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St John's Island, Singapore

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Saint John's Island, previously known as Pulau Sakijang Bendera, is one of the Southern Islands in Singapore. It is located approximately 6.5 km to the south of the main island of Singapore, off the Straits of Singapore.Saint John's Island formerly housed a quarantine station for cholera cases detected among immigrants in the late 19th century, and starting from 1901, victims of beri-beri were also brought to the island. By 1930, the island gained world recognition as a quarantine centre screening Asian immigrants and pilgrims returning from Mecca. The quarantine station was eventually also used to house victims of other diseases, such as leprosy. When mass immigration was closed in mid-20th century, the island was used to house a penal settlement and a drug rehabilitation centre. The 40.5-hectare hilly island was transformed in 1975 into a tranquil getaway with swimming lagoons, beaches, picnic grounds, trekking routes and football fields. The island is also a haven for a host of flora and fauna, and is popular for weekend visits. There is also a small jetty at the southern end of the island to transport visitors to and from the mainland.The island, reputedly haunted according to some local traditions, was the site of Sir Stamford Raffles's anchorage before meeting the Malay chief of Singapore in 1819.Also located on the island is the Tropical Marine Science Institute, Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) of Singapore's Marine Aquaculture Centre. A detention centre for illegal immigrants still remains.
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  • Not a bad place to hang out and explore the new walking trail (monthly guided tours available, contact NParks), though the island's small size and fairly steep ferry fare to get there can be little hi...  more »
  • It's a great place for a picnic and for some peace and serenity. Plenty of cats around. The only toilet and shower available is a 5 minute walk from the jetty and up a small hill. Get your food and dr...  more »
  • Take the North-South line down to Marina South Pier station and get out from Exit B where you'll find yourself at the cruise centre. Tickets are sold for cash. Do pack enough food and water as there a...  more »
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  • An island with many colourful stories!
  • When return from batam. ferry alway got spot check by PCG. Today see one Navy vessel passed by.
  • Nice place for one day outing. Bt no hotels n restorents
  • Amazing recreational place...
  • Nice place to weekend .clean water can swim also

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