Experience Island Life on St John's Island
Looking for an escape from long hours in the office? Pining for an island experience different from the everyday routine? Head ‘over seas’ – to St John’s Island that is!
The island boasts rich biodiversity, a range of natural habitats and a colourful history, which visitors can now experience at the enhanced Sisters’ Islands Marine Park Public Gallery and the newly launched St John’s Island Trail.
’Dive’ without getting wet
First opened to the public in 2015, the Sisters’ Islands Marine Park Public Gallery has included new exhibits to provide visitors more opportunities to appreciate the rich biodiversity of the island.
Find out what it is like to ‘dive’ along the coral reefs in the Marine Park with an immersive 3D virtual reality dive experience. To learn more about mangrove habitats, you just have to pop by the mangrove mesocosm. This exhibit mirrors the high and low tide conditions of the natural environment so you can observe life between tides! Other exhibits include a viewing pool and aquariums so you can get up close to intertidal and coral reef organisms.
Explore at your own pace
The 2.8-km St John’s Island Trail features 15 stations across the south-eastern stretch of the island. You can discover the island’s history, explore different natural habitats such as the coastal forests and intertidal flats, and spot wildlife along the way! And if you are lucky, you might even spot the Critically Endangered Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) along the shores.
You can explore the trail on your own with the DIY trail e-guide available for download on our website or pick up a copy at the Public Gallery.
St John’s Island is located just 30 minutes by boat from the mainland. Regular ferry services to the island depart from Marina South Pier twice daily on weekdays and up to five times on weekends and public holidays. Do check the ferry schedule when planning your visit. For a quick guide on how to get to and around the island, watch the video!
Text and video by Wong Yeang Cherng
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