A rustic island northeast of mainland Singapore, Pulau Ubin has that unique charm—thanks to its well-preserved kampong (traditional Malay village) that gives you the impression of traveling back in time during your visit. Its biodiversity is also one of the greatest reasons why you should check out this 1020-hectare island. Home to a variety of habitats, it is every nature lover’s ideal destination for when they want to escape the hustles and bustles of the city.
Wondering what you can do in this adventure lover’s wonderland? We list down five exciting activities below:
Pulau Ubin Kayaking
Covering a distance of 8.27 kilometers, this activity is possibly the longest pure mangrove kayaking expedition in Pulau Ubin Singapore. It lasts for about six hours and will take you around the wetlands of Chek Jawa and into the streams that cut through the island. If you’re an animal lover, this excursion will treat you to sightings of manta rays, otters, and monitor lizards—just some of the countless creatures that call Pulau Ubin home.
Experience a different kind of fishing in Pulau Ubin! Be stationed along with one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world on a kayak and wait for your catch to take the bait. Paddle around gigantic vessels anchored near the coast and then take a moment to admire the view of Singapore’s cityscape from the sea. This is truly a one-of-a-kind fishing experience you won’t soon forget.
Pulau Ubin Cycling
If you enjoy riding bicycles, then you will surely enjoy cycling through Pulau Ubin’s unique landscape. Pedal through a lush forest, pass by quarry lakes and coconut groves, then be greeted by friendly animals along the way. There are several routes you can take if you decide on doing this activity. It offers routes for beginners to advanced cyclists.
Stand-up Paddleboarding and Canoeing
Stand-up paddleboarding and canoeing are an excellent (and super fun!) form of a full-body workout that is best done in a place like Pulau Ubin, where you will be surrounded by beautiful scenery. If it’s your first time, don’t worry! A professional coach will guide you through the basics.
Mangrove Forest Exploration
Discover Pulau Ubin’s rich fauna through this mangrove forest tour! Hop on a tandem kayak with an “Expedition Leader” and enter the island’s famed mangrove forest. Keep your eyes peeled for various species of birds, and try to spot kingfishers, hornbills, herons, and egrets among many others.
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