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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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  • My girlfriend and I visited this island to see and feed the stray cats. It is a lovely natural place now made for naturists. Unfortunately it was raining all day during our visit but on arrival we saw...  more »
  • I wasn't able to walk around St. John's Island because I headed straight to Lazarus Beach, which is about 15-20 minutes from St. John's dock. Loved my stay at the Lazarus Beach. It was quiet, clean an...  more »
  • As we went on a weekday morning, mainly to give the guests of mine a ferry trip, we didn't like to wait until after noon trip at St.John island. So we were off the ferry for only 15 mins to take some ...  more »