Step back in time to the wild, rugged Singapore of old on the island of Pulau Ubin. This beautiful, lush island is located off eastern Singapore and is often thought of as the last “Kampung” village in the region. Spend days cycling down rustic tracks, exploring rubber plantations and wetlands or relax on secluded beaches under the swaying palms of the coconut trees.
Pulau Ubin is a nature lover’s paradise. Chek Jawa wetlands are home to many ecosystems which provide refuge for indigenous plants and animals. Bird watchers will be in their element, as the island is home to species which can only be discovered in this setting. Cycle around the area of Chek Jawa or stroll along the boardwalk to the viewing jetty which overlooks the mangroves and island coastline. Alternatively, climb the 20 metres tall Jejawi Tower which has panoramic views of the Singapore mainland and Pulau Tekong. For adventure seekers, there are several mountain bike trails on the island. Ketam Mountain Bike Park is one of the most popular for those who enjoy a challenging terrain. For those who wish to view the island from the water, rent a kayak or take a tour through the mangroves of Ubin and discover the wildlife and natural beauty from a different perspective. There are several hiking trails on the island, as Puaka Hill takes 20 minutes to complete and the views from the top are breathtaking. Pulau Ubin is a laid back island, perfect for an escape from the hustle and bustle of Singapore. Enjoy wonderful seafood or sip a beverage by the water’s edge and watch the sun go down.
Getting to Pulau Ubin is a fun adventure. From central Singapore travel via the MRT to Tanah Merah Station. Then begin the bus stage of the journey to Changi Village and walk to Changi Jetty. From here, a boat ride will transport visitors to Ubin. Pulau Ubin is around 10 square kilometres in size, therefore it’s easy to get around the entire island on foot or by bicycle.
Pulau Ubin island is often described as the Singapore of the 1960s before all of the glitz, glamour, skyscrapers, and shopping malls appeared. The name Pulau Ubin means “Granite Island” in Malay. The island was famous for making floor tiles and there are many abandoned granite quarry works which offer a glimpse into the island’s history. Pulau Ubin allows visitors the opportunity to be at one with nature, enjoy various outdoor pursuits, or simply relax and unwind.