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Pulau Ubin – a small island situated in the north east of Singapore.

Pulau Ubin is a small island (10.19 km²) situated in the north east of Singapore, to the west of Pulau Tekong.

Overview of Pulau Ubin

• Granite quarrying supported a few thousand settlers on Pulau Ubin in the 1960s.
• It is one of the last rural areas to be found in Singapore.
• It has an abundant natural flora and fauna.
• The name Pulau Ubin literally means “Granite Island” in Malay.
• The name explains the many abandoned granite quarries there.
• The word ubin is said to be a Javanese term for “squared stone”.
• To the Malays, the island is also known as Pulau Batu Ubin, or “Granite Stone Island”.
• The rocks on the island were used to make floor tiles in the past and were called Jubin.
• The island is known as chioh sua in Hokkien, which means “stone hill”.
• A stroll through Ubin takes you back to Singapore in the 1960’s.
• The slow lane starts as soon as you join the queue for the bumboat at Changi.
• Ubin is a great day trip spent walking or pedaling through rustic roads under swaying coconut palms.
• The trip is filled with exploring shady trails in overgrown rubber plantations, checking out secluded beaches and flourishing mangroves.
• Chek Jawa is a major draw but there’s lots of other stuff to do on Ubin too.
• At Ubin Jetty, you can hire a van to take you there.
• The vans usually charge $2/person for 12 persons, one-way.
• The van will drop you off at Punai Hut and you’ll have to walk the rest of the way to the Chek Jawa.
• You can also hire a bicycle and cycle to Chek Jawa.

Essential Information

• Admission to the island is free.
• There is no opening or closing hours.
• Regular services only run during daylight hours.
• The NParks Information Kiosk is open 8.30am-5pm.
• Bumboats to and from Pulau Ubin, and public transport on the island operate from sunrise to sunset.

Contact Information
• Ubin NParks: 65424108
• Ubin coastguard: 65428664

Pulau Ubin Offers

– Kampong life
– Village life
– Wayang stage (wayangs are held in the 7th lunar month)
– Sensory Trail
– Biking through the island
– Abandoned granite quarries
– Abandoned rubber estates
– Chek Jawa, an inter-tidal marine ecosystem
– Outward Bound School
– Campsites (no permits needed)
– Bird-watching. Lots of bird life, including the White-bellied Sea Eagle, Oriental Pied Hornbills, bulbuls, etc.
– Wild life – wild boars!!
– Mangrove swamps.
– Farms
– Great photography opportunities

Some special points of Palau Ubin

• Pulau Ubin offers, a travel into the time tunnel of the 1960’s.
• Electricity are from stand alone diesal operated generators and drinking.
• Water from the wells.
• Offering them a glimpse into how was life lived during their parents and grandparents era.
• Pulau Ubin is a santuary for those nature lovers.
• Photography bugs.
• An outdoor weekend getway from the hustle bustle.
• Pulau Ubin is just 10 minutes boat ride away from the Singpapore Island.

Activities Available On Pulau Ubin
• Cycling to various destinations on the island.
• Mountain biking at purpose designed tracks with routes of varying degree of difficulty.
• Visit to chek jawa which is at the eastern tip of Pulau Ubin – about an hour on foot or about 40 minutes riding a bicycle or about 10 minutes by a van ($4-$6 per person each way).
• Tracking on the island – following the road and established paths.
• Bird watching.
• Nature photography and nature walk.
• Fishing.
• Stars gazing.
• Camping at designated campsites (with toilet facilites).
• Enjoying a seafood meal.
• Sampling local durians (only during fruiting season).

Chek Jawa
The beauty of Chek Jawa is that several different ecosystems can be seen in one small area. These ecosystems and the plants and animals found there are no longer common in Singapore.

Coastal Hill Forest
You may spot rare birds here:
• Oriental pied-hornbill
• Red junglefowl
Unusual trees
• Critically Endangered Delek air tree
• Seashore nutmeg

Fiddler crabs and mudskippers are the highlight of a visit to the mangroves.
• Rocky shore
• Sandy shore and sand bar
• Seagrass lagoon
• Coral Rubble Area

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 Pulau Ubin?

Pulau Ubin is off Changi Point, accessible via Changi jetty (public bumboats) and Marina Country Club (guests of Ubin Lagoon Resort).
• One could take the MRT and alight at Tanah Merah Station to take Bus No . 2 to the Changi Bus Interchange.
• The Changi Point F erry Terminal is about 3 minutes walk from the Changi Bus Interchange.
• The Changi Point Ferry Terminal caters to travellers to Pulau Ubin as well as to Penggarang situated at the eastern tip of Johore.
• One could take the lift at the Changi Point Ferry Terminal or walk down a flight of stairs to the arrival and departure hall, for visitor to Pulau Ubin, no immigration clearance and custom checks are carried out.
• Custom checks however are conducted by way of a scanner for all those returning to Singapore Main Island.
• There are benches for visitors awaitng for departure and one should wait there for the bumboat operator, who would check out with those waiting visitors about one’s destination.
• The bumboat operator will tally those going to pulau ubin and once he gathers 12 passengers, he will signal embarkation to his bumboat.
• One should get ready the exact amount ie $ 2.50 per passenger.
• The bumboat operator will collect from his passengers the fee either when all boarded or prior to disembarkation at Pulau Ubin.
• Bumboats operate from Changi Point Ferry Terminal from about 6am until about 8pm.

How to reach Singapore?

The East-West MRT runs the length of the East Coast all the way from the center to Pasir Ris and Changi Airport.
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

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