August 2012
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Sisters’ Island – two of the Southern Islands in Singapore.

The Sisters’ Islands are two of the Southern Islands in Singapore that are located to the south of the main island of Singapore and off the Straits of Singapore.

Overview of Sisters Island

• Big Sister’s Island is about 39,000 square metres (9.6 acres) in area.
• This island is also known as Pulau Subar Laut in Malay.
• This island faces the open sea.
• The Little Sister’s Island is about 17,000 m2 (4.2 acres) in area.
• This is also known as Pulau Subar Darat in Malay.
• This island faces the mainland.
• The two islands are separated by a narrow channel.
• Currents through this channel can be very dangerous to swimmers and divers.

Essential Information

OPENING HOURS: Daily 24 hrs
ADMISSION FEE :Adult $15, Child $12
FEATURES : Free admission, Family friendly
GOOD FOR : Nature, Wildlife
RECOMMENDED FOR : Something Different, Scenic View

Island Hopping

• Sisters’ Islands which is to the south of the main island of Singapore is another great place for snorkeling and camping.
• Sisters’ Islands are made up of two islands – Big Sister’s Island (3.9 hectares), and Little Sister’s Island (1.7 hectares).
• The islands were struck apart when two sisters were drowned while escaping from a pirate chief who abducted one of the girls to marry. Hence, the naming of the islands.
• The islands are separated by a narrow channel.
• These islands are popular with picnic-goers because of their shady palm trees and beach shelters.
• Swimmers and snorkelers can also indulge themselves here.
• The fantastic reefs are filled with marine life.
• Camping is also another favorite past-time here.
• Remember to get a permit before going on the way.
• Getting here is via chartered boat from the Marine South Pier.
• Plan a day off the main island and have a picnic over at the Sisters’ Islands.

Essential Information
• Admission to the island is free.
• Camping overnight requires a permit from Sentosa Leisure Group (SLG).
• There is no charge for the permit.
• More on the Sentosa website.
• It is advisable to consult SLG if you are bringing large groups even if it’s just a day trip.

Facilities on each island include:
• Two swimming lagoons
• Toilets
• Shelters

Present Scenario
• The Sisters’ Islands’ beaches and warm blue waters make snorkeling a favorite activity at the islands.
• The islands are also popular with picnickers and campers.
• The islands are home to some of Singapore’s richest reefs.
• A wide variety of corals can be found in the waters surrounding the islands.
• Common sea life that can be found include the giant clam, the seahorse and the octopus.
• Big Sister’s Island is home to some long-tailed macaques.

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.

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How to get to 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

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