The Imperial Cheng Ho takes you on a half day cruise from the Harbour, past the mouth of the Singapore River and the Tanjong Pagar container terminal (one of the busiest in the world) before sailing out past some of Singapores smaller islands and on to Kusu Island.
A tiny island, Kusu is said to have been formed by a giant sea turtle which transformed itself into the island to save 2 shipwrecked mariners from a watery end! It is home only to the caretakers of the holy Chinese temple here.
Access is forbidden during the Kusu festival, and photos of the shrines within the temple are naturally not allowed.
The boat, the Cheng Ho, has a large air conditioned restaurant area, and plenty of outdoor deck areas from which to enjoy the water and the views. Although it is a modern boat, it is an exact replica of the Da Fu. a Ming Dynasty imperial vessel. It is predominantly yellow, which is the Chinese Imperial colour, and is heavily decorated with imperial emblems - the Dragon (the sign of the emperor) and the Phoenix (the sign of the empress).
Meaning "Tortoise Island" in Chinese, this Island has a Legend.
It is said that a magical Tortoise turned itself into an island to save 2 shipwrecked sailors - a Malay and a Chinese. Each year around Sep to Nov there is an annual Kusu Pilgrimage to pay homage for good health, peace, happiness, good luck and prosperity.
The Da Bo Gong Temple (or Temple of the Merchant God), is a pretty little Taoist Temple surrounded by water.
There are plenty reminders of the role of the Tortoise, and a Wishing Well which includes a Tortoise refuge, where there were dozens of them!
A couple of swimming lagoons, sand and sun makes this Island fairly popular!
It is just 5.6km away from Singapore, and can be reached by privately hired boats,(negotiate price), Ferry or on a Cruise, from the Marina South Pier.
Ferry departure times are......10 am and 1.30 pm (Mon to Sat), and at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm (Sun and public holidays).
You can choose from Morning Glory Cruise (S$23), High Tea Cruise (from 3 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. S$29) or Dinner Cruise (S$49) into a Cheng Ho, a replica of a Imperial vessel of the Ming Dynasty, is a beautiful ship colorful, with dragons, very traditional but comfortable. We stopped at The Kusu Island, inhabited with only an ancient Chinese temple and a couple of chairs into small cabins facing the ocean where you could relax for a moment or take a picture in the sculptures of turtles and quickly back to the boat, take some tea and cookies and return to the channel until Clifford Pier.
I got to Kusu Island by taking a "junk" out of Singapore, I think that Kusu translates to Turtle, and when you get here you will see why.
There are hundreds of turtles all swarming all over the place!
The beach here is also gorgeous as is the temple.
All in all, a relaxing day outside of the city.*
This island is about 45 minutes away by boat from Singapore's Clifford Pier.
This tranquil island is inhabited only by the caretakers of the Chinese temple.
The temple dominates the island. You may give offerings to the Gods. There is also a wishing well, not to mention a turtle pond. By the way, KUSU means TURTLE.
Kusu island is a tiny island near Sentosa.The "Cheng HO Cruise" includes this tiny island.This island has a
number of tourist attraction.
Just a piccie of some of the many cute little turtles that you will meet when in Kusu Island!
These were near a temple, just swimming together in a little pool - so cute!*