Pulau Ubin, the most famous island in the North-East of Singapore is the last bastion for nature in Singapore and is about 400 hectares in size. This island has so far escaped the relentless development so apparent in the rest of Singapore. Here is the last extensive place where the old world, rustic kampong scenery still remains where aquaculture ponds, fruits orchard, coconut groves, secondary forests, rubber plantations and shady, winding lanes occur.
The island has abundant flora and wildlife especially birds. There are 120 over species of birds found here includingmigrants and resident species that is about one third the total number of bird species found in Singapore. Ubin Island is also rich in mammal life as well as corals and marine life.
Ubin is home to some most vulnerable birds of Singapore such as the Mangrove Pitta, Mangrove Blue Flycatcher, Black-naped Monarch, Buffy Fish Owl and the Globally endangered Straw-headed Bulbul. It is also the best and only location to see the Oriental Pied Hornbill and Red Junglefowl in Singapore.
The mammals found here are the Long-tailed Macaques, Wild Pigs, House and Indian Civets and Malayan Flying Foxes. The Northern coast is the haunt of the Dugong, a sea mammal now considered endangered in this region. Wild elephant, tapir and tiger were reported to have swum across from Johor in the past.
The eight by two square kilometres island have lots to offer and explore. Network of country roads connecting every corner of the island provides visitors opportunities to explore the island on foot, by mountain bike or van converted taxi. Another attraction of Ubin is the Che Jawa Coast, which is rich in marine and coral life exposed during low tide.
The idle town centre of Ubin reflects the lifestyle of Singapore in the 50s and 60s. Bicycle rental shops, seafood restaurants, old-style coffee shops, untidy kept provision shops, a Chinese temple and a Chinese opera stage set the ambience of this tourist attraction as compared to the commercialised Sentosa.
The best way to go is engaging our experienced Nature Guide for an eco exploration on foot enjoying the charms and ambience of Pulau Ubin.