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Singapore's Outlying Islands

Singapore Attractions

Besides the theme-park delights and luxury hotels of Sentosa Island, Singapore has several outlying islands that are less developed and less crowded.

They're great places to swim, sunbathe or even set up camp amid peaceful and natural surroundings.

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Kusu Island

According to legend, this island was once a giant turtle that transformed itself into a huge rock to help save shipwrecked sailors. Today, the island is still embedded in various beliefs and rituals. Taoists make their annual pilgrimage to the Toa Pekong Temple near the ferry jetty during the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar.

Malays visit Kramat Kusu, which is located on the top of a hill. The kramat, or shrine, is dedicated to Syed Abdul Rahman, his mother Nenek Ghalib and his sister Puteri Fatimah. It is common for childless couples hoping to have children to visit this shrine, where they leave white cloths tied to the nearby trees as a token of the sincerity of their prayers.

If you're neither Taoist nor wishing to have kids, you can always kick back and relax on a beach. The beaches at Kusu Island have changing rooms, toilets, picnic spots and swimming areas.

  • Price Range: Admission to the island, which includes the ferry charges, is SG$ 9 for adults and SG$ 6 for children.
  • How to get there: Ferries from the World Trade Centre depart twice daily from Mondays to Saturdays, and six times a day on Sundays and public holidays. The ferries stop at St John's Island as well.
  • Tour Available: Cruise Tours
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Pulau Ubin

This mangrove island has become highly popular as a weekend retreat and offers an interesting variety of activities and sights. You can rent a bike and go mountain-biking on the rocky trails all over the island, go swimming, or camp the night. You can also see traditional fishing villages, prawn and fish farms, Chinese temples and limestone quarries. The seafood restaurants here are good, too. Pulau Ubin, left more or less undeveloped for the last 30 years, is home to a lot of interesting flora and fauna. 

You can also take a survival course from the adventure school Outward Bound here. To get to Pulau Ubin, take an exotic bum-boat ride from Changi jetty.

  • Price Range: An exotic bum-boat ride for SG$ 1.50 from Changi jetty.
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Sisters' Islands

Sisters' Islands is made up of two islands – Big Sister's Island (3.9 hectares), and Little Sister's Islands (1.7 hectares) good for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. You can also enjoy a picnic on the grass or the sandy beach. There is no regular ferry service to the island, however, so you will have to rent a water taxi (at SG$ 50 per hour) at Jardine Steps or Clifford Pier.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 24 hours
  • Address: Sisters' Islands, Singapore 000703
  • Tel: +65 6275 0398
  • Price Range: Adult $15, Child $12
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St John's Island

This island has several good beaches for swimming, and provides changing rooms, toilets, picnic spots and swimming areas. It is a popular as a weekend getaway and for camping trips, but you wish for something closer to civilisation there are always colonial bungalows that you can rent. Check with the ticket counter at the World Trade Centre.

Ferries from the World Trade Centre depart twice daily from Mondays to Saturdays, and six times a day on Sundays and public holidays. The ferries stop at Kusu Island as well.

  • Tel: +65 6534 9339
  • Price Range: Admission to the island, which includes the ferry charges, is SG$ 15 for adults and SG$ 12 for children (Child aged from 1 - 12 years old)
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