Pulau Ubin is a small rural island not far from Singapore, valued for the rustic landscape and wildlife (one of the favourite spot for bird watchers), an excellent getaway from the concrete jungle.
The bum boat ride departs from Changi Village/Point on the East side of Singapore. The 15min boat ride costs $2.50 per pax.
There are restaurants, toilet facilities and Npark wardens on the island. However it is advised that you bring along your own drinking water, insect repellent and trash bags so you don't litter on the island.
We rented bicycles $6 (more expensive on weekends and public holidays), one of the shops tried to rip us off with $13 bicycles so we went to another shop. Nasty!
You may also opt for the island taxi service if you don't feel like walking or cycling.
There used to be an iconic Thai Temple which has been relocated to Punggol.
On quieter non-public holidays and weekdays, I've spotted wild boars, eagles, monitor lizards and snakes.
We were looking into a fruit plantation (not exactly loitering outside) before the friendly resident invited us in to check out the rambutans which were in season.
We were later rewarded with sweet rambutans freshly plucked off the trees and coconuts.
Another quarry at Pulau Ubin.