Escape to Pulau Ubin

Hello there! It’s been a while since I did a last update. Hope you are coping well in this pandemic.

I’ve been traveling around Singapore since Phase 2 has opened up. There’s a lot of hidden treasures all around and it’s always fun to get out and hunt for those. Pulau Ubin is one of these treasures and when I’m there, it feels like an escape from the bustling city.

Bicycle rental shop

The island is about 10.19 km² and is fairly easy to get around on foot. Alternatively, it is also great to explore on a bicycle. There’re a few rental bicycle stalls to choose from, starting from $8 per day until 5 or 6pm.

I started my journey heading towards the central of the island. This is where Ubin Quarry is and it is definitely a spectacular view up the hill.

Puaka Hill signboard

It’s unsafe to ride a bicycle up the hill, so there’s a parking spot next to this signboard. Trek your way up to the first viewing spot. Take a sip of water and rest for a bit before continuing the journey to the top.

First viewing spot

I have seen people who made a U-turn here thinking that this is the top. Please don’t do that, hahaha. There’s a nicer view up there!

Continuing the trek up to the hill top

Carry on up to the peak and be rewarded by this breath-taking panoramic view of the quarry.

Ubin Quarry from Puaka Hill top

Sit and enjoy the view before trekking back down. After Puaka Hill, it was time for me to get my lunch before heading towards Chek Jawa. The main village has an eatery that serves seafood and Zhi Char stuff.

Fried rice
Coconut $4

Enjoy a coconut drink here at $4 to quench the thirst. After resting at the main village, it was time to head towards Chek Jawa. I walked about 3km (estimate 45 mins) which takes me on a route passing by Sensory Trail, Jalan Ubin and Jalan Durian Road.

Sensory Trail

I did not manage to walk through Sensory Trail garden. This showcases the different types of plants that the resident grows here. Such as papaya, rambutan, banana an etc.

Monitor Lizard roaming around

Shortly by-passing that, I witness a big monitor lizard roaming around. Continuing my journey, I have reached Jalan Ubin Road. This is where Ubin Fruit Orchard is. It’s a hectare of land that has a lot of tropical fruits.

I took a right turn further down the road which brings me to Jalan Durian road. I read somewhere online that you can have a durian if they fall to the ground. Oh yea oh yea, I spotted a couple of wild boars too! Too bad I couldn’t catch them on the camera.

Found a nice looking log along
Chek Jawa Wetlands

If you are riding a bicycle, there’s a parking spot for it. It’s here at this entrance. You can’t enter Chek Jawa Wetlands with your bicycle.

Me in Chek Jawa Wetlands

Walkthrough Chek Jawa Wetlands to immerse yourself with all the different species of flora and fauna.

Seagrass Lagoon
Me at Chek Jawa Tower

There’s a tower in this place, and be rewarded by a panoramic view of seagrass lagoon after climbing up these stairs. It’s a 20metre tall tower also known as Jejawi Tower.

Chek Jawa Boardwalk

Another good place for a walk would be the Chek Jawa boardwalk. It’s a beautiful walk and try spotting Changi beach from here.

Chek Jawa Visitor Centre

Chek Jawa Visitor Centre is a Tudor-style building. It is close, as in there’s no program there or no one there to serve you but you can still take a walk in it.

That’s the end of my day trip to Pulau Ubin! I made a short video summary of my journey. Do watch, like, and share! Head on down to see it with your own eyes.

Pulau Ubin

Duration: 1 day
Bumboat: $8 round trip (From Changi Point Ferry Terminal)
Bicycle: $10
Food: $15
Budget: $33+

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