Planning An Island Getaway Trip: Everything You Need To Know

Are you looking for a quick passport-free island getaway trip to relax, unwind and spend time with your loved ones? Well, a trip to Singapore’s Southern Islands can do just that.

Located just a short ferry trip away from the bustling city life is a weekend (or weekday!) of tranquillity and memories to last a lifetime. However, considering the fact that it is only a day trip, it is still crucial to plan.

But don’t worry – we’ve got you. For those who are looking to enjoy the enchanting sea views and island-hopping activities on a day trip to the Southern Islands of Singapore, here are our top tips for you!

1. Do your research

Before you embark on your island getaway trip, the first step is to do your research on the places you plan to visit. In particular, you should look up the activities that are available to do, as well as any other factors to take note of. If you are planning on heading to Lazarus Island and need some inspiration, check out the ultimate Lazarus Island guide for fun things to do on this picturesque island.

You will be able to arrange what you will need for the trip based on your research, as well as visualise the activities that you will be participating in!

2. Plan your itinerary

After doing a little bit of research, it is time to get into the planning process. What this entails is narrowing down the activities you would like to do on your trip based on your research.

For instance, perhaps you’d like to hop on a ferry to St. John’s Island Singapore to learn about its rich history and biodiversity by participating in a guided tour. This would mean that you would have to plan your getaway trip on the first Sunday of a month since that is when the tour is conducted (don’t forget to secure your tickets as well!).

Generally, for most trips, the first island you will visit is St. John’s Island. From there, you can explore the island, walk across the linking bridge to Lazarus Island, or continue your journey on a ferry to Kusu Island.

Be sure to always check the predicted weather and ferry schedule when planning your itinerary!

3. Pack your essentials

Now that you have established a rough plan for your day trip to the Southern Islands of Singapore, the next step is to pack everything you need for a memorable trip.

If you are planning on having a picnic on the beach, it is essential to pack all the food and drinks you will need as they aren’t any stores that sell food on the islands. And we all know there is nothing worse than a picnic with no food! We would recommend bringing along a cooler as well – so you can enjoy cold refreshing beverages as you bask in the warmth of the sun.

Apart from food and drinks, some other essentials that you can consider packing are beach mats, towels, an extra set of clothes, insect repellent, sunblock, a speaker and a book. But of course, these are just some of our suggestions – you can pack anything you need!

4. Secure your ferry tickets

The last and arguably most important step is to book your tickets. Imagine having all your essentials packed and ready for a day of fun, only to realise you have yet to secure your ferry tickets.

Whether you are looking for a ferry to Lazarus Island, St. John’s Island or Kusu Island, Singapore Island Cruise has got your back. We have been providing professional ferry services to the Southern Islands of Singapore since 2007. Check out our ferry schedule and book your tickets here!

Alternatively, you may also charter a ferry if you are looking to have the whole ferry to yourself.


With this guide, planning for your memorable island getaway trip will be a breeze. However, among all the tips we have shared, the most important one we can offer is to have fun and thoroughly enjoy yourself with your loved ones!