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Things To Do At Pulau Ubin – Things to know about Pulau Ubin 2022

Learn about the best things to do at Pulau Ubin and what to know before going to Pulau Ubin!

What is Pulau Ubin?

Pulau Ubin, shaped like a boomerang, is located just off the north-eastern corner of mainland Singapore. It was once a group of five smaller islets separated by tidal rivers, but it has since been joined by the construction of bunds for prawn farming to form a single 1,020-hectare island. Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) and Pulau Sekudu (Frog Island) are two other islets to its south.

Granite mining employed a few thousand people in the early days. Much of the original vegetation was destroyed to make way for the cultivation of rubber and other crops such as coffee, pineapple, coconut, and jasmine. Today, abandoned granite quarries stand as picturesque relics of Ubin’s history, while forests and grasslands have grown back to hide the ravages of the past.

Visit Chek Jawa Wetlands

Visit Chek Jawa Wetlands at Pulau Ubin to see one of Singapore’s richest ecosystems by walking, cycling or hiring a vehicle.

Visit Chek Jawa Visitor Centre (House No. 1)

Visit Chek Jawa Visitor Centre (Also known as House No. 1) to see Singapore’s only Tudor-style house with a fireplace while also checking out the information panels and interpretive displays that show the history and beauty of Chek Jawa!

Camp At Pulau Ubin

Enjoy one of the best places to camp in Singapore far away from the cars and city life most of us are used to by camping overnight at one of the many Pulau Ubin camp sites!

Kayak In Pulau Ubin

Arguably one of the best things to do is to Kayak in Pulau Ubin. There are many nights places to kaya in Pulau Ubin!

 

Be sure to have enough cash before going to Pulau Ubin

Most of the stores around Pulau Ubin only accept cash so be sure to bring cash along!

Ferry To Pulau Ubin Timing

Pulau Ubin ferry operates from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

How Go Pulau Ubin

Visits to Pulau Ubin begin with a bumboat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal (adjacent to Changi Village). Pulau Ubin ferry operates from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The ferry from Changi Village to Pulau Ubin takes about ten minutes and costs $4 per person ($2 more if you bring your bicycle). Bumboats only leave when there are 9 to 12 passengers, so there are no set departure times. Please check with the bumboat operator to confirm the fare.

If you intend to leave Pulau Ubin after 6 p.m, please make prior arrangements with boat operators. If there are no boats available for your return trip at the Pulau Ubin jetty, please contact the NParks hotline at 1800-471 7300 for assistance.

Pulau Ubin Contact Details

Tel: +65 65424108 

Email:  

Form: Pulau Ubin Contact Form

Pulau Ubin Police Contact Details Tel: +65 6375-0000

Visit Chek Jawa Wetlands.

A visit to Pulau Ubin would be incomplete without a stop at Chek Jawa Wetlands, one of Singapore’s richest ecosystems, which opened on July 7, 2007. Chek Jawa Wetlands can be reached by walking, cycling, or hiring a vehicle.

How to get to Chek Jawa Wetlands

Visitors arriving at the Pulau Ubin jetty can hire a van or rent a bicycle from the main village. A walk to Chek Jawa would take about 40 minutes for the more adventurers. (Bicycles and vehicles must be parked in designated areas near Punai Hut for the safety of visitors. Remember to request a bicycle lock when renting a bicycle.) 

To know more about Chek Jawa Wetlands click here to go to NP Parks page for more details

Be sure to visit Chek Jawa Visitor Centre (House No. 1)

Chek Jawa Visitor Centre also known as House No. 1 was built in the 1930s as a vacation home for Singapore’s Chief Surveyor, Landon Williams. It is now known as the Chek Jawa Visitor Centre and is located in eastern Pulau Ubin, near the Chek Jawa Wetlands.

Singapore’s only authentic Tudor-style house with a fireplace is the Chek Jawa Visitor Centre (House No. 1). It is built in an architecturally distinctive post and beam style, with stucco-finished walls and gables framed by black creosote-treated timbers.

The ground level of Chek Jawa Visitor Centre showcase information panels and interpretive displays that depict the history and beauty of the natural heritage in Chek Jawa.

