Pulau Ubin is a small island having an area of about 10 sq.km and is located around 10 minutes from the Singapore mainland. This island is a peaceful getaway far from the hustle and bustle of city life in Singapore. With its coconut palm trees, mangroves, wildlife like octopuses, cuttlefishes, sea hares and the likes, the island is quite a natural reserve.
Ubin island is the regarded as one of the last outposts where the urbanization of Singapore hasn’t reached yet. The government has ensured that the biodiversity of the area is protected through it’s numerous projects.
While there are a few tarmac roads where minibuses and jeeps ply on the island, the best way to get around is on cycle. And so all of us set out for cycling. While the place is a haven for those who cycle regularly, the gravel tracks and steep slopes made things quite difficult for amateur cyclists like me so much so that I narrowly avoided injury during a fall as a hit a few stones.
Chek Jawa is the name given to a set of mangroves on the south eastern tip of Pulau Ubin. A boardwalk runs across it and it’s quite famous for it’s varied sea life.
If you are looking to lose yourself in nature’s arms, then Pulau Ubin is the place for you.
Take the MRT to the Tanah Merah station. From there catch the bus number 2 and alight at the Changi Point Ferry Terminal. Take the bumboat to Pulau Ubin. The ticket costs SGD 3.
Bicycles are available at Pulau Ubin starting from SGD 2 depending on the bike condition.