Hidden gems in Singapore

View of Singapore from ST John Island
View of Singapore from ST John Island

Singapore is known for being a clean, high tech city state with futuristic architecture. This was the image I was given of Singapore before moving here, and it’s pretty accurate if you stay i the city center. However start moving to the outskirts of town and you will find huge parks with wild monkeys and Komodo Dragons. Go to the little island Pulau Ubin (next to Changi Airport) and you can see wild boars too.

Up until recently I thought the best beach in Singapore was at the man-made island Sentosa, a small island packed with attractions, bars and tourists.

I was wrong.

Yesterday husband Manuele and I woke up at 8 am to take a ferry to St John Island. (Read about st John Island’s history). It takes 30 minutes to get there by ferry from Singapore mainland. The island is full of stray cats, jungle and old government buildings.

St John Island
Approaching St John Island
Treehugger
Tree-huger at St John Island

But we didn’t come here for St John Island.

Near the ferry terminal is a bridge leading to Lazarus island. This island is a bit wilder than st John island. More trees, more jungle. We started to think we were lost when we finally found what we had come here for.

Sandy Beach
Sandy Beach

Lazarus Island

Lazarus Island

The water is much more clear than at Sentosa, and it was cool and refreshing without being cold. As we’d arrived with the first ferry that day, we had the beach almost all to ourselves. We swam, sunbathed and ate peanut butter Sandwiches. And then i was time to go.

We thought we were heading back home when the ferry unexpectedly stopped at Kusu Island. Maybe people are getting on here, we thought, but soon noticed everyone was getting off. We asked what’s going on and found out the ferry was stopping here for 1.5 hours. So we went off to discover our third island that day!

Malay sanctuary
Malay sanctuary
Malay sanctuary
Malay sanctuary
Do you see that giant spider?
Do you see that giant spider?

We climber up 152 steps to a Malay sanctuary. We then took a different set of stairs down and when we were nearly at the bottom I walked in to a gigantic spider web! I looked up and next to my face was the biggest spider I have seen in my entire life (around 10 cm big), busy wrapping some poor bug in it’s web. Manuele and I both backed off in panic and rather than limboing under the giant web we climber back up the stairs again, to take a different rout out of there.

Chinese temple

Chinese temple

Turtle lady

A wonderful day in a new part of Singapore! We will be going back again for that beach!

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