St. John's Island is a stunning island known for its chequered past and the former prison feel, located approximately 6.5 km south off of the main island of Singapore. The mesmerising sight is visited for the small patch of mangrove trees and turquoise water beaches used by the families for picnicking. It is also frequented for a spot of fishing. This, as well as its closeness to the main island, has made St. John's Island an ideal day trip from Singapore.
Serving as a quarantine station for the immigrants during the 1930s, St Johns Island became a political prison and later a rehabilitation centre for the opium addicts. The prison-feel still lingers with barbed wire fences and watchtowers doting the island's landscape. Previously known as Pulau Sakijang Bendera, the island was the site of Sir Stamford Raffles' anchorage before the meeting with the Malay chief of Singapore in 1819. Since then, St Johns Island in Singapore 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.
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