Ubin Island,also known as Pulau Ubin is an impressive example of successful preservation of both Singapore’s heritage as well as environment. An admirable by-product of not “selling out” and becoming yet another cookie culture private resort island.
The fun begins at Changi Village Ferry Terminal. Arrive early in the morning to avoid spending the bulk of your day under the scorching afternoon sun. A one way trip to the island will cost you $3, and will only depart when 12 passengers are in line. If you’d rather not wait, the ferryman will take your group with a fee of $36.
Getting Around Ubin Island
Renting A Bike
If there is one thing Ubin Island has no shortage of and that’s bicycle rentals. Bike rentals are available for as low as 5 Singapore Dollars for the day. If you visited on weekends, maybe it’s possible to actually run out of bikes on a weekend or holiday. But like I said before, get there early and you will beat the crowds. You will also cover more terrain on a bicycle (and save time), thus a great way to see the Island.
Prefer to explore the island on foot? so you can easily shuffle town and take a few selfies. Take a 40 minute walk to Chek Jawa Wetlands, where you’ll be greeted by gorgeous sea views, a nature rocky shore and a mangrove swamp at the end of a boardwalk. Something else hiker should strike of their list is Puaka Hill: the highest peak of Ubin Island. Be careful, as the trail is steep (especially when you’re going to downhill), but the peak will grant you breathtaking quarry views and even distant CBD views of Singapore.
Surround Yourself with Nature
Prefer immersing yourself in the island’s impressive natural landscape? Learn about Ubin native plants, fruit trees and herbs at the Sensory Trail, see rare species of butterflies at butterfly hill, or going bird-watching at Pekan Quarry which is home to a variety of feathered creatures, including hornbills, herons, egrts and sunbirds.
Be Sure To Stop-Off And Enjoy A Coconut
If you happen spot a truck sell drink, make sure to stop and enjoy a coconut.
How To Get To The Changi Point Ferry Terminal
Bus Service: Take Buses 2,29,59,109 to Changi Village Bus Terminal (located next to the Changi Village Hawker Centre)
MRT: Tampines MRT Station (EW2), Board Bus No.29 at Tampines Bus Interchange to Changi village or Tanah Merah MRT Station (EW4), Board Bus No.2 at Tanah Merah Station Exit B Bus Stop (85091) to Changi Village.
Taxi: For Taxi App users use this address–> Changi Point Ferry Terminal, 51 Lorong Bekukong
Changi Village Hawker Is A Must Visit
Be sure to stop at Changi Village Hawker Centre on the way back, it’s one of the favorite hawker spots in Singapore with a wide selection of local Singaporean fushion dishes worth trying.
Make the most out of this unique opportunity. Arrange to have your breakfast, lunch or dinner here, too good to miss! The most popular dish to try at Changi Village Hawker is the Nasi Lemak.
See ya, until next time!!