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Pulau Ubin

Pulau Ubin is fundamentally the last ‘Kampung’ (village) in Singapore. A walk around Ubin takes you back to Singapore in the 1960s, and the simpler delights in life. The moderate path begins when you join the line for the bumboat at Changi.

Pulau Ubin
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Ubin is an incredible excursion – strolling through natural streets under coconut palms, investigating shady trails in congested elastic ranches, looking at isolated shorelines and thriving mangroves. On Ubin, the air is fresher and the sights and sounds are relaxing and relieving. This makes it the perfect holiday destination, where you can bask in the shade of trees, and enjoy your tall glasses of refreshing drinks and platefuls of exotic Singaporean food.

Shaped like a boomerang, Pulau Ubin (Granite Island) is just off the north-eastern corner of Singapore. The 1,020-hectare island was at one time a bunch of five smaller islands divided by tidal streams, however the building of bunds for prawn cultivation has since united these into a single island. Two different islets, Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) and Pulau Sekudu (Frog Island), lie to its south.

Upon landing at the Ubin wharf, vistors can employ a van or rent a bike from the principle town to Chek Jawa wetlands. For the more dauntless, a stroll to Chek Jawa would take around 40 minutes. New comforts in Chek Jawa Wetlands incorporate a data booth, a promenade, a survey tower, among other amenities.

Other highlights of Pulau Ubin

Here are some of the other highlights visitors can enjoy:

House of the late Village Head.

House No. 1 (Tudor-style cottage with fireplace).

Glimpse of Pulau Sekudu (Frog Island) and views of the sea from the jetty.

‘Off the beaten track’ walking experience across Pulau Ubin.

Close look at interesting flora on Pulau Ubin.

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