Quarry Lake, Pulau Ubin
Singapore, a bustling metropolis, a melting pot of diverse cultures and races, a dense city home to 5.5 million inhabitants. Vibrant and modern, busy and cosmopolitan. We all picture Singapore as an urban metropolis filled with stylish skyscrapers but unknown to many, the city state has an other side… a contrasting side such as Pulau Ubin.
Pulau Ubin or simply Ubin Island northeast of the city is once a granite quarrying island and considered as one of the few remaining rural villages of Singapore.
A day of strolling and biking in the trails of Ubin is like traveling back to old Singapore where life was still simple and slow. With abundance of natural flora and fauna, beautiful lakes and serene idyllic shores, it is definitely Singapura’s secret corner.
How to Get to Pulau Ubin
From downtown Singapore, you need to go to Changi Point Ferry Terminal. There are two ways by public transit:
1) Take a MRT Train to Tanah Merah Station and transfer to an SBS Transit Bus Service Number 2 going to Changi Village Bus Depot. The SBS Transit Bus Stop is at the right side of the underpass in Tanah Merah. Changi Point Ferry Terminal is just a short walk from the bus depot.
2) Take MRT Train to Tampines Station and walk to the Tampines Bus Interchange then catch an SBS Transit Bus Service Number 29 to Changi Village Bus Depot. Changi Point Ferry Terminal is just a short walk from the bus depot.
At Changi Point Ferry Terminal, there are bumboats going to Pulau Ubin. It is a 10-minute ride and fare is S$3.00 one-way. Every bumboat can ferry 12 passengers and leave only when it is full. If you are in a hurry, you may charter the entire bumboat for S$36.00 one-way.
Biking in Pulau Ubin
There are numerous cycle shops near the port of Pulau Ubin, bicycle rentalis as low as S$2.00 per day.