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Peter S
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jun. 2023 • Familie
Review of St John’s Island, Singapore

Sunday – all day - and where better to explore ‘new’ country than on one of those ‘outer-islands’ off the south coast of the ‘mainland’. This was an easy option and so was getting to our destination (Grab Taxis are as close as your cell phone). Half of our group had already been there, and the descriptions of the beaches and vegetation had remained – both redeveloped in recent years and, too, the historical significance of these islands to the original inhabitants and to the colonial administration alike - were sufficient attraction. There’s also that unique view of the coastline and the ships at anchor when seen from the ferry boats.
All was going well until we set foot on the island …. it was then that the rain set in; and it rained non-stop for a good three hours – the best part of the day. Just to make sure we would enjoy the beaches the winds got up to match the rain … and they were cold.
That all said, we donned our rain gear, opened the umbrellas and trudged the 1.6 km track around the edge of St John’s Island, across the causeway between St. John’s and the neighbouring Lazarus Island heading for the classic (and man-improved) ‘South Sea Island beach’ to the east of the island. There’s also a line of camping sites behind this shoreline somewhere in the dense green foliage. There was nobody camping. There were, however, wet-looking people in groups/families sheltering beneath the trees. There were, perhaps, >50 people actually in the sea – where it was a deal warmer. We accepted an hour catching the drips beneath the trees and slowly getting wetter before heading for the picnic shelter at the far end of the beach by the high masonry groyne (which was clearly breaking up from the impact of the sea). At least 20 other people had already done much the same - many of whom had changed and headed back into the water. Half our group did the same. It was, however, a reasonable place to sit and eat lunch; and we enjoyed talking with a couple of family groups whom we had joined out-of-the-rain – foreigners all.
Sure, looking back, we could have figured the weather from the grey nature of the sky when we set out that morning, but we only had the one-non-working-day available. Monday meant work and school. What to do? We took our chances … and enjoyed the good bits.
And, for the two of us new to this small off-shore island, this included the the ferry rides out and return to the terminal at Marine South Pier. This is where you buy the ferry tickets. Prices varied around SS$20/adult. Sure, we’d all been to the terminal before (there’s an MRT station; it’s where you find the Singapore Maritime Gallery and the deck on the roof provides those views across the straits to Indonesia and the estimated 60 freight ships waiting their turn to access Singapore port).
And, that other aspect of travelling off-shore close to the commercial centre is the great skyline view of the images of a modern seaboard city – high rise buildings that stand proud above Strait’s View about a kilometre from the shoreline. The reality of the view, however, is one of change that continues to impact upon this part of the island. An estimated 5km2 land beneath the current container port to the west of the city is scheduled for central city expansion (as the new Tuas Freight Port >30 km further west takes precedence). Developments for those time travellers from the 22nd century who are already here amongst us? Of course.
But, I digress.
Check out St John’s Island and you quickly realise that there are three small islands grouped together of which St. John’s is/was the original focal point. A causeway now links St. John’s Island with Lazarus Island which, given the fragmented nature of the north of the island, now includes what was once Seringat Island – joined to Lazarus Island with sea dredged in-fill. Offshore to the central islands there’s the smaller Kusu Island – highlighted as the tortoise/turtle island. These – together with two other local islands – are known as the Marine Park Islands.
The importance of these islands to the earlier administration came from their proximity to the expanding colonial settlement 6 km across the straits. The islands once housed, in turn, quarantine centre, hospitals, drug rehabilitation, refugees and aquaculture R&D. Nowadays there are no people living full-time on the islands; the islands have become a sanctuary of peace, quiet, solitude and change a few minutes away from the city centre (assuming that you time your visit with skill/luck).
And, that lasting image of a day travelling to the islands and back? The dozen or so young women (and some not so young) in all kinds of fancy/flamboyant clothing (with sometime a handful of men available) making short videoclips on their cell phones – minutes at most. It wasn’t entirely clear what they were doing - posing, posturing and/or dancing in front of a friend who was filming them on the raised deck of the ferry boat – in front of the rest of us; until someone enlightened us – the uninitiated – with that key word pair: ‘TikTok’. Amazing and not a little sad - this urge to be ‘famous for 15 minutes.’
In summary then … the ride across to the islands in the straits comes highly recommended. Take time out to explore the islands – easy, comfortable, compact and rewarding. Oh, and a last thought. Make sure that you DON’T need a latrine once you’ve left the mainland (or, at the very least, the ferry boat or the jetty on St. Michael’s). It’s a real hike back from Lazarus Island (or the bush) for those caught out.

