An island untouched by urban life
Pulau Ubin is a 10-kilometre-square haven of lush vegetation located to the north-east of Singapore. Everything on the island exudes authenticity, from its rustic kampungs (the area's traditional villages) to its fruit farms, not forgetting its luxuriant mangroves and their native wildlife. This destination offers a multitude of itineraries to help you discover all its very many riches. It is the perfect place to roam surrounded by nature, either on foot or by bike, far from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
Your getaway begins at the ferry terminal in Changi Village where you hop on a boat for the ten-minute crossing to the island. As you get off, you will see the first kampung with its wooden seafood restaurants, its grocery stores from yesteryear and its numerous stalls selling refreshing coconut juice. To really get to know this place and its many treasures, you would do well to call on the services of a local certified guide, readily available at the village's information kiosk.
Changi Point Ferry Terminal
51 Lorong Bekukong
+65 6545 1616
Great escape to the hills of Ubin
Have you brought a good pair of walking shoes with you? Well, slip them on and get ready to conquer Puaka Hill, 74 metres above sea level. Take one of the steep paths weaving between the rocks to reach its green summit. After about a 20-minute walk, you will come to a view lifted straight from a picture postcard. On your way back down, taking the same path, visit the Wei Tuo Fa Gong Buddhist temple.
In Malay, Pulau Ubin means ‘granite island', so your next stop should be Ketam Quarry, one of the many abandoned stone quarries. Take a break to marvel at what was left behind once the rock was extracted. There is a pit almost 40 metres deep filled with rainwater and hemmed in by dense vegetation, which has become the perfect habitat for different species of birds and colourful fish. Continue on your way and you will get to German Girl Shrine. According to local legend, the daughter of a coffee plantation owner fell into a nearby quarry and became a Taoist deity, supposed to bring good luck and good health.
Now, head over to the east of the island and take a well-deserved break in the fruit plantations of Jalan Ubin and then chill out on the wild and pristine beach of Chek Jawa. Stretch your legs on the long wooden promenade jutting out over the waves. It is like stepping back in time, just a few minutes from the clamour and commotion in the megalopolis of Singapore.
224J Jln Endut Senin,
+65 6542 4108
Wei Tuo Fa Gong
224J Jln Endut Senin,
+65 6542 6541
German Girl Shrine