“Only from the heart can you touch the sky” – RUMI
There is a 10 minute boat ride to enjoy a rustic experience away from the busy, sophisticated life in Singapore.
Fun fact about Pulau Ubin is that the name means “Granite Island” in Malay in which the abandoned quarries remain as picturesque relics of the island’s history. It has a massive area of1,020 ha shaped like a boomerang and has a variety of activities that you can do such as trekking, camping, kayaking, fishing and cycling.
I brought along my 6 year old son with me for a cycling trip. We are both beginners so it was just perfect that there were areas in the island that was fitting to our competence.
How to get there? (and if you intend to bring your own bike)
We hired a Bike Transport service to pick us up from our home at 8:30 AM to Changi Point Ferry Terminal.
Cost: $38 one way for two bikes (usual cost is $20 per bike one way), but if you are sharing with a friend living in a different area, adding another stop would only be for just $5, total would be $43. Not bad!
Bring cash & some stuff. In the terminal, you pay cash directly to the boat operators/owners for $6 if you are bringing your bike, if not, then it would only pay $4 one way.
Arriving in the island just a few minutes walk from the terminal would be the bike rental shops. Bike rental fee: Ranges from $10-$27.
Hungry? There was only one restaurant called Season Live Seafood which was open during the time of our visit as we came in during the Covid-Two-Pax restriction so some shops may not be open possibly due to the anticipated restriction (and maybe because we also came on a working day) so take that into consideration on bringing food if you have special dietary needs.
They only accept cash so please be prepared, the island does not have any ATM too but if you are wondering if there is internet connection, yes absolutely! you can use your mobile data connection island wide.
However, as convenient to stay connected, do not forget to bring your usual sunblock and mosquito repellant because there are no convenience stores in the island. On the other hand, toilets are island wide so no need to worry!
Pro Tip: If you have a dog, you can bring them along too!
We headed to the Butterfly Hill as our first stop. Just as you enter the hill, you will be greeted with butterflies! Going in will also require you to get off your bike because it is uphill-steep but at the top, there is a hut called Tahu Hut to rest and enjoy the view of the lake.
We then headed to the Bukit Puaka (Puaka Hill) where you can appreciate more the view of the Ubin Quarry. This is the highest peak in the island with a height of 75 m. It would take you around 10 minutes to hike from the entrance to the top and have the beautiful and worthwhile view of the Ubin Quarry. You cannot bring your bike along so will need to leave it in the parking bike area just right before the entrance.
After Puaka Hill, we intended to visit the famous Ah Ma Drink Stall but was disappointed to see that it was closed.
We found this spot to relax a bit and rehydrate for a while.
Then off to our last destination which was Ketam Quarry.
From the entrance, it was a 7 minute trek uphill and was a bit challenging for me and my son as a beginner but was all worth it reaching the top.
Just on this same area is an entrance going to the Mountain Bike Park. There are steeper climbs and drop offs on this trail so I would suggest this area for beginners like me.
Those attractions alone took us 4 hours in total to complete including rest and lunch. There were a few more areas that I wanted to visit but the water we brought was not enough for us to last a few more hours to ride so we headed back to the terminal. That was around 2PM.
Other sites you can see which we were not able to visit include:
1. Jelutong Campsite
2. Chek Jawa Wetland
3. Ubin Fruit Orchard
4. Sensory Trail
5. Ubin Living Lab
6. Maman Campsite
7. Jejawi Tower
8. Teck Seng’s Place
We miss travelling back home so much so visiting Pulau Ubin brought us joy into our hearts and helped us to recharge! Hope you can check it out too sometime if you are in Singapore!