1. Explore Singapore’s Wilder Side at St John’s Island
Your island-hopping adventure begins at St John’s Island. Nature and history buffs will fall in love with this laid-back island in Singapore’s Southern waters, with a past as colourful as its coral reefs.
St John’s once served as a quarantine centre for diseases, a detention centre for political prisoners, and a rehabilitation site for opium addicts.
Today, the only things to get addicted to are the island’s beautiful shallow lagoons, clear beaches, and marvellous array of marine fauna and flora; they include fiddler crabs, sea grasses, sea anemones, and hermit crabs. You can also try to catch a glimpse of the coral reefs growing along the sea-wall. (Do remember to put on footwear for safety when you’re exploring the lagoon at low tide.)
If you’re lucky, you may even spot an Indo-Pacific hump-backed dolphin frolicking in the waters beyond. These cetaceans are regular visitors to the waters around Singapore’s Southern Islands.
Pay a visit to the new Sisters' Islands Marine Park Public Gallery for a close-up look at Singapore’s marine biodiversity. Featuring the rich and diverse marine life in Singapore's waters, the Gallery provides an overview of the Sisters' Islands Marine Park. This includes a vivid 3D diorama of its dive trails.
A free 90-minute guided tour of the island is held on the first Sunday of every month. Slots are quite difficult to secure, as they are snapped up within the first minute of their release! But fret not, there is still a DIY trail guide which you can download.
Getting there: Hop onto a ferry from Marina South Pier. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes.
- Bring your own water and food as there are no amenities on the island.
- Check the ferry schedule before you make your trip. And remember to get back to the terminal in time for the last ferry back!
- Avoid visiting during the Kusu Island pilgrimage period during the ninth lunar month (around the October-November period).
Get directions to Marina South Pier