Singapore’s Best Islands

April 27, 2012 by

Local Recommendations, Sightseeing, Things To Do, Top Attractions

Pulau Ubin, Singapore

Pulau Ubin, Singapore. Photo courtesy of williamcho via Flickr.

The pleasures of island hopping amid Singapore’s southern islands are just the thing for travelers seeking beautiful sunsets, nature reserves, temples, bungalows and beaches. The following are a few of the finer points of call among the more than 50 islands that make up the country.

Sisters’ Islands

Actually two islands (Big Sisters’ and Little Sisters’) this dynamic duo is a popular destination for snorkelers, picnickers, and campers. Experienced scuba divers will also enjoy the clear blue waters here; but be aware, the currents in the area are notoriously strong and have been known to imperil the uninitiated.

St John’s Island

Though this island was once a quarantine station for immigrants and inmates suffering from leprosy, St. John’s (or Pulau Sakijang Bendera) is now a delightful idyll replete with picnic grounds, hiking trails, lagoons, beaches and recreational areas for sports enthusiasts.

Kusu Island

Located less than 40 minutes by ferry from the Marina South Pier, Kusu is home to a Malay temple, a Chinese shrine and several excellent swimming and snorkeling spots. The island is known as Tortoise Island for its size and shape and turtle motifs abound. Legend has it that a giant tortoise turned itself into an island to save two stranded sailors whose ship sank in the area. True or not, Kusu is definitely a great place to visit.

Pulau Ubin

Popular with trekkers and campers, the boomerang-shaped Ubin (also known as Granite Island) offers more than 2,500 acres of wilderness, abandoned granite quarries, rolling hills and some of Singapore’s last remaining traditional kampongs (or “villages”).

- John Reality

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