Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Pulau ubin Getaway

Finally its holiday.
Chancing upon this opportunity, decided to explore the islands around Singapore.
Being somewhat a nature lover, off to Pulau Ubin for the raved about Chek Jawa. 

And just as my brother guessed, the queues were crazy long. But very efficient.
We only queued for around half an hour considering there were close to 200 people ahead of us. And everyone was very orderly.
 *Important to note: There is no free public parking despite online saying so. 
Carpark waiting will take around 1 hour. 

To get to Pulau Ubin, the below buses will get you to Changi Interchange/ nearby area.

Service Destination Notes
2 New Bridge Road
29 Tampines Looping Point
59 Bishan
109 Serangoon

Once there look out for Changi Point Ferry Terminal. To get to the bumboats, go down the stairs at the Terminal. (If there is a queue, join the queue.. confirm its for Pulau Ubin) 

This Terminal also serves those going to Penggerang, Johor. Its a seperate counter down the stairs. So be sure to join the correct queue for Pulau Ubin.
Cost of the bumboat: $2.50/person. 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. 

A very short ride. Perhaps half an hour? So no worries about being sea sick. 

*Oh yes, do bring along some food because along the walk to Chek Jawa, there is no food or vending machines for drinks, so pack well. But if you forgot, there are convenience stores when you reach Pulau Ubin, you can buy chips drinks etc at affordable prices.
And its lovely picnicking there. Stay tune for the scenery.  

The Pulau Ubin jetty greeting us with its majestic flags.  They were having some kind of chinese god festival.

Very clear signs around to guide you where to go.
So no worries about being lost.

You can choose to rent bicycles or walk.
Either way its tiring. Imagine cycling up rocky up slopes (But when there's up there's also down)

Along the way, you might meet with Mr Boar rummaging plastic bags and trying to find food. Stay away and not agitate it and you'll be fine.

Trying to spot the tadpoles.

And mud crabs hiding in their holes.

There are a few routes. 
1. Mangrove Trail which is a longer route but ends up at this beautiful place.
Where one can spot planes flying over to Changi, groups having picnic and couples strolling.

Route 2
House No. 1 to enjoy the view of the pier, Pulau Sekudu and to take a short rest.

Just as all my travels, spot the number plate. PU = Pulau Ubin!

And mr monkey trying to stop my path. 
Nono! I'm going back home! (Haha)

It was a very good exercise. (Had sore legs after)
But sadly we didn't get to take photos like the other photography blogs because we went during the high tide. Till the next time!

*Oh before I forget, when you are back at Changi. Do drop by the hawker for our local delicacies and my favorite Red Tea jelly with longan (Hong Cha Long Yan)


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