Pulau Ubin

Price guide: Budget

Pulau Ubin, Singapore, 000701

Price guide: Budget

Pulau Ubin
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By Carmen Roberts, your Singapore expert

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#1 of 5
expert-rated things to do in Singapore
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Value for money:
4.8
4.8
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Sporty types, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, History, Sightseeing

Best for Escapists - Expert review of Pulau Ubin

Take a step back in time and visit Singapore’s last village or “kampong”.

A visit here is like taking a time warp back to the 1960s when things were much simpler, as you’ll notice from the old wooden houses. A short boat ride off the north east coast of Singapore, the best way to get here is to take a bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal.

The name Pulau Ubin means “Granite Island” in Malay, and there are around five abandoned stone quarries on the island. The best way to explore Pulau Ubin is to hire a bike and ride around the Island, although it remains a great place for a quiet stroll.

The main attraction on the island is the intertidal flat at Chek Jawa, which has extremely rare ecosystems, animals and plants.

There's also a resort on the island too.

Price advice: 

The bumboat costs $2.50 per person one-way, and there’s a $2 surcharge if you bring your own bike. While hiring a bike on the island can start at $2 for a children’s bike, and you could pay up to $10 for an adult sized mountain bike. Helmets and chains are an additional cost. Food prices are cheap on the island, especially seafood – and you’ll see lots of locals coming over at the weekends just to have a meal.

Expert tips: 
Bring insect repellant, the mosquitos are ferocious at any time of day and it’s difficult to buy on the island.
Don’t forget your sunscreen.
Bumboats don’t run to a timetable, the driver will wait for a full load of 12 people.
There are no maps on the island, but plenty of signs to show you where you are. If you want a map, print one from the website before you go.
It’s best to visit during the week if you can to avoid the crowds.
Public holidays like Chinese New Year are especially busy.
You can swim in the lagoon on the island, but you will have to pay a small fee.

More information on Pulau Ubin:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Island, National park / nature reserve, Natural wonder
Address:
Pulau Ubin, Singapore, 000701
Telephone:
+65 6542 4108
Website:
http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_visitorsguide&task=parks&id=29&Itemid=73
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Boats operate from 5:30am-9pm.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Outdoor

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