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Review of Chek Jawa

Chek Jawa
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Owner description: Experience the rich ecosystems of Chek Jawa along the 1.1 km boardwalk that runs along the coast and mangrove area and get a glimpse of the rich plant and marine life.
Reviewed 2 April 2018

15 minutes boat ride from Changi Ferry Terminal to an island in north-eastern regional to get away from the buzzing city, this is a place for you if you are looking for some sleepy village and to get close to nature and wild life. Chek Jawa is fame for its diverse wild life on the eastern tip of Pulau Ubin island. From the Ferry terminal, you can take a 40 minutes to an hour hike or hire a taxi that takes you straight to Check Jawak apart from the usual bicycle rental. I like the short coastal walk about 10-15 minutes around this place.

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

This is quite literally the other side, to the main city and tourist area's, on Pulau Ubin island between Singapore and Malaysia. It's quite a trek to reach, be warned, first MRT to Tanah Mereh, the bus 2 to Changi ferry terminal, then you sit and wait for there to be 12 people who want to go across to the island - this can take a while!- then you board a local bumboat (which seems to be made of scrap anything and looks totally unseaworthy) and cross the water to the island.
After the super clean, sanitised city the island can be somewhat of a culture shock. The village is very basic, the homes all little more than scrap made shelters, and the main industry seems now to be the rental of dilapidated bikes to tourists. The bikes are cheap, old, in need of TLC but mostly work OK and they get you out to Chek Jawa. Along the way you can spot wild monkeys, boar and birds.
* Take a picnic unless you are brave enough to sample local cafes in the village.

The wetlands are a pleasant boardwalk, with a viewing tower and shelters. Sadly the shoreline and Mangrove swamps were littered with plastic waste and many plastic bags. We saw a Fish Eagle which was amazing, and many other birds and butterflies, as well as monkeys.

Time consuming but worthwhile to see a different side of life.

2  Thank Onceawaitress
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Reviewed 31 December 2017

Chek Jawa is a must visit if you find yourself on Pulau Ubin, but I suggest you hire a bike to get there.

The habitat is well maintained with excellent walkways, including a coastal track. There is a good selection of wildlife including the usual mangrove crab, lobster and mudskipper. We were also 'lucky' enough to spot a juvenile cobra as well! You can usually spot some wild pig in the vicinity, but do not approach..

1  Thank Seatroutfisher-1
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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Because they are there.

Why go to Chek Jawa?

You wouldn't go out of your way for it. But you won't have to as you are already on Pulau Ubin and it is 80m down the road.

Top surveyor. Solid jetty. Imaginatively named island.

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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Make a learning journey to the interesting Chek Jawa wetlands, where you can learn about thhe habitat of a variety of plants and creatures characteristic of a mangrove ecosystem..

A boardwalk takes you right round the mangrove area, and the best time to visit is when the tide is low.

Bring your binoculars and ascend the seven-storey Jejawi Tower, where you can spot rare mgratory birds.

Visit the Visitors' Centre (a large colonial bungalow) for more interesting facts about Chek Jawa. The view out to sea is rather nice.

No admission charges to Chek Jawa, though the 15min boat ride from Changi Point costs S$3 per person per trip (2017).

Bring a hat.

1  Thank stpn_fz
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