Singapore is one of the leading tourist destinations in the world, attracting over 18.5 million visitors in 2018. It is the fifth most visited city in the world, with attractions such as Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, Sentosa, and Merlion Park being the most popular amongst tourists. In addition to mainland Singapore, other islands that are a must see in Singapore include Kusu Island, St John’s Island, Sisters Island, and Lazarus Island. A cruise is the perfect way to visit these islands and also admire Singapore’s beautiful skyline.
If you want to escape from the concrete jungle of Singapore and enjoy some relaxing time with nature, the Island Cruise is an excellent choice. The 4 islands - Kusu, Lazarus, Sisters, and St John’s Islands are teeming with eye-catching landscapes and pristine beaches, allowing you to get away from the bustle of the city. It is also an excellent picnic spot, which is a great option for families and bigger groups. Spend your time here trying your hand at cycling or simply enjoying a swim. On your way back to the Harbourfront Centre, you are guaranteed to see one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. For a one-day getaway from the city, the Singapore Island Cruise is ideal!
Located about 5.6 kilometers from Singapore, Kusu Island is one of the southern islands of the country. Kusu translates to ‘turtle’ or ‘tortoise’ in Chinese, owing to an old legend. The legend goes that a giant tortoise turned itself into an island to save the lives of two shipwrecked sailors. After being rescued, they returned to thank the tortoise., and built a kramat and shrine in its memory. The tranquil landscape and pristine beaches are incredibly popular among visitors, making it the perfect spot for a picnic.
St John’s Island was formerly used as a quarantine center for people suffering from cholera. By 1930, it was a well known screening center for immigrants and pilgrims who were returning from Mecca. Currently, St John’s island is the perfect getaway from the bustling metropolis, owing to its non commercial setting and rustic vibe. It is another perfect spot for a relaxing swim in its beaches or a picnic. The Sisters Island Marine Park Public Gallery and St John’s Island Trial are worth visiting here. Fishing is also a popular activity on the island.
Lazarus Island is connected to St John’s island through a causeway. Originally used as a prison, Lazarus Island was left abandoned when a prisoner escaped from the island. Fires that broke out in 1902 and 1914 burned away all the vegetation, and the island was left mostly unused. Currently, the C-shaped lagoon is renowned for its white and sandy beach and has been called one of Singapore’s best kept secrets. Picnics with our family and friends and swimming are two activities that are a must-try on the island. Lazarus Island is also home to dozens of stray cats that you can play with.
Weekends and Public Holidays
Please bring along your own food and drinks to the island as there are no shops or restaurants on the islands.
Boarding of ferries will be based on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Boarding begins at 8:40 AM from Harbourfront Centre (level 1). The tour ends at 4:15 PM.
Eating and drinking inside the ferry is strictly prohibited. However, you are allowed to bring food and drinks to picnic at St. John and Kusu islands.
The tour begins at 12:10 PM at Harbourfront Centre (level 1). It ends at 7:15 PM.
As this is a public transportation service, seating is on a first come first serve basis. The voucher does not guarantee you a seat on your preferred date. Seats are subject to availability.
Yes, the ferries are stroller and wheelchair-accessible.
Children aged 12 and under can avail discounted Singapore Island Cruise tickets.
Yes, fishing is allowed on the islands. There are even fishing courses that are held on the weekends on Lazarus Island.
No, lockers are not available to rent at the islands. There are a few shelters near the beaches where you can leave your stuff. However, this may not be safe.
No strollers or wheelchairs cannot be rented at any of the islands. It is recommended that you bring our own.
Yes, you can host picnics on the islands with your friends and family. Please note that there are no restaurants or shops on the islands, and you will have to carry your own water, food, and drinks.
The best way to book Singapore Island Tickets is online.
Yes, swimming is allowed at the pristine beaches of the island. Be sure to bring a change of clothes and a towel along with you.
You will need several hours to explore the islands. It is recommended that you set aside a whole day to have a fulfilling experience of the islands.
Yes, it is safe to visit.