10 fun reasons to visit Pulau Ubin – Singapore’s rustic off-shore island – this month

Jan 10, 2017

Pesta Ubin, a festival highlighting the island, will run for five weeks beginning on May 14, 2016.

Take a boat tour through the secret mangroves of Pulau Ubin, kayak in the calm waters of the Ubin Quarry and embark on a night walk to spot the nocturnal creatures of the island. These are just some of the highlights at the longest open house event held to date on the island, rustic off-shore island Pulau Ubin

Called Pesta Ubin – Pesta is Malay for festival or party, it starts tomorrow and runs till June 12. More than 50 activities have been lined up, from nature walks and cycling tours to kayaking expeditions and nature sketching.

Besides familiar faces in previous Ubin open houses such as veteran nature guide Subaraj Rajathurai, green groups such as Nature Society (Singapore) and private companies such as Asian Detours, there are a number of new participants this time.

One of them is Dr Dan Friess and his group of volunteers from the Restore Ubin Mangroves or R.U.M. initiative. The group, comprising nature enthusiasts and mangrove researchers, will be conducting guided walks and boat tours of the mangroves at the south-eastern part of the island.

Another newcomer is Morocco-born photographer and visual artist Juria Toramae who works in Singapore. She will be putting up an exhibition called Islands Of Memories featuring 51 photos of things and people found in Ubin. Her exhibition will be shown at the shop of retiree Henry Lim, who has also offered his space for a free “kampung photo shoot” where people can don sarongs and red clogs for photos. At the same venue, visitors can also colour copies of the Pulau Ubin Fun Map. Drawn by nature lovers 15 years ago, the intricate map is filled with details of places in Ubin, some of which are already lost.