Destinations To Visit On A Yacht Tour In Singapore
Singapore is known for its modern architecture and amazing shopping offering, but not many are aware that they can also experience great fun in the sun here in Singapore!
Enter the Southern Islands of Singapore – home to some gorgeous beaches, sparkling azure waters and elusive wildlife! Being popular among day trippers, the Southern Islands can be pretty packed and crowded during the weekends. If you would like to experience something quieter and more relaxing, a yacht tour is very much recommended.
To select which island on the Southern Islands cluster to visit, let’s take a look at some of the popular islands that make up the Southern Islands of Singapore:
1. Lazarus Island
One of Singapore’s Southern Islands, Lazarus Island, also known as Pulau Sekijang Pelepah, is connected to St. John’s island by a causeway
There were many prison confinement sheds on Lazarus island in the late 19th century, but they were abandoned after a prisoner serving a life sentence there managed to escape. All of the confinement sheds were burned by a wildfire in 1902, and all of the area’s vegetation was destroyed by a huge fire that broke out in 1914.
Today, Lazarus Island attracts throngs of tourists who come to enjoy the spotlessly white sand beach on the C-shaped lagoon. It has also been referred to as one of Singapore’s best-kept secrets and one of the forgotten islands. One of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of Lazarus Island is by going on a yacht tour with your loved ones and spending some quiet time together.
2. Sentosa Island
A sunny island off the coast of Singapore, Sentosa is home to a variety of interesting activities, themed attractions, award-winning spas, beautiful rainforests, golden sand beaches, and resort-style lodgings.
A resort island off the southern coast of Singapore, Sentosa is connected to the city via road, monorail, cable car, and a pedestrian boardwalk. Tiger Sky Tower, located next to Sentosa Station, offers expansive vistas that reach as far as Indonesia. A suspension bridge connects Palawan Beach on the south coast, which is studded with restaurants and bars, with a small offshore island. Tanjong Beach, a crescent-shaped beach with palm trees, is more serene.
There are plenty of activities to be enjoyed on Sentosa Island. If you have young children, Sentosa would be a terrific place to bring them for a fun-filled day! However, if you prefer to just chill and enjoy quiet time away from the crowd, a yacht tour to Sentosa will be perfect for you.
3. St John’s Island
The largest of Singapore’s Southern Islands is Saint John’s Island. Pulau Sekijang Bendera is its native name in the Malay language. Off the Straits of Singapore, it is situated about 6.5 kilometres south of Singapore’s main island. It can be reached by boat from Marina South Pier and is directly connected to neighbouring Lazarus Island by a causeway.
St John’s Island is where Sir Stamford Raffles anchored off the island before visiting the Malay chief of Singapore in 1819. Legends also has it that this island is haunted – which makes it excellent as a dark tourism destination.
In 1975, the 40.5-hectare island’s mountainous terrain was flattened and turned into a peaceful retreat with swimming lagoons, beaches, picnic areas, hiking trails, and football fields. The island is a popular destination for weekend trips and is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
4. Sisters’ Islands
Sisters’ Islands are two of Singapore’s Southern Islands and are situated off the Straits of Singapore, south of the main island. It is accessible by boat from West Coast Pier or Marina South Pier.
The Sisters’ Islands Marine Park, which covers an area of about 40 hectares around the Sisters Islands and along the western reefs of Pulau Tekukor and St. John’s Island, will serve as a hub for outreach, education, conservation, and research initiatives pertaining to the native marine biodiversity of the region. The area was picked for its diversity of habitats, which included seagrass beds, sandy beaches, and coral reefs.
The coral reefs in Singapore will be safeguarded by The Sisters’ Islands Marine Park, which is home to unique and threatened species of seahorses, clams, sponges, and other marine life. The Marine Park is also home to Singapore’s first turtle hatchery, which offers a favourable environment for turtle eggs to develop, hatch, and survive before being released into the ocean.
5. Kusu Island
Kusu Island, one of Singapore’s Southern Islands, is located 5.6 kilometres south of the main island of the island and is located below the Singapore Straits. The name “Kusu” in Hokkien means either “Turtle Island” or “Tortoise Island.” Pulau Tembakul, meaning Peak Island, is the name given to the island in Malay.
In addition to being a serene area off the southern coast of Singapore, Kusu Island is rich in local legend and myth.
There are many different versions of the mythology, but they all centre on the tale of a big tortoise, a Malay guy, and a Chinese man. To save the shipwrecked men, the tortoise changed into an island. They were so appreciative that they erected a Muslim ‘keramat,’ or’shrine,’ and a Taoist shrine.
Due to the ban on camping and overnight stays, Kusu Island is best for day trips and yacht tours. The swimming lagoons and beaches are close by for a dose of nature. If you snorkel here, you might even see a few sea turtles!
No matter what it is you like – fishing, snorkelling, BBQ or just hanging out with loved ones – we provide yacht tour packages to suit your budget and preferences! Check out our Party Fishing at Southern Islands package or 3D2N Staycation Singapore Waters package for something more fun and exciting. Whatever it is you like, talk to us and we’ll make it for you!