Chek Jawa

marine wildlife, star fish, Chek JawaLocated at the eastern tip of Pulau Ubin is a natural beach that is teeming with marine wildlife.
Chek Jawa is a collection of six distinct habitats - coastal forest, mangrove, sandy beach, sand and mud flats, coral rubble and a tiny island called Pulau Sekudu, or Frog Island. Chek Jawa is unique as all these different habitats are clustered in an area that is just one sq km in size.

The diversity in marine wildlife can be seen in the sand dollars and other types of starfish, sea horses and octopi living in the sand and mud flats, the sea-grass meadows that harbour carpet and peacock anemones, and the coral rubble that is home to sponges of all hues.

Visits to Chek Jawa is on a first-come-first-served basis and is only possible at low tides. To book, call the National Parks Board Ubin Information Kiosk at Tel: (65) 6542 4108. Once at Chek Jawa, guides will be on hand to take visitors on a 45-minute long walk through a designated route. Visitors should wear proper footwear and should not litter, touch nor collect any plant nor animal specimens.

To check the available dates and times for visits to Chek Jawa, log on National Parks Board website.

Admission: Free, but pre-booking is required.

Approximate touring time: 2 hours

Location: Eastern tip of Pulau Ubin

Getting There: Take the MRT to Tanah Merah station (EW4). Then take SBS bus 2 or 29 to Changi Village bus interchange. Then take a bumboat ride from Changi Point jetty (SGD 2 for a single trip, an additional SGD 2.00 if you are bringing a bicycle). The boat ride takes about 10 minutes and the bumboat will only depart when there are 12 passengers or if the whole boat is chartered for SGD 24. The bumboat service operates from 6am to 9pm by private operators. Once on Pulau Ubin, either rent a bicycle from one of the bicycle kiosks or take a local taxi to Chek Jawa. The trip to Chek Jawa will take about 20 minutes.