DAY 1 ASSEMBLE – Civil Service Club @ Changi I – Pulau Ubin
0800 hours Assemble at Civil Service Club @ Changi I lobby. After meeting your local guide, take a short walk to Changi Point Ferry Terminal for a 15 minute bumboat boat ride to Pulau Ubin, the popular haunt for nature lovers and day trippers unwinding from the bustle of the city.
0830 hours On arrival at Pulau Ubin, we will first visit the Nature Gallery, where a briefing of the tour will be conducted.
0900 hours Hop on a local van and proceed to Chek Jawa Wetlands located at the eastern part of the island. This ecosystem is a confluence of six distinct habitats, including coastal forests, rocky beaches and a mangrove swamp. On arrival, first we visit House No 1, a visitor centre built in the 1930s and restored to its present Tudor style finest in 2003. Thereafter, we shall proceed to explore the two routes to see the whole wetland, the Coastal Loop (600m) and Mangrove Loop (500m) broad walks with lookout platforms and shelters. Learn about the rich biodiversity through the educational panels and directional signs installed along the boardwalk. Look out for fiddler crabs, red jungle fowls and mudskippers, among many other wondrous creatures as you walk on the broad walks. Along the way, climb the seven-storey high (20m) Jejawi Tower to view the tree canopy and observe the biodiversity.
Next, we shall continue our drive to the northern part of the island, enroute stop for picture taking at the Balai Quarry, passing through the National Police Cadet Corp and bringing us to the western part of the island. Stop for photo taking at the Kekek Quarry as well as Ketam Quarry, base of the challenging Ketam Mountain Bike Path which snakes across 10 km with challenging slopes and rock-littered descents.
Next stop is a hike to Puaka Hill, the tallest point on Pulau Ubin at 74 metres high overlooking the Ubin Granite Quarry with scenic views of Singapore and Malaysia. The hike up only takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete but due to its rocky and steep trail, you’ll be panting by the time you reach its peak.
Visit the Wei Tuo Fa Gong Temple which houses shrines dedicated to different gods like Datuk Gong hillside spirits, Hindu Gods and Chinese Buddhas. It is also a place of worship for Tibetan Buddhist devotees.
Finally we will round up our road trip with a visit to the Fruit Tree Arboretum on Pulau Ubin, the first of its kind in Singapore. Named ‘Ubin Fruit Orchard’, the site was previously a fruit orchard belonging to a resident on the island. About one hectare in size, the arboretum features a collection of some 350 fruit trees that were once commonly planted in kampongs. Visitors can expect to see over 30 species of trees including rambutan and starfruit. (Depending on season)
1300 hours Upon return to the main village, proceed for lunch at the local restaurant (Lunch at your own expenses).
1400 hours After lunch, take a short walk to experience Ubin’s wonderful nature through your different senses along our Sensory Trail. It is an easy walk and takes about an hour to complete. It will take you through the backyard planting of the Pulau Ubin village home, where some fruit trees such as papaya, banana, rambutan and breadfruit etc are planted. You can see the different vegetables, spices and herbs that the villagers used to plant for their own consumption.
1530 hours Transfer by bumboat back to Changi Village and proceed for check in at Civil Service Club @ Changi I.
1600 hours Rest of the day is free at your own leisure and dinner is free and easy on your own arrangements. For the energetic once, you may choose to view the sunset at the nearby Changi Beach Park or visit the boardwalk that runs along the coastline of Changi Village.