30 to 45 minutes from Singapore, there are beautiful islands with beautiful beaches that will take your breath away. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, these secluded and remote islands will make you relax and feel very fresh. Even the boy said it was very peaceful in those islands. He said that when he was standing on the beach of Kusu Island. You will not believe that you’re still in Singapore when you are in these islands.
The places were quiet and with not so many people around, probably not many people know about these wonderful places and getting here certainly needs some effort too. First, you have to go to Marina South Pier and take the ferry to both St. John Island and Kusu Island. Oh wait a minute, for those of you who do not know what islands I was talking about………………I’m so sorry…………we just came back from island hopping and we really fall in love with all the islands and beaches and everything on the islands that I forget to explain first.
There are stretches of beach paradise in Singapore (and I’m not talking the beaches in Sentosa Island) and those beaches are not part of the main island, but located in the Southern Island. I took this picture from http://www.wildsingapore.com so it will be easier to imagine.
To go to either St. John Island or Kusu Island, you have to take the ferry from Marina South Pier. To conquer all the islands in one day, just board the first ferry, alight in St. John Island, spend few hours in St.John, Lazarus, and Seringat Island until it’s time to ride the ferry again to leave the island, take the ferry which will bring you to Kusu Island and spend another 1.5 hours in Kusu Island until ferry is ready to take you back to main island. The ferry will wait in Kusu Island for 1.5 hours before going back to main island. For ferry schedule, you can check my picture below.
It will take about 30 minutes to go to St.John Island and another 15 minutes to Kusu Island. Although the ferry will not take you directly to Kusu Island, but there is a paved bridge (super long one…………) that link St. John and Lazarus Island.
Please bring enough water and food for your trip as there is no food and beverages stalls in all the islands. Also bring sunblock and after sun lotion as it can be super hot in the islands. Sunglasses and hat are also must items to bring. Sadly the boy lost his sunglasses on the island…………….he was playing with it and he forgot where he put it the last time. When we realized, we were already on the boat…………
MARINA SOUTH PIER
We took the first ferry (9 am to St. John Island). We parked at Marina South Pier which cost us S$19 (for 7 hours). You can also take MRT and bus too to go here. We saw bus stops just in front of the Pier.
FERRY RIDE TO THE ISLANDS
The journey itself was very pleasant especially for the little one. And before I forget, there is also a small toilet on board. We could choose to sit downstairs (surprisingly with air con!) or at the rooftop. We tried different kind of seating arrangement during the ride. I recommend to sit on the top because you can see the beautiful view of the city and the sea unblock. It was also very windy on top, but we just loved it so much that we couldn’t resist to take sooo….many pictures.
St. JOHN ISLAND
Toilet is only available at St. John Island (turn right and walk for 5 minutes) and at the private jetty of Lazarus Island. So go to toilet first in St. John ISland before you start exploring.
We walked and walked and walked…………….and we were lost! We walked too far and reached the mostly undeveloped island…………Seringat Island.
So we walked back and found this private jetty in Lazarus Island
We fell in love with Kusu Island the moment we stepped our feet here. This island is more developed then St. John Island, has many shelters and gazebos for picnics, 2 swimming lagoons, beautiful beach, more toilets and shower area, and also a place for turtle sanctuary.
The food center will only be opened during Kusu Pilgrimage Season, when many people will come to pray here.