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Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

It’s been a while since I last went to Pulau Ubin to cycle so I decided to head off and explore on a Sunday morning. As it was a Sunday, the parking lots around Changi Point Ferry Terminal (near Changi Village Hawker Centre) was free-of-charge so it took a while for me to get a parking lot as all the lots were taken up. To get to Pulau Ubin, you need to take a bum-boat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Once you reach Changi Point Ferry Terminal, go down the stairs and join the queue for Pulau Ubin (by referring to the signboards). Be sure to join the correct queue for Pulau Ubin as the terminal also serves those going to Pengerang, Johor. The bum-boats will only leave when there have 12 passengers and each trip cost S$2.50/person. You can also bring your own bicycle on-board for another S$2 extra.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

On the bum-boat leaving Changi Point Ferry Terminal for Pulau Ubin. Whenever I go for an outdoor trip, I will bring along a backpack. What I had in my backpack – 1.5L of mineral water (you can still buy in Palau Ubin), plastic bags (to protect my electronics if it rains), disposable rain coat, sun screen, insect repellant, biscuits/snacks and camera. What I was wearing – T-shirt, bermuda and covered shoes. It going to be hot so make sure you have a breathable T-shirt.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

After 10mins of bum-boat ride, I reached the Ubin Jetty. Walking along the walkway into Pulau Ubin.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

A “Welcome To Pulau Ubin” at the end of Ubin Jetty walkway. Oh yes, admission to the island is free.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

I went straight to the NParks Information Kiosk, where you can pick up pamphlets and maps for Pulau Ubin and Chek Jawa Wetlands. You can also speak to the NParks officers to get some tips on how to spend your day at Pulau Ubin. I did ask the NParks officers about the tide – not for swimming but more related to visiting Chek Jawa. 🙂

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

If you leave Ubin Jetty and turn left (westwards), you will see Pak Ali’s Malay Stall – which I have decided to take my breakfast here.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Lontong at Pak Ali’s Malay Stall S$2.80 – I heard it was the best in Singapore and only available on Sunday!

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

You can rent a bicycle from the numerous bicycle rental kiosks between the jetty and the village center. Whole day rental prices varies from S$2 (older models) to S$20 (newer models with more features such as disc brakes, front suspension, back suspension, etc). The normal ones are usually between S$2 to S$5 but I went for a slightly newer model (as above) for S$8. Be sure to ask for bicycle locks (S$2 refundable deposit) and shop owner’s contact number (to get help if any breakdown happens).

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Stop by Pekan Quarry (along Jalan Batu Ubin) to admire the scenery. No swimming please. 😛

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Some bamboo growth.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Keep left when cycling on any paved road as there are vehicles using the same road as well! This is along Jalan Noordin.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

On the paved cycling route, there are huts available for taking shelter as well as breather. Usually there are location maps beside the huts as well.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

National Police Cadet Corps Campsite. Notice the obstacle course on the right?

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Coastal area at the end of Jalan Noordin. From the map, this area was also known as “Noordin Campsite”.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

There are various public toilets around Pulau Ubin but please note that the water supplied are not safe for drinking.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

A villager’s home on Pulau Ubin.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Most of the public toilets here in Pulau Ubin are powered by Solar energy. You can see the solar panels on top of the building.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Uncle relaxing in the shade while awaiting for his catch. This is at Mamam Campsite.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

On the other side, 2 person are doing some cooking and another 2 curious on-lookers glancing at it. Maybe the aroma smells fabulous! Wahahaha!

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Also I noticed some structure out in the sea, might be a Kelong!

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

From Mamam Campsite, I made my way to Chek Jawa (Punai Hut). From Beberek Hut onwards, all are gravel roads.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Halfway up to Chek Jawa Wetlands (Punai Hut), I took a rest in the shade. Some other folks are also taking a breather and admiring the scene too.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

This is the scene which we are admiring while resting – Balai Quarry.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Sometimes when the slope is too steep, cyclists (including myself) will get off the bicycle and push it instead. It is so much easier this way!

