White sandy beaches and the sea lit up in hues of emerald green, and turquoise often brings with it views of crowds, more than they do of the sea-beach itself, but not at Lazarus Island. This peaceful little island, just south of mainland Singapore, is blissful heaven offering the perfect getaway into a luxuriant beach without the hassle of too many people. One of Singapore's best-kept secrets, a day on Lazarus Island can be a truly refreshing one. Cat-lovers rejoice, as the island is home to several stray cats and a famous one-eyed cat nicknamed the pirate cat! Feel free to get some cat food to feed these little ones. One can take a stroll by the beach, or have a picnic in the shade of the trees. The eastern beach is not a rocky one and is good for swimming as well. With its breathtakingly beautiful surroundings, Lazarus Island also makes for a great photography location.
Those wanting a retreat from the bustle of the city or a break from their monotonous life would have a great time at the island, exploring and relaxing. Group occasions are even more fun! However, make sure to return in the evening as camping on the island is not allowed.
Flora and Fauna at Lazarus Island
The eastern side of the island houses one of Singapore's naturally sandy beaches. It was once thriving with reef growth which could be explored during the low tide. However, over the years, increasing rate of sedimentation and reclamation work on the island has buried the coral reefs. The southern side of the island has a natural cliff and a rocky shoreline. This side of the island houses rare plants such as the Sea Fig, which is a rare tree with a wide crown, spreading branches and heart-shaped leaves, and Pelir Musang, which is a rare shrub which bears creamish-yellow coloured flowers. Some varieties of the critically endangered tree, Bonduc Nut, are also seen around the island. Other than the number of stray cats, other animals seen here are Gold-ringed cat snake.
Activities at Lazarus Island
Kite Flying Because of its isolated location, and ever blowing sea breeze, kite flying can be a wonderful experience.
Stock up all picnic essentials as this island is the perfect place to have a great time eating food, and sharing stories with your friends and family.
The island has a size of 47 hectares, and that's a lot of space to explore. Wake the explorer in you, and take a stroll around the island, exploring it. You might even see the rare trees and shrubs. Do take insect repellants, and boric acid to repel snakes.
The eastern side of the island is a flat, safe-for-swimming beach. Go ahead, bring out those floaters and enjoy in the water.
Book a private yacht
Make your trip to Lazarus Island even more luxurious by booking a private yacht. Birthdays and pre or post wedding parties can't get any better than this. The cost varies from SGD 1900 to SGD 3300 for a five-hour yacht booking.
How to reach Lazarus Island
Unfortunately, there is no direct way to get to Lazarus Island. One has to first get to St. John's Island. For that, take the MRT to Marina South Pier Station, and take Exit B. You'll be able to book tickets to St. John's Island right at the exit. A ferry moves to and fro Marina South Pier and St. John's Island according to the given schedule:
Price: Adults: 18 SGD Children (till the age of 12): 12 SGD
Once at St. John's Island, a small walkway leads to Lazarus Island. The walking time is approximately 10 minutes. If the ferry timings can't be accommodated into your schedule, you can choose to book a private ferry to drop you. It takes around 250 SGD for 5 people. For this, the Singapore Island Cruise can be contacted.
Do not lose track of time. Once you miss the last ferry, you will be stranded on the island.
Wear good, comfortable shoes and covered clothing. Insects abound in the island. Take an insect repellant as well.
Approach cats with caution, and don't make loud noises at them, or chase them.