While we’re almost.... entering into Phase 3 of Singapore’s post-circuit breaker reopening, it looks like the strict travel curbs aren’t going away anytime soon. Singapore Airlines even recently rolled out their in-plane dining experience, and if that’s not an indication that we’ll be stuck in Singapore for quite a while more, then we don’t know what is.

If you’re getting a bit tired from being extra-productive at work and desperately need a break, why not play tourist in Singapore? You’ve probably been to all our main attractions like Universal Studios, Gardens By The Bay and more, but did you know that other than Sentosa, Singapore has quite a few other interesting islands for you to explore?

Introducing Coney Island, Pulau Ubin, St John Island, Kusu Island Singapore and Pulau Hantu. These destinations are great for trekking, cycling and/or swimming, and some of these are even accessible via ferry, so you can literally go “over seas”!

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Here’s a guide to these five Singapore islands and how much it will cost you to get there for a mini holiday.

Singapore island How to get there  Cost
Coney Island Walk across  Free
Pulau Ubin 10-min bumboat ride from Changi Ferry Point Terminal $8 per pax
St John Island 30-minute ferry ride from Marina South Pier $15 per pax
Kusu Island 1-hour ferry ride from Marina South Pier $15 per pax
Pulau Hantu  Arrange for private charter from West Coast Pier Depends, usually about $300

Coney Island Singapore - free! 

Also known as Coney Island Park or Pulau Serangoon, Coney Island is located off Punggol, in the northeastern tip of Singapore.

Featuring timber signages and benches made from fallen trees, the rustic island is made up of coastal forests, grasslands, mangroves and casuarina woodlands, which you can cycle or stroll through via the main trail. If you’re a nature buff, you’ll appreciate the wide variety of flora and fauna, especially those that are critically endangered and considered extinct in the wild!

For some vitamin sea, venture out to beaches that are accessible via the coastal trails. 

How to get there and cost: 

Coney Island is located beside Punggol Promenade Nature Walk and is free to access! To get there, take bus 84 from Punggol Interchange to Punggol Point Park/Punggol Settlement. The Coney Island Park West Entrance is about 500m east of the Punggol Promenade Nature Walk.

Pulau Ubin Singapore - from $8/pax for two-way ride 

Perhaps Singapore’s second most famous island (after Sentosa, of course), Pulau Ubin is a boomerang-shaped island reminiscent of the 1960s. Perfect for escaping the urban skyscrapers that form our city skyline, Pulau Ubin is home to Singapore's last kampungs and the Chek Jawa Wetlands.

From camping* to cycling, hiking and going on gastronomic adventures, there is a lot to do on the 1,020-ha island.

*Camping is temporarily disallowed on Pulau Ubin due to the COVID-19 situation. 

How to get there and cost: 

To access Pulau Ubin, you will need to take a bumboat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal. The 10-minute ride is $4 per person or $6 if you are bringing your bicycle. A return trip is $8 and $12 respectively. There is no bumboat departure schedule; they set off only when there are nine to 12 passengers. If you need to leave the island after 6pm, you will need to make prior arrangements with the bumboat operator. If you’re stuck there, call NParks at 1800-471 7300 for assistance.

St John Island Singapore & Lazarus Island - $15/pax for round trip

If Coney Island and Pulau Ubin don’t feel “overseas” enough for you, try St John Island - a beautiful offshore island 6.5 kilometres south of Singapore. Despite its somewhat dark history as a quarantine centre for infectious diseases and subsequently a holding area for political prisoners and drug rehabilitators, the St John Island of today looks more like an idyllic beach destination.

Aside from the clear waters and pristine beaches, St John Island is also home to many adorable cats. We recommend a day trip to the island, where you can go trekking, swimming and/or have a picnic. It’s also a popular fishing spot. For longer stays, there are holiday chalets for booking. 

From St John Island, you can also walk to Lazarus Island through causeway. The walk will take about 15 minutes. Lazarus Island has clean beaches and is also a popular spot to picnic at.

How to get there and cost: 

To get to St John Island, take a ferry from Marina South Pier. The ride is about 30 minutes and a round trip costs $15 (adult) or $12 (children) from Singapore Island Cruise

Kusu Island Singapore - $15/pax for round trip 

If you’re more into culture and the coast, check out Kusu Island, another one of the Southern Islands 5.6 kilometres south of Singapore. The island’s name means “Tortoise Island” in Chinese, which explains the many Kusu Island folklore. There are many versions of the myth, but the general story is that a giant tortoise transformed itself into an island to rescue two shipwrecked men. These men then built a Taoist and Muslim shrine (they were Chinese and Malay).

Many visitors head to Kusu Island to visit these sacred temples, especially between September and November, as it is the ninth lunar month and annual Kusu Pilgrimage season. That said, there are also beaches and parks for other outdoor activities like swimming, picnics and the like. 

How to get there and cost: 

To get to Kusu Island, you should take a ferry from Marina South Pier as well. The ride is about one hour because it stops at St John Island first. The round trip fare is $15 (adult) or $12 (children) from Singapore Island Cruise.

Pulau Hantu Singapore - depends on operator, usually about $300

If the name Pulau Hantu sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve heard of “hantu”, the Malay term for ghosts. This Southern Island is supposedly named after ancient Malay warriors who are said to wander the island, even after death. (Shudders)

Pulau Hantu is made up of two islets, named Hantu Besar (“big ghost”) and Hantu Kecil (“little ghost”). Both islands are visitor-friendly, featuring swimming lagoons, shelters and picnic areas. At low tide, it’s actually possible to walk between the two islets! 

Despite its creepy backstory, Pulau Hantu is an extremely popular fishing and snorkelling spot. It’s also a hit among campers, and is great for a day trip.

How to get there and cost: 

While admission to the island itself is free, Pulau Hantu is slightly trickier to access. There are unfortunately no regular ferry services to Pulau Hantu. To get there, you’ll need to charter a ride from West Coast Pier. These boats are usually for business on Jurong and not to tourists, so don’t expect a fancy, cushy ride. Rates depend on the operator (usually about $300), and you’ll need to negotiate them on your own. 

Conclusion

So you can see, a cheap, offshore adventure is possible in Singapore, indeed! If you're trying out adventure activities, compare and buy a personal accident plan at GoBear.

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