Friday, September 9, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Taking the ferry to Pulau Ubin

Singapore has about 64 small islands but not all islands are accessible to the public and some small islands have been merged to the mainland.

Last weekend, made a trip to one of the islands, Pulau Ubin. Pulau Ubin is a small island located north east of Singapore. Only a few hundred villagers still lived there. The name Pulau Ubin literally means "Granite Island" in Malay, which explains the many abandoned granite quarries there. The granites are used to make floor tiles in the past. See more information from source.

We took the bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal to Pulau Ubin (you dont need passport to go to Pulau Ubin it is part of Singapore). The ride is only about 10 mins ride and the boat will move only if there are at least twelve passengers. The fare is only S$2.50 per person and you pay to the boatman.

The signboard "Welcome to Pulau Ubin" is the first thing we saw on reaching the island. Pulau Ubin is so different from mainland Singapore. There are no tall buildings or shopping centres on this island. The road are not even and cycling on these roads prove to be a challenge. You can rent bicycles on the island or bring your own bicycles.

On weekdays, the island is mainly very deserted and quiet except for the villagers. Singaporeans, expatriates and even tourists love to come this island for the nature, cycling, photography and seafood during weekends and holidays. But you got to take care when cycling cause there are many people who got injured cause they are not familar with the roads on the island.

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Leckeres für Mensch und Katze - Goodies for a pleasant life said...

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Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Nice post and photos.


Cafe Pasadena said...

How's the food on the mainland of Singapore?

Rajesh said...

Very nice commute to wonderful island.

alicesg said...

Cafe Padadena, the food on Pulau Ubin is mostly seafood while those on mainland Singapore is wonderful with different ethnic food, from hawker food to restaurants and fine dinning. Mainland Singapore is a cosmopolitan city and you can find almost any different country food there.