Bikes & Slopes
After Bubut Hut the road stretches north-west further for quite a distance to a dead end near Kekek Quarry. You will pass by Kg Bukit Coffee (Cemetery). This stretch of road has steep slope and can be physically tough for a biker. And further nearing the end, the road condition changes from tarmac road to uneven dirt track with loose gravels that can skid your bike if you brake at high speed. Ascending uphill may be tough but one may be tempted to enjoy the breeze by free-wheeling down slope at high speed, especially on the return leg. As such, do invest some time to inspect and choose a bike that has functioning brake system with tyres not too much air for good traction before renting. DO SLOW down on coming down slope. Note that there are occasional motor vehicles plying along the roads in P. Ubin.
Another breezy downhill ride that can be dangerous is the stretch coming back from Chek Jawa somewhere before Murai Hut and also another stretch before Beberek Hut.
P. Ubin is a rural area, hence wildlife is not uncommon. If you stumble upon one, please remain calm and do not panic. They fear you more than you fear them. On the way from "Why U so Like Dat" to Celestial Resort, I saw this reptile cutting its way across the road. (See pic). I paused for a while to allow it to retreat into the vegetation, and just enough time for me to snap a pic. And up at Bukit Puaka hilltop, I saw freshly dug pits left behind by wild boars.
Hike up Bukit Puaka
There is a huge boulder at the top of Bukit Puka. If you want to climb up to take a better view, do be careful. Exercise common sense when you see railings. Do not try to cross over to bring yourself closer to the edge of the cliff.
Wildlife in Pulau Ubin
Black Spitting Cobra?
Marbled Sea Snake?
Shore Pit Viper?
Dog-toothed Cat Snake?
Sounds scary doesn't it? Well, to give you a bigger scare, let me assure you that I didn't make the names up. Hell yes, there's more than 10 varieties of snakes found in P Ubin alone. 20 to be exact. But there's no need to freak out .While some of these creatures are bloody dangerous, they're incredibly shy. Just don't go out of the way to find them - Venturing into dense forested areas or swampy areas and grabbing anything that looks like a belt...
More Wildlife in Pulau Ubin
According to the official forest rangers, the Asian Elephant is listed as an occasional visitor in Pulau Ubin. Don't believe me? Well click the list and see for yourself. This might have been prompted by the notorious 1990 incident when they found an Asian Elephant on the island. The poor fella must have lost his way after swiming all the way from the Johor Straits to Singapore. Bet he was aiming for Sentosa...
To the rescue
When you meet with any emergency on Pulau Ubin pls call the following numbers:
NParks Info Kiosk: 65424108,
Police Coast Guard: 63775540/63775542
Ubin Police Post: 65428664/96611591
Getting onto the boat & alighting
When you are getting onto the boat and alighting, do wait for it to park properly and stabilise so that it is easier for you. Also, do be careful as the steps at the jetty can be slippery due to the sea water, and sometimes there are wave splashes which may wet your shoes and pants.
- Adventure Travel
- Family Travel
Cycling path to Chek Jawa
The path was tarred halfway from the jetty and the rest was not. It's quite dangerous especially after rain when it's wet. Put on the break all the time, especially when going down the slope. Many rocks around. Watch out for vans!
You'd be very unlucky if you got hit by a falling coconut, but the number of coconuts littering the ground suggests that this might not be as unlikely as you'd imagine!
You'll see fallen coconuts in the road, on the dirt tracks, in the forest, laying in ditches by the road - pretty much all over the place! I heard one fall in the forest when I was walking on the adjacent road.
Just keep an eye out if you're walking or cycling beneath the coconut palms!
- Jungle and Rain Forest
There are lots of lizards on Pulau Ubin, ranging from small ones (a few inches long) to large monitor lizards (up to 2 metres in length).
Despite their sometimes fearsome appearance (the larger lizards do look like small crocodiles!), they are not dangerous to humans.
The small lizards are commonplace, you'll see them all over the place.
I saw a larger lizard while walking along Jalan Durian. It was strutting through the vegetation outside a house. At first I heard a rustling sound and then I saw it move. My first reaction was one of fear (I'd never seen a lizard as big as this before!), but it ignored me and sauntered on into the forest.
I managed to get a photo of it (see accompanying photograph), but it was pretty well camouflaged in the green vegetation, so you may struggle to see it!
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Pulau Ubin has plenty of snakes - some venomous, some not.
I couldn't tell one type of snake from another, so I figured it was best to avoid them all. I decided to stick to the main paved road on the island and, by doing so, the only snake I saw was the one in the accompanying photograph.
There are plenty of dirt tracks leading off from the main road and I imagine you wouldn't have to look too hard to find snakes (if you really wanted to find them!).
Stick to the main road and you'll not encounter too many (if any) snakes. If you venture off the main road, make sure you've got suitable footwear and watch your step!
- Jungle and Rain Forest
There are plenty of big spiders on the island of Pulau Ubin.
I was blissfully unaware of them when I first arrived, and then I spotted one hanging in a large cobweb between two trees. I edged in to get a photo and just when I got close enough to get a shot, I noticed an even bigger spider right next to my left hand!
Continuing my walk, I realised that there were cobwebs (and large spiders!) hanging from practically every tree. I stopped looking for them in the end.
I stuck to the main road (limiting my chances of inadvertantly stumbling into a large cobweb), and this proved to be an effective method of avoiding them......until a spider fell from a tree above me and landed (dead) on the road just in front of me.
I don't know if any of the spiders are venomous, but I do know that they are big! (Big by British standards anyway!).
I've subsequently googled "spiders in Pulau Ubin" and found websites devoted to people who go "spider-hunting" on the island.
If you're afraid of spiders, stick to the main road and don't look for them - you can be blissfully ignorant of their presence!
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Be patient when it is your turn to step onto the bumboat.
Don't just rush to jump in.
Queue up and wait for your turn. The ride is not as bumpy as you think.
I dont feel any seasick for the 10 mins ride.
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
- Sailing and Boating
Do be careful of vehicles when you are cycling along the main roads or trails of Pulau Ubin. Although the population of the island is getting very small, there are still some vehicles moving along the narrow roads or trails.
Fences along the north coast
In order to prevent illegal people from Malaysia from coming into Singapore via Pulau Ubin, the government has unfortunately erected fences along the north coast of Pulau Ubin, especially at the famous Noordin and Mamam Beaches. Do be very careful if you are swimming here.