Travelling

Travelling

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    Harbourfront Tourism Counter

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    Changi Airport

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    Harbourfront Ferry Terminal

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    Changi Airport

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    Butterfly Hill - Pulau Ubin

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    Ferry Terminal

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    Singapore Cruise Centre - Tanah Merah

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 Bintan Island

Bintan Island is a beautiful Indonesian island in the South China Sea. It is a favorite weekend getaway for Singaporeans. It takes just about 1 hour by motorized catamaran across the Singapore Strait to get there. Ferries depart from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and dock at Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal. There is a regular daily schedule in both directions.

Lagoi, in the north of the island, offers an upscale resort with spectacular accommodation,  private beaches, water sports and championship golf courses. Dinner on the beach at sunset is truly memorable. 

The Trikora strip in the northeast has less developed beaches. Trikora Beach is popular with locals who come here to relax on holidays and weekends.  At a nearby fishing village you van see how traditional boat building is done.
Grotto Santa Maria, about 20 min from Trikora Beach, features the 14 stations of the cross, tableau's and a statue of The Virgin Mary standing on a globe.

The provincial capital, Tanjung Pinang, in the south, features some Dutch colonial architecture and has a rich history as a trade port.For foodies, Tanjung Pinang is well known for local delicacies such as ayam penyat, ayam presto, dried seafood and crackers and of course fresh seafood.

Bintan also features beautiful 3-D street art painted by a local artist. The art can be seen at JL Pos Road, near Dermaga Pulau Penyengat.

 Bintan is also home to beautiful mangrove forests. The mangroves are protected and conservation ensures that this precious natural heritage can be enjoyed by future generations.

Important things to remember:
Passport
Visa, if required
Bintan is one hour behind Singapore time.
Ferry check in time is 1 1/2 hours prior ti departure.


St John's Island

Getting there: Take a ferry from Marina South Pier.

St John's Island is one of the Southern Islands in Singapore located 6.5 km south of the main island. The island has a very colorful history, from being a quarantine station for cholera cases, and other diseases like leprosy to being a penal settlement.

In the mid seventies it was transformed into a wonderful getaway destination. It is now the perfect place to spend the day swimming in the lagoon and enjoying the fauna and flora and of course the beaches. St John's is the perfect spot for fishing enthusiasts.

The amenities include barbecue pits, camping grounds, soccer fields, shower facilities and public toilets. For those who wish to make a weekend of it there are bungalows for rent. They can accommodate 10 people each and include a refrigerator, cooking facilities and utensils.

Pulau Ubin

Getting there: Take a gum boat from Changi Point Ferry terminal. Them cost of a one way trip is $3 per person (as on 10 April 2016) and $2 per bicycle.

Pulau Ubin is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Singaporeans come here to enjoy the trails which have been upgraded for cycling, walking and trekking. Cycle rental is available as well as guides cycle tours.

For those not up to all the peddling it is possible to hire a taxi at the jetty. Rates are negotiated before the trip begins ( approx. $30 per hour). The drivers are knowledgeable and most speak English.

The Sensory Trail allows you experience nature through your senses, touch, see and smell the various fruit trees, herbs and spices many of which are used in traditional medicine. 

There is abundant wildlife on the Island including the Oriental Pied Hornbill, Red Jungle Fowl, Plain Tiger Butterfly and wild boar and monkeys.

Campsites are available but there is also a seafood restaurant and coffee shop near the main jetty.

Sister's Island

Getting there: There is no scheduled ferry service but it is possible to charter a fast work boat from Marina South Pier.

Legend has it that two sisters, Minah and Lina drowned during a storm at sea. The sisters were never found again but two islands emerged where they drowned, hence Sisters' Islands.

Sister's Islands form part of Singapore's first ever Marine Park. The coral reefs support an ecosystem of rare species of seahorses, clams and other marine life. Over 250 species for hard corals can be found in these waters, that is 32 per cent of the global total! The islands are also home to long-tailed macaques monkeys. They can be aggressive so don't be tempted to get too close or to share your lunch with them!

The channel between the two islands is notorious for it's strong currents and can be very dangerous to swimmers. The Islands are untouched, unspoiled and largely undeveloped.The islands have some of Singapore's richest reefs and a variety of corals making it popular with snorkelers. 

 Basic amenities like toilets, barbecue pits, shelters and jetties have been built. There are four lagoons for swimming and the beaches are clean. 

 
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