Want to go on an adventure? That’s what we were thinking of went we thought of spending a day at Pulau Ubin, an island about 15 minutes away from Singapore mainland.
For starters, this is a perfect reason to go on a bum-boat ride. You can get a one way trip for $2.50 per person at Changi Village Ferry Point Terminal. They leave whenever there are 12 passengers ready to go. Or you can pay $30 and go straight away. We waited for barely 5 mins for our boat and off we go!
The ride on the bum-boat is an adventure in itself. As we feel the wind and and look at the waves, it feels peaceful and exciting at the same time to leave our city for the island.
Getting Around Pulau Ubin
We arrived to charming Kampong scenery and pick up a free map at the NParks Information Kiosk near Ubin jetty.
We saw quite a few eateries and make a mental note on where we want to go for dinner. There are quite a few bicycle rental places near the jetty and price starts from $2 but the ones we end up with cost between $6 -$14 for 3 hours. There are also taxis vans for hire. Bargain for a good price before you hop on. The cost for a one way trip for two should cost less than $10 but it depends on the number of people and the distance.
While the best way to get around Ubin is probably on the bike, we only recommend cycling for older kids with pretty stable biking skills . There are lots of slops and the roads are not as flat and nice to ride on as places like at places like East Coast Park.
Parents with younger children or who are not very proficient on the bicycle may want to rent a Taxi instead. Our eight year old got to rough it out but had to push the bike pretty often as his little bike do not have enough power at some of the places going up slope.
Beautiful scenery and interesting plants
There are quite a few spots at Ubin that are quite scenic. We ride up a hill with a herb garden and pavilion, people fishing for crabs, kayaks resting at the river.
There are pretty scenery and interesting plants along the way too. There are quite a few places we can stop by for drinks along the routes.
House Number 1 -Chek Jawa Visitor Center
Ubin is pretty small and we are done with riding the most of the trails at the east of the island and decide to ride over to Chek Jawa. The roads turned into gravel path that could be challenging for a not very experience biker. We got a surprise at the end of the trail, where we need to come down and walk on foot . A pack of wild boars causally march by. The mummies leading the babies away from the crowd quickly while the adults check out the bikes for food.
The monkeys decide to join the party too.
Walking pass the information centre and following the signs, we reached House Number 1
There are many informative poster introducing Check Jawa and a fire place. The back of the house then lead to the sea with some scenic view.
The clouds are forming and looks like it is threatening to rain so we quickly made our way back to the jetty. We did not make it back in time though and it’s a good thing our boy have his rain coat with him. We just wish the adults have ponchos too. It’s all well when we make it back for a warm and yummy dinner at one of the seafood restaurants.
Tips and Things to bring
- Mosquito Repellant
- Drinking Water
- Raincoat and Ponchos
- Band aids and First aid kit
Map of Ubin
The roads are in orange and the parts with dashes are small gravel paths.