Peter Steele
05June2023

Skrevet 15. juni 2023
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore12 824 bidrag
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aug. 2022
We booked the ferry tickets online from Singapore Island Cruise. It costs $15 return and the ferry schedule is more often during the weekends. It is advisable to visit during the weekends due to the more frequent ferry services with the last ferry departing at 17 50. There were not many people during the Saturday we visited. St John's Island has one pretty beach also called St John's Lagoon. It is near to the toilet with only one cubicle and no toilet paper. There is another toilet near to the former primary school with its roof removed due to the asbestos problem. There are many scenic and shady trails to walk and there are about ten heritage trees dotted throughout the island.
With more time, one can easily walk across the causeway to Lazarus Island, Seringat Island, Kias Island and Seringat Kecil Island. Lazarus Island and Seringat Island were merged by land reclamation. Lazarus Island is popular for the beautiful white sandy beach with a view of Kusu Island not too far away.
Seringat Island has a jetty with a weekend and public holiday ferry service from Sentosa Cove jetty. It costs $20 return for the 15 minutes journey. There is a wide shelter at Seringat jetty with good toilet facilities with toilet paper. Another man-made causeway links Seringat Island and the Kias Island. The downtown Singapore skyline can be seen from Kias Island. Kias island was previously a shoal which was reclaimed and expanded into an island. Hence there are very few trees here with lots of wild flowers growing in the open fields. It has an electric generator to support the cluster of islands. There are wide tarred roads around these islands making it very convenient for easy cycling. There is no bicycle kiosk here but the ferry from Sentosa allows one to board with bicycle at no extra charge. Another island, Seringat Kecil Island can be seen from the Seringat Jetty. It is connected by a bridge but it is fully forested and is not accessible with a proper path. Most people have picnic around the Lazarus Beach area.
Skrevet 7. august 2022
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elinzme
Singapore, Singapore217 bidrag
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jun. 2021 • Par
My grandfather used to volunteer on St John’s island during the days that it was a quarantine island, and my dad used to tell me of all the days he spent hanging out there while my grandfather was going about his duties as medical officer. So, I finally took a trip out to St John’s and saw for myself the bungalows/chalets that are now used for group campsites…somewhat eerie, thinking that this was where people were quarantined (and buried??). Other than that, I enjoyed the walk around the lovely island. A cool respite from the crowds of the mainland on a rather hot day. Found the way to Lazarus as well, where I discovered the most pristine beach in Singapore I’ve ever seen.
Later, lunch in one of the shelters by the water, but beware the crazy monkeys…probably attracted by the smell of food and sound of wrappers etc, they suddenly appeared behind me and lunged for the food. Managed to save the food, but they got one packet of expensive refreshing wet wipes which was meant to wipe away the day’s sweat. Yikes!
Skrevet 12. januar 2022
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FS
sydney1 938 bidrag
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des. 2021
Come to St John's Island for a day trip to the beach. The best time to come is to time your trip to coincide with the high tide. Try to take the 10 am ferry which will take about half an hour to arrive at 1030. Tickets sold by the ferry operators at Marina South Pier next to the MRT station. Please note there's NO food and drinks sold on the island you will need to bring your own including drinking water. The best beach is on Lazarus Island, follow the path across the causeway - it is signposted. the ferries back are aroud 3 pm, unless you also want to take the ferry to Kusu Island. The best thing to do is to plan a BBQ or bring prepacked meals and please take your rubbish back with you to the mainland. Please note your bags will be scanned on arrival by Immigration.
Skrevet 7. januar 2022
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I_S_B_L
Singapore, Singapore2 116 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
des. 2020 • Familie
Wonderful place to go for a change from East Coast & Changi. Good to bring lots of water & food as there are no eateries available. Worth spending a whole day there to explore.
Skrevet 29. desember 2020
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YJ Vicky
Singapore, Singapore295 bidrag
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nov. 2020 • Alene
St John's Island used to be one of the largest quarantine stations of the British empire, later an opium treatment centre, drug rehabilitation centre. Nowadays St John's Island has become a leisure destination, allowing Singaporeans to get away from the bustling city life. There are no cafes or shops on the island so you will need to bring your own food and enough water before getting on the ferry.There are toilet and shower facilities but no soap provided, so please bring your own hand sanitizer as well. It takes about 15 minutes to walk from St John's Pier to Lazarus Beach where you can see beautiful bay, fine sand, and clear water. It's hard to believe that you are in highly urbanized Singapore, giving you the illusion that you are overseas in a tropical beach paradise. This is a wonderful place to have picnics with family or friends, play beach games, canoeing, swimming, or just strolling on the beach... peaceful and relaxing. I took the 4pm ferry back to Marina South Pier. If you like to stay longer, the last Marina South ferry is at 6pm. Highly recommend this wonderful and enjoyable day trip!
Skrevet 7. desember 2020
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Distant_Traveller
Singapore, Singapore40 bidrag
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okt. 2019
Ok, unless you are going for a day trip , this place is not your typical resort type of stay.
Get ready for mozzie, lizard and all kinds of bugs
Skrevet 24. september 2020
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Cindy Marie Azur
Valencia, Spania1 762 bidrag
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feb. 2020 • Venner
A great place to go if you want to escape from crowded tourists place of Singapore yet still to experience great beach, quiet place and nice view. This is one of many places to go. Just have to take Marina South Pier ferry for S$15 return ticket fee and you’ll be able to enjoy and experience the beauty of this place. Just have to take note though that there’s no eateries there and shops to buy drinks and food, you have to bring your own 😇
They have choices of time schedules when you want to go and when you want to go back to the SIngapore city. What I love this place would be the quietness, still clear water and great nature. Most of all bringing your own food and drinks - that’s literally going back to basic 😍
If you’re okay with that set-up, I recommend you to visit this place.
Some other people do some fishing, rollerblades, Cycling, playing volleyball, reading books, do some BBQ, and just leisure walk next to the sea.
Skrevet 24. februar 2020
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Koloblicin
Singapore, Singapore601 bidrag
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feb. 2020 • Par
There is almost nodody around the place as you need to take a boat to get there. On weekends, it costs $15 per person. Very clean beaches. Would take at most four hours to explore the place, including Lazarus Island which is connected by the causeway.
Skrevet 16. februar 2020
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Izzy CW
London, UK24 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
jan. 2020
Check the weather before you go (we did but it was the only day we could go so we risked it) we had beautiful sunny weather for two hours and then the biggest thunderstorm I have ever been in which was quite scary. In the week there is only one ferry in and out of the island so make sure you have all the food and water you need - there are toilets somewhere but I didn't use them. Beautiful island to swim and spend time on the beaches without the crowds of Sentosa but just make sure the weather is in your favour and you have everything you need as there is nothing on the islands.
Skrevet 12. februar 2020
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