Pulau Ubin is an island off the northeastern coast of Singapore, shaped like a boomerang and covered by low hills. This offshore island is being developed into a nature park complete with trails, shelters, camping sites, chalets and other basic amenities.
Much of its natural environment will be preserved in the development programme and visitors can still experience the rustic village atmosphere encompassing granite quarries, coconut and rubber plantations, mangrove swamps, fish and prawn farms, and traditional fishing "kelongs".
Ubin is an island with a rural lifestyle and is a delightful retreat from the hustle and bustle of Singapore. It is a granite outcrop with several granite quarries that are no longer operating. The quarries have been fenced off and are filled with water. Whilst most of the villagers have been relocated to Singapore, the island still maintains its rustic charm with coconut trees and other fruit trees. Oil rubber plantations make up a sizeable part of the island. The trails have been upgraded for walking, cycling and trekking.
The best and most popular way to see the island is on a bicycle. Near the jetty are three or four shops renting bikes. Check the bikes out carefully as their quality and functions (including the brakes) vary. Costs range from S$3 to S$7 for an hour.
Camping sites are also available. At the southeast of the island lies 'Tanjong Chek Jawa' which was saved from development due to public outrage. Chek Jawa is rich in marine life that is rarely seen at our shores. There is also abundant wildlife on the island including the Purple Jungle Fowl. A seafood restaurant near the main jetty offers delicious seafood which can be savoured out in the open whilst taking in the sea breeze.
The MCC Ubin Resort is another attraction on the island.
Its size is 1,019 hectares and located 2km north east of Singapore.
Specialities: Biking/cycling, trekking, camping, bird-watching, wildlife photography, fishing and nature walks.