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.
Quench your thirst for knowledge of native plants, fruit trees and herbs on this special trail that uses both your sense of touch and smell. This flat trail is easy to walk and stretches over 1.5 kilometres of the southern part of the island. Those with green fingers will definitely appreciate its vegetable and spice garden, where you can learn more about plants like basil, turmeric, ginger, curry leaf tree and winged bean.
Previously an old granite quarry, it is now a beautiful lake. The surrounding area is home to an assortment of birdlife, including the rare Oriental Pied Hornbill. The quarry is located west of Ubin's main village and only a 15-minute walk away from the jetty. The quarry’s lookout point also serves as a good pit stop for some photo-taking.
Created to conserve the fluttering creatures, this little sanctuary attracts over 140 types of butterflies. The species you'll most likely see include the Black Veined Tiger, Common Bluebottle and even rarer ones like the Dwarf Crow, which was previously thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered as an inhabitant of the island in 2002.
Season Live Seafood
As you head back to Ubin town, stop by this scruffy spot that has served hikers and the post-biking crowd for over 20 years. Refuel with seafood staples like chilli crab ($40/kg) and sambal squid rings ($8). The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays.
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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.