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“nice day trip for some fresh air and exercise”
Review of Pulau Ubin

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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The island to the northeast of Singapore is the only place to see an example of the traditional kampong villages that once covered the city-state. It’s a go-to spot for cyclists and hikers with miles of nature trails that weave through old rubber plantations and seaside ecosystems no longer found on the main island. Get there from Changi Point Ferry Terminal via a traditional bumboat for $2.50 a seat – captains will leave only when all seats are sold or if you pay the difference.
Whitehorse, Canada
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“nice day trip for some fresh air and exercise”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

We went on a Sunday and started early as it would take us an hour to get to Tanah Merah. From there the #2 bus took about 15 min to get to the ferry terminal - take the MRT exit #1 to get to the correct busstop.
It's a short 200m walk to the jetty and the bumboat captains DO give change for the $2.50 ride. The ride was short and uneventful - they put the boat up against the dock and you hop out, they do not tie it down. The captain will tell you when you can jump out.
We tried for lontong but the cafe was closed. Visitor information didn't know why but it was also closed Saturday. There one other place open for food so we had some dry bee hoon and kampong (i.e. skinny) chicken.
We then rented 2 bicycles and rode east, west and north.
The rental place was quick and efficient. We told them we wanted 2 bikes $16, he brought 2 mountain bikes out. I tested mine: height was good, gears worked. We got helmets $4 and basket and bike lock were free. Honestly, they all looked pretty good so as long as the bike looks good to you, I don't think it makes a difference where you rent from.
The ride east has the most to do: the mangrove forest with boardwalk and observation tower, visitor centre in old tudor style house (with fireplace) and views of quarry lakes.
I wanted to take the off road route to Noordin but this appears closed off. It was high tide and the off road from Mamam beach had areas of water covered sand. The paved road west over a bridge had a few inches of water overlying the pavement - enough to get my shoes and socks wet.
Noordin campsite was closed and blocked off with steel doors, there is a toilet there and you can climb a hill and still see the water but otherwise it's a dead end.
The ride west wasn't very scenic. We didn't go to the mountain bike park.
We ate at Seasons Live on the water for seafood. The chill crab is market price and was slightly sweet as per local taste. The cereal prawn were not special - surprising considering they used to farm prawn here but I guess not any more.
There were wild boar in the bike parking lot of eastern road and someone was feeding them bread (against the rules) although we did see one foraging in the bush.
We saw monkeys eating oranges from a small temple on the western road. They were obliging for pictures but one of the tourists got too close and the monkey hissed at him. You need to exercise caution and keep your distance as these are WILD animals.
Overall, despite the rain, this was a lovely day trip. The roads are mostly paved and the off road areas were not too difficult if you've ridden a bicycle before. I was surprised at signs asking us to dismount b/c of grade. While it was steep and one needed to be careful especially b/c of other traffic on the road, not so much cars but pedestrians stringing themselves across the road and other cyclists, the hills were not treacherous and afforded a bit of a break and a good breeze! They were very short stretches. The whole island could be covered in short time, but this was about the journey more than destination so we took our time enjoying the scenery.
With 2 meals and picture taking, we spent 41/2hr there.
You can hire a taxi to drive you to and pick you up from spots but it is expensive (I didn't ask) and others were walking but we really wanted to cover as much ground as possible in a day trip.
Previous reviewers had commented on terrible toilets but the one I went to at one of the campsites was acceptable.

