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Island Gateway (St.John, Lazarus, Seringat, and Kusu Island) in One Day


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…………


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.

Marina Pier

Buy your tickets at the orange counter


That was our boat (behind us). We were all ready to go……….



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.

Ferry Ride

There are also chairs with tables, which amazed the boy



Selfie at the ferry

Ferry Ride

Marina Bay Sand and Singapore Flyer behind us



Big ships, small ships, private yacht…………….wonderful view at the sea…..


Leaving the main island, we truly enjoyed the ride……….


More photos to come……………..the boy said he really liked the ferry ride………….he said the ferry was even better than the one he rode in Phuket because this time it was bigger, not too crowded, and had rooftop seats


Finally, we arrived in St. John Island. Can you see the sign behind him?




Here is St. John Island


Turn right, and you’ll find a nice swimming lagoon. Walk further, you’ll see the beach

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.


The history of St. John Island

Look......what cute animals that we found here

Look……what cute animals that we found here

Go to toilet first before walk for 30 minutes to Lazarus Island............The houses on the right (if not mistaken) are for the families who take care of the island

Go to toilet first before walk for 30 minutes to Lazarus Island…………The houses on the right (if not mistaken) are for the families who take care of the island


The pretty swimming lagoon near the jetty


We dipped our feet to the water and played here for a while


Turn left to Lazarus Island, but first we spotted this Mangrove Boardwalk


Forest in the island with lots of ………..cats!

Island Walk

Enjoying his journey to Lazarus Beach…………….poking the leaves of mimosa plant and pick tiny fruits or leaves along the way


There is something totally different about this place……………..no buildings, vehicles, houses………….just so quiet and peaceful


Taking picture on the bridge to Lazarus Island


Yuuuhuuu………….couldn’t resist to jump!



We walked and walked and walked…………….and we were lost! We walked too far and reached the mostly undeveloped island…………Seringat Island.


The southern end of the island



So we walked back and found this private jetty in Lazarus Island


Find another toilet in here


The beach is just across the private jetty


Finally………….we are at the beach. The sun was so hot when we arrived

Lazarus Beach

The lost starfish that we put back into the water


Sand play……….happy under the scorching hot sun


Love love love the clouds…………


Crystal clear seawater and we could see small fish in here


Fun in the water


Private yachts behind us


Bye bye Lazarus Beach………


Going back to the ferry




Arrived in Kusu 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.

Kusu Island

Look at the differences between St. John and Kusu Island

The food center will only be opened during Kusu Pilgrimage Season, when many people will come to pray here.


The history of Kusu Island


Temple for pray behind us


A wishing pond


Finally, the boy found turtles and took a long time to watch the turtles. One of the main reason he wanted to come here was to see the turtles…………


(still) inside the temple


The gate to exit the temple

Find another turtles near the exit gate

Find another turtles near the exit gate


Cute turtles



Tortoise shelter near the beach



Jump in the swimming lagoon


Again, he couldn’t resist to dip his feet into the water


Jump with an umbrella (it was drizzling when we arrived)

Kusu Kramat

Going up to the cemeteries


People can pray and ask for blessings in here


The beach…………….

Kusu Island

Selfie before going back. Bye bye Kusu Island………………….


Author: cruiseoflife

Hi there. I'm from Indonesia but now live quite far away from my home country. I love cooking for my family. I learned how to cook for the first time from my mom and I believe that mom's cooking is always the best, and I do hope that my son will feel the same too even though he grows up so fast. I love Indonesian food as I grew up with it, and I promise to myself that my son, although he doesn't live in Indonesia right now, will always like and enjoy authentic Indonesian food. I make this blog so that my family will always remember our togetherness and happy time that we had, are having, and will have when we eat together and have good memories about a mother's love through her dishes. Hopefully these recipes will help other people to make healthy home cooked dishes for their families.

4 thoughts on “Island Gateway (St.John, Lazarus, Seringat, and Kusu Island) in One Day

  1. yang jump with umbrella sayangnya umbrella nya kepotong ya, kalo gak bisa kelaitannya kayak lagi terbang pake umbrella. hahaha.

  2. Having visited Singapore, I’m surprised those Islands were so empty of people.

    • Hi Shelley………yes these places are quiet and rather empty. I don’t think many people (even Singaporeans) aware of these islands. Most of the visitors were tourists as far as I could see.

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