Located just off the south coast of Singapore are two hidden gems that not many know about or would think of visiting – Sisters’ Islands.
Among the Southern Islands of Singapore – Lazarus Island, St. John’s Island and Kusu Island – the Sisters’ Islands are by far the most untouched. However, funnily enough, this secluded hidden gem has the richest history and most well-known legend that many locals are aware of.
The legend of Sisters’ Islands tells the tragic tale of two sisters with a close-knit relationship who were torn apart by pirates and drowned while trying to reunite with one another. Two islands appeared at the spot where they had drowned and were given the name “Sisters’ Islands”.
As you would have probably guessed, Sisters’ Islands include two islands – Little Sister Island and Big Sister Island. Unfortunately, only Big Sister Island can be accessed by the public (note: it is currently closed for enhancement works till 2024).
So, what can you do on Big Sister Island? Well, here are 3 fun things that you should not miss if you are planning a trip to this hidden gem rich in history in the near future.
Forget making a trip to the SEA Aquarium, get up close and personal with marine life by snorkelling through the undisturbed waters of Big Sister Island.
Snorkelling is a terrific activity on Big Sister Island because of its seclusion and unbridled natured. Home to some of Singapore’s greatest reefs, keep your eyes peeled for the wide variety of fishes, corals, and other fascinating underwater creatures as you swim through the crystal-clear turquoise waters.
Watch out for jellyfish though, as they have been sighted recently. You wouldn’t want to be stung!
The only downside is that there are no snorkel gears for rent available on the island, so you’d have to bring your own equipment along.
2. Clear your mind by taking a stroll
You know what they say, if you have a lot on your mind, the best remedy is to go on a walk.
If you are looking for some quality me-time or a great place to quiet your mind and do some thinking, Big Sister Island is perfect for you.
As mentioned earlier, the island is much more secluded and not as frequently visited as the other Southern Islands of Singapore. This means that it is the ideal location that offers you the tranquillity you are looking for to recharge and clear your mind. Take a stroll among the trees or by the waves and spend a few moments appreciating the surroundings.
3. Picnic in the shade
For those who love spending time with your loved ones with a scrumptious spread but hate the heat and humidity, you’re in luck.
There are a number of sheltered benches where you can have your picnic in the shade and hide out from the sun. Plus, many of these sheltered benches overlook the island’s pristine waters.
Food, family, friends, shade, and a stunning view – it really does not get any better than this.
Getting to Sisters’ Island
Now, how do you get to Sisters’ Island?
It’s simple – you would just have to purchase a ferry ticket to Sister Island from Singapore Island Cruise and hop on a ferry. Tickets cost just S$17 per adult and S$12 for children aged 4 to 12. However, ferry services are currently unavailable as the island is closed for maintenance works until 2024.
Another way to get there is to charter a private ferry to Sisters’ Island. This would give you the freedom to decide your own departure and arrival times and allow you the luxury of having the whole ferry to yourself!
For more information or to check out our ferry schedules, click here.