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Pulau Ubin is one of the main sanctuaries of Singapore’s heritage and natural treasures. Its name—which is literally translated as ‘Granite Island’—refers to the fact that it was once decorated with an abundance of stone quarries. It is especially favoured today by Singaporeans as a place for a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life, and is also a must-visit destination for those who enjoy exploring and immersing themselves in flora and fauna. It is often referred to by locals as Singapore’s last real village.

Things to do in Pulau Ubin

German Girl’s Shrine

German Girl’s Shrine
German Girl’s Shrine

German Girl’s Shrine

To See


When one accounts for its name, it should come as no surprise that the German Girl’s Shrine once housed the real remains of a late German girl who fell to her death from a cliff in 1914 while attempting to escape invading British officers. Although her remains were stolen and are believed to no longer be in Singapore, this yellow structure still attracts visitors—especially those who believe that her spirit stills resides on the island, silently blessing worshippers with good luck and good health.

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Chek Jawa

Chek Jawa
Chek Jawa

Chek Jawa

To Do


Sprawled across an area of 100 hectares in Pulau Ubin’s eastern wing is Chek Jawa, a wetlands reserve that is saturated with natural diversity. It can be enjoyed through a variety of means, including taking a walk along its signature 1.1 km-long boardwalk that travels along its mangrove region. It is also a good place to indulge in Singapore’s natural gifts, like the songs of unique birds such as the Straw-headed Bulbul.

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Birds Of Pulau Ubin

Birds Of Pulau Ubin
Birds Of Pulau Ubin

Birds Of Pulau Ubin

To See

Due to its natural richness, Pulau Ubin is renowned for being a popular bird-watching destination. Those who visit the Chek Jawa wetlands will find that this is true after chancing upon the reserve’s viewing tower. From this tower, some of Singapore’s rarest birds can be seen, including the Oriental Pied-hornbill and the Straw-headed Bulbul. If luck is on your side, you may also be able to observe the other inhabitants of Pulau Ubin, such as mouse-deers and wild boars.

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Ketam Mountain Bike Park

Ketam Mountain Bike Park
Ketam Mountain Bike Park

Ketam Mountain Bike Park

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Pulau Ubin is a popular spot for mountain biking, be it for experts or those who do it for leisure—and the Ketam Mountain Bike Park is a testament to this. The park of 45 hectares is filled with various routes of differing difficulties to suit mountain bikers of all levels, and also to cater to a plethora of events. Shelters can be found along these routes as well, so do not worry about having a place to stop for a quick breather while mountain biking.

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National Parks’ Tree Trail

National Parks’ Tree Trail
National Parks’ Tree Trail

National Parks’ Tree Trail

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The Pulau Ubin Tree Trail is your way to acquaint yourself with the island’s natural landscape, based on a free guide provided by the National Parks Board. The organisation—which aims to enhance and promote Singapore’s greenery—introduced this do-it-yourself walking trail to showcase the many sides of Pulau Ubin, including its old plantations and village houses

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Sensory Trail

Sensory Trail
Sensory Trail

Sensory Trail

To Do

Created in 1995 as a way to let the visually impaired enjoy Pulau Ubin’s magnificence, this trail relies primary on an experience for the senses of smell and hearing. It includes adventuring through a fruit garden, in which you can familiarise yourself with native spices, herbs, fruits and medicinal plants. You would also be able to have a glimpse of the crops which were of great economic importance to Pulau Ubin in the 1970s.

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Pak Ali’s Lontong

Pak Ali’s Lontong
Pak Ali’s Lontong

Pak Ali’s Lontong

To Eat

Lontong is a rice cake dish that is commonly found in Southeast Asia, and Pak Ali’s rendition of it is said to be the stuff of legends. His store is located directly on the left of the Pulau Ubin jetty, so you certainly will not miss it upon arriving on the island. His preparation of the dish is unique to the softness of the lontong, which is complemented by a scrumptious homemade gravy. Be sure to plan ahead though, as Pak Ali’s lontong is only available on Sundays, and is commonly sold out by noon!

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