NileGuide Expert Says:
A great escape from the city to see a glimpse of a more peaceful life.
Near Changi Village
Off the North Eastern end of Singapore
tel: +65 6736 2000
fax: +65 6736 9423(Tourist Information)
NileGuide Expert tip:
Hire a bike when you arrive to explore the island easily.
Pulau Ubin is the second largest of Singapore's offshore islands and makes an excellent day trip from Singapore. As you alight on the jetty it is almost as if you have stepped back in time to the days when Singapore was a rustic village, with traditional kampong houses, swaying palm trees and little traffic.
Several well-signposted walking and biking trails allow you to explore the island with ease, and bikes are available to hire on arrival. The main square also contains several restaurants dishing up fresh seafood and shops selling drinks and snacks – there are no other refreshments stops around the island so make sure you stock up before you head off exploring. One of the main destinations for visitors to the island is the Chek Jawa Wetlands
, one of Singapore's richest ecosystems, which includes a viewing jetty, a boardwalk offering mangrove and coastal loops, and the 21-metre Jejawi Tower.
To get to Pulau Ubin, take a bumboat from Changi Point jetty in Changi Village (not the Changi Ferry Terminal). The boats run from sunrise to sunset and leave once they have 12 passengers on board.