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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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  • A short ferry ride from Marina South Pier, and you'd find yourself at St John's Island... walk a bit further, to get to Lazarus Island, where you'd be rewarded with a nice beach, clean enough to swim,...  more »
  • Due to the numerous positive reviews of the island and especially of Lazarus Beach here on TripAdvisor we decided to visit St. John's island. To reach the island in about 30 minutes from Marina South Pier by ferry and currently 18 SGD RT. At the pier, you have the possibility to stock up with food and drink again, because on the island, there is really nothing. Also no drinking water. If you running right at arrival, you can watch some older houses, there are bungalows are rented out, a picnic area and a small beach where you can swim. Walking directly to the left, after arrival to the Lazarus Beach by staying left and runs about 10 minutes along the way. What you look is an absolute nightmare. The Bay is filthy while almost deserted (on Sunday), but completely. As far as the eye can see plastic waste, bottles, bags, litter and garbage. This is the verdreckteste Beach I've ever seen and an absolute Frechheit so something here on TripAdvisor by far to recommend! The water is murky and boats to anchor in the Bay. The Bay was heavily overgrown upon our arrival with green algae, there was only one point on which you could in the water. You had to careful constantly, where you step down because plastic fragments and trash lay everywhere. For Sun-sensitive people, there are shaded located just full of waste thanks to the ruthless tourists from the beach, also here. The beach is a waste of time. If you want to have a picnic at rest and possibly camping, the island is a quiet retreat. Not to recommend, if it is only for a short period in SGP. For short breaks the salting beaches are ideally suited, especially Palawan beach.
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  • It's quite another Singapore if you have time, be sure to visit this island. Reached easily by Metro to Marina South Pier, buy a ticket for 18 sing dollars, on a small boat through the 30 minutes you are on a tropical island. On weekdays you boat goes 2 times, 10:00 and 14:00, from Marina South Pier, weekends and holidays more often (timetable must be qualified). I was on a weekday, people were not, beach clean, there are cabanas. Don't forget to bring enough water and food. The island has no shops or cafes, although I saw cafes, but maybe it works on weekends. The island is awash with cats, it's very funny. Lazy sleep, different ages and colour. There are small monkeys in the trees, lizards. On the island there are lodges, you can book. If you go left from the pier, you dam can go to the nearby island of Lazarius, there's more "wild" beaches, very beautiful places, the water is cleaner than on the island of St'Jons
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