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    Located at the extreme east of Singapore, Pulau Ubin is considered to be the last village or ‘kampung’ in their language, of the Lion city. A striking contrast to the mainland, Pulau Ubin has preserved its simplistic lifestyle at its organic best.

    The granite treasure trove for the world, since, British discovery of Pulau Ubin, the island also has a beautiful myth about its origin and inception. The locals believe that three animals competed with each other to reach the Johor shores with the condition that the defaulter will turn into a stone. The story unfolds further as none of these animals could reach the shores due to the many challenges they faced on their way which resulted in turning the elephant and the pig together into Pulau Ubin and the frog into Pulau Sekudu or Frog Island.

    How To Reach Pulau Ubin

    boat ride ferry from the coast

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    Pulau Ubin is just a 15 minute boat ride apart from the mainland. Bumboats are available at Changi Point ferry Terminal everyday from 5:30 AM – 9PM. The beats ply on an interval as soon as they have 12 occupants on board. The charges are fixed at $3 per person and $2 extra for carrying bicycle. Go prepared with enough cash in your pocket and make your own makeshift arrangements in case you want to spend the night there as there is no option available for lodging.

    Things To Do At Pulau Ubin

    The rustic and unflinchingly organic environment of Pulau Ubin is just the reverse of what we find in the mainland of Singapore. So much so that you don’t even get to see any concrete building or cemented roads. The true charm of this island lies in the wooden houses and boats, the close-to-the-earth lifestyle of the inhabitants, peaceful and harmonious co-existence of the man and the wild and essentially the undeterred nature in its full glory. Even though, the tourism industry is yet to set foot in a full-fledged manner and developments are still on the cards, Pulau Ubin has enjoyed a good share of tourists who find this island to be a suitable place for camping and other outdoor activities.

    1. Treat the nature lover in you at Chek Jawa

    a pristine rocky beach

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    At the south-eastern edge of Pulau Ubin, lie the cape of Chek Jawa. A stretch of 100 hectare of wetland, Chek Java boasts of a pristine rocky beach, seagrass lagoon, mangroves, coastal forest and coral reef that constitute the seven interdependent ecosystems – are still untouched and undeterred by man. Each of these has several endemic flora and fauna that has enticed photographers and nature lovers since time immemorial.


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    2. Visit the Pekan Quarry

    a picturesque site of a lake

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    The world’s storehouse for granite, Pulau Ubin has many non-operational granite quarries that have been filled with water or vegetation. One such site is Pekan Quarry, which has been turned into a beautiful lake. It is a picturesque site that also provides awesome bird watching experience.

    3. Spend time on the Butterfly Hill

    spot known for the nature conservation

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    Yet another spot known for the nature conservation, there are 140 varieties of beautiful fluttering butterflies that include the rarities such as Black Veined Tiger, the endemic Dwarf Crow and Common Bluebottle.

    4. Soothe your senses at Sensory Trail

    Sensory Trail is a treat for your senses

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    True to its name, Sensory Trail is a treat for your senses. This is where you can see, touch, feel and smell the widest variety of plants and trees. A stroll across the 1.5 kilometers of stretch and you can enhance your knowledge about some of the native plants, herbs, spices and fruit bearing trees.

    5. Go for mountain biking

    experience for thrill loving tourist

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    The natural terrain of Pulau Ubin has a lot in store for bikers. The rocky slopes of Puaka Hill offer a adrenaline provoking experience for trill loving tourist. The biking trails at Pulau Ubin were designed by International Mountain Bicycling Association implementing its Trail Difficulty Rafting System with the purpose to provide indication to the bikers about the complexity the route offers in terms of obstacles lying ahead and the stability of the terrain.

    6. Enjoy kayaking

    thrilling experience

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    Kayaking through the water at Pulau Ubin is another exhilarating experience that thrill seekers indulge in. Kayaking through the mangroves will give you an opportunity to take a sneak peel into the flora and fauna on the land as well as in the water. Numerous kayak tours are organized that also include a full day insect kayaking as well as a 4-hour mangrove kayaking course. The exotic and thrilling experience will make you enriched and rejuvenated at the end of it.

    Nature Conservation Projects At Pulau Ubin

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    Pulau Ubin is a place where you can enjoy opulence of nature. The other aspect of this island that makes us alive and awake is about the conservation of the natural resources. Pulau Ubin is seat for two conservation of two endemic species namely the hornbill and seahorse. In an attempt to revive oriental pied hornbill from the mouth of extinction, the national Biodiversity Center and Wildlife Reserves Singapore has joined hands to make arrangements for natural breeding process by creating artificial nests. The other project involves the National Biodiversity Center along with some nature groups who are monitoring the growing population of the seahorse and the pipefish.

    From the time you disembark the bumboats to enter Pulau Ubin to the time you are ready to board the ferry to return to the mainland, the apparently humble looking island of Pulau Ubin offers you quiet a bunch of experience. It is a compact place that offers a picturesque view, a shrug of shoulders with the wildlife, quite a bit of adventure sort and a thriving culture that knows how to value nature and stay close to it. In short, the small island of Pulau Ubin packs quite a punch for its visitors.

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