It is a little known fact that Singapore has 63 islands. Not all islands are accessible to the public but mainland Singapore makes a great base for exploring the popular ones.
Sentosa has a well-deserved reputation for being busy: a day there offers a large variety of sports and entertainment activities for the energetic visitor. Reach Sentosa on foot by taking take a walk down the newly renovated Sentosa Boardwalk.
Nearest MRT: Harbourfront
Singapore’s last traditional island is the place to go to escape from it all! Explore the Chak Jawa wetlands, ride through the picturesque river bends on specially designed bike paths, and walk through large abandoned quarries as you explore the other side of Singapore.
Deriving its name from the narrow, shallow channel that separates the lush piece of land in two, Sisters Island is a snorkeller’s paradise and one of the most famous islands near Singapore. It is popular for its breathtaking reefs and rich aquatic life. Sisters Island’s strong vegetation and natural shelters also make it an excellent picnic destination. Look out for the curious monkeys!
Pulau Hantu makes it to the must-see islands to visit from Singapore thanks to its amazing swimming and free-diving affordances. You are likely to enjoy your very own lagoon, dive into crystal clear waters, and spot marine species, such as sea horses, damselfish, or clownfish in their natural habitat.
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Johor Bahru (commonly known as JB to Singaporeans) is in southern Malaysia and makes an interesting day-trip cross-border. It is also to Johor Bahru Premium Outlets which has around 130 designer outlet stores offering discounts all-year round. JB, also boasts a number of intriguing temples, mosques and museums.
Bintan is a 45-minute ferry ride from Singapore. Regular ferry schedules run from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Bintan’s poised beaches & resorts. An alternative for nature seekers, there is a one-and-a-half hour ferry ride to Bintan’s rural town Tanjung Pinang. The beaches are less glamorous but just as enjoyable!
Visit Batam if you are searching for full-on fun times. Something of an expat colony, the island is rich with eateries, bars, casinos, and other entertainment establishments. Regular ferry schedules run from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal as well.