Lazarus Island is by far one of Singapore’s best-kept secrets....Read More
Lazarus Island, also known as Pulau Sekijang Pelepah is part of Singapore’s cluster of Southern Islands and is connected to St John’s island through a causeway. Recently, it has emerged from obscurity to become a sought-after destination for those seeking sun, sand, and serenity. Explore the island’s fascinating history, promising future as a sustainable resort destination, and the best things to do during your visit.
Lazarus Island’s captivating history is steeped in enigmatic narratives that add to its allure. In the late 19th century, this island housed a series of prison confinement sheds, a testament to a bygone era. However, these structures were eventually abandoned, a decision made in the wake of a daring escape by a prisoner sentenced to life imprisonment on the island.
In the early 20th century, Lazarus Island witnessed two significant events that would leave an indelible mark on its landscape. In 1902, a ferocious wildfire swept through the island, consuming the remaining remnants of the confinement sheds and reshaping its terrain. Then, in 1914, another major fire ignited, further altering the island’s landscape by devouring its lush vegetation.
These historical events have transformed Lazarus Island into the hidden gem it is today, with its pristine beaches and unspoiled beauty. Its past, etched in these tales, adds a layer of intrigue to the island’s charm, making it a destination worth exploring and experiencing.
Fast forward to today, flocks of visitors come over to Lazarus Island to enjoy the clean, white and sandy beach on the C-shaped lagoon. It has also been touted as one of Singapore’s best kept secrets and also one of the forgotten islands.
Lazarus Island is popular with beachgoers and families that wish to have a peaceful and quiet time together with loved ones.
Enjoy a breezy 20-minute ferry ride to kick off your Lazarus Island adventure. Start by heading to Marina South Pier to purchase your ferry tickets. Since Lazarus Island has no ferry terminal, you’ll buy a Southern Island ferry ticket to St. John’s Island first. The round-trip ferry ride costs SGD15 for adults and SGD12 for children (ages 1 to 12). Singapore Island Cruise and Ferry Services, located just above Marina South Pier MRT Exit B, sells the tickets. You can also purchase tickets online or at the ticketing counter, which is open daily until 3 p.m.
Did you know?
Lazarus Island is linked to St. John’s Island by a causeway, requiring just a 15-minute walk to access its stunning beaches. While there were government plans to develop Lazarus Island to a beach resort, it has yet to materialise. The nearest beach resort remains Sentosa.
Excitingly, visitors to Lazarus Island can now enjoy eco-friendly, low-carbon accommodations known as Tiny Away Escape. This innovative development allows guests to stay in compact ecotourism units operated by Singapore-based startup Big Tiny. These tiny houses can serve as a small resort to visitors, as they have sustainable features, including solar energy, high-tech food waste recycling systems, and biodegradable toiletries.
Additionally, Lazarus Island will introduce other amenities and activities, including a convenience store, overnight glamping experiences, and non-motorised water activities, in phases starting from June 2023. Visitors can rent bicycles and enjoy the air-conditioned multi-purpose space called the Glasshouse.
Did you know?
Lazarus Island is linked to St John’s Island and is accessible through a causeway. A short walk of 15 minutes to be expected.
When you get to Lazarus Island, enjoy these activities to make your visit more memorable.
As one of Singapore’s best beaches, the opportunity to swim in the crystal-clear waters of Lazarus Island should not be missed. (No lifeguards on duty)
This lagoon is the best place to get the perfect tan line on your beach bod.
What would be better than to spend time with your loved ones on a sunny day having a picnic?
As one of Singapore’s best beach, swimming here is not to be missed. (No lifeguards on duty)
Are you ready to experience the beauty and tranquillity of Lazarus Island? Want to explore the nearby resorts in Sentosa? Contact Singapore Island Cruise for more information on ferry schedules, fares, and services, or to book your Southern Island ferry ticket. Your journey to Lazarus Island awaits, and we’re here to make it an unforgettable experience.
Aside from our ferry services to Lazarus Island and St. John’s Island, we offer diverse Southern Island experiences. Explore the serene Kusu Island shrines, home to a rich cultural heritage, or embark on an adventure to Sisters Island Marine Park, where the wonders of underwater ecosystems await. For those seeking more things to do on St. John’s Island, we provide a gateway to pristine beaches, guided tours, and eco-friendly accommodations to ensure a convenient and fuss-free way to travel to the Southern Islands.
As of April 2023, visitors to Lazarus Island can stay overnight in eco-friendly resort-feel accommodations known as Tiny Away Escape. Operated by Big Tiny, these compact ecotourism units offer sustainability-focused stays. Lazarus Island will also introduce amenities like a convenience store and glamping experiences, making overnight stays possible and enjoyable.
The ticket or island-hopping pass typically covers the ferry ride to a specific island, such as Sisters Island or St. John’s Island. However, for Lazarus Island, you will need to purchase the ticket for the ferry to St. John’s Island, as there are no ferry rides/services directly to Lazarus Island.
We understand that some circumstances may need booking cancellations. However, due to the instant/real-time nature of the ferry ticketing process, the tickets are non-refundable. For more information regarding this matter, you may get in touch with us so we can further assist you.