Pulau Ubin, Singapore © BertholdD
The island of Ubin is Singapore's second largest offshore island and provides a peaceful interlude to the city's bustle. The island can be reached by traditional bumboat from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal and the boat ride is fun in itself. The boat docks at Ubin village, a Malay settlement where houses perch serenely on stilts above the beach sand and mangrove. Beyond this point one can explore the island by mountain bike and enjoy its pristine beaches fringed with coconut palms, its variety of seafood restaurants and restful Buddhist temples scattered here and there. There are numerous hiking and biking trails to enjoy. The island was once used for mining granite, which went into the construction of the main causeway between Malaysia and Singapore, among other things, but today the mines have been submerged by lakes and overgrown by jungle and the island feels as though it has been reclaimed by nature. Ubin gives visitors a taste of what the main island of Singapore must have looked like before it became a sparkling urban playground, with the coastal and rainforest ecosystems intact and traditional village life preserved to some extent.
Transport: Boats transport passengers from Changi Point throughout the day.