Top 5 reasons to visit Pulau Ubin
All it takes is a 15-minute bumboat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal to be transported away from bustle of the city and back in time to 1960s Singapore.
Shaped like a boomerang, the 1,020-hectare island of Pulau Ubin is home to Singapore’s last village, as well as the Chek Jawa Wetlands, one of Singapore’s richest ecosystems. Plus, there’s so much to see and do while you’re there!
1. Explore the great outdoors
Outdoor activities abound ranging from camping, hiking and kayaking to easy cycling or challenging bike trails.
Cycle around the island to look for native wildlife such as wild boar, water monitors and monkeys. Go past fruit farms, mangroves and beaches and learn about the way of life at Ubin as you interact with local villagers along the way.
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If you’re an adventurous biker or thrill seeker, you can head further west towards Ketam Mountain Bike Path. This trail winds across 10 kilometres, with challenging slopes and rock-littered descents. A great challenge for even the most seasoned sports enthusiast.
Push yourself a little further and try out some open sea kayaking. Head to Ketam Island by starting from the southern end of Pulau Ubin and traveling westwards along the coast. Common sightings on this adventure include flocks of grey herons, families of otters and schools of fish.
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2. Experience the culture of yesteryear
Find out more about the island’s cultural heritage and quaint town with its school kampong (village) houses, wooden buildings and old-fashioned shops on a leisurely 2 hour walk along a 2.2km trail.
Stroll through the spice trees around Jelutong campsite, stop at Butterfly Hill, Pekan Quarry, Sensory Trail Ponds, Kampong House, Old Bin Kiang School site, Toa Pek Kong Temple and end at the Wayang Stage. Visit the 80 year old Wei Tuo Fa Gong temple which evolved from a private residential house to become a public temple during the 1950s.
3. Get up close to natureHome to diverse habitats and teeming ecosystems, Ubin’s the perfect destination for nature lovers and conservationists.
Visit the Ubin Fruit Orchard - the first fruit tree arboretum on the island. This was previously a fruit orchard belonging to a resident on the island. Here you will find a collection of approx. 350 fruit trees that used to be planted in kampongs, such as rambutan and starfruit trees.
Cycle to Chek Jawa Wetlands (about 3 km from the public jetty) and experience a unique natural area where six major ecosystems meet! Sandy beach, rocky beach, seagrass lagoon, coral rubble, mangroves and coastal forest. Take a walk along the boardwalks to appreciate the rich biodiversity seven days a week, between 8.30am and 6.00pm.
4. Indulge in local homemade food
Whether you feel like seafood, Malay or Chinese food, a quick snack or delicious fruit you’ll be able to satisfy your appetite in Ubin.
Encik Ali bin Montail's eating establishment which ahs been around for over 30 years specialises in Malay food and is well known for their lontong. Sold only on Sundays, it quickly sells out quickly! Homemade mee rebus, mee siam and nasi lemak are also available.
The first restaurant you see when you arrive is the Cheong Lian Yuen Chinese restaurant, which serves seafood and has seating by the beach. In the middle of town is a little restaurant run by two sisters, called the Sisters' restaurant. Here they serve homestyle food and seafood, as does Ah Lian's restaurant which has a seaview of the Jetty.
You’ll find fresh coconuts, deserts like ice kacang, and snacks like kacang putih and curry puffs for sale in the Town Centre.
And of course, the freshest fruits of the season straight from Ubin’s orchards. Ubin's durians are said to be among the best! You can also enjoy rambutans, mangosteens, chempedak (jackfruit), local coconuts and other local specialities such as chiku.
5. Incredible ‘insta-worthy’ spots
If you’re serious about photography or if you looking for some great shots for your next social media post, you’ll come across some amazing photographic opportunities as you explore the island and participate in activities.
Capture a picture-perfect moment at Pekan Quarry at sunset at the former quarry which is now a beautiful aqua-coloured lake, surrounded by granite hills and lush greenery and home to otters, dragonflies and various species of birds.
Brag about your hiking achievements with a shot on Puaka Hill or take a selfie at the Pulau Ubin Tree which looks out into the sea (by the way….it’s also a great secret location for a picnic!). Get that winning shot on the kayak, on your walk or in the orchards!
Enjoy travel with a different perspective
Pulau Ubin may not have the white sandy beaches and romance you’d expect of an island, yet its charm makes it a magical island to explore. A place to do something different and to discover countless, hidden experiences whether you’re nature lover, after a walk back in time, a thrill seeker or just after a great day out!
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