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Go back in time to a simpler life at Pulau Ubin, the last village or “kampong” in Singapore. A visit here is like taking a time warp back to the 1960s when things were much simpler, as you’ll notice from the old wooden houses. Located off Singapore’s north east coast, the best way to get here is to take a bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal.
The name Pulau Ubin means “Granite Island” in Malay, which isn’t surprising, considering the many abandoned stone quarries there are on the island. The best way to explore Pulau Ubin is to hire a bike and ride around the Island, although it remains a great place for a quiet stroll.
For a laidback break from the hustle and bustle of the city, visit the Ubin Celestial Beach Resort nestled at the Southern part of Pulau Ubin Island. Hire a van or rent a bicycle for a short ride through the woods to get to the resort, which offers plenty of outdoor activities and water sports.
This Terminal also serves those going to Penggerang, Johor. So be sure to join the correct queue for Pulau Ubin!
Just join the queue and the boats will leave when they have 12 persons. If there are less than 12 persons, you might have to wait a little while until enough people turn up. Or you can pay $30 and go straight away. Bumboat operators run from sunrise to sunset. You can make special arrangements with the operators for trips after dark.
Getting around on Ubin
Ubin is ideal for leisurely strolls. There are well-marked roads and trails to explore. Stop by the NParks Information Kiosk near Ubin jetty for a free map and information on the latest happenings.
Cycling is another great way to explore Ubin. Bicycles can also be rented. The friendly bicycle rental shop assistants will be happy to tell you more about Ubin and advise you on where and how to go to various places of interest. There are also guided cycling tours available.
Also available for hire are 'taxis' comprising panel vans that can take up to 12 persons. Drivers will wait at Ubin jetty for potential passengers. These can be hired by the hour as well as for specific destinations. Many of the drivers are experienced and can bring you to special places or to look for special things. Rates are negotiated before the journey begins. Van drivers will give you their name cards so you can call or page them on your handphones when you are ready to go home, or you can pre-arrange a pick-up time upon your arrival.