Day 8. Bum Boat to Pulau Ubin

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Bum Boat to Pulau Ubin
This morning we took the MRT and then a bus to Changi Point village from where we caught a bum boat over to the small island of Pulau Ubin.

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Pulau Ubin Jetty
The small island is situated off the north east coast of Singapore and unlike Sentosa it is largely undeveloped. Boats don’t run to a timetable, instead they depart when fully occupied with 12 passengers.

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Pulau Ubin
We didn’t have to wait long, and the fare was $2.50 each (one way) for the 12 minute journey.  The jetty was very welcoming, being decorated with brightly coloured bunting and red Chinese lanterns.

imageThere were bicycles everywhere for hire but as these are not allowed on the boardwalks we decided to walk.  It was a 25 minute walk to the start of the  Chek Lava Boardwalk trail.  The trail is 3.5 km long and winds its way through mangrove swamps to the 21 metre high Jelawi viewing tower.  The tower is primarily for bird watching and viewing the tall, forest trees and mangroves from aloft, but it’s also good for plane spotters, as there are good views of aircraft coming into land at nearby Changi airport.

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The birdwatching tower

Nearby a small kiosk sold bottled water whilst several cafes are located near the ferry terminal.  We found this to be an excellent side trip, and it’s quite easy to get to.  It’s such a contrast to the ultra modern city centre.

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