A frog, a pig and an elephant challenged each other to race to Johor. The losers would turn to stone. All three didn’t make it. The elephant and pig turned into Pulau Ubin. The frog became Pulau Sekudu or Frog Island.
Back to the good old days
Gravel roads, lush forests and abundant wildlife – Pulau Ubin is a living showcase of what Singapore was like in the 1960s.
With less than a hundred villagers who live life at their own leisurely pace, Pulau Ubin might be the last real ‘kampung’ (‘village’ in Malay) in Singapore.
Unspoilt, rustic charm
Still, the charms of the island will captivate you, as it remains largely authentic, unspoilt and rustic, right down to the occasional whiffs of wildlife.
With an area of 10.2 square kilometres, this boomerang-shaped 1,020-hectare island sits just off the northeastern corner of mainland Singapore, in the Straits of Johor.
See if you can spot the abandoned quarries on Pulau Ubin, which means Granite Island in Malay. The island no longer hosts the granite quarrying industry.
Today, instead of miners, you’re more likely to bump into mynahs as well as other wildlife.
Nature lovers flock here on weekends as Pulau Ubin supports a rich ecosystem teeming with flora and fauna as well as threatened species of birds.
The star attraction is the Chek Jawa Wetlands. The intertidal flat comprises coral reefs, which are home to extensive marine wildlife, such as sea hares, sea squirts, octopuses, starfish, sand dollars, sponges and cuttlefish.
Be warned that you could get used to the slow pace of life here – it’s too easy to leave your worries behind.
Getting to Pulau Ubin is easy – just a 10-minute bumboat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal.