Monday, August 8, 2011

Holiday escape to Southern Islands of Singapore

Do you want a short and cheap holiday escape from Singapore? Or snorkel in blue waters and reefs without the hustle of going to Malaysia or Indonesia? Do you know that Batam islands (Indonesia) and Malaysia are not the only alternatives for a beach escape from Singapore? Well yes fortunately they are not. Although the natural beaches of main island of Singapore are burried under land reclamation decades ago and Sentosa offers nothing more than artifical beaches and usually dirty waters, we still have the Southern Islands with its beaches to serve us. Yes, southern islands. Many living here in Singapore may not know it yet but Singapore has more islands in the South other than famous Sentosa. They offer lagoons to swim, clean waters and reefs for snorkelling.

The most accessible ones are St. John Island and Kusu Island. Singapore Island Cruise has regular daily ferry service to Kusu Island and St. John Island from Marina South Pier.

Kusu Island is the most famous of the Southern Islands. It is located 5.6 kilometres to the south of the main island of Singapore. “Kusu” means “turtle” in Chinese. It is popular for its lagoons and beaches other than its temples and a great place for afternoon picnics. Overnight staying is not allowed on the Kusu Island but by permission you can stay overnight in Saint John’s island.

Saint John's Island, once a quarantine station for cholera cases detected among immigrants in the late 19th century, is now a popular holiday escape destination for Singaporeans as well as foreigners. The island offers a very affordable and easy holiday escape from Singapore’s urban fuzz and offers a day in swimming lagoons and picnic options. Note that no food is on sale on the island so you need to bring everything you bring in advance.

The Sisters Islands Singapore

The Sisters' Islands' are home to some of Singapore's richest reefs and offers good snorkelling opportunity near Singapore.

You can either take a regular boat of Island Cruiser from Marina South Pier or can charter a boat from there. Charter is the only option if you plan to visit other Southern Islands like Sisters Island.

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