A date with nature: St John Island Singapore
It's been 3 months that I've spent most of my time doing just my work at home. And it gets very very boring for someone who enjoys doing nothing in expansive nature.
Last week, my tour guide friend, Jan, invited my husband and me to an intertidal walk at St John Island with his nature tour guide friend, Karen. You can't imagine how excited we were to be presented with this opportunity to be close to nature again! And having the company of a nature tour guide, and meeting a new friend, is simply priceless (by the way, this is also our very first trip to St John Island, double excitement!!)
With 30 minutes travelling time between Marina South Pier to St John Island, we arrive at about 9:30am on weekends and about 10:30am on a weekday.
If you're interested to make your trip to the intertidal walk like us you can engage an experience intertidal tour guide or sign up for NParks free intertidal guided walk when COVID-19 pandemic is over.
To explore other parts of St John Island, you can download a copy St John Island Trail in your phone and you are ready to go!
|Marina South Pier|
|St John Island Jetty|
|Welcome to St John Island|
How to travel from Mainland to St John Island? How much does the ticket cost?
Departing from Marina South Pier, we travelled with MARINA SOUTH FERRIES, with each return ticket costing S$15. You can choose to either sit within the aircon cabin or the upper deck, which is open-air with shelters and a seafront view.
Here's the rest of the timetable for travels on a weekday or weekends:
Is there any accommodation available on St John Island?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all accommodations are temporarily unavailable for booking until further notice. You can still visit St John Island lodge and save it for your future visit.
Are you ready to visit the intertidal walk with us?
Let's meet some of my new nature friends on St John Island:
As we explored for new marine friends, Karen constantly shared with us the names of each coral and how it was formed. I was not aware until she mentioned that the rising temperature of seawater is a sign of global warming, that is slowly killing many of our marines species.
I realised that when numerous groups of corals turned ash-white and hard (did some digging on the internet), it was called MASS CORAL BLEACHING. The more that I explored and observed these phenomena on St John Island, the more heartbroken I felt. What have we (human) done to our marine life?
• For friends who want to find out about what mass coral bleaching is.
• For friends who want to find out more about mass coral bleaching in Singapore, do click on wild shores of Singapore to get the latest update and learn what you can do to protect our marine life.
So what I will do to give back to our beautiful nature?
This month, I intend to invite my friends to St John island to clean the shoreline as I noticed that there is still much trash along the intertidal walk. At the same time, I will be documenting more about St John Island and share it with you on this platform. I believe education is one of the more effective ways to help people to reconnect themselves back to nature.
Special thanks and mention to Karen and Jan, who gave me the precious opportunity to make tiny changes for a greener future.
Make that change,