Visited January 2014
2 Thank tropicalnorth
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Hervey Bay, Australia
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“A brilliant idea - but the devil is in the detail”
Reviewed January 4, 2014

It's great that Singapore has at last embraced the importance of environmental nurturing (i.e. more than just protection) and there is great work being done (try McRitchie Park and the recently developed Sungei Buloh wetlands) - but they are still a bit rough round the edges on some aspects. Like - keeping penguins, puffins and kittiwakes in a big cold room at Jurong Bird Park is as equally stupid as keeping a solitary polar bear at Sinagpore Zoo.
Pulau Ubin is a great idea - just needs tidying up a bit in the detail.
We got there via the East West line of the MRT to Pasir Ris and then the 194 bus to Changi Village. This goes from Pasir Ris Drive 1 - which is in the exact opposite direction to the "Bus" signs at the station (it'll pay you to have a map).
From there it's a very short walk to the Ferry Pier from whence bum-boats will take you to Pulau Ubin for S$5 return. There is no timetable, the boats leaving (and returning) when the owner either has the regulated maximum of 12 passengers, or at least enough for him to bother.
However - we would gladly have paid triple the fare in order to sit on clean seats which did not stain your clothes with old oil or goodness knows what else.
Once there, there is plenty to do (it's a surprisingly large island with an interesting history) - and a huge choice of rentable bikes to get round on. The signed rental amounts and what they may attempt to charge you are not necessarily the same. If, like my wife, you can't ride a bike, all the walking paths are easy and well formed - you can pick up a good map from the Information or National Park Offices and the sign posts are good too.
There's lots of bird, animal and plant life to look at, as the island has many lakes (the old granite quarries). Binoculars are a must. We recommend getting there early to enjoy the wildlife.
As for eating - that's a matter of opinion. On the day we went we had a choice of one eatery. For what you get, prices are high and we can only say that the particular dishes we chose bore no resemblance to the pictures on the menu and were truly awful.
It is an interesting place to go - there is plenty to see (as long as you are prepared to keep still and quiet) - but boy! there is a long way to go on quality control.

Visited December 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Get out of concrete jungle”
Reviewed December 14, 2013

Been there twice last 12 months to get away from the concrete jungle of main island. Take a bum-boat from Changi point cost SGD2.50 per trip (extra charge with bike). The boat ride took about 15mins to reach the island's jetty. In the small town, you may rent a bike from many shops for whole day with just SGD10. Pick your bike carefully especially the brake system, as the roads/paths on the island are steep and dumpy. Alternatively, you may choose to walk or rent a van and driver.

I suggest to travel to east side of the island as some interesting places there are Chek Jawa and the deserted quarries around. These places are beautiful. Along the way, enjoy the view of nature and few of the old "kampong" style housing left in Singapore. Beware of the coconuts and durians over the roads and paths though. You may also find drink stores along the way, selling fresh coconuts and can drinks. There aren't many proper toilets along the way, except at the jetty, restaurants and some designated places.

Do reach the island early so that you can spend a few cool hours before hot afternoon sun, and you may have a nice lunch at the seafood restaurants or local dishes at the "kopitiam" (local food store) in the town.

Visited October 2013
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“The Real Island”
Reviewed December 7, 2013

Dear Travelers, Advanced Happy X mas & Happy New Year 2014.

Pulau Ubin - One of the islands of this great nation of Singapore that retains the spirit of nature.

Getting There: - Take the Mrt going towards Pasir Ris, get down at Tanah Merah and board bus No 2 to Changi Village. Once you alight from the bus interchange, turn left and proceed to ferry terminal on your left. Roughly 10 min walk. The ferry terminal for Pulau Ubin is on your right.
Bum Boats - The boat to Pulau ubin: Operators charge $ 2.50 per person and expects minimum of 12 persons, before he takes off. Around 10 minutes you are in the island. Tips - If it’s drizzling, it’s the best time to visit. If you have your own bike, I suggest strongly taking it with you and for which additional $2.50 will be charged.

Pulau Ubin:-
Once you reach the island, its handful of shops out in front. Rent a bike with gear (a Must) and good conditions, you can double check and ride. Suggest to goto shop which is farther down, as most of the shops in front have older bikes. The usual charge for a rundown bike is $6, but we paid $7 for a new bike with shimano gears in working condition. Don’t bother to bargain for $1 as it makes no difference. You really need a good bike for the terrain you are about to tread.
The shops will also give you the map of Pulau Ubin, just ask for it. Tips - Ask for the shop to fit your Bike with a basket in the front, it really helps a lot and they won’t charge extra. You Bike is rented for 24 hrs/$ 6.

