Thursday, July 9, 2015

Cycling Adventure to Chek Jawa Wetlands

Chek Jawa Wetlands

Chek Jawa Wetlands is situated in the far south-east of Pulau Ubin, it is one of Singapore’s richest ecosystems. The 100-hectare wetlands was discovered when the area was included in the government's plan for a reclamation project, but because of the immense richness of the ecosystem, plans for the development of Chek Jawa have been deferred and it is now one of the most visited area in Pulau Ubin.

Chek Jawa Wetlands

Visitors can either walk, cycle or hire a vehicle to get to Chek Jawa Wetlands.  We love to cycle so cycle it is! You can rent a bicycle for S$8 to S$12 for a whole day use.  For those who love to walk, it will take you round 40 minutes from the main land to reach Chek Jawa.

Chek Jawa Wetlands

The bike trail is not for the faint hearted, it is rather rigorous and hilly. There are steep slopes along the way, you are advised to walk your bike at times, and make sure your brake works! It is best to rent a mountain bike going to Chek Jawa.

House No. 1 at Chek Jawa:

House No. 1, Chek Jawa Wetlands

In the middle of the jungle you'll find this interesting cottage.  The cottage is a pre-war structure and best known as House No. 1. It was built in the 1930's in the English Lytyenseque or Tudor style. 

Chek Jawa Wetlands, Pulau Ubin

Today it houses a small visitor centre which serves as a museum containing information about the wetlands.

Chek Jawa Wetlands, Pulau Ubin

In front of the cottage is the restored jetty port:
Jetty port at Chek Jawa Wetlands

The wetlands is best visited during low tide. Unfortunately, as you can see, we arrived during high tide. So sorry for us, we weren't able to explore the wetlands.

Jetty Port at Chek Jawa Wetlands

wetlands at Chek Jawa Wetlands Pulau Ubin
 the wetlands during low tide (picture not mine, taken from
The wetlands provide a home for millions of creatures.

wild boars at Chek Jawa Wetlands

Even wild boars mingle with the visitors occasionally, and boy they are huge!

wild Boar at Chek Jawa Wetlands

Chek Jawa Wetlands

Chek Jawa includes such diverse ecosystems like mangroves, sandbars, seagrass lagoon, rocky shore and coastal forest. There is an abundance of natural creatures, rare plants and migratory birds.  If you are a nature lover, you will surely love this place. You can bring the kids, both educational and fun for the whole family! 

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