Travel Story Palau Ubin, Singapore
Introduction to Palau Ubin
Pulau Ubin is a small, magnificent island located on the northeast coast of Singapore, which is rich in forest and grasslands. It has a rustic beauty and is dominated by simplicity and well-cared nature. Pulau Ubin is the most suitable hotspot for hiking, kayaking, cycling, and discovering one of the richest ecosystems.
Chek Java Wetlands:
The primary hotspot in Pulau Ubin is Chek Java Wetlands, a 100 hectares of unique natural area located on the eastern tip of Pulau Ubin, where six major ecosystems can be discovered. These include the sandy beach, the rocky beach, the seagrass lagoon, the coral rubble, the mangroves, and the coastal forest. These ecosystems are precious because they provide a sanctuary for animals and plants that cannot be found anywhere in Singapore.
The Chek Java Boardwalk & Jejawi Tower:
Tourists can reach the Chek Jawa Wetlands through two routes: the Coastal Loop (600m) and Mangrove Loop (500m) boardwalk, which have lookout platforms, a floating pontoon, and shelters. As a tourist, you can learn about the rich biodiversity by paying attention to the educational panels and directional signs installed along the boardwalk. If you decide on any of these routes, it will take you one and a half hours to carry out.
On your way there, you will also be able to climb the 21 meter high (21m) Jejawi Tower to observe the biodiversity, such as birdlife, in the forest canopy. The native tree (Malayan Banyan) that grows right near the tower is named after the viewing tower. Because of its durability and capacity to survive harsh natural conditions in the wetlands, aluminum was utilized to design and construct the boardwalk, jetty, and viewing tower railings.
The Butterfly Hill:
Another fantastic spot that should be visited in Pulau Ubin is Butterfly Hill. The butterflies are attracted to Butterfly Hill, a hilltop designed to conserve and promote butterflies. It’s about the size of a football field.
Khew Sin Khoon, a local butterfly specialist, advised on how to cultivate over 50 butterfly-attracting plant species. Some were “nectar” plants, with flowers that offer energy-rich nectar to adult butterflies, while others were “host” plants that caterpillars feed on. It’s a great example of how the community can engage in environmental conservation.
Sensory Trail Garden:
The last valuable, sustainable hotspot on the island is the Sensory Trail.
Sensory Trail allows you, as a tourist, to experience Ubin’s beautiful nature through all the various senses. It can be described as a short stroll that takes around an hour to complete. It will take you through the backyard planting of a Pulau Ubin village home, which includes papaya, banana, rambutan, and breadfruit trees, among other fruit trees. The locals used to produce a variety of vegetables, spices, and herbs for their sustenance, which tourists could easily see. You’ll also learn about the significant economic crops for Pulau Ubin in the 1970s. This is a fantastic introduction to the island’s rustic and natural charm.
All in all, Pulau Ubin is an extraordinary nature-based destination that has so much to offer and is the best possible escape from the busy city life.