Pulau Ubin, Singapore
Many SIngaporeans, young and old, love Pulau Ubin. It is laid-back, rustic, kampong and full of nature. There are lots to see at Pulau Ubin for the locals as well as the international traveller.
- Kampong life
- Village life
- Wayang stage (wayangs are held in the 7th lunar month)
- Sensory Trail
- Biking through the island
- abandoned granite quarries
- abandoned rubber estates
- Chek Jawa, an inter-tidal marine ecosystem. Go with the guided tours! See www.nparks.gov.sg
- Outward Bound School
- campsites (no permits needed)
- Bird-watching. Lots of bird life, including the White-bellied Sea Eagle, Oriental Pied Hornbills, bulbuls, etc.
- Wild life - wild boars!!
- Mangrove swamps.
- Great photography opportunities
Tired of seeing glitsy Singapore? Sick from breathing car fumes? Malls and more malls? Head out to the north-east corner of Singapore. Visit Pulau Ubin!
How to get there: Take bus number 2 or a taxi to Changi Village. Go to the bumboat jetty (a new one) and hire a bumboat to take you out to Ubin. Bumboat ride costs S$2 (USD1) per person. The bumboat leaves when it fills up to 12 passengers.
You can take bus 2, 29 or 99 and drop at Changi Village. Take a boat from changi jetty. It is about 15mins ride and the cost is SGD2 per trip. When you reached Pulau Ubin, go to the information counter and get a map. You can choose to walk or rent a bicycle. Bring along a bottle of water with you. You can also buy coconuts there to quench your thirst. There are also camping sites there if you want to stay overnight but you must bring your own tents. Having insect repellent, sunblock and good walking shoes is a must.
I just loved Palau Ubin!! I wanted to do something different in Singapore this time around and experience some of the old authentic culture.... not just the built up hustle & bustle and shops!
So we set out for a day cycling on Palau Ubin - north of Singapore - in between Singapore & Malaysia.
What a wonderful day we had ... as described in my travelogue below!! I can totally recommend this place!!
Check out my other pix for some funny road signs on Palau Ubin :o)
Pulau Ubin is just a 20 minute bumboat ride from the Changi Jetty in the main island of Singapore. The bumboat ride cost $2 one-way. You can spend a day cycling around the island and feel the 'kampung' (village) atmosphere typical of Singapore in the 1960s.
For more information, please visit my Pulau Ubin page.
If you go here, you'll find that everything is very different from the main city. It's like going back in history and seeing Singapore when it firsted started out. Things to do here: cycling, hiking. Take the ferry from Changi Ferry Point to get here.
Spend a day exploring this island. You can rent a bike or hike round the island. Make sure when you arrive that you head for the police post to inform them that you are visiting the island. Pack a picnic so that you can stop anywhere for a bite. Bring insect repellent and wear light-coloured and loose attire as it can get hot and humid. Bring along your trusty umbrella too just in case the weather changes. check out further info by clicking on the website below.
It was a totally different experience for me.I went there on a weekday and there was very few people around on the island.Take a map of the island and then rent a bike.The whole island is yours for exploration.Do pack your liquids as you wont find any shops other tha ones at ferry point.You will find the less popular picnic spots totally deserted.
Chek Jawa, one of Singapore's few unspoiled nature spots. It was supposed to be reclaimed for some military use, but the reclamation was called off after petitions were sent in by the public to preserve Chek Jawa.
Singapore is a concrete jungle, and signs of its olden days are not preserved well enough in the main island. However, u will be able to experience kampong life in Pulau Ubin, an island lying between Singapore's main island and the mangrove-dominated southern coast of the Malaysian state of Johor.
For more adventures besides shopping, Pulau Ubin is a good choice. You can choose to go on a halfday trip or you can even extend it to an overnight trip! more details at http://hubpages.com/_vt86/hub/Pulau-Ubin-A-different-Singapore
Had to crawl into a little bumboat to go across the harbour. The driver was a little spooked by our pet. He was pretty agressive about "no dogs", but calmed after a little while. It was his day after all, we were going to a Dog Hash!
Enjoy the great outdoors in Pulau Ubin!
Walk or bike. There are many bicycle rental shops at the village centre, located near the main bumboat jetty. Great for exploration!
After a hard day of hiking or biking, stay for dinner at the seafood restaurants on Ubin. They are much cheaper than the seafood restaurants at mainland Singapore.
Starry starry nights..... what do we have here?? Star Fish!! This poor star fish has been turned upside down for the sake of photography. We ensure that no sea creatures are hurt during the photographing sessions. Anyway, for your info, these things know how to turn themselves back... slowly. :)
Pulau Ubin is an island off the northeastern coast of Singapore main island.It is a place where you can still enjoy the natural vegetation and the laidback kampong atmosphere.
Try leisure walking or cycling in the island. Bicycles can be rented at the village itself. The cycling trails have been upgraded to facilitate trekking.Basic amenities like toilets and shelters are also available in the island.
To reach Pulau Ubin,first take the MRT to Tanah Merah Station and transfer to bus number 2 or 29 to Changi Village interchange.
From there,you will need to take a 10 minute ferry ride from the Changi Point jetty.
The ferry ride cost SGD2 and the service operates from 6am to 11pm.
Here's the landing for the Dog Walk. This Island is a great walk, or rent a bike ($3) and tour on paved trails or jungle paths. Only 20 minute bumboat ride from Singapore.