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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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  • St John's island is great, with cats roaming freely. Plenty of picnic areas and do check the Marine Science Institute expo hall as well, it's quite interesting. Walk over to Lazarus Island via the con...  more »
  • We planned our day to go to St John's Island only to get to Marina Bay Pier and find all ferry service to the island stopped for the month of October.Very disappointing.Limited food stalls even if we ...  more »
  • Visited St John island with a group of friends on a Sunday afternoon for a short weekend island hopping trip. It was a great island hopping experience. There are nice green patches on the island and p...  more »