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Chek Jawa - The Splendors of the Wetlands

By: deliatoh on 10 Nov 2011

Nature-lovers will be awed by the Chek Jawa Wetlands, located just a few kilometres from the bustling mainland of Singapore. Located on Pulau Ubin, an island off the northeastern coast of the mainland, Chek Jawa houses a wide variety of wildlife species in six very different habitats.

One of the main attractions would be the Mangrove Boardwalk, a 500m walk which takes visitors on a journey into a mangrove habitat. Some of exotic flora and fauna make this wetland their home such as Nipah Palms and Fiddler crabs. Located next to the Mangrove Loop is the Seagrass Lagoon, where marine life resides. If you're fortunate, you may get to see one of the rarest species in Singaporean waters, the Carpet Anemone.

Watch how technology meets nature at the Sandbars. Operating discreetly, they hold in water from the sea and regulate water levels in order to keep the ecosystem in Chek Jawa thriving. When the tide is low, be treated to an incredible sight of seastars, sea cucumbers and sea birds. The Coral Rubble area also houses a huge diversity of underwater life.

For those who prefer to admire the beauty of Chek Jawa without getting wet, the Coastal Loop is the place to explore. The Coastal Forest, which spans approximately 3.5 hectares, is where the most resilient of plant and animal species thrive. The forest has more than 80 native species of plants including herbs.

Visitors will also get to see the exquisite Tudor-style architecture right here at Chek Jawa House No. 1, a cottage built in the 1930s by then-Chief Surveyor, Langon Williams, used to serve as a holiday resort for the group. This is a popular photo stop for visitors.

All in all, Chek Jawa is a lovely off-shore natural reserve for visitors both local and foreign. In order to get the best-sightseeing experience, visitors can help by keeping the area litter-free, staying on safe, designated paths, and not disturbing, provoking or removing any living things from their habitats.

Getting there: From Changi Point Ferry Terminal, take a Bumboat ride (6.00a.m. To 8/00. Daily) to Ubin Jetty ($2 pax per trip). Bicycles and vans are available for rent (prices vary) for the journey to Chek Jawa. Visitors can also take a 40-minute walking journey to Chek Jawa.

Opening Hours: 8.30am-6.00pm daily.

Management Office Contact: +65 6542 4108. Pulau Ubin Police Post: +65 6542 8664

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