Pulau Ubin is located off the shores of Singapore, but a visit to this island is worth it if you’ve ever wondered how the country looked like in the past. Gear up for an island adventure and check out our guide on the best things to see and do in Pulau Ubin.
The Island Essentials
We recommend heading to Pulau Ubin early in the morning when the temperatures are cooler, especially since the bumboat schedules are not fixed, which might make it slightly difficult to plan if you are travelling in groups. To get there, you would need to board a bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal for $3 per ride, which lasts between 15 to 20 minutes.
It is also recommended that you stock up on the essentials: sunblock lotion, insect repellent and a bottle of water.
Renting A Bicycle
You can expect a mix of flat and rough terrains in Pulau Ubin, which is why a bicycle is the best option to move around and navigate. Bike rentals in Pulau Ubin are not as costly, just $7 – 10 gets you a decent mountain bike for the rest of the day. When riding, do look out for wild animals, potholes or drains along the way to keep yourself safe!
View Marine Wildlife at Chek Jawa
Chek Jawa is one of the main attractions of Pulau Ubin and happens to be one of the largest conglomeration of wildlife due to the different ecosystems that thrive in the area. To access Chek Jawa, you would need to park your bicycle and travel by foot since the boardwalks are fragile and narrow. Chek Jawa mostly consists of mangroves, rocky shores and a sandy shore. During low tide, expect to see the small marine creatures like the mudskipper, crabs, barnacles and smaller fish.
For a richer understanding of the wildlife in Check Jawa, there are guided walking tours that you can join with an expert.
Explore The Mangroves With Kayaks
If you prefer exploring from a unique point of view, why not rent a kayak and navigate your way through deep mangroves like a true adventurer? Offered by Adventures by Asian Detours, The expeditions are broken up into three main difficulty levels (and corresponding session times), costing between $79 and $95 for adults. Together with your expedition leader, you can look forward to a fun and challenging adventure and discover first-hand how complex and beautiful mangroves are.
Set Up Your Camping Ground
With no nearby hotels or accommodations to unwind after a long adventure, you can consider camping on the grounds of Pulau Ubin. There are no permits required to camp in Pulau Ubin, but be sure to have sufficient battery, food and water throughout to last you through the night.
Be Spontaneous and Immerse Yourself
With daily life getting more and more stressful every day, an afternoon of adventure in Pulau Ubin can serve as a welcoming break from the digital world. The island has a rustic charm and a tranquil demeanour that can be traced all the way back to Singapore’s origins as a fishing village. There are locals that live on the island and, if you have the chance, do speak to them to find out more about their lives, and, who knows, you might even uncover stories that even Singaporeans may not know.