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Guide to Pulau Ubin

No passports needed for this quick getaway from the city. We break down the best things to do on this offshore island

It may not have the white sandy beaches you’d expect of an island, but the eccentricity and charm of Pulau Ubin makes it a magical place to travel to. One of the two remaining kampongs in Singapore (the other being Kampong Buangkok in Yio Chu Kang), this island is just a 15-minute boat ride away from the mainland. Whether you’re a nature lover or a thrill seeker, here’s how you can soak in the tranquillity and discover a myriad of hidden treasures on the island.

For the nature lover

A paradise for nature lovers, Pulau Ubin has plenty to offer with its lush greenery and abundant wildlife. Go bird-watching, visit the abandoned quarries and learn more about its native plants as you roam around the island.

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For the adventurous explorer

If you love history and ecosystems, head to the East of the island to check out old restored houses and the Chek Jawa wetlands. Don't miss climbing up the 20-metre tall Jejawi Tower for a bird's-eye view of Ubin.

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For the thrill seeker

From manoeuvring tricky slopes on Ubin's mountain biking trails to kayaking around the island and hiking up the rocky and steep Puaka Hill, there's lots of activities to get your heart-pumping among these natural terrains.

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Essential things to note

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How to get there

How to get there

To get to Ubin, board a bumboat at Changi Point Ferry Terminal (daily, 5.30am-9pm). Boat fares are priced at $3/person for a single trip and each ride takes about 15 minutes. Take note that the boats to Ubin run on an irregular schedule as they only depart once they have 12 people on board. Fees are paid directly to the driver and are collected before the boat jets off. An extra $2 is charged if you bring along a bicycle.

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Withdraw cash beforehand

Withdraw cash beforehand

There are no ATMs on the island, so be sure you’ve got all the cash you need for the trip before jumping on a boat to Ubin. The nearest POSB and OCBC cash machines are located near the Changi Village hawker centre

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If you're planning to stay overnight

If you're planning to stay overnight

Sleep beneath the stars by pitching your tent at any of the two camping sites: Jelutong and Mamam. Jelutong is situated closest to the village and faces the mainland, while Mamam is further north of the island. Both locations have toilet facilities nearby, however Jelutong is the only spot that is equipped to accommodate a campfire. 

If you're planning to stay overnight then pop by the Pulau Ubin Police Post to register your stay with the island's officials.

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