How to get to Chek Jawa Visitor Centre (House No. 1)

If you are starting your trip to Chek Jawa Visitor Centre (House No. 1) from the Main Jetty, walk towards the main village and turn right to the path leading to Belatok Hut. Continue walking towards Murai Hut, once you reached Murai Hut there are two ways to get to Chek Jawa Visitor Centre (Either by walking up to Beberek hut up ahead or turning right to Kelichap hut.)

If you are walking from Kelichap hut, continue walking straight ahead until you see Punai Hut and turn right. You will then reach Chek Jawa Visitor Centre.

To know more about how to get to Chek Jawa Visitor Centre (House No. 1) click here to see our Instagram post of the Pulau Ubin Map

Pulau Ubin Map
Image Credit: NP Parks

What are the Pulau Ubin Camp Sites
There are currently 3 different campsites at Pulau Ubin. 

1. Pulau Ubin Camp Jelutong Campsite
2. Pulau Ubin Camp Mamam Campsite
3. Pulau Ubin Camp Endut Senin Campsite

Where are the Pulau Ubin Camp Sites

Jelutong Campsite is located nearest to the Main Jetty just being a few minutes walk away from the main village. 

Mamam Campsite (currently closed as of writing on 14 March 2022) is located at the top of Pulau Ubin

Endut Senin Campsite is located on the left side of Pulau Ubin near Puaka bridge

How to camp at Pulau Ubin

To camp at Pulau Ubin you will first need to apply for a permit. To apply for a permit to camp, visit the official NP Parks website here. Or go to the direct link to book at the official AXS E-Station website here. Click here to see our full guide on how to apply for a camping permit at Pulau Ubin

Important things to know before applying for the Pulau Ubin camping permit:
1. The applicant applying for the Pulau Ubin camping permit will have to be at least 16 years old
2. The Applicant shall, at the time of application, provide the particulars of all occupants of his/her tent.
3. The Permit is non-transferable, and each Applicant is only allowed one tent under the Permit. A new Permit will only be issued after the expiry of an existing Permit.
4. The Applicant is allowed to camp for four days per month. 
5. You will need to apply for a camping permit at least 2 weeks before the camping date

To know more about the important things to know before applying for a Pulau Ubin camping permit be sure to read this page from NP Parks about their terms and conditions

To know more about camping at Pulau Ubin be sure to read this guide by NP Parks.

What To Do At Pulau Ubin: Kayak In Pulau Ubin

One of the best things to do at Pulau Ubin is to Kaya in Pulau Ubin

 

Adventures by Asian Detours Website and Social Media

Adventures by Asian Detours Address

34 Jalan Endut Senin, 508287 

(1 minute walk from the main jetty!)

Adventures by Asian Detours Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday: 9 AM – 6 PM

Adventures by Asian Detours Contact Details

+65 9772 2071

If you’re in the mood to have an adventure, be sure to go for a Kayak in Pulau Ubin (But be sure to keep as safe as possible due to the boats coming from mainland to Pulau Ubin coming every so often!)

Pulau Ubin is known for its beautiful nature, which can be discovered by kayaking around the island! A 4-hour kayak tour with Adventures by Asian Detours will introduce you to the scenic mangroves of Pulau Ubin, led by an Expedition Leader who will explain the natural formations. Don’t worry if you’re new to kayaking; the waters are calm. Equipment and gear are also provided, so come as you are. Other kayaking tours available include Ubin Bisect Kayaking, Round Ketam Kayaking, and Paddle to Pedal (both kayaking and cycling).

To Kayak in Pulau Ubin you will need to a Kayak tour with Adventures by Asian Detours here.

First go to the AXS E-Station website here, read the terms and conditions, select I agree, select Pulau Ubin, select the start date (meaning the date you will start camping) and select the end date (meaning the date you stop camping), ensure that the location you are booking is at Pulau Ubin, Select the area (Endut Senin Campsite) (Mamam Campsite) (Jelutong Campsite 1) (Jelutong Campsite 2)(provided if your campsite is open or closed you will see different screens. If your campsite is closed it will tell you so)

If your campsite at Pulau Ubin is open you will need to fill in your personal details such as your NRIC, Contact number, Name as per NRIC, Email and camping group information and confirm the details.

If you have any issues with booking campsites at Pulau Ubin Camp please contact AXS Pte Ltd at 65602727 (8.30am – 6pm daily) or WhatsApp AXS at 81026213 (6pm – 10pm daily).

