About Pulau Ubin
Pulau is an offshore island situated at the North East of Singapore. It is a mere size of 10km². It has dwindled down From a few thousand villagers in the 1960s down to just a hundred today, as many have moved to the main island for greater career opportunities.
It means Granite Island in malay, that is why there are many granite quarries which are abandoned there. Ubin is a Javanese term for ‘squared stone’
The island was believed to be formed whehn three animals, a pig, a frog and an elephant raced from Singapore to Johor. But in the end all of them failed and turned into stone. Of which, the pig and elephant turned into Pulau Ubin, while the frog became an island called Pulau Sekudu.
History of Pulau Ubin
Pulau Ubin First appeared in 1828, in Frakin and Jackson’s map as Po. Ubin. Many of the former kampongs on Pulau Ubin were either named after the first person who settled in the kampong or by some feature in the area. For example, Kampong Cik Jawa by a Singaporean named Jawa; and Kampong Jelutong from people from Changi and from its jelutong trees.
More about Pulau Ubin
Pulau Ubin is Still a rural area , it is a preserved island, little roads nor concrete buildings are built there. Thus, this allows the flora and fauna to survive there, where many species are abundant there. Thus, this is a great place for summer camps and field trips.
Examples of marine life there include: