St. John's Island is a beautiful island located approximately 6.5 km south off of the main island of Singapore. This island has completely transformed itself from the quarantine station it used to be to the mesmerising relaxation spot it is today. The mesmerising site is also known for having a small patch of mangrove trees and beautiful clear water beaches that are ideal to spend the day lounging on. This, as well as its closeness to the main island of Singapore, has always made St. John's Island and ideal visit for locals as well as tourists.
Previously known as Pulau Sakijang Bendera, St. John's Island became famous as it was the site of Sir Stamford Raffles' anchorage before the meeting with the Malay chief of Singapore in 1819. The island, since then, has been famous for several other reasons such as the abundance of friendly cats that consider the island their home or the stunning hoards of dolphins that frequently visit the coast of the island.
Things To Do at St John's Island
St. John's, like many other islands in its vicinity, is known for its beaches, lagoons, hidden coves, as well as the variety of marine life, found around the island. However, there is much more to this island than what meets the eye.
Due to the vast variety of marine life found in this area, St. John's remains to be a perfect location to take out the fishing gear and spend an afternoon sitting under the relaxing sun and finding fresh fish to catch. The island attracts several individuals who wish to spend their day away from the hustle bustle of city life and enjoy their time by the waters of this island.
Unlike other islands such as the Kusu Island, it is not prohibited to stay overnight at St. Johns island. In fact, the villas and houses that provide a scenic view of the beaches and sea are fully equipped and available for rent so that people can extend their stay and enjoy the island life a bit longer. Paired with the private yachts that can be hired specifically for the island stay, the visit is sure to give the feel of a complete vacation.
St. John's Island gives a once in a lifetime opportunity for visitors to indeed live amongst the natural world and to enjoy it in all its beauty. The island with all its wonderful gems is the perfect place to take a walk and explore the kinds of flora and fauna it has to offer. In fact, the island has been providing guided nature tours as part of an outreach and informational programme in association with the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum so that visitors can understand and experience exactly what wonders the island has to offer. The island also houses the Tropical Marine Science Institute that associates with marine research.
St. Johns Island has its fair share of secrets when it comes to hidden coves and passageways. The island, in fact, is connected to another island called Lazarus Island which remains a sort of hidden beach and that can be accessed by a paved bridge linking both these islands. Lazarus Island, in turn, is connected to another island called the Pulau Seringat which is as much of a hidden gem and provides ample opportunity for nature lovers to explore.
Ferry To St John's Island
Buy the ferry tickets for the ferry Marina South Pier which is right next to the Marina South Pier MRT Station. Once at the pier, buy tickets from the Singapore Island Cruise booth at the main entrance.
Tickets The booth closes at 3:00 PM. Tickets are given out at a first come first serve basis. Adult- 18 SGD Child (1- 12 years) - 12 SGD
Ferry departure timings Monday to Friday - 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM Saturday - 9:00 AM, 11:00AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM Sunday and Public Holidays - 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM