7 islands near Singapore that Singaporeans don’t need a passport to visit

Did you know that Singapore is actually made up of 63 islands? 🏝

26/1/2022 6:30:00 PM

Did you know that Singapore is actually made up of 63 islands? 🏝

You’ve probably caught yourself referring to Singapore as “this island” at least once in your life. But technically, Singapore is made up of 63 islands. Yup, that’s a lot! The... The post 7 islands near Singapore that Singaporeans don’t need a passport to visit appeared first on MoneySmart.sg.

Near the Lorong Halus red bridge are also the Punggol East Container Park with several eateries and the popular cafe Whisk & Paddle.Pulau Ubin ($8 for a return bumboat ride)A popular route is to ride out to the Chek Jawa Wetlands, a unique ecosystem that includes beaches, mangroves, forest and more. The seven-storey high Jejawi Tower there is also worth the climb for a panoramic view of the jungle.

For the more adventurous thrill-seekers who know what they’re doing, the Ketam Mountain Bike Park is where you can clock a solid 10km around the Ketam Quarry.Price of bumboat tickets to Pulau Ubin from Changi Point:: 7am to 7pm (recommended to leave before sunset)

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: GoCycling (from $8/hour), Jomando Adventure & Recreations (from $8/hour) Where to eat : Near the start of the bike trail, there are several restaurants housed under The Punggol Settlement hub offering seafood, local zichar, Thai, Indian and Western fare. There’s no kopitiam nearby, so be prepared to spend upwards of $10. Near the Lorong Halus red bridge are also the Punggol East Container Park with several eateries and the popular cafe Whisk & Paddle. This content is not available due to your privacy preferences. Update your settings here to see it. Pulau Ubin ($8 for a return bumboat ride) This is the best known and most-visited (by tourists, not NS men) island after Sentosa. But it couldn’t be more different from the latter. You’ll be rewarded with one of Singapore’s last kampungs, surrounded by jungle and mangrove swamps, and flanked by views of the sea. So what to do on Pulau Ubin? Why, cycling of course. Rent a bicycle from any of the bicycle shops along the road from the ferry arrival area. Prices range from $8 to $20 per day but it’s advised to take a sturdy mountain bike. A popular route is to ride out to the Chek Jawa Wetlands, a unique ecosystem that includes beaches, mangroves, forest and more. The seven-storey high Jejawi Tower there is also worth the climb for a panoramic view of the jungle. NParks holds guided tours on weekends but they’re all fully booked for now. You can try your luck and register for the waitlist and pray that people drop out. A tour costs $60 and accommodates a maximum of 5. For the more adventurous thrill-seekers who know what they’re doing, the Ketam Mountain Bike Park is where you can clock a solid 10km around the Ketam Quarry. The quarry is one of 5 inactive quarries on the island that you can cycle to some for some birdwatching, or you know, to get that Instagram pic. Guess what, you can also camp on Ubin at designated campsites (Jelutong, Mamam, Urban Living Lab) and can even bring your own food to cook. Unfortunately, NParks has suspended camping for now due to Covid-19. Price of bumboat tickets to Pulau Ubin from Changi Point: $4 each way since mid-2020, which adds up to $8 per round trip. Bring cash! Operating hours : 7am to 7pm (recommended to leave before sunset) Bicycle rental : approx $8 to $20 for a day. Prices and timing vary at individual shops. Tip : Opt for sturdy mountain bikes and don’t always go with the cheapest option as the bikes may not be in the best condition to navigate the Ubin trails. Get a helmet too and heed the signs that tell you to dismount your bike and push as there have been fatal accidents. Where to eat on Pulau Ubin: There are 4 main restaurants near the Ubin jetty — Encik Hassan, Cheong Lian Yuen, Sin Nam Huat, Season Live Seafood. Around the village are also several stalls selling snacks, drinks, fruits and local desserts. This content is not available due to your privacy preferences. Update your settings here to see it. Kusu Island ($15 for a return ferry ride) Kusu island is best known for tortoises. That’s right, the island’s got a whole bunch of tortoise statues which commemorate the fact that it’s name actually means Tortoise Island, thanks to an old legend about a tortoise turning into an island in order to save some humans. Many of the visitors come to the islands to pray at the Da Bo Gong Temple and climb the 152 steps up the hill to visit the three kramats or Muslim shrines. Take food and drinks with you and have a picnic along the beach or one of the picnic tables and shelters around. Unfortunately, the Tortoise Sanctuary remains closed for now. If your idea of a great day trip involves some culture sprinkled in with your nature, you’ll like Kusu Island. Daily ferries depart from Marina South Pier to Kusu Island, stopping at St John’s Island first. A one-way trip takes 1 hour. Price of return ferry to Kusu Island : $15 (adults), $12 (kids up to age 12) per round trip. Ferry operating hours