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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

Pulau Ubin
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By Sofiana Ramli |

Sure, it may not have the white sandy beaches you’d expect of an island like Gili Island or Phuket, nor is it exactly the day trip holiday getaway you would imagine 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.

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Things to do

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.

Chek Jawa, Pulau Ubin
Photo: Donn Tan
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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. No matter where you are, the view is always going to be great.

Tan Leong Kit, Ubin
Photo: Donn Tan
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People of Pulau Ubin

They say the people make the place. Though it is only a 15-minute boat ride, life on Ubin is so different. If you wanted a glimpse of Singapore in the early days, this is the closest you'll get. Get to know the locals who are still residing on this tiny island.

Pekan Quarry, Pulau Ubin
Photo: Donn Tan
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Instagram-worthy spots in Pulau Ubin

From the view high atop Puaka Hill to the memorable murals at the drink stall, there are seven spots on the island that we think are the most photogenic for your next social media post.

Essential things to note

Pulau Ubin jetty

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.

Changi Village
Photo: Donn Tan

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

Jelutong campsite, Pulau Ubin
Photo: Donn Tan

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.