Many people are familiar with Singapore’s famous cityscape. But what if I told you this picture below was a mere 15min boat ride away from the island?
I had heard many an expat rave about beautiful Pulau Ubin. But it took me until my last few days in Singapore to pay this little island a visit. And I truly regret not spending more time there.
Where is it?
Located within a 15 min drive of Changi Airport is Changi Village ferry terminal where you can catch the short bum boat ride over to the island.
Tickets: Tickets can be bought at the ferry station and cost about $3 SGD/per person one way. Boats don’t leave until there are 12 passengers, so if you want to hire the whole boat it will cost $36 SGD.
Getting around the island
The best way to get around the island is by renting a bicycle. Upon entrance to the island, if you turn left there are few shops renting bicycles. Rates start from $12 SGD going up depending on the type of bicycle you rent. Be sure to give your bike a spin first for comfort and to make sure all parts are in tact. We had to return one of ours a short distance away but the shop owners were great with switching up bicycles.
What to pack
You will definitely need sunglasses, sun cream, a hat, mosquito repellent and water. Depending on how much cycling you are going to do you may want to keep snacks in your back. Just beware of the macaque monkeys around the island. Of course you will also need money for extra water, your ticket and food if you like. There are a few hawker stalls there. Be sure to withdraw cash prior to entrance to the island as there are no ATMs on the island.
What can you expect to see?
There are quite a few trails covering the island and your bicycle hire hut will provide you with a map to help you get around.
It is truly astonishing how rich the wildlife is on the island. In the short time we were there we saw macaque monkeys feasting on fruit, a small wild boar run across the pathway, heard plenty of birds and saw a few stunning butterflies. If you head to wetland trails you can also expect to see turtles.
We headed in the opposite direction in search of a view. And we got a beautiful view of a lagoon with peeks of the city to contrast the island view.
How long should you go for?
Pulau Ubin really is a full day trip. We spent a few hours there and didn’t feel like it was enough time at all.
So for those who have seen the sights of Singapore and are looking to get back in touch with nature, heading to Pulau Ubin is a must. And as it is perfectly located within 15mins of Changi Airport, it may just be the perfect stopover spot too!
Note that as bum boats don’t leave until there are 12 people ready to ride, you can end up waiting a bit on the island to return back to Singapore Island. Be prepared for the wait or be prepared to fork out the $36 SGD to leave when you are ready.
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