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About 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 for as long as Pulau Ubin is not required for development. 

Visiting Chek Jawa

From Sunday, 8 July 2007, new amenities at Chek Jawa Wetlands have been opened to the public. Visitors can now conduct their own DIY tour of Chek Jawa every day of the week. The amenities, including a visitor centre with a viewing jetty, over 1 kilometres of boardwalk (Mangrove and Coastal Loops), and a 20 metre tall Jejawi Tower, are part of a long-term sustainable visitor management plan to protect the rich biodiversity.

Planning your visit

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

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.

Read more about guided tours at Chek Jawa 

Notice to Vessels


Designation of Chek Jawa Wetlands
Notice to Vessels
Application for Permit

Last updated on 08 December 2016

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