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Kusu Island – a southern island in Singapore.

Kusu Island is one of the Southern Islands in Singapore that is located about 5.6 kilometres to the south of the main island of Singapore and off the Straits of Singapore.

Overview of Kusu Island

• The name means “Tortoise Island” or “Turtle Island” in Chinese.
• The island is also known as Peak Island or Pulau Tembakul in Malay.
• From two tiny outcrops on a reef, the island was enlarged.
• It was transformed into an island holiday resort of 85,000 square metres.
• Before Kusu was reclaimed, some people say it looked like a turtle.
• It was made up of two ridges on a reef, one ridge the head, and the other (where the hilltop is now) the back of the turtle.
• There are now three Malay shrines or “keramats” and a Chinese temple on Kusu Island.
• The Tortoise Sanctuary which is nearby houses hundreds of tortoises.

Story that passed down by both Malays and Chinese in Singapore:
• A magical tortoise turned itself into an island to save two shipwrecked sailors – Malay and a Chinese.
• The two men gave thanks according to his belief system.
• The former by building a Muslim kramat (keramat) (shrine), and the latter by establishing a Taoist shrine.

Places to see in Kusu Island

• Kusu Island houses the popular Chinese temple – Da Bo Gong or Tua Pek Kong (Grand Uncle).
• Built in 1923 by a wealthy businessman, the temple houses two main deities – the Da Bo Gong and Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy).
• The former is highly regarded as having the power to confer prosperity, cure diseases, calm the sea and avert danger.
• Guan Yin is known as the ‘giver of sons’.
• Marble Tortoises on Kusu Island.
• It is popular for its lagoons, pristine beaches and tranquil settings.
• Visits are often made by ferry from the nearby Marina South Pier to see the wishing well and Tortoise Sanctuary.
• Afternoon picnics are also very popular.
• Overnight stay is not permitted on the island.
• Most ferries to Kusu Island also take in Saint John’s Island which does have overnight lodging.

Essential Information about Kusu Island

OPENING HOURS : Daily 24 hrs (Overnight stays are not permitted on Kusu Island)
WEBSITE : http://www.sentosa.com.sg/…
ADMISSION FEE : Adult $15 ; Child $12
FEATURES : Family Friendly, Tours & Trails
GOOD FOR : Nature, History, Wildlife

Marine life of Kusu Island

Kusu is ringed by reefs with a bewildering variety of hard corals and soft corals.
1. Commonly encountered animals include:
• clown anemonefishes
• anemone shrimps
• giant clams
• a wide variety of other fishes
• crabs seldom on other Southern Shores
2. Blue Water Volunteers guided reef walk
• The best way to see marine life on Kusu Island is to join the Blue Water Volunteers guided reef walk.
• Let these trained and experienced volunteer guides take you on a safe trip at the best tides and show you more of this wonderful reef.
3. Transportation
• There is a daily ferry from Marina South Pier currently provided by Singapore Island Cruise.
• You can also charter a fast work boat from Marina South Pier.
• The work boats operate 24-hours
• The booking desks at the Pier only open during office hours.
• The work boats generally service business for ships in our harbour.
• These boats are not intended for leisure trips and are not designed for comfort.
• There is an admission charge of 50cents per person for those arriving by private charter.
• This fee is incorporated into the ferry cost for those taking the ferry.
• Camping overnight is NOT permitted on Kusu Island.
4. Facilities include:
• Two swimming lagoons
• Toilets
• Shelters
• Picnic areas
• No food on sale on the island
5. Kusu Pilgrimage season
• This season is held during the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar.
• During this time, about 100,000 pilgrims make the trip to the island.
• Ferry services, road access to Marina South Pier and other regular services may be suspended and changed.
• Check the Sentosa website and Maritime Port Authority website for the latest updates nearer the event.
• Public information on this will also be posted on the wildsingapore happenings blog.

Events in Singapore

• Singapore Food Festival
• Singapore Grand Prix
• Singapore Arts Festival
• Chingay Parade
• World Gourmet Summit
• ZoukOut
• Singapore Sun Festival
• Christmas
• Singapore Jewel Festival

Places to see in Singapore

1. Beaches and Tourist Resorts
• Three beaches on Sentosa and its southern islands.
• East Coast.

2. Culture and Cuisine
• Chinatown for Chinese treats
• Little India for Indian flavors
• Kampong Glam (Arab St) for a Malay/Arab experience
• East Coast for delicious seafood

