Secret Singapore: discover stunning coastlines on an island adventure

Secret Singapore: discover stunning coastlines on an island adventure

Secret Singapore: discover stunning coastlines on an island adventure

From a distance, Singapore may look like a single diamond-shaped island at the tip of a Southeast Asian peninsula. But this nation has so much more to offer – namely, 64 offshore islands just waiting to be explored.

Star among them: Sentosa, knuckles of sandstone covered with forest and interspersed with beaches. It used to be a difficult post for British soldiers. Now, however, the barracks where they lived and defended Singapore has become a hotel that promises to transport world-weary wanderers back to the golden age of travel.

For a high-octane route to the beach, hop on the Sentosa Zipline

(Sentosa Development Corporation)

Sentosa is also an island of adventure – with an exciting way to reach the zip-line beach.

Idyllic islands

At Pulau Ubin, you can enjoy the lush countryside and explore Singapore’s last traditional kampong

(Singapore Tourism Board)

Singapore’s ferries are fun, easy and reliable, and traveling around the islands is a wonderful way to spend the day and end the day. Even further south there are many islands, with regular and inexpensive ferries from Marina South to Kusu Island and St John’s Island.

They are worth a day to explore. By 1975, St John’s Island was off limits; it used to be a quarantine center. Today it is a beautiful place for walking and swimming. Kusu means “Turtle Island”. Today, there is no permanent population – but you can roam freely and explore the Chinese temple. On the northeastern tip of the country, a 10-minute boat ride from Changi Village takes you to Pulau Ubin: home to Singapore’s last traditional kampong – a village in Southeast Asia.

Mangroves and monkeys

If you want to explore Singapore’s wildlife, be sure to visit Chek Jawa Wetlands

(Singapore Tourism Board)

Pulau means island and Ubin means granite; stone from here was used to create a causeway to Malaysia. Today, water has filled the quarry and has become a habitat for freshwater biodiversity.

Meanwhile, the Chek Jawa mangrove zone is considered the convergence point of six habitats – and naturally is home to one of Singapore’s richest ecosystems. A discreetly constructed promenade leads through wetlands and dense vegetation – along with curious inhabitants. Watch monkey cam nearby.

From stunning beaches and natural wonders to diverse locations, amazing cuisine and high-tech horticulture, Singapore is constantly evolving and seamlessly blends the old with the ultra-new. Learn more about this fascinating city-state and plan your trip from stay to sightseeing here

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