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“great way to check out the real side of singapore”
Review of Pulau Ubin

Pulau Ubin
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Singapore Bike Adventure around Pulau Ubin
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Overnight Pulau Ubin Mangrove Kayak Tour
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Pulau Ubin Mangrove Kayak Adventure from Singapore
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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.
Reviewed June 3, 2014

My 12yo son and i decided to check out the island for a change from the hustle of the city so we took a taxi (only $sgd15 from novena) to the changi jetty then paid $2.50 each for the trip across to the island on one of the bumboats. Once on the island you can either walk or ride around - we chose to hire a bicycle. The bike hire places are right at the end of the jetty and there are quite a few to rent from. We weren't too savvy and just hired from the first place we came across - it cost us $sgd20 for two bikes for the whole day - i'm pretty sure we could have got heaps cheaper though - dont forget to ask for one with a basket and make sure that the basket stays on before you leave. The main tourist attraction on the island is chek jawa, which is just a couple of boardwalks along the mangroves; although these are not spectacular by themselves, you should check them out as you check out the whole island as the riding around showcases the old houses and lifestyle of these villages. We rode the whole island, even out to the mountain bike track, although i didnt actually ride any of the tracks as i was really quite buggered after riding around the island...the ride out to the tracks was quite scenic crossing over some littles creeks and quarries. We didnt end up eating on the island, although there were a couple of basic food stalls near the jetty. Around the island there were several shelter huts, many of which had vending machines for water and cans of drinks. The huts were a great spot to wait out the frequent monsoonal rainfalls... We caught public transport back to the city from the mainland at the end of the day as we couldn't find a taxi, although this was quite easy - just take bus no.2 from the shops then onto the mrt. TIPS: take your raincoat, use plenty of insect repellant (mosquitoes are super friendly), bargain for you bike rental

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Reviewed June 3, 2014

When we went there it was raining and we had a lovely weather due to rain. Hired cycles and took a short ride with some photo session. Enjoyed being there a different atmosphere altogether when compared to the main island. I visited this place in 2011

1  Thank Vinu-Vipin
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

For those with a love of nature and the outdoors, a short bum boat trip to this small island takes you back in time and gives you an idea of how Singapore may have looked in the past. Hiring a bike is a good idea and reasonably charged for a day although if you can handle the heat it is possible to walk as we did on a previous occasion because bikes are not my best friends! Take something to mop your brow though and plenty of water to rehydrate. There is a mangrove walk, a palm grove walk and viewing towers that are all worth investigating and plenty of photographic opportunities.

1  Thank TishLondon
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Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

Pulau Ubin a small island away from the rush & hectic lifestyle of it's motherland, still fills with the urban lifestyle of old kampong (Malay words for village). Brings one back to the 60s of Singapore when we rare chicken,pigs & stocks in our front or back yard. The island is now covered with more descent roads rather than the usual old muddy & bumpy ones,there're now shops with bicycle rental for weekenders & local restaurants serving the local delicacies.
There is a marine preservation site that axtually preserves a number of corals for our next generation to see & understand while studying, a place worth spending a weekend.

1  Thank Wayne T
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Reviewed May 20, 2014

Near the Pulau Ubin jetty there is a Tua Pek Kong temple with a wayang stage. Chinese opera is performed on three occasions annually: on the birthday of the deity in the 4th month of the lunar calendar, during the Hungry Ghost Festival and during Vesak Day celebrations.

The jetty is lined with big flags and the streets with colourful streamers and fairy lights. All in a magical atmosphere that takes you back.

During the recent Vesak Day celebrations, boat rides to and from the island were free from 6:30pm onwards. The wayang in May was staged by 新新荣和潮剧 Teochew Opera. The three hour show started around 7:30pm. Either watch from the coffeeshop or pull up a chair in front of the stage. Have a look at this group for updates https://www.facebook.com/groups/pulau.ubin/

2  Thank ziji
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