City Travel Tip #1308
St John’s Island – things to do on Singapore’s popular Southern Island
One of Singapore’s Southern Islands is St John’s Island. It used to be a quarantine island to house cholera and leprosy patients from Singapore’s mainland. Today, it is a favourite destination for people looking for beaches and to basically get away from the city.
The island is accessible by ferry. There are various cruise and ferry services departing from Marina South Pier which offer round-trip rides to St John’s Island. Tickets cost between SGD$15 to SGD$20.
St John’s Island has a National Marine Laboratory which educates visitors on the rich biodiversity of marine life in Singapore’s waters. St John’s Island is also known for its stray cat population. Cat lovers from mainland Singapore take ferry rides to the island to ensure that the cats are well fed by workers on the island.
From St John’s Island, you can also walk to two neighbouring islands which are connected by a causeway – Lazarus and Seringat Islands. These islands have their own beaches and are much more secluded than St John’s Island.
If you’re looking to make this a full day trip, St John’s Island has chalets which can be booked for overnight stay. Camping used to be allowed on the islands, but due to COVID-19 safe management measures, camping permits are no longer being issued. Don’t forget to pack your own food and water supplies because there are no shops on the islands!
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