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When people think of Singapore they typically think of a modern and clean super city, with shopping galore, and a few glimpses into the past; An island nation, Singapore also has a number of gorgeous islands just waited to be explored! Beaches, history, culture, and traditions await!
Singapore is made up of over 60 different islands, although many people think only of the main island when they think of Singapore. The main island is connected to the Malay Peninsula and is often the main focus for visitors, although there are plenty of other fabulous islands with numerous attractions, sights, and delights to discover too.
Here are some of Singapore’s spectacular islands to fuel your travel fantasies and add to your bucket list:
Also referred to as Singapore Island, or simply Singapore, in English, this is the country’s main island. No talk of Singapore would be complete with mentioning the many fascinating things to do here. Ride the soaring Singapore for spectacular views over the city and the water, sample a tasty selection of hawker food, step back in time on the Singapore Food Trail, visit the iconic Merlion standing proudly gazing out across the water, sip a Singapore Sling in the grand and famous Raffles Hotel, and shop ‘till you drop at the larger than life Orchard Road. Take a stroll around Kampong Glam and Chinatown for a peek into the lives of different ethnic groups in Singapore. Visit the fantastic and unique Night Safari, see colonial architecture, and enter a different world at the working fishing village at Seletar.
A popular island with tourists, Sentosa Island is all about fun! There are numerous themed attractions, as well as some nice beaches, golf courses, casinos, and spas, offering lots of ways to relax and be entertained. For great views, ride up the Tiger Sky Tower and see the southern islands, the main island, and Sentosa. Ride the exciting luge or the scenic cable car. History lovers will enjoy Fort Siloso, and thrill seekers should check out the MegaZip Adventure Park and iFly Singapore. Other top spots on the island include Universal Studios, the Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom, Underwater World, the enormous Merlion, Adventure Cove Water Park, the Wave House,Sentosa CineBlast, and the terrific 4D cinema. Visitors can also watch the magical light and water show, Songs of the Sea.
Pulau Ubin allows visitors to see the Singapore of yesterday, before developments, skyscrapers, and the modern world took over. The pace of life is enchantingly slow, with locals only too pleased to enjoy a calmer and traditional way of life. The settlement is made up of charming wooden dwellings and there is lots of wildlife all around. Native flora and fauna show rural Singapore at its best. Other sights of interest include plantations and disused quarries, and Pulau Ubin is a brilliant place for bird watching. Hiking and cycling are great ways to explore the island.
Officially named Pulau Subar Darat and Pulau Subar Laut, these two facing islands boast some of the country’s best reefs. An abundance of marine life can be found in the waters, and the gorgeous beaches are ideal for sunbathing and chilling out. Pack a picnic and enjoy some al fresco dining with beautiful views – be careful though – the cheeky macaque monkeys on the larger island might want to join in! The islands are a great place for snsnorkelingnd diving in the warm cobalt waters. Steeped in local legends, the islands have lots of stories to tell.
Also known as Kusu Island, this is a great day trip to make from the main island. Situated less than 10 kilometres from the main island, it is really easy to get to. As well as heavenly beaches and breath taking lagoons, Kusu Island is also home to a number of sacred spots; important shrines stand majestically on top of a rugged hill, honouring Malay saints. You can visit the Tortoise Sanctuary too, and make a wish at the wishing well. It is easy to find a quiet and romantic spot on the island and water sports, such as diving and snorkelling, are popular.
This gorgeous island boasts pristine beaches, clear waters, and stunning lagoons, and it is a terrific place for snorkeling, diving, swimming, sunbathing, and fishing. The sea is home to lots of coral and a rich diversity of aquatic life, including plenty of pretty coloured fish. The island provides the kind of views that you see on postcards and in glossy holiday magazines. Also known as Ghost Island, there are lots of local tales about battles, warriors, and spectral soldiers.
St John’s Island
Formerly used as a penal colony and a quarantine area for people with leprosy, St John’s Island is today a top place for exploring some of the country’s most fascinating reefs. There is a small area of mangroves, and facilities on the island include picnic areas (although you will need to bring your own food and drink), toilets, and football fields, and there are plenty of walking routes, lovely sandy shores, and lagoons that are suitable for swimming. You can be on the island within 15 minutes if you take a fast boat from the main island.
Despite being the country’s landfill site, Pulau Semakau boasts a large variety of wildlife. Great efforts have been made to conserve the island’s eco-systems, and there are mangrove swamps, corals, and seagrass meadows. Guests can only visit as part of an organised group; organisations that run special interest trips include the Nature Society (Singapore), the Astronomical Society of Singapore, and the Sport Fishing Association of Singapore. Enjoy bird watching, fishing, and stargazing on this interesting island.
This is Singapore’s most southern island, and it is tiny! It is surrounded by crystal clear waters and an abundance of marine life. The sandy beaches are out of this world, and the island is home to the Raffles Lighthouse. Unfortunately, the island is not open for public visits, except at certain times of the year when you can join a guided tour operated by Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority.
Tip: After seeing the main island’s fine attractions, do head out to some of Singapore’s other spectacular islands for a fabulous diverse stay!