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Southern Islands

Posted by Zwe on December 12, 2012


Planning a quiet respite away from the city? Try island hopping!

Head south to the offshore islands – Kusu Island, St John’s Island, Sisters’ Islands and Pulau Hantu – and unwind with some swimming, sailing, scuba diving, snorkelling or even fishing.
While a regular ferry service plies Kusu and St John’s Islands, the others are accessible only by hiring a boat. To get to Pulau Hantu, charter a boat from the West Coast Pier.

Overnight camping is only allowed on Sisters’ Island and Pulau Hantu. Please obtain prior approval (7 working days) from the Executive (Southern Islands Management), Sentosa, fax us on 62750161, or email administrator@sentosa.com.sg with your name and contact number, choice of island, camping dates, and the number of campers wishing to stay. A camping permit will be issued for checking by the Marine Police. Please bring along your own camping equipment.

Kusu Island
Bask in the blue lagoons, pristine beaches and tranquil settings of Kusu Island, located just 5.6km from Singapore.

From two tiny outcrops on a reef, the island has been enlarged and transformed into an 8.5-hectare holiday resort. Pay a visit to the wishing well and Tortoise Sanctuary, or make a pilgrimage to one of the island’s many revered spots.
Kusu Island means Tortoise Island in Chinese, so called because of a legend where a magical tortoise turned itself into the island to save two shipwrecked sailors. It is also known as Peak Island or Pulau Tembakul in Malay.

Each year during the ninth lunar month – sometime between September and November – thousands of devotees flock here for their annual Kusu Pilgrimage in the hope of good health, peace, happiness, good luck and prosperity. Popular Chinese temple, Da Bo Gong, was built by a wealthy businessman in 1923 and houses two main deities: Da Bo Gong and Guan Yin. The former is widely regarded as having the power to bestow prosperity, cure diseases, calm the sea and avert danger, while Guan Yin is known as the ‘giver of sons’.

On top of a rugged hillock stand three holy shrines to Malay Saints, or Kramats, built to commemorate 19th century pious man, Syed Abdul Rahman, his mother Nenek Ghalib and sister Puteri Fatimah. Many devotees climb the 152 steps to pray for wealth, good marriage, good health and harmony. The shrines are also popular with childless couples because of their strong links to fertility.

Overnight stays are not permitted on Kusu Island.

St John’s Island
Situated around 6.5km south of Singapore, St John’s Island (previously known as Pulau Sekijang Bendara) has all the makings of an idyllic getaway.

Soak up the sun, enjoy a picnic on the sandy beach, explore the island’s many winding tracks or simply laze the day away by the lagoon.
The 39-hectare island is also a haven for a host of flora and fauna, as well as the Tropical Marine Science Institute and Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore’s Marine Aquaculture Centre.

If you’re yearning for an island stay, book the Holiday Bungalow, which comes comfortably furnished with a kitchen and sleeps up to 10 people.
Period of Stay Holiday Bungalow Non-School Holidays Rates* Holiday Bungalow School Holidays Rates*
Tue – Fri S$53.50 S$107
Fri – Mon S$107 S$214
One week (from Tue – Mon or from Fri – Thu) S$133.75 –

For organised groups, Holiday Camp 5 offers accommodation for up to 60 people. It’s equipped with basic cooking facilities, so you can self cater or even have a BBQ. To book Holiday Camp 2, 3 or 4, please call Mr Eddy Bin Ali on 9138 5029 (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm). The Holiday Bungalow and Holiday Camps are the only accommodation available on the island. Camping is not permitted.
Period of Stay Holiday Camp Rates*
Sun – Thurs S$64.20 per day
Fri, Sat & eve of public holiday S$107 per day

* Prices inclusive of 7% GST

A refundable S$30 deposit is required upon booking. Due to limited availability, bookings and payment must be made personally at Sentosa Station (VivoCity, Level 3) between 9am and 8pm on a first-come-first-served basis. Bookings are welcomed for up to two months in advance. For further booking enquiries, please call 1800-SENTOSA (736 8672) between 9am and 6.30pm

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