St John's Island

Attraction St John Island Singapore Published on: 13-11-2015

6 hours
08:00 AM
02:00 PM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Beach
Family
Island
Nature
Outdoor
Kids
Free
0.00 USD

St John's Island is good for

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Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
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St. John's Island is a beautiful and unusual destination for great outdoors and marine life in the South of Singapore.

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Why St John's Island is special ?

St John’s Island is a beautiful spot that is teeming with marine life. Formerly a quarantine station for cholera-stricken Chinese immigrants, it was also used to screen both Asian immigrants and Malay pilgrims from Mecca returning to Singapore. Thereafter, it was converted into a holding place for political detainees and secret society ringleaders who were awaiting deportation. The island was later transformed into a rehabilitation centre for opium addicts. It is now home to a wide range of recreational activities and all manner of sea creatures.


Source: yoursingapore.com

What to explore at St John's Island?

See the colourful coral right in front of your eyes or swim in one of St John’s Island’s many lagoons. You might also like to enjoy a pleasant picnic on the beach or go dolphin spotting by the water. More activity ideas include working on your tan or trekking around the island.

To find out more about St John’s Island, there are also guided nature walks conducted by the Tropical Marine Science Institute. A daily ferry from Marina South Pier goes directly to St John’s Island or you can charter your own boat to get there. Chalets and camping facilities are also available on the island. Despite its dark past, St John’s Island is a beautiful spot that is teeming with marine life.

Source: yoursingapore.com

How to get to St John's Island?

There is a daily ferry from Marina South Pier currently provided by Singapore Island Cruise, see their website for their latest charges and ferry schedule.

You can also charter a fast work boat from Marina South Pier. Rates will have to be negotiated with the operator which depends on their availability and diesel prices among others. The work boats operate 24-hours, but the booking desks at the Pier only opens during office hours. The work boats generally service business for ships in our harbour. These boats are not intended for leisure trips and are not designed for comfort.

There is an admission charge of 50cents per person for those arriving by private charter. This fee is incorporated into the ferry cost for those taking the ferry.

There are chalets and camping facilities available on the island. These are managed by the Sentosa Leisure Group (SLG). More on the Sentosa website It is advisable to consult SLG if you are bringing large groups even if it's just a day trip.

Source: wildsingapore.com

Selling points

  • Scenic, serene, silent
  • Nice break from the cit
  • Good place for solitu
  • Nice quiet place for a pic
  • Best relaxing location for the whole family
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Estimated
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  • Need to bring foods & drinks to enjoy as no restaurant on island
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  • You should food, water, sunscreen and insect spray
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  • The last ferry to leave on weekdays ia at 2.45pm
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  • There is also a chalet/ camp site for rent.
    Things to do
  • Best day to visit the island is during the weekday as it would be less crowded.
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Nice quiet quaint island.

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Attention - there's no cafetaria on St John Island - it's closed. Don't forget to bring water and food !

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You may want to bring fishing gear to this island.

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A lot more could be done to improve this island. For eg. more rubbish bins, pavilions and perhaps more chalets. Maybe a small cafeteria and a bicycle rental shop? We know profit margin is low though.

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Pretty beach! Can suntan there if you've brought your own mat!

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If you're not pressed for time while visiting Singapore, the ferry trip to St. John's island for half a day could be a fun option.The ride is only 15SGD (will go up to SGD18 from April) and takes you out to St. John's and Kusu Islands. You get a view of Singapore it's entirety, a view that can't be captured from anywhere else! (Make sure to check the schedule on their website: www.islandcruise.com.sg)You can see Singapore's impressive skyline with its hallmark buildings. The ferry goes past impressive ships, both relatively big and massive, and you're reminded you're in one of the busiest ports in the world.The island itself is very serene. Not much to do, no food / drink stands to be found, but you can have a pleasant walk down breezy walkways seeing Singapore as if it's a distant mirage. It's great for a picnic, maybe not too much for swimming as the water in the lagoon area was alright but not crystal clear (the other side of the island had crystal clear emerald waters but was deep)!

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I read about this island having a 'secret beach' in the loca papers and decide to pay a visit with my family. It was a short ferry ride from the mainland. However, the waiting for the ferry is prett long and the ferry is a loop between the Singapore-St John's Island-Kusu Island and there are a lot of waiting.The Island is very very quiet. There is like another family (couple with a daughter) and another couple beside my family. The rest of the people on the island appears to be workers doing some work on the Island and sun-brunt anglers.It was a very hot afternoon and it was not easy carrying and coaxing my 2.5 year old son to walk to the beach. I think for adults it would be an easy 15 minute walk from the jetty to the 'secret beach'.There were some recreational boats just off the beach. the beach is pretty nice and long. However, it appears to be overgrown with weeds and plants and there is hardly any sand/beach beyond the high water mark. So not very nice. We did not spend too much time there.What we enjoyed is the very peaceful nature of the island. very relaxing and secluded. And interestingly, no mosquitos when we were there!! Wonderful!!I would recommend a visit if you have just want a quiet getaway from Singapore without using your passport.

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Catch the ferry from the Marina Bay Terminal. Weekdays, it leaves at 10 and returns at 3, via Pulau Kusu, where the ferry stops for an hour to allow you to wander round that fascinating turtle temple island. St John Island itself, the old quarantine and detention camp, suffers from Singapore's fascination with fences to keep people out, but it is still a wonderful place. The beach is great for a quiet swim. The picnic areas are a delight. With luck you can wander through the old camps. You can even book them for a group stay! That would be fun, as long as you take your own supplies: there are no shops or canteens or anything here. So bring everything you need. Then spend the day swimming or wander around the three islands, all of which are connected by causeways or joined by landfill: St. John, Lazarus and Seringal.There are several paths and tracks all over the islands, and they are a pleasant change for those who like a tree covered, tree lined walk. Though Seringal suffers from less tree cover than the other two islands...Then sit and wait for the ferry by the lovely beach and look back at Singapore shimmering on the skyline.I plan to go back with a group and book the old commandant's residence for a quiet weekend. The ferries on weekends and public holidays are more frequent, so for a side trip that is different, this island (rather these islands, including Kusu) are well worth the visit for a step back in time...

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If you're not pressed for time while visiting Singapore, the ferry trip to St. John's island for half a day could be a fun option. The ride is only 15SGD (will go up to SGD18 from April) and takes you out to St. John's and Kusu Islands. You get a view of Singapore it's entirety, a view that can't be captured from anywhere else! (Make sure to check the schedule on their website: www.islandcruise.com.sg) You can see Singapore's impressive skyline with its hallmark buildings. The ferry goes past impressive ships, both relatively big and massive, and you're reminded you're in one of the busiest ports in the world. The island itself is very serene. Not much to do, no food / drink stands to be found, but you can have a pleasant walk down breezy walkways seeing Singapore as if it's a distant mirage. It's great for a picnic, maybe not too much for swimming as the water in the lagoon area was alright but not crystal clear (the other side of the island had crystal clear emerald waters but was deep)!

FourSquare View more

Nice quiet quaint island

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