Mangroves give us Chilli Crabs!
The crab we eat in Singapore's famous chilli crab are Mud crabs found in mangroves! While those we eat in restaurants are imported from overseas mangroves, at Pulau Ubin you can enjoy pepper crab and chilli crab with crabs caught at Pulau Ubin itself. Here is the famous Crab Man explaining how he catches crabs in the mangroves of Pulau Ubin.
Mangroves give us more durians!
If you love durians, then you must love mangroves! How can this be? First, let's think about what might pollinate durian flowers? Durian flowers are pom-pom shaped and open at night.You guessed it! Bats pollinate these night blooming flowers! These bats eat the nectar and pollen of the flower.
What are mangroves?
A mangrove tree can grow by the sea shore where it is flooded in seawater at high tide. It has special roots and leaves and other ways to thrive. Many different kinds of mangrove plants make up a mangrove forest (we don't like to call it a swamp!).
Where can we see mangroves in Singapore?
You are never far from a mangrove in Singapore. Right next to Labrador MRT station is Berlayar Creek boardwalk near Labrador Nature Reserve. Take a stroll here to enjoy the mangroves, as well as scenic views of Sentosa's natural shores, and end up at Vivo City shopping mall!
Pasir Ris Park mangrove boardwalk. It is open 24/7 and is particularly enjoyable to visit at night.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Kids can have fun at mangrove themed playgrounds, get up close to mud. While serious nature lovers can view migratory shorebirds and other mangrove specials such as crocodiles.
Pulau Ubin are just a charming bumboat ride away. No need to bring your passport! The Chek Jawa boardwalk allows you a closer look at mangroves in the east.
What can we see in mangroves in Singapore?
Amazing plants such as Nipah palms that give us attap chee!
mangrove trees with weird roots and strange 'fruits' that allow them to thrive in the narrow band between the high tide and low tide.
shorebirds that travel every year from Siberia to Australia, passing through Singapore's mudflats and mangroves.
crocodiles, monitor lizards and lots more.
Are there guided tours of mangroves in Singapore?
There are lots of guided mangrove activities every week. Many are FREE and guided by passionate and knowledgeable volunteers.
Tell us YOUR adventure in the mangroves of Singapore!
This article is written for Celebrating Singapore Shores as part of International Year of the Reef 2018.