City Travel Tip #1460

Visiting Kusu Island in Singapore – historic sacred shrines and more

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One of the smaller Southern Islands of Singapore’s coast is Kusu Island. It is so small, with an area measuring only 0.033 sq mi, that you can finish exploring it by foot within 20 minutes!

Kusu Island means Tortoise Island in Chinese. According to legend, the island got its name because long ago, a giant tortoise saved two shipwrecked men by turning into an island. To express their gratitude, the men built two shrines on the island – one for Taoists, and another for Muslims. You can find giant tortoise statues on the island to commemorate its name. There is also a tortoise shelter on the island, where you can observe many different varieties of tortoises.

Many in Singapore travel to Kusu Island annually as a pilgrimage to worship at the island’s shrines, between September to November each year. A highlight of your visit to Kusu Island will be visiting these sacred sites. To get to the Kusu Island Keramat (Muslim shrine), you will need to take a short hike up a hill. Another site to visit is the Kusu Island Temple. Here you can find a wishing well, where you can toss a coin and make a wish.

Kusu Island is also a good place for picnics at the pristine beaches. There are no shops on the island, so you will need to bring your own food and drinks. The beaches of Kusu Island are pretty much untouched, so they are clean and pristine unlike those on the mainland. It is a great spot for swimming and snorkeling.

To get to Kusu Island, you will need to take a ferry from Marina South Pier ferry terminal. The ride is 45 minutes long. Ferry tickets cost about SGD$14 per person for a round trip.

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