Pulau Ubin is in essence, the last ‘kampung’ (village) in Singapore. A stroll through Ubin takes you back to Singapore in the 1960’s with the simpler pleasures of life. The slow lane starts as soon as you join the queue for the bumboat at Changi. As you arrive, all cares are left behind.
Ubin is a great day trip spent walking or pedaling through rustic roads under swaying coconut palms, exploring shady trails in overgrown rubber plantations, checking out secluded beaches and flourishing mangroves. On Ubin, the food tastes better, air is fresher and sights and sounds so soothing to the soul.
Where is Ubin? Pulau Ubin is an island off Changi.
You can get there by public bumboats from Changi Point.
How do I get to Pulau Ubin? Take a bumboat from Changi Jetty (now called Changi Point Ferry Terminal), which is near the Changi Village Hawker Centre.
At Changi Point Ferry Terminal, to get to the bumboats, go down the stairs at the Terminal. This Terminal also serves those going to Penggerang, Johor. So be sure to join the correct queue for Pulau Ubin.
Cost of the bumboat: $2.50/person (wef 15 Apr 08). Maximum 12 passengers. Additional $2 per bicycle.
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 people can 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
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.
Ubin Jetty: Your first stop with a good view of Ubin Town, Chek Jawa to the east. Stop by the NParks Info Kiosk at the exit to get a free pamphlet of Ubin and advice from the friendly NParks officers on how to spend your day on Ubin.
Ubin Town: has eating places, bicycle rental shops and provision shops that stock almost everything you could possibly need on your daytrip. Highlights include a wayang stage with a colourful history and a little shrine.
heading North: The Chek Jawa boardwalk is now open any tide. Also explore farms, fruit plantations, kampongs, rubber plantation being taken over by the forest to the two beaches on the northern shore of Ubin.
Ubin is also full of interesting wildlife and plants.
Acknowledgement : http://www.wildsingapore.com/ubin/