We decided to venture out to Pulau Ubin last Sunday. Just a last minute decision. No planning required.
Applied sunblock, bring a hat, some cash and water. Off we go!
Watch: 2 minutes video to summarise our day trip to Pulau Ubin, Singapore
Brief Intro of Pulau Ubin (Ubin Island), North East of Singapore.
Pulau Ubin is an small island located at north east of Singapore. Granite quarrying was popular in 1960s and there were thousands of settlers but there are only about a hundred villagers live there today.
What to see/ do in Pulau Ubin, Singapore
- 1970s kampong style houses (the whole village is literally a kampong)
- Wild animals (wild pig, jungle chicken, native birds like Oriental Pied Hornbill, Chek Jaya Wetlands etc)
- Biking trail, walking trail
- A good getaway from the city life
How to go to Pulau Ubin from Singapore
1. Travel to Changi Point Ferry Terminal (Near Village Hotel Changi and Changi Village Hawker Center)
By car, by taxi, or by bus.
There are a few big open air public carpark just right outside the terminal.
2. Go straight to the basement departure hall, and follow the sign to “Pulau Ubin”. No need to get the tickets prior. You’ll get the ticket once onboard. Make sure you prepare $3 per person CASH, and if you are bringing your bicycle, extra $2 will be charged. No need to bring passport as Pulau Ubin is still within Singapore. 10 min ride and you’ll be at Pulau Ubin.
There are no fixed departure times for the bumboats as the boat will depart whenever there are enough passengers onboard (12 people). We waited for about 5 minutes. Pretty fast.
We reached Pulau Ubin at around 11am, then rented our bicycles from one of the bike shop for $8 each.
There is an old Tua Pek Kong temple just around the corner of the main square. We prayed at the temple and rode our bikes towards the west side of the island. It was a quiet trail and took about 30 minutes or so. On the way we also passed by a few more temples, a few small bridges, and reached Ketam Mountain Bike Park at the end. To be honest, nothing much there unless you are an advanced biker, the bike trail is pretty challenging.
We rode back to the main square and settled for lunch at one of the seafood restaurant there. Food was good and the price was reasonable.
After lunch we rode towards east side of the island. Chek Jaya Wetlands passed Muslim Cemetery is quite interesting. There was this long walkway built on the water and if you love aircrafts spotting, this is the perfect spot to see aircrafts descending to Changi Airport.
Overall, it was a relaxing day and it felt like back in a small kampong in Malaysia or back Singapore 30-40 years ago.
We definitely would come back again just to do a day of biking in the nature, and to unwind from the fast pace city life.