Chek Jawa

Price guide: Budget

Pulau Ubin, Singapore, 000702

Price guide: Budget

Mangroves
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By Carmen Roberts, your Singapore expert

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#3 of 5
expert-rated things to do in Singapore
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Singles, Sporty types, Chilling out, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife

Expert review of Chek Jawa

A wetland wonder to delight any nature enthusiast.

Chek Jawa is a 100-hectare wetlands on the eastern coast of Pulau Ubin, there are six unique ecosystems in one area – sandy beach, rocky beach, seagrass lagoon, coral rubble, mangroves, and coastal forest. The best way to get to Chek Jawa is to rent a van or bicycle once you alight from the bumboat at Pulau Ubin. If you enjoy walking, Chek Jawa is about a 40-minute walk from the main village.

There’s a 1.1 km boardwalk that runs along the coast and mangrove area as well as 20-metre tall viewing tower offers you a chance to observe the birdlife, including the Collared Kingfisher and Straw-headed Bulbul. You can also book a guided tour or visit the Visitor Centre and viewing jetty for more educational information. Be warned, if you want to book a guided tour, they are largely dependent on the tides and can be booked out months in advance.

Chek Jawa has been slated for land reclamation since 1992, but since then, nature enthusiasts have been vocal in the preservation of this important wetland treasure. And as a consequence, the government has since put their plans on hold, for the time being.
 

Price advice: 

Entry is free, but guided tours cost $60 per group with a maximum of 15 people. Bookings are taken on a half yearly basis.

Expert tips: 
Make sure you hire a mountain bike in the main village, as the track to Chek Jawa is off road.
Bring insect repellant, because it’s difficult to get hold of on the island.
Check the tide times, it’s best to visit at low tide to maximize your chances of seeing wildlife and marine life.
Be sure to check out House Number 1, otherwise known as the Visitor Centre – a tudor-style house built in the 1930s.

More information on Chek Jawa:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
National park / nature reserve, Natural wonder, Zoo / wildlife park / aquarium
Address:
Pulau Ubin, Singapore, 000702
Telephone:
1800 - 471 7300 or +65 6524 4108 to book a guided walk
Website:
http://www.nparks.gov.sg
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Mon-Sun 8:30am -6pm.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Outdoor

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