A pair of beautiful islands, the Sisters Islands, lie just 15 minutes by fast boat from the skyscrapers of the city's main business district!
We first arrived on Big Sisters Island to amazingly good visibility. We could see the reefs growing right next to the jetty. On the horizon is Little Sisters Island that lies across a narrow but deep channel.
Anemone corals found in the middle of the lagoon. Today is my first time actually going onto a reef after I broke my foot 7 months ago. I managed to walk around quite well with the help of a walking stick!
Jul 2013, today I did not come across any large bleaching corals, and in fact saw many healthy Crinkled sandpaper coral which are usually the first to bleach.
Bornella nudibranch which is often seen near our reefs.
Diadema sea urchin, which was quite active and waving its long spines menacingly. There were also many Spider conch snails and large Giant top shell snails.
photo of it. But I only found this more commonly seen Dawn flatworm.
Haddon's carpet anemones, and all of them had anemone shrimps. The mama shrimp is fat and has lots of large white spots. There were also many Giant carpet anemones but I didn't find any clown anemonefishes in them. Oh dear. I hope they are not being removed.
Fluted giant clam that we found in this lagoon in May 2013. I'm so glad to see it doing well. Later on, a seahorse was also found!
Bryopsis seaweed) in some of the lagoons. Here, all kinds of juvenile reef fishes find shelter and grow up in safety. There were also Common sea stars on both Sisters Islands. On Big Sisters Island I saw the small clump of Tape seagrass in the smaller lagoon and tiny-bladed Spoon seagrasses. There was a much denser growth of Spoon seagrasses in the larger lagoon of Little Sisters.
Mermaid fan seaweed? A closer look reveals that its the egg ribbon being laid by a nudibranch!
Blue button (Porpita porpita) which is not a jellyfish but a hydrozoan.
Long-tailed macaques on this island. But they don't harrass people.
July 2013. I'm glad today the reefs seem to be doing well despite the oil spill in Feb 2014 near the Sisters Islands.
How to visit the Sisters Islands: There is no ferry to the Sisters Islands. To visit, you will need to charter a fast work boat from Marina South Pier. Rates will have to be negotiated with the operator which depends on their availability and diesel prices among others. The work boats operate 24-hours, but the booking desks at the Pier only opens during office hours. The work boats generally service business for ships in our harbour. These boats are not intended for leisure trips and are not designed for comfort. Admission to the island is free. Camping overnight requires a permit from Sentosa Leisure Group (SLG). There is no charge for the permit. More on the Sentosa website It is advisable to consult SLG if you are bringing large groups even if it's just a day trip. Currents around the Sisters Islands are very strong and swimming is not advisable outside the swimming lagoons.
More about the Sisters Islands and the tragic legend behind their name.
Previous blog posts about Sisters Island.
Here's my photos of marine life at the Sisters Islands on flickr