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Chek Jawa

 

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Chek Jawa

One of Singapore's richest ecosystems, Chek Jawa is a unique natural area where six major habitats meet and mix. Slated for land reclamation in 1992, the wonderful secrets of Chek Jawa were unveiled only in December 2000. As public attention was drawn to this site, thousands of Singaporeans flocked to visit this wetland treasure. At the same time, appeals from nature lovers and the general public led to a review of its reclamations plans.

After carefully considering all public submissions and extensive consultations with scientific experts and relevant government agencies, it was announced in 2001 that reclamation works would be deferred as long as Pulau Ubin is not required for development. New amenities at Chek Jawa Wetlands, Pulau Ubin have been opened to the public from Sunday, 8 July 2007, which will allow visitors to conduct their own DIY tour of Chek Jawa every day of the week. The amenities, including a visitor centre with viewing jetty, over 1 km of boardwalk (Mangrove and Coastal Loops), and the 21-metre Jejawi Tower, are part of a long-term sustainable visitor management plan to protect the rich biodiversity there. For more information please click here

Planning your visit

Chek Jawa is an intertidal area, with its various eco-systems unveiled at low tides of 0.5 metres and below. Do refer to the tides when you plan for a visit to avoid disappointment.

Click here for Tides in 2011

Chek Jawa Opening Hours: 8.30 am - 6.00 pm

Getting to Chek Jawa Wetlands

Upon arrival at the Ubin jetty, visitors can hire a van or rent a bicycle from the main village. For the more adventurous, a walk to Chek Jawa would take about 40 minutes.

Visitors can either cycle or hire a vehicle to get to Chek Jawa Wetlands. For the safety of visitors, bicycles and vehicles will have to be parked at designated lots near Punai Hut. Do remember to ask for a bicycle lock when you rent your bicycle.

Notice to Vessels

Designation of Chek Jawa Wetlands
Notice to Vessels
Application for Permit

Guided Tours at Chek Jawa

About the Tour:
The intertidal flats at Chek Jawa Wetlands are most suitable for visiting during low tides of 0.5 metres and below, when you will be able to see most of the marine life. At higher tides, the area will be submerged under water.  Our nature guides will be at hand to bring you on a one-hour tour to experience Chek Jawa’s amazing natural heritage.

As demand for the guided tours is high, please book early to avoid disappointment.

Cost:
Each tour cost $60 (maximum 15 persons per group).  Only cheque payment will be accepted. In the event that the tour is canceled due to inclement weather, your payment will be refunded.

As at 29 May 2010

Due to the oil spill incident, we will suspend guided walks in Chek Jawa in the next two weeks to allow us to monitor the situation better.  Chek Jawa is still open to visitorship.  We will provide regular updates to keep the public appraised.  Thank you for your understanding.

Safety Considerations:

1. Be responsible for your own personal safety. Wear a hat/cap to shield yourself from the sun; put on sunscreen if necessary.  Bring sufficient water to quench your thirst.  To avoid injury, wear footwear that covers the entire feet… slippers and sandals are not appropriate. 

2. Please stay with your guide and follow his/her instructions. We seek your cooperation to ensure the long-term sustainability of Chek Jawa Wetlands.

3. For safety reasons, tours might be canceled in the event of inclement weather (lightning or heavy rain).

Things to Note Before Booking a Tour:

1. Upon placing a booking, please take down your booking number. 

2. Please make payment by cheque to “National Parks Board” (indicate your booking number, name and mailing address at the back of the cheque) at least one week prior to the tour and send it to:

National Parks Board
Pulau Ubin Branch
Ubin-HSBC Volunteer Hub
61, Pulau Ubin
Singapore 508310

We will confirm your booking only upon receipt of your payment. Bookings will be canceled if payment is not received at least three weeks before the tour.

3. On the day of tour, please register with your booking number at the Chek Jawa Information Kiosk (click here to find out how to get there) at the respective registration time.

Guided Tours along the Sensory Trail

About the Tour:
Experience Ubin's wonderful nature through your different senses along our Sensory Trail. The walk is easy going and takes about 1˝ hours to complete. This is an excellent introduction to the rustic and natural character of the island. You will be able to touch, see, smell or even taste fruit trees, spices and herbs for cooking, plants used in traditional medicine and native plants of the mangrove forest.

Cost:
Each tour cost $60 (maximum 15 persons per group).  Only cheque payment will be accepted. In the event that the tour is canceled due to inclement weather, your payment will be refunded.

Schedule of Tours:
Sensory Trail Guided Walks dates for Jun – Dec 2009
Meeting Place: Pulau Ubin Information Kiosk

Date
Time
18 Jul 2009 9.30am
15 Aug 2009 9.30am
19 Sep 2009 9.30am
17 Oct 2009 9.30am
21 Nov 2009 9.30am
19 Dec 2009 9.30am

Safety Considerations:

1. Be responsible for your own personal safety. Wear a hat/cap to shield yourself from the sun; put on sunscreen if necessary.  Bring sufficient water to quench your thirst.  To avoid mosquito bites, apply insect repellant or wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.

2. For safety reasons, tours might be canceled in the event of inclement weather (lightning or heavy rain).

Things to Note Before Booking a Tour:

1. Please make payment by cheque to “National Parks Board” (indicate your name and mailing address at the back of the cheque) at least one week prior to the tour and send it to:

National Parks Board
Pulau Ubin Branch
Ubin-HSBC Volunteer Hub
61, Pulau Ubin
Singapore 508310

We will confirm your booking only upon receipt of your payment. Bookings will be canceled if payment is not received at least one week before the tour.

3. On the day of tour, please register at the Pulau Ubin Information Kiosk (click here to find out how to get there) at the respective registration time.

 

Book a Tour:

NOTE: With effect from 1st June 2009, booking for guided tours will only be available via internet booking.

Alternative Tours:
For alternative guided tours conducted by other organizations and volunteer groups, please check www.wildsingapore.com

 

 

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Information is Updated on 19/05/2013