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What to do at Pulau Ubin: Visit Chek Jawa Wetlands, Visit Chek Jawa Visitor Centre (House No. 1), Camp At Pulau Ubin and Kayak In Pulau Ubin

 

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A common “complaint” or question we see online is that most people do not want to go for a JB day trip is because you will need to buy insurance even for a JB day trip. While that is true, that is only needed if you are partially vaccinated or not vaccinated. If you are fully vaccinated (Eg 2 vaccines or 3 vaccines) you will not need insurance to go to JB or Malaysia (but of course, it would not hurt to get insurance)

(Please note, if you are unsure if you are fully vaccinated and the validity of your vaccines in Malaysia, please check this link for the officially accepted vaccines in Malaysia)

In Malaysia, those who are 18 years old and above are considered fully vaccinated with two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccines – even without a booster.

Those who are aged 60 and above, however, are required to get a third dose of the vaccine (booster) to keep their fully vaccinated status. 

If you want to take the express bus from Woodlands Checkpoint to JB Checkpoint, please prepare $2 SGD in cash and proceed to pay when you board the bus (you will need to place your money in the money machine at the entrance of the bus. And the bus driver will print out a ticket so be sure to keep the ticket!)

Similarly, if you are taking the express bus from JB checkpoint to Singapore checkpoint you will need to prepare 2 ringgit in cash and proceed to pay when you board the bus (you will also need to place your money in the money machine at the entrance of the bus. And the bus driver will print out a ticket so be sure to keep the ticket!)

If you’re planning on visiting Malaysia, you’ll need to download, register, and activate the MySejahtera app on your phone. This is how Malaysia checks your immunization status and makes contact tracing easier.

The TraceTogether app is Singapore’s counterpart of the MySejahtera app.

To download the MySejahtera app, you can download it through Google Play or the Apple App store from their official sources here.

To find out how can Singaporeans register for the MySejahtera app click here

When you are making your way back to Singapore (whether on the same day or within 3 days), you will need to complete the SG arrival card. You are able to fill up the details needed for the card within 3 days before arriving in Singapore. (What we did when we travelled for a JB day trip was to fill up the card on the same day that we were leaving Singapore and coming back) If you would like to know how to fill up the SG arrival card click here

And that is all you need to do for a JB day trip! It is as simple as that!

(PS be sure to bring your passport and soft copy of your vaccination cert with you if possible to prevent any issues from happening)

How Do Singaporeans Register For The MySejahtera App?
What are the steps needed to register for the MySejahtera app and where to use the MySejahtera app

After downloading the MySejahtera app you will need to register by filling up the details required. 

How do I register in MySejahtera according to MySejahtera’s official website?

To register, you need to follow these steps:

Step 1: Download and install MySejahtera from the Gallery of Malaysian Government Mobile Applications (GAMMA), Apple AppStore, Google Play Store or Huawei AppGallery

Step 2: Click on “Register Here” to register a new account

Step 3: Enter your mobile phone number and click “Register” or click on the link “I would like to use Email to Register” (if you want to register using email address)

Step 4: You will receive an OTP via SMS from 63839 (if you register using phone number) or confirmation link through your email (if you register using email address)

Step 5: Enter the OTP and click ‘Send’ (if you register using phone number) or click on the confirmation link sent to your email (if you register using email address)

Step 6: Fill in your registration details and click ‘Confirm’

Step 7: You will receive a “Successful Registration” message. Click “Close” at the bottom of the screen to return to the sign-in screen

Step 8: Enter your User ID (phone number or email address) and your password and click “Sign in”.

Step 9: Congratulations! You may start using the app.

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After registering for the MySejahtera app, you will need to upload your vaccination certificate on their app or on their website here

If you would like to update your vaccinations in the MySejahtera app you will just need to press the “Traveller” icon and select “Overseas Vaccination Details”. 

There will be a pop-up that will bring you to their website “https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my/help_en/vaccinationOverseas/”

Select “I am reporting for myself” if you are uploading your own vaccination certificates and your own details. 

Or select “I am reporting for my dependent” if you are helping them fill up their vaccination details 

After filling up everything you need to, please wait for the confirmation of your vaccination and you are able to go for a JB day trip or anywhere in Malaysia!

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You will need the MySejahtera app to scan the QR codes at the entrances so that you can enter the malls and shops so be sure to have it ready!

