use of a mobile phone, lesser people use pay phone or phone cards to make local calls.
You can still send a letter to friends on Pulau Ubin and get a reply from them.
Villagers could send local mails and even to other countries.
This post box is standing just next to the jetty.
Just wondering how often does the post man come to collect the mails?
Measures have been put in place to manage access to the intertidal flats at Chek Jawa.
Pls contact Pulau Ubin Hotline at 65424108 or vist the Information Kiosk between 8.30 am to 5.00pm to book a visit.
You can park your car at this open space car park just outside thr Changi Point Jetty Terminal,
Charges is $0.50 per half hour.
Make sure you put enough cupons as there are frequent spot checks.
We witness them checking on the cupon around 2pm even on a weekday.
Free parking on Sunday ang Public holiday.
The Chek Jawa Guidebook is written by a group of volunteer guides. The guidebook will help you discover more about fascinating facts of Chek Jawa during your visit there.
The guidebook is written in simple English with huge full-colour photographs and lots of diagrams. Information is in bite-sized pieces for easy digestion in the field.
Each double-page spread has a little thought-provoking question that we hope will help you see more and better understand what is going on at Chek Jawa. A glossary and index are included.
The price is $18 per copy.
Pulau Ubin is accessible by Changi Point Ferry Terminal.
Join the queue and the bumboat will leave when they have 12 passengers. If there are less than 12 passengers, you might have to wait a little while until enough people turn up. Or you can pay for 12 passangers for express service. Maximum of 12 passangers per bumboat.
The bumboats will take you to Ubin Jetty at a cost of $2 per trip.
Pulau Ubin is accessible by Changi Point Ferry Terminal. Take the bumboat from Changi Jetty, which is near the Changi Village Hawker Centre.
The bumboats will take you to Ubin Jetty at a cost of $2 per trip. Maximum of 12 pax per bumboat.
If you are bringing your bicycle across to Ubin, there will be a fee of $2 per trip too.
Although Ubin is a peaceful and quiet place, do take the usual precautions. Do obey all traffic signs and rules.
When cycling do ensure your bicycle is in good working condition before setting off. Use only designated roads and tracks, and keep to the left, in a single file.
Look out for all warning signs.
Don't swim in areas not designated for swimming. Quarries and sluice gates are particularly treacherous places.
Water from public toilets and wells are not suitable for drinking or bathing.
There are 2 more islands around Ubin island- the crab island and the frog island. The was a myth by the residents in Ubin:-
Once there were 3 animals competing in a contest to swim over the straits, they are the wild boar, the elephant and the frog. Half way, the frog given up and became frog island. The wild boar became Ubin explained that why there are so many wild boar here and the elephant since it came from Johor, swam back to Johor.
Once over thousand people, now only 60 residents resides in Ubin island. Most people rely on tourism to survive, e.g. taxi drivers, restaurants, bicycle renting shop; but many others live on their own, planting vege and fishing..
Ubin is a good place to escape from hustle and bustle in the city, especially a city country like singapore..
Favorite thing: Sometimes you will see local people trying their luck on fishing along the several rivers on the island.