|If we show respect, we can enjoy|
close encounters with the wild life there.
Arriving at Chek Jawa Information Kiosk, earthern paths take you to the start of the boardwalks.
|The green tunnel of mangrove forest.|
Nipah palms up close. This fascinating palm is the source of attap roofing for kampung houses, and attap chee in our ice-kacang!
Jejawi fig tree gives you spectacular views of Chek Jawa and Pulau Tekong, Malaysia and mainland Singapore. When the tree is producing figs, it attracts lots of birds, as well as squirrels, monkeys and wild boar. It's also a great spot to view soaring eagles.
Ant House plant and more!
rocky shores and coastal forest.
seagrass meadows. At the right tide, you can get glimpses of large carpet anemones among Ribbon seagrass.
|Seagrass meadows from the Coastal boardwalk.|
|This Great-billed heron was seen from the boardwalk.|
House No. 1, which acts at Chek Jawa's Visitor Centre. Here, you can learn more about Chek Jawa's marine life.
Pulau Sekudu aka Frog Island. Which is also part of the Chek Jawa ecosystem.
Wild boar are often encountered near the van drop off point. Baby wild boar are particularly adorable - they look like brown furry striped watermelons! But please don't feed them. These wild animals can find their own food in the forest. Which is healthier for the wild boar.
Chek Jawa essentials
- The 1.1km boardwalk is open 8.30am to 6pm. Free entry. No need a guide to visit. More details on wildsingapore and NParks.
- There are earthen paths to and from the boardwalk, so it is not suitable for wheelchairs and a little challenging for prams.
- There are toilets and drink vending machines at Chek Jawa Information Kiosk, but these don't work if the generator (for electricity) is down. So stock up at Ubin Town.
- You can cycle to Chek Jawa but have to park your bicycles outside. Please don't leave anything in your parked bicycle.
How to get to Pulau Ubin?
Chek Jawa is on Pulau Ubin, and it's an adventure just to get to the island. More details on this wildsingapore page. Here's a video clip of the bumboat ride to Pulau Ubin from Changi Point (Changi Village).
How to get to Chek Jawa?
Once you arrive at Ubin Jetty, you can hire a van to take your family to Chek Jawa. Or hire bicycles to ride there. Here's a video clip of the van 'taxi stand' and bicycle shops right next to Ubin Jetty.
Upcoming guided Chek Jawa activities
Chek Jawa intertidal walks with Ubin NParks
During low tide at Chek Jawa, join intertidal walks led by volunteer guides. More details by NParks.
These tours are now open for registration. $60 / Group (for a maximum of 15 people). Please register in the Waitlist once Event is Fully Booked.
- 21 Apr (Sat) 8am
- 20 May (Sun) 8am
- 21 May (Mon) 9am
- 4 Jun (Mon) 8am
- 5 Jun (Tue) 8am
- 18 Jun (Mon) 8am
- 19 Jun (Tue) 9am
- 20 Jun (Wed) 9am
Free monthly tour for families by the Naked Hermit Crabs
Specially for families with kids, volunteers of the Naked Hermit Crabs conduct free guided tours of the Chek Jawa boardwalk every month. The tour stays on the boardwalk and does bring you to the shore. The next walk is on 18 Mar (Sun)! Subscribe to their blog or like their facebook page for updates on their next walks.
|See and learn more|
with the Naked Hermit Crabs!
10 Jun (Sun): Balik Chek Jawa. FREE, no registration required, just come to Chek Jawa! Volunteer guides will be stationed all over the boardwalk to share about Chek Jawa's amazing wildlife. This Chek Jawa Open House is supported by the community who love Chek Jawa and offered once a year as part of Pesta Ubin.
|The community coming together to share|
during Balik Chek Jawa 2017.
Protecting Chek Jawa
It remains urgent that we share with as many people as possible, the treasure that is Chek Jawa. Chek Jawa has no protected status.
The landuse plan by the Ministry of National Development shows some of the shores that may be lost by 2030. In the North, the plans include a road link (black line) from the mainland jumping off at Punggol, crossing to Pulau Ubin through Chek Jawa to jump off to Pulau Tekong before circling back to the mainland on Changi East. Proposed reclamation (in yellow) will bury Pasir Ris shores, Pulau Sekudu and Chek Jawa as well as a large amount of shore at Changi Beach. More in this blog post.
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This article is written for Celebrating Singapore Shores as part of International Year of the Reef 2018.