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Arrived at Punai Hut, this is where you have to park and lock your bicycles. The rest of the journey to Chek Jawa Wetlands will have to be on foot.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Information Kiosk at Chek Jawa. Vending machine for cold drinks is available here.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Decided to explore Coastal Boardwalk first. Signboard for No Fishing, No Swimming, No Running, No Cycling.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Coastal Boardwalk stretches around 600 meters along the coastline of Chek Jawa and allows you to view various lifeforms or habitats without getting wet.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

At various parts of the Coastal Boardwalk, there are steel grilles on the floor instead of the usual solid wooden platforms so as to allow you to see through the opening into the seabed. There is more to see during a low tide so please do check for a low tide (believe <0.5m is preferred) before your visit. During my visit, it was all high-tide as I only checked it at NParks Information Kiosk when I reach Pulau Ubin. 🙁

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Along the Coastal Boardwalk, there are various information signboard as such for visitors to read and learn. Coral Rubble is what you can see if the tide is low.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Continuing on will be the 500 meters Mangrove Boardwalk.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Typical mangroves found in Pulau Ubin and are an important part of the ecosystem.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Numerous mud moulds made by mud lobster can be seen along the boardwalk. Can you spot the crab in the photo?

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

21-metre high Jejawi Observation Tower. Do spend some time to climb up as it offer fantastic views!

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

On the top of Jejawi Tower – perfect spot for bird watching or just admiring the panoramic view of Chek Jawa.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

House No 1 – Chek Jawa Visitor Centre. This was built in 1930s by the then Chief Surveyor, Langdon Williams as a holiday retreat.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Going through House No 1 and you will come to a viewing jetty which stretches into the sea.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

At the end of the Viewing Jetty. On the far top-right is Pulau Sekudu.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Had a peek behind the signboard and found a solar panel. Believe that it’s used to power the small light beacon at night.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Spotted a large spider on the floor. Looks menacing man!

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Almost at the end of my trip already, so I took a rest at Ubin First Stop Restaurant and ordered a cold 100plus drink. I was slowly sipping the drink and watching the people go by. Directly opposite is the Wayang Stage – used to be a classroom for kids but now more commonly used for Chinese opera performances during Chinese Seventh Lunar Month (Hungry Ghost Festival).

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

On the right side of where I was seated, there are some bicycle rental shops as well as provision shops.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Ubin First Stop Restaurant – There was quite a crowd during then and most are digging into seafood while having beer/wine/champagne. Must be really enjoyable!

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

My late lunch at Ubin First Stop Restaurant – Seafood Hor Fun S$4.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Finished my lunch, then I returned the bicycle and got back my deposit of S$2 for the lock. Walk back to Ubin Jetty and waited for more passengers to make up 12 persons.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

The interior of the bum-boat that I took back to Changi Point Ferry Terminal. Did you see the regular plastic chair they using? Wahahaha! Anyway, I purposely took my time and not cover the whole of Ubin during this trip as I very much wanted to come back again. I really had a fun time!

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

After I reached Changi Point Ferry Terminal, went to Changi Village Hawker Centre to buy some afternoon snacks home. Going for something light so settled for Chwee Kueh.

Exploring Pulau Ubin Singapore

Auntie preparing my order of Chwee Kueh (6pcs) with lots of diced preserved radish at S$1.50. Nice!

Photos on this blog post are taken on Panasonic DMC-LX3K 10.1MP Digital Camera.

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  • Suri Lunde

    Thank you so much for the blog and photos. My husband and I are planning to visit Pulau Ubin on out next trip to Singapore. This is an invaluable source for our daytrip.

    • Hi Suri

      Thanks for viewing my blog. Glad that it’s of help to you. As with every outdoor activity, remember to bring the essentials (water, sun screen, insect repellent, etc). Have fun and enjoy your trip to Singapore!

  • I happen to come across your blog, and enjoyed this post. The picture of Pak Ali’s stall is just wonderful : cheery and nostalgic.

    • Hi Sharifah, glad that you enjoyed it. Hope I can find some time to go eat at Pak Ali’s stall again!

  • Chun Min Tay

    Google brought me here! Nice writeup, wanted to find out more about Ubin (only been there once for Scouts), and your blog really covered a lot about it! 😀 oh and, your photos are all tilted XD