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PULAU UBIN - Kampong days revisited


About Pulau Ubin:

Pulau Ubin (or "Granite Island" in Malay) is an island in the Straits of Johor, separated from mainland Singapore by a 15-minute bumboat ride.
Its Malay name stems from the many quarries where granite was mined until the late 1990s. Agriculture also played an important role in the past, and coconut groves and rows of rubber trees, remnants of those days gone by, can still be found on the island.
Today Pulau Ubin is a laid-back island, where life seems to move at a slower pace. On Ubin one can still experience how life in a kampong (Malay for "village") must have been in the sixties.
 

Hornbill

 

Kampong

 

With the warbling of birds and the incessant choruses of the cicadas as ambient music, abandoned quarries and plantations, mangrove swamps and prawn ponds set the stage for an idyllic getaway for urbanites.
The island is dotted with majestic durian trees that tower over kampong houses with orchards full of banana, papaya or mango trees.
Pulau Ubin is also the only place in Singapore where hornbills are sighted regularly. And don't be surprised if you chance upon a wild boar crossing the road!
 

About the tour:

This approximately 2-hour walk is a bit like a journey into Pulau Ubins past. Get enchanted by the rustic charm of the island and capture the tranquility of village life as we walk through shady coconut groves, along prawn ponds lined with mangrove trees and past old kampong houses surrounded by vegetable gardens.
Tip: there's nothing more refreshing after a long hike than a fresh coconut!
 

Fruits

 

Sonneratia fruit

 

How to get to Pulau Ubin:

Pulau Ubin can only be reached via bumboat from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal (see map), located approximately 100 meters from the Changi Village Bus Terminal. The terminal is served by bus numbers 2, 29, 59 or 109.
Bumboats don't operate according to a fixed schedule - they depart whenever there's a full boatload of 12 passengers. The single trip is S$3.00 per person, bicycles cost extra.
Once on Pulau Ubin, you can explore the island on foot or rent bicycles.
Chek Jawa can be reached by a 40-minute hike.
 

General information:

  • Pulau Ubin Hotline: 6542 4108
  • Website: click here

 

Things to bring:

  • Drinking water
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Rain gear
  • Sun protection
  • Plastic bags to waterproof valuables and electronic gadgets
  • Comfortable walking shoes (no sandals or flip flops)
  • Binoculars (if you have)

 

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