Updated: Jun 21
Updated: November 2020
Travellers who visited Singapore will definitely know the island resort known as Sentosa to the south of the island-nation. That island with a giant Merlion, beautiful beaches, Universal Studios, the casinos at Resorts World Sentosa and various attractions, but not all of them know of another island off the eastern coast — Pulau Ubin (乌敏岛).
Known as the "Granite Island" in Malay, rustic Pulau Ubin (or "Ubin" for short) is in stark contrast to the more developed Sentosa island. Instead of posh hotels and restaurants on Sentosa, Ubin has a tiny village with just a few wooden houses and a seafood restaurant. Instead of sky trains, buses and taxis to get around Sentosa, Ubin has some old vans to ferry visitors across the island. The most common means of transportation on Ubin is bicycles.
In fact, Ubin is a "nature park" under the care of the National Parks Board (NParks) of Singapore. The small island is inhabited by a very small population who had stayed on the peaceful island for many years. Go there and meet these friendly people.
Before You Go
Here are some advice for the trip to Ubin.
Apply insect repellent for repelling mosquitoes and stay away from desolated and shady places, don't wander into less-travelled places.
Apply sunblock to prevent sunburn, even on cloudy days.
Wear light-colored, thin, long sleeves shirt to keep mosquitoes away and reflect sun heat.