Sentosa Island, Singapore



Southern Islands

The Southern Islands are a group of islands that include Sentosa Island (the largest) and several smaller islands. The smaller islands include Kusu Island, Lazarus Island, Pulau Seringat, Pulau Tekukor, Saint John's Island and the two Sisters' Islands. Development and maintenance of the these offshore islands are under the management of the Sentosa Development Corporation.

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Getting to the Islands
There are limited ferry services from Singapore's Marina South Pier to Sentosa's smaller southern islands of Kusu and St. John. Monday through Saturday, there are two services a day, leaving at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., looping to Kusu, St. John, Kusu again and then back to Marina South Pier. This gives you about one hour on Kusu, which is plenty for seeing the sights. On Sundays and holidays, there are five services at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., which run to Kusu, St. John and returning back to Marina South Pier, giving a minimum of two hours on any island. All ferries cost SGD15 return and no Sentosa entry fee is needed. For the rest of the islands, you will have to charter a boat.

Kusu Island
There are a few sights of interest on Kusu Island. The name means "Turtle Island" and there are indeed lots of the reptiles scampering about but don't expect an unspoiled tropical paradise. The island was thoroughly reworked with land reclamation in 1975 and looks exactly like the rest of Sentosa. Kusu Island is known for its lagoons, pristine beaches, tranquil settings and a popular place for picnic but overnight stays are not permitted.  

Da Bogong (Tua Pekong) Temple is an unassuming little Taoist temple dedicated to the Merchant God. The temple is the focal point of the yearly Kusu Festival (October-November), when pilgrims come to the island to pray for prosperity. Keramat Kusu is an unusual shrine (not a mosque) visited by some Malays. It sits atop a small hill, dedicated to Syed Abdul Rahman and his family, who lived here in the 19th century. The shrine is painted bright yellow and is visited in particular by childless couples.

Da Bogong Temple on Kusu Island by Thaejas

St. John's Island
The island is located about 7 km south from mainland Singapore. The island was once a quarantine station for immigrants detected with cholera and other diseases from the late 19th to mid-20th century. Today the island is known for its various species of flora and fauna. St. John's Island is popular with Singaporeans for weekend visits, offering
swimming lagoons, beaches, trekking trails and picnic grounds. Those planning to stay overnight can stay at the Holiday Bungalow or Holiday Camps.

St. John's Island by kilburn2000

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