Pulau Ubin, Singapore
NileGuide Expert tip:
Hire a bike when you arrive on Pulau Ubin to get to Chek Jawa.
The Chek Jawa Wetlands is one of Singapore's richest ecosystems and one of the main destinations for visitors to the island of Pulau Ubin
. A viewing jetty, a boardwalk offering mangrove and coastal loops, and the 21-metre Jejawi Tower were all opened here in 2007 to allow for greater wildlife viewing as part of a long-term sustainable visitor management plan to protect the rich biodiversity here.
The area was slated for land reclamation and re-development before the richness of its natural wonders were realised in 2000. Following public outcry and scientific consultations, the area has been saved for as long as it is "not required for development". As Chek Jawa is an intertidal area, the best time to visit for wildlife viewing is during low tides of 0.5 metres. Tides can be checked on the National Parks website.