Pulau Ubin – The Perfect Island For A Getaway
A small tranquil island located in Singapore, blessed abundantly with flora and fauna, is the gorgeous Pulau Ubin, which dazed me with its natural beauty. I had read good reviews about the island, hence it was on my list of places to visit, when I went for a short getaway to Singapore. The small island turned out to be as beautiful as I had expected.
To get to Pulau Ubin, I took a bumboat from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal.
I didn’t have to wait for long as bumboats leave for Pulau Ubin quite frequently, once they get filled with their twelve passenger limit. Just when I arrived at Pulau Ubin, I went off to the information kiosk which was conveniently located beside the jetty, and got hold of a free map of the lovely island.
When I began to gaze at the beauty around me, it didn’t fail to leave me in awe.
I then moved to look at what the taxi kiosk offered, and just behind the taxi stand, I saw Ubin Town which was a very small village with old wooden buildings, bike rental shops, and simple restaurants too. It seemed like a scene dated back many years ago.
I decided to explore the area around the jetty that led me to the sensory trail. This is a serene trail that displays a myriad of plants, planted side by side in a line. When my walk ended, I decided to have my lunch as I was really hungry, so I headed to Ubin Town for lunch.
Ubin Town had quite a few restaurants for its visitors; I chose a seafood restaurant next to the sea and had tasty fried rice and eggs with fish. Finally I decided to rent a bike to explore the island. I smoothly cycled along the main road, crossing simple Singaporean houses and tall coconut trees on my way. The island evoked a serene feeling in me, and made me forget the hustle bustle of my town.
After some time cycling, I saw the turn to Chek Jawa, so I decided to go that way. Only after a short while, the gravel track came my way, making cycling a little tough, as the path was winding uphill, and eventually it turned too steep, that I decided to walk for some time.
After an hour or more, I finally reached Chek Jawa, Singapore’s famous wetland reserve and took a short break from cycling and sat down under a shady tree for some rest. At Chek Jawa, there were two boardwalks and a jetty as well. I moved along the coastal boardwalk that ended up at the shoreline of Chek Jawa.
Once on the boardwalk, I truly felt enveloped in the aura and tranquility round me, breathing in fresh air, and seeing the high tide around. I even took interesting pictures of colorful fiddler crabs and mudskippers near the mangrove swamp. After a long time on the boardwalk, I decided to head back.
I think the beautiful island of Pulau Ubin, far from the noise and crowd of the city life, is a perfect place for a getaway. I had a great time on the island, which truly rejuvenated my soul. I would recommend this lovely island to everyone who is seeking a quiet, relaxing place in Singapore.