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“Sad. Waste of time from tourist perspective”
Review of Kusu Island

Kusu Island
Ranked #221 of 848 things to do in Singapore
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Owner description: In addition to its wealth of heritage sites, Kusu Island is also a visitors’ favourite thanks to its picturesque lagoons, clean beaches and varied animal life.
Reviewed 29 May 2012

go there only if you wsnt to visit a famous chinese temple there otherwise a wasteful trip. You can do it if you want to do a ferry ride.

4  Thank sundeep67
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Reviewed 26 May 2012

We visited as part of a cruise and were only there for 45 mins but I can see the potential in this place if you are a Singapore native. It would be a great place to escape with the family for a picnic on a Sunday afternoon.

Date of experience: May 2012
3  Thank Allis0n_Smith
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

Kusu Island (also known as Turtle Island) can be reached by a twice daily (morning/afternoon) boat service from Marina South Pier. The first boat departs Singapore at 9.30am, has a brief stop at St John’s Island before heading to Kusu Island around 11am.

Kusu Island is a quiet oasis after the bustle of Singapore. The ocean views are stunning and the flora diverse. The Da Bo Gong Chinese temple on the island houses two main deities - the Da Bo Gong (prosperity, cure diseases, calm the sea and avert danger) and Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy/giver of sons).

If you feel energetic, you can climb the 152 steps leading to 3 holy shrines of Malay saints. While the steps are steep, they have good hand rails in place and small alcoves for a rest if needed. Take your time, stop to admire the views and plants, and before you know it, you’re at the top. For a small donation, you can have your family blessed, in a pleasant incense and smoke ceremony performed by a holy man (who shares your boat back to Marina in standard dress).

The turtles on the island are confined to a concrete pool and enclosure but there are quite a number of them. Along with the temples, there’s a marble statue of turtles near the foreshore, a wishing well and plenty of places to relax in the shade. The beaches are wonderfully clean. A wonderful spot for a picnic for two, or for a family day out.

Kusu Island is for day visits only and overnight stays are not permitted. You need to bring your food and drink along, as the island has no stores.

Date of experience: February 2012
6  Thank Poss62
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

$30 nzd, or 16 pounds, great value for money. 3 hr cruise, with afternoon tea. excellent views of the city. a great way to spend the afternoon before our 11pm flight.

Date of experience: March 2012
3  Thank kiorakiwi
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

i had a trip to Singapore with my parents and among other things took a river cruise to Kusu island. It costs around 70 usd, which i do feel is a bit expensive. Our Singapore stay was for 6 days and we all had by passed our share of fun with animals, so kept them at the minimum in our itenary. Kusu river cruise was an ideal choice. We went for high tea and the ordeal went on for around 2.5 hrs with hotel pick up and drop off. The boat was nice, intriguing and clean. It had 3 floors with food being served only on the ground storey. The commentary went on and the whole journey was quite scenic and relaxing. Kusu itself is a small island with less than 15 mins of walkable distance. We saw the Chinese temple and some good number of steps for the Malayan tomb, which was honestly quite dark, lonely and intriguing. The Singapore flyer looks very good from this island. I highly recommend the toy museum for travellers who have either more time, health constrains or just simply don't want to spend too much time and money on animals

1  Thank mehtahiral
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