Pulau Ubin: Timeout

Only 15 minutes from Singapore, Pulau Ubin is one of the country’s last authentic kampungs (villages)! This rustic island getaway offers a glimpse into Singapore’s rich history and plenty of nature escapades.

Visitors can explore the island’s lush forests, tranquil beaches, and diverse wildlife, making it a perfect retreat for nature enthusiasts and history buffs. Additionally, Pulau Ubin is renowned for its traditional wooden houses and friendly local community.

Here’s the best part: No passports are needed for this short getaway. Be prepared with sunscreen, insect repellent, cash, and refillable water bottles. The island is also explorable on foot—wear the right shoes.

How to get there

Pulau Ubin is accessible by bumboat, which departs from Changi Point Ferry Terminal. Although operations begin as early as 6AM, these bumboats have no fixed schedules and will only leave once there are 12 passengers. A one-way trip costs $4 and an extra $2 if you bring a bicycle. Do note that only cash is allowed; please bring enough money for the day, as there are no ATMs on the island!

Please make prior arrangements with boat operators if you plan to stay later than 6PM during your day trip.

Pulau Ubin, A Rustic Escape in Singapore

Explore on bike

A cycling adventure is one of the best ways to see this island. When you reach, you’re greeted by a few shops renting bicycles. You can choose to rent from there or bring your own!

Explore the island’s network of scenic trails, passing by kampong houses and abandoned quarries. Keep an eye out for some rare wildlife species that call Pulau Ubin home. Try to spot the Greater Mousedeer or the Strawheaded Bulbul!

Remember to be kind to nature during your bike ride, and avoid littering and disturbing wildlife.

Bonus activity: If you’re an avid mountain biker, Ketam Mountain Bike Park is just for you! Thrill-seekers will love the exciting trails and picturesque views of Pulau Ubin.

Adventures in Nature

There are plenty of things for nature lovers to do in Pulau Ubin. Challenge yourself to a 20-minute hike to Puaka Hill, the highest point on the island, for panoramic views of the island and surrounding areas. It’s also an excellent spot for Instagram-worthy shots with a scenic background. You could also opt for a 40-minute walk to Chek Jawa Wetlands, where you’ll encounter stunning sea views, a natural rocky shore and a mangrove swamp at the end of a boardwalk.

Explore the island’s mangroves on a guided kayaking tour, spotting wildlife like otters and kingfishers. The tour starts from the southern end of Pulau Ubin, and you’ll see scenic sights and wildlife on your way to the highlight of this tour – Pulau Ketam.

Take a break from city life with a night under the stars. Please note that camping is permitted only at Jelutong, Mamam Beach, and Endut Senin campsites. No permits are required, too; just remember to inform Pulau Ubin Police Post about your stay.


Once you’re done exploring the island, take a breather at one of the local food stalls and cafes. Enjoy some light bites and interactions with the locals. Other sights to explore include the German Girl’s Shrine, Wei Tuo Fa Gong Temple, Pekan Quarry (for bird watching), and Chek Jawa Visitor Centre.

Pulau Ubin continues to draw people with its unique charm, especially those seeking an escape from city life’s hustle and bustle. Step back in time and enjoy the island’s laid-back atmosphere.

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