For environmentalists and conservationists, Chek Jawa is a gem of marine wildlife. Located at the eastern tip of Pulau Ubin, Chek Jawa is a collection of six distinct habitats – coastal forest, mangroves, sand bars, seagrass lagoon, rocky shore & coral rubble. Some of these habitats can be found at Pulau Sekudu, which is considered part of Chek Jawa.
Chek Jawa is teeming with a wide array of marine wildlife starfish, sea horses and octopi living in the sand and mud flats, carpet and peacock anemones in the sea-grass meadows, and sponges of all hues residing in the coral rubble.
Visits to Chek Jawa are on a first-come-first-served basis and is only possible at low spring 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 or collect any plant nor animal specimens.
Free, but pre-booking is required.
Approximate touring time
Eastern tip of Pulau Ubin
Take the MRT to Tanah Merah station (EW4). Take a bumboat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal (SGD 2 for a single trip, an additional SGD 2 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 6.00 am to at least 8.00 pm. 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.