What to take before the start of your trip?
Since our group was un prepared on some aspects, following points could help readers.
Water Bottles, First Aid Kit (Minimum bandages, sterile solutions and plasters), Flash lights, knee/elbow pads, light food packets if need be.

You Trip
After renting the Bike, there is a corner shop opposite the Chinese temple, strongly suggest to drink the best and fresh coconut ($ 3/per coconut) and also you can fill your water bottle with it. It keeps you refreshed for most of the journeys.
Chek Jawa Wetlands
Our group decided to start with Chek Jawa wetlands and started out, although GPS works, your picture would be nothing but the island. So no point trying to look for a way but exciting to trek you own way the first time. At chek jawa, first to visit is the old colonial style mansion, now turned to visitor information center. You will have to walk, so you can leave your bikes outside and no worries to lock it, as nobody would steal your bikes. The visitor center is great looking house with a jetty on to the sea, it’s just beautiful and picture perfect place.
High Tower
Once you return, walk straight down the road to boardwalks on your left, you would find this 6 storey height watch tower. Walk all the way to the top for breath taking views and beaches. follow the boardwalk and proceed towards the beach areas, where ever you step, be cautious not to get down from boardwalk to the island soil areas. It’s a complete mangrove forestations and clay sands. You can quickly sink in and can be fatal. So plz watch for all the dangers, of course in beauty lies dangers.

On the way to return, you will find slopes to be too declined, meaning with both brakes, you will still not be able to control the slide of your bike, especially when it rains. One of our team members bolted out from the bike out of control ending up with deep scratches and wounds to his forearms and elbows. That’s when we knew, we need first aid kits and second you are so deep down in forest that in case of emergency you have nobody to call (but the emergency numbers on the map you are given) and do not know, how long before they react to you. So rather than to be sorry, better be cautious my friends. Since Myself is a first aid trainer, was able to stem the wound and cleaned as much as possible, before letting the guy ride again as you have no choice. We couldn’t find the shuttle taxis that usually ply as it was 18.00 hrs already.

In the island roads, you would find old run down homes on your way. I would strongly suggest not to get down and venture to these homes to check. Although place looks safe, you would not know, what you are going to find in those shacks. We did get down to a shack that was built atop a small pond, after just stepping in, the floor board gave away and one of my friend would have fallen into the pond and could have been much worse, but lucky I caught hold of him. My advice stay away.

Since we had to get my friend to hospital, we cut short the journey and we reached the main island jetty around 19.45 hrs. There is virtually no hospital or any first aid centers anywhere in the island. the ferry guy was asking us to pay the full fare as no passengers showed up. For a group of four we paid 30$, although we bargained, he wouldn’t reduce the fare price. We did board with no choice. Readers take note that, if there is no much people after 19.00 hrs, I suggest bring a camping gear and camp rather. As time goes up, I heard after 21.00 hrs, they charge 40$ for the boat ride. Even in change village, there is no hospitals or first aid centers.

Overall Verdict: - This is one of the best places; I have travelled to so far. Everything is natural and purely appealing to the eyes. Next time planning to do camping, Although my friend had a fall, he also thoroughly enjoyed it and hey every time we fall, we rise correct?!!!. so all those people who likes biking, trekking, fishing this is the place to go. I would strongly recommend this place every month for locals like us, as we don’t know when this island will disappear and become a concrete jungle.

Visited December 2013
11 Thank FlamingRED007
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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“A must go for a day out”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

We went to Palau ubin with my friends and had a wonderful time. We caught the boat to Pulau Ubin at cost $2.50 each way. And then, we hided bikes to explored Pulau Ubin( with 5-10$ one day). Its so interesting to explore the nature, the sight, though all of us were so tired. Then, we enjoyed a delicious lunch at a restaurant.
A great experience. This is nice place to relax for your trip !

Visited August 2013
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