06 Jan Sunset Hiking at Puaka Hill (Pulau Ubin), Singapore
Brought the DC Team for a “team-bonding” excursion to Pulau Ubin, where we caught an amazing sunset at the peak of Puaka Hill.
You only have to be at the summit of Bukit Puaka, or Puaka Hill, to discover its picturesque view, words and pictures do not suffice. In this blog post, we document our journey to Puaka Hill, and share our tips and suggestions on getting round and about this new favourite hiking route.
Best Time To Go, and Getting There:
Estimated Time to Peak of Puaka Hill: 30-40 minutes from Changi Ferry Terminal without any sightseeing stops.
Estimated Total Cost: $11 inclusive of return Ferry Ride and Bicycle Rental.
We arrived at Changi Ferry Terminal to catch the bumboat to Pulau Ubin at 4pm. The bumboat ride will take approximately 10 minutes, the bicycle ride to the bottom of Puaka Hill another 10 minutes, and the hike will take you less 10 minutes tops (if you hike at a leisurely pace). So arriving at 4pm at the Ferry Terminal *may* be a little early, but it is a good time to depart – especially if this is your first time to Pulau Ubin – as it will take you some time to navigate your way to Puaka Hill. A 4pm departure is also recommended if you do not want to miss the golden light moment for photographs. Plus, you will have more than enough time to enjoy a sandwich at the top too, just like we did!
The bumboat runs on a flexible schedule, and runs from sunrise to sunset. It will only depart once a capacity of 9 – 12 persons is reached. A one-way trip will set you back about $3. An extra $2 is charged if you bring along a bicycle. Alternatively, if there is no one around and you’re not keen to wait, or if you are traveling with a group, you can hire the whole boat for $36.
All transactions on the island have to completed with cash!
Once you arrive at Pulau Ubin, bicycles are available for rent at $5 per bike.
Sights Along The Way
Butterfly Hill and Pekan Quarry are sights worth checking out while enroute to Puaka Hill.
Arrival at Puaka Hill
Cycle towards Pekan Quarry or Jelutong Campsite, and continue for another 6-8 minutes. Look out for the Puaka Hill signboard on the right (you can’t miss it). Alternatively, look out for Merbah Hut. Upon arrival, there are bicycle stands for you to prop your bikes.
At the Top
The hike up isn’t arduous, but look out for slippery mud and pebbles, especially during wet weather situations. What awaits at the peak is something you have to experience for yourself: the stillness of the waters, coupled with the surrounding dense greenery can leave you in awe and at peace at the same time.
After The Hike
Seafood restaurants are only open on the weekends if you intend to have dinner at Pulau Ubin. We actually recommend a weekday hike if you can (we had the hill to ourselves most of the time) and you can end off the hike with Coconut Ice Cream, or dinner at Changi Village, next to the Changi Ferry Terminal.
This hike is perfect if you want to disengage from city life and wind down amidst the untouched laidback Ubin landscape. If you’ve been to Puaka Hill, share your experience by leaving a comment below, or if you have any other questions regarding this hiking route, leave a comment too!