Chek Jawa (仄爪哇) is a teeming haven for marine life located at the eastern tip of the island at Pulau Ubin. There, you can spot a variety of starfish, anemones, octopi and other sea creatures that inhabit the sand and mud flats. A unique natural environment that is unusually rich in biodiversity.
Chek Jawa's is rare and has an identity and character of its own - it reveals and transforms itself into a natural WETwonderLAND during low tide. When the tide comes in, it is fully submerged—its secrets and treasures are again hidden, waiting yet to be discovered another day.
The Mangrove Boardwalk and Jejawi Tower will be closed from 29 Sep 2014 for upgrading works, completion date is 31 Jan 2015. Other facilities at Chek Jawa Wetlands remain open including the Coastal Boardwalk, Visitor Centre and Viewing Jetty.
1) Chek Jawa Intertidal Walk, bookings can only be done online, more details on the NParks website. Each tour costs $60 (max 15 perople per group). Duration is about 45 mins. Participants must wear appropriate covered footwear e.g. sneakers and canvas shoes (slippers and sandals are not suitable).
2) Chek Jawa guided boardwalk tours. Since the Chek Jawa boardwalk was launch in July 2007, we can visit at any tide. The volunteers with the Naked Hermit Crabs conduct free guided tours of the boardwalk.
3) Tour by www.ulusingapore.com.
History: Slated for land reclamation in 1992, the wonderful secrets of Chek Jawa were unveiled only in December 2000. 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.
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, a 1.1 km boardwalk (Mangrove and Coastal Loops). Other facilities include a visitor centre at House No. 1 with a viewing jetty and the 20m Jejawi Tower with a panoramic view of the surroundings.
Chek Jawa is actually a collection of six distinct habitats - coastal forest, mangrove, sandy beach, sand and mud flats, coral rubble and a tiny island called Pulau Sekudu, or Frog Island. It is unique because all these different habitats are clustered in an area just one sq km in size.
Back then, you may be greeted by a wild boar by the name of Priscilla when you visit Chek Jawa. She was neither pet nor wild pig and was hand-raised. The gentle Priscilla passed away on 27 May 2004.
Address: On Pulau Ubin.
How to get to Pulau Ubin? Once on Pulau Ubin, Chek Jawa can be reached by a 40-minute hike. Alternatively, you can rent bicycles or hire a taxi. Prices are negotiable.
Information is correct as at 02 November 2014. Please visit the destination website for latest updates.