Pulau Ubin: A Rustic Getaway

Puaka hill

Don’t miss the chance to pay a visit to the last remaining ‘kampung’ in Singapore! Ok, nothing extremely mysterious or secret. A ‘kampung’ is a ‘village’ in Malay. And many consider it to be the final untouched charm left in Singapore.

With only a hundred inhabitants this little island in the shape of a boomerang sits right in the Straits of Johor. ‘Pulau Ubin’ means ‘Granite Island’. Though the island no longer features the granite industry, the name has remained. You will not meet any miners here, but you will surely be faced by a whole palette of wildlife representatives.Pulau ubin bridge

How to Get to Pulau Ubin?

The whole trip will only take 10-15 minutes from the mainland. There is a bumboat departing from Changi Point Ferry Terminal every day starting from 5.30 a.m. until 9 p.m. But you should remember that the boat schedule is irregular – it won’t leave until there are at least 12 people aboard. You can pay directly to the driver and a single ride will cost you $3.Bumboat to pulau ubin

WARNING! There are no ATMs on Pulau Ubin. So make sure you withdraw all the cash you will need beforehand and on the mainland.

Things to Do

Enjoy the nature! But you should not expect long sandy beaches from this captivating island. There are so much other things Pulau Ubin has to offer for the nature lovers out there! If you would like to try and spot some endangered species of birds or enjoy the rich, practically untouched forests – this is the right place to go.Chek jawa wetlands

Certainly, the main star of Pulau Ubin is the Chek Jawa Wetlands. You can book a guided tour to check out the unbelievably beautiful coral reefs or explore the lush marine ecosystem on your own by strolling on the boardwalk.

Jejawi towerFind the view! At the East of the island you will be able to find the Jejawi Tower. Climbing 120 steps will be totally worth it, as you will get the best panoramic view Pulau Ubin has to offer. It is the perfect place for birdwatching, but the tower can let only 20 people in at a time, so you might have to queue a little.

Try out different activities! The bike trails are diverse and will suite a sportsman of any level. Some tracks can get too extreme, so be careful and adequately estimate your strengths.

Mangrove kayakMoreover, don’t miss your chance to kayak through the mangroves of the island.

Or you’re a fan of hiking? Pulau Ubin has a great option for you too. Conquer the Puaka Hill. It is not a long journey and will take only about 15-20 minutes, but it is a rocky trail that will literally leave you breathless.
Get to know the locals! Living on the island is absolutely stress-free. Some of the people have been living here for their whole lives. If you want witness was life in Singapore was like in the 1960s – then go and buy that ferry ticket.Puaka hill

Want to stay the night? Any of the two camping sites gives you the opportunity to have a romantic sleepover under the stars. Don’t forget to register your stay at the Pulau Ubin Police Office first!

Paying a visit to such a tranquil place as the Pulau Ubin Island is really worth it. If you are tired of the speedy rhythm of the big city life and want to simply enjoy the sounds and views that surround you – think no more. It is hard to believe, but only a 15-minute boat ride separates two absolutely different worlds. And you have a chance to get to know both of them!

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