Pulau Ubin, Singapore literally means Granite Island in Malay language. In the 1960s, Granite quarrying supported a few thousand settlers on this island. Today, there are still about one hundred villages living here. Pulau Ubin is located just 10 minutes bumboat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal, visitors can get to this small island situated in the north east of Singapore. Pulau Ubin has the kind of the old “Kampong” (refers to village in Malay language) that Singapore was in the 1960s. The main attraction to this island is Chek Jawa wetland and the wildlife paradise. Visitors can experience the rich ecosystem during low tide in Chek Jawa .
On 8 July 2007, Chek Jawa was reopened with new & better observation facilities like the coastal boardwalk and Jejawi tower. Rent a bicycle or bring your own to experience the life here. Otherwise, board a van for S$12 (private hire with a driver / one way) to Chek Jawa.
Go when the tide is low … otherwise you will still enjoy the beautiful ocean view.
To enjoy the natural vegetation and the laidback kampong atmosphere, you should try leisure walking or cycling. Bicycles can be rented at the village. The trails have been upgraded to facilitate trekking and basic amenities like toilets and shelters are available for the convenience of visitors.
- Pulau Ubin is a wilderness area.
- Be responsible for your own personal safety.
- Keep away from granite quarries, ponds and rivers.
- Avoid feeding, harassing or capturing any wild animals.
- Consult the National Parks Board if you are planning a group activity.
- Refrain from setting up any markers, checkpoints or signs without authorization.
Opening Hours of Information Kiosk:
Open daily from 8:30pm to 5:00pm
Opening Hours of Chek Jawa:
Open daily from 8:30pm to 6:00pm
best to go during low tide (Tide Schedule)
Bumboat ride costs S$2.50 per person (a minimum of 12 passengers to depart).
Bicycle extra S$2.00 per piece.
My advise is to go on weekends & public holidays as these are peak periods. Going on a weekday (or non-peak period) means you have to wait for 12 passengers for the bumboat to depart. If you do not want to wait, pay S$24 for the whole bumboat to take you & your group to the island.