The first time I came to Singapore I was in love with the man-made sites. The modern architecture, the traditional architecture, the stunning sites like the Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay. But what I didn’t realise was that Singapore has so much natural beauty too. Our day trip to Pulau Ubin Singapore really opened my eyes to the beautiful nature here and showed us another side to Singapore.
Visiting Pulau Ubin Singapore
Pulau Ubin is an island just north of Changi, and just below Malaysia. I had wanted to visit Pulau Ubin for a while, but because it’s not in the city, never made the time for it. What a mistake. Pulau Ubin is the perfect escape from the big buildings and busy streets. If Singapore were a dessert, then Pulau Ubin is the relief, like adding some fresh fruit. It gives a balance to Singapore that makes it feel like a complete dish. (Ok, perhaps I’ve watched too much MasterChef lately).
So what is Pulau Ubin? It’s a small island full of nature, animals, quarries with lakes. It’s a popular place to come on the weekend to get out of the city and enjoy nature and cycling. Although it’s an island, don’t come with expectations of white sandy beaches. Pulau Ubin is raw and feels like an untouched Singapore. Less than a hundred villagers live here.
Things To Do In Pulau Ubin
There are different quarries, lakes and areas to visit on Pulau Ubin. The best thing to do is hire a bicycle and ride around the island to the different spots. Our favourite area was the Ketam quarry.
There are a few places to eat on Pulau Ubin, but I would recommend waiting until you get back to Changi and have lunch there as they have a delicious hawker food centre. We loved the nasi lamak, satay, curry puffs, ipor hor fun noodles, ice milo, lime juice etc. As with most Hawker food centres in Singapore, you will find many delicious dishes!
How To Get To Pulau Ubin
You can reach Pulau Ubin by a 10-minute bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal. The bumboat costs $3 per person one way. There are a few ways to reach Changi Village. You can get an MRT to Tanah Merah then bus 2 to Changi Village. Another option is an MRT to Tampines, then bus 29 to Changi Village. You could, of course, get a taxi, Uber or Grab the entire way. Another option would be an MRT to Pasir Ris then Taxi/Uber to Changi Village.
Things to Know Before You Go To Pulau Ubin Singapore
There are some food stalls on Pulau Ubin, although I would eat at Changi Hawker Village after your trip.
You can hire bikes on the island from about $8 per person for the day, and the price goes up from there depending what type of bike you hire.
The best time to go to Pulau Ubin is in the morning, but I believe some of the bike hire shops don’t open until 8 am.
Make sure to wear and bring sunscreen and a hat as Singapore can get very hot. I would also bring an umbrella/poncho in case of rain.
You will probably need at least a few hours/half day to enjoy Pulau Ubin, but you could also spend the entire day.
There are no ATM’s on the island but you can withdraw money at Changi Village. As long as you bring enough cash for transport and possibly food and water (if not bringing your own) then this is all you will need.
Changi Beach Park is right at Changi Village and is nice to relax or walk along the water after a visit to Pulau Ubin.