The SG Arrival Card must be completed by everyone and anybody entering Singapore, whether they are Singaporeans or not.

To fill up the SG Arrival Card you will first need to go to their website by opening this link  Please read through the things to note when submitting the SG Arrival Card on their website 

Once you have finished reading through the page, select the “Submit Online” button in bright blue 

After selecting “Submit Online”, it should bring you to this page which is where you will actually be filling up the form needed.

Please select if you are a Singapore Citizen, Permanent Resident or Long-Term Pass Holder. Or select whichever selection is correct.  (In this section of the blog we will be talking about how to fill up the card if you are a Singapore Citizen, Permanent Resident or Long-Term Pass Holder) 

If you have selected the “Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents & Long-Term Pass Holders” option you will need to fill up your NRIC/FIN, Email address, confirm email address, Trip Information and Health Declaration. Once you have filled up all the details, there will be an email sent to you confirming you have filled up the SG arrival card.

(Please note when filling up the section for trip information and they ask for the “Date of Arrival to Singapore”: please select the date you are arriving in Singapore EG you are arriving on 4 April 2022 select 4 April 22)

Be sure to fill up your SG Arrival card before you come back to make sure everything is fast and easy for your JB day trip

 If you want to go to KSL City Mall From JB Checkpoint, you will need to go down to the first floor of CIQ Johor to go to JB Sentral Bus Terminal. From there, please walk in and proceed to look for bus 100. Bus 100 is a direct bus from JB Sentral bus terminal to KSL City Mall. 

To take the bus from JB Sentral Bus interchange to KSL City Mall, you will need to buy a ticket at 1.30 ringgit per person one way.

And to take the bus back from KSL city mall to JB Sentral Bus Interchange you will also need to purchase a ticket at 1.30 ringgit per person one way. (Please note the last bus from KSL city mall to JB Sentral bus interchange leaves KSL city at 6pm so be sure to plan accordingly. We missed our bus and took a Grab back, and had to pay 7 ringgit that night) 

For both trips the you will need to place your money into the transparent casing at the entrance of the bus. The bus driver will print out the ticket so be sure to take the ticket!

One of the best ways to have a fun JB day trip is to got to to KSL so be sure to have fun on your JB day trip!

We checked both Starhub and Singtel for data plans using our own sim card (This is so we don’t have to change our sim cards since we knew we are only going for a day trip and its cheaper to just get data directly from Starhub or Singtel)

Starhub’s roaming data plan to Malaysia costs $5 for 1Gb of data for 3 days.

Singtel’s roaming data plan to Malaysia also costs $5 for 1 GB of data as well but for 7 days.

Both data plans can be purchased in their respective apps (Eg Starhub roaming plan can be purchased from the My Starhub app and Singtel’s roaming plan can be purchased from the MySingtel app)

To purchase data roaming plan from Singtel, you will first need a Singtel Sim card.

If you have a Singtel sim card (provided you are using a postpaid sim card and not prepaid) Make sure to download the MySingtel app on Google Play Store or Apple App store)

If you want to log into the app a bit easier, be sure to turn off your wifi and turn on your mobile data.

If you are using your mobile data and you opened the MySingtel app, you should automatically be logged in.

Once you are logged into the MySingtel App, proceed by clicking the three dots beside your phone number or select roaming if you have that option

If you do not see the roaming icon/button on the homepage of the MySingtel App, be sure to press the three dots beside your number and press “Add-ons”, Select roaming  and select “Buy ADD-ONS” 

Select the country you would like to buy data for (In this example we are selecting Malaysia) Select the plan you are interested in getting (We chose Ready Roam since it was what we needed and wanted for a JB day trip) 

Under “Plan” click on “Select” and again choose the option you would like (We chose 1Gb 7 Days Malaysia since again that was what we wanted/needed)

Be sure to select the start date. (The start date is when the data itself will be enabled so that you can start using your data overseas) 

Once you have selected your start date, press on “Next” be sure to read through all of the details and make sure they are accurate, scroll to the bottom and select “I agree with the terms above” and select “CONFIRM ORDER” The giant red button will say the price you will need to pay beside “confirm order” (EG CONFIRM ORDER $5.00)

If everything proceeds well and there are no issues, you will get an SMS stating that you are able to start using the data on the day which you have selected the data plan to start.

(Note. You will be billed on the next bill cycle together with your main bill)

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