Pulau Ubin - A Different Side of Singapore

Wednesday, August 01, 2012 0 Comments

Pulau Ubin - A Different Side of Singapore

It’s been raining erratically for the past week and it reminds me of Manila and all the out of town travels we could do during the rainy season. Ironic. But yes, instead of summer, normal travel peak for secret travelers would have to be the rainy season. If you live in an archipelago such as the Philippines, sure there will always be parts and islands with no rain even during the rainy season. It adds adventure to your adventure. So, if you’re into holistic and one of a kind travel experiences, then this is an absolute to-do-cos-its-that-amazing kind of thing.

How to get to Pulau Ubin

Pulau Ubin. Apart from the fact that we experienced erratic rainfalls during our escapade at this small Singapore island, Pulau ubin offers adventure, with or without the rain element. Finally, this is the place to be at if you’re yearning for some Singapore island bonding with the rest of your clique. Good for big groups – extended families, office groupies, student gangs, friendly friends. Overall, unlike any typical island where all you’ll find are coconuts and paradise-like beaches, the place is rather modern, people-friendly and adventure-filled.

Rich in granite, mangroves, and secondary jungles, so much history and exciting quests come out in every encounter here. It’s a blast from Singapore’s past as this is the last Kampung (malay term for “village”) of this industrious city. A place for dialing down into trying out conventional fun and relaxation. Next to all the city must-sees in Singapore, Pulau Ubin is a strong contender for people visiting Singapore for the first time. If you have more time to spare, then forget-not to paddle your way to Pulau Ubin for an additional superb travel encounter.

The way to reach the Tile Island is via train, bus, taxi, and boat (not all at once, of course). Several options, but the end transportation to the place is via 2.50 SGD boat ride. Once you arrive, you will experience utmost hospitality. A lot of tourists and locals mingle and proceed with collaborative activities and exchanges. Boats, granite rocks, and sea food scents generously allow people to feel all excited and comfortable. The adventure begins!

What to do and see in Pulau Ubin

All the resorts here offer more than a mouthful of activities. From biking, to kayaking, ghost hunting, nature walk, camping, pig out eating session, fish feeding, and bird watching, the activities are always good for big groups and getting that all time bonding experience. Why not bike in the rain, just like the good old kid days? Yes, true story. Kayak before noon. Camp out at dusk. Walk with your heart wide open. The island offers specific areas and trails for each activity so everyone gets their fair share of island happy sessions.

Pulau Ubin Favorites

The certified funniest activity would have to be the Fish Spa. For a couple of dollars, it’s money worth the tickle experience. Quite literally, the fishes in the pond will tickle you with their kissing (or biting) skills and you’ll sure fall for them. And at night, star gazing, singing, and all out bonding are some of the obvious giveaways. Just grab some chips let the stars and Pulau Ubin atmosphere take your experience to the right one of a kind moment.

Just like how the erratic rain pours and the secret outings remind me of the fun in travels, Pulau Ubin offers favorable encounters to remind you of travel thrills, no matter of island remote or conventional it may be.

Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 53 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

For collaboration ideas, email bowdywanders@gmail.com.

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