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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