3. History and Museums
• The Bras Basah area east of Orchard.
• North of the Singapore River: Singapore’s colonial core

4. Nature and wildlife
North and West
• Singapore Zoo
• Night Safari
• Jurong Bird Park
• Botanical Gardens
• Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
• Pulau Ubin, an island off the Changi Village in the east
• Tortoise and turtle sanctuary in the Chinese Gardens on the west side of town

5. Skyscrapers and Shopping
• Orchard Road
• Singapore River
• Bugis and Marina Bay

6. Places of Worship
• Vast Kong Meng San Phor Kark
• Monastery near Ang Mo Kio
• Colorful Sri Mariamman Hindu temple in Chinatown
• Psychedelic Burmese Buddhist Temple in Balestier
• Stately Masjid Sultan in Arab Street

Things to do in Singapore

• Golfing
• Surfing
• Scuba diving
• Ice skating
• Snow skiing
• Gambling
• Races
• Spas
• Swimming
• Water-skiing
• Wake-boarding
• Windsurfing
• Canoeing
• Cable-Skiing
• Wave surfing

Best time to visit/climate

– Singapore is located a mere 1.5 degrees north of the Equator.
– Weather is usually sunny with no distinct seasons.
– Rain falls almost daily throughout the year.
– Most rainfall occurs during the northeast monsoon (November to January).
– Between May and October, forest fires in neighboring Sumatra can also cause dense haze.
The temperature averages around:
– 30°C (84°F) daytime, 24°C (76°F) at night in December and January.
– 32°C (90°F) daytime, 26°C (81°F) at night for the rest of the year.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get to Kusu Island?

1. Nearest Bus Stop
• Bus 188R, 963R, NR1, NR6 and RWS8
• Walking 79 mins from bus stop B14519
2. Nearest MRT station
• Tanjong Pagar MRT (EW15)
• Walking 89 mins from Exit D to here

How to reach Singapore?

1. By Plane
• Singapore is one of Southeast Asia’s largest aviation hubs.
• The easiest way to enter Singapore is by air in addition to flag-carrier Singapore Airlines.
• Its regional subsidiary is SilkAir.
• Singapore is also home to low-cost carriers Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia and Scoot.
• Changi airport: The country’s main airport and major regional hub status.
• Seletar Airport: Seletar Airport is Singapore’s first airport.

2. By Road
• Singapore is linked by two land crossings to Peninsular Malaysia.
• The Causeway is very popular.

3. By Bus
There are buses to/from Kuala Lumpur (KL) and many other destinations in Malaysia through the Woodlands Checkpoint and the Second Link at Tuas.
Major operators include:
– Aeroline
– First Coach
– NiCE
– Transnasional
– Transtar

4. By Train
• Singapore is the southern terminus of Malaysia’s Keretapi Tanah Melayu network.
• There are two day trains (the Ekspres Sinaran Pagi and Ekspres Rakyat) and a sleeper service (Ekspres Senandung Malam) daily from Kuala Lumpur.
• A day train (the Lambaian Timur departing Singapore at 4:45AM).
• Sleeper (Ekspres Timuran departing at 6PM) daily along the “Jungle Railway” between Singapore and Gua Musang.

5. By Boat
Getting to/away from the ferry terminals:
• HarbourFront FT: Located next to HarbourFront MRT station.
• Tanah Merah FT: Get off at Bedok MRT station and catch bus No. 35 to ferry terminal.
• Changi FT: No bus stop nearby, take a taxi from Changi Village or Tanah Merah MRT.
• Changi Point FT: Take bus No. 2, 29 or 59 to Changi Village Bus Terminal and walk to the ferry terminal.

6. Cruises
• Star Cruises offers multi-day cruises from Singapore to points throughout Southeast Asia, departing from HarbourFront FT.
• Common destinations include: Malacca, Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Langkawi, Redang and Tioman in Malaysia, as well as Phuket,Krabi, Ko Samui and Bangkok in Thailand.
• There are also several cruises every year to Borneo (Malaysia),Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and even some 10 night long hauls to Hong Kong.

Some travel books from Amazon about Singapore

Lonely Planet Singapore Frommer’s Singapore Day by Day Malaysia and Singapore

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at hotels.online.com.sg
Hotels at expedia.co.in

Blogs / Sites about Singapore – Kusu Island

Blogs at yoursingapore.com
Blogs at wildsingapore.com
Blogs at sentosa.com.sg
Blogs and reviews at islandcruise.com.sg

Images and photos of Singapore – Kusu Island

Images at google.com
Images at streetdirectory.com
Images at wildsingapore.com
Images at images of islandcruise.com.sg

Videos of Singapore – Kusu Island

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