Singapore – Southern Island
Lazarus Island is a well-kept secret in Singapore, popular with boaters. It has a horse-shoe shaped bay with white, sandy beach and clear blue water, hence the perfect spot to anchor and enjoy a day of swimming, stand-up paddling, relaxing and dining in style on board the yacht of your choice. Somersault off our yacht docked at sea, get towed with inflatables, enjoy the big mats on the ocean, you don’t want to leave that area anymore. Connected by a short causeway to St. John’s Island, it is a hidden oasis for beach junkies. The beach extends to the southern end of Pulau Seringat, although to the visitor’s untrained eye, it is one long stretch of sand.
St. John’s Island
St. John’s Island, previously known as Pulau Sakijang Bendera, is another one of the Southern Islands in Singapore. It is located approximately 6.5 km to the south of the main island of Singapore and linked to Lazarus Island via a stretch of path. Popular with many boaters and rich of many species of fish, it is a relaxing destinations for fishing and enjoying nature. With its swaying coconut trees, swimming lagoon and grassy knolls for picnics or beach barbecues, the island – an anglers favourite – offers a rustic getaway.
Sisters’ Islands are two of the Southern Islands in Singapore and are located to the south of the main island of Singapore. Big Sister’s Island, about 39,000 square metres (9.6 acres) in area faces the open sea, while Little Sister’s Island, about 17,000 m2 (4.2 acres) in area faces the mainland. The two islands are separated by a narrow channel which makes the islands a great spot for fishing in between the formations of land. The common sea star, blue-spot nudibranch, octopus and five-spot anemone shrimp can be spotted during low tide in that area. Legend has it that the islands were formed out of two orphaned sisters. After a pirate kidnapped the younger sister, the elder one swam after the boat and drowned. Griefstricken, the younger sister jumped into the sea and drowned too. The next day, two islands formed at the spot where they died and were henceforth known as Sisters’ Islands.
Pulau Hantu is located to the south of the main island of Singapore, off the Straits of Singapore. Pulau Hantu is actually made up of two islets: Pulau Hantu Besar (Big Ghost Island) and Pulau Hantu Kechil (Little Ghost Island), with a total area of 12.6 hectares. At low tide, it is possible to wade across the shallow lagoon between the two islands. Both have shelters and picnic areas. Despite its name, it is far from eerie. Calm waters, white sand and a rich bounty of coral reefs made the island an increasingly popular haunt with snorkelers and divers with more than 100 species of corals, bamboo sharks, clown fishes, sea stars, seahorses and turtles. For non-divers, the main draw would be a small mangrove area and swimming lagoons.
Kusu Island is one of the Southern Islands in Singapore, located about 5.6 kilometres to the south of the main island of Singapore, east of Lazarus Island. The name means “Tortoise Island” in Hokkien and is home to more than 100 tortoise. It is a great spot for fishing. In the ninth lunar month each year, thousands of devotees flock to the island to pray for good health, prosperity, fertility and happiness. They make a beeline for the Da Bo Gong Temple. Elsewhere on the island, a 152-step climb leads to three kramats or holy shrines of Malay saints. The site is dedicated to a pious man from the 19th century. Next to tortoise there are also monkeys on the island. So you can poke around the religious sites, use one of the pavilions for a picnic or let your children loose in the open space or swimming lagoon
Rounding off the trip we usually would move on from the Southern Islands towards Marina Bay to view the spectacular Skyline of Singapore, in particular a highlight at night! The approach is simply amazing and you will be stunned by the views