Visiting Kusu Island
A few weeks ago I visited Kusu Island, also referred to as Pulau Kusu, which means Tortoise or Turtle Island.
We left from Marina South Pier at 9.00 am and were back there around 13.30 am.
Visiting Kusu Island was a very enjoyable trip; let me show you what we saw and did.
Pulau Kusu is one of the Southern Islands in Singapore, located 5.6 km South of the main island.
It takes a ferry ride of about 30 – 45 minutes to get to Kusu Island.
Head to Marina South Pier to buy a ferry ticket and take the boat from there. Be sure to check out the ferry time-table before you go!
Every year, during the 9th month of the lunar calendar, thousands of devotees visit Kusu Island to pay their respects to the different deities and kramats on the island.
Interested to know more about the island? About its history, the legend behind it’s name, the temples and shrines on the island, what people pray for and which rituals are attached to that?
Some practical advice before you go
You can easily visit the island on your own. It’s tiny, so you need no more than a couple of hours to cover it.
Unless of course you want to have a picnic there or go for a swim in the lagoons or sea. Then you could spend a few hours more on the island.
As said: carefully check out the time-table, since you don’t want to miss the last ferry!
During the pilgrimage month you can buy food, drinks and souvenirs, but normally there is absolutely nothing and nobody on the island. So be sure to bring your own water, food, drinks, sunscreen, insect repellant, hat and umbrella and whatever more you may need.
There ARE toilets. Phew!
As soon as you board the ferry from Marina South Pier, be sure to switch off ROAMING on your phone, since your phone may connect to non-singaporean providers during your trip. Keep it turned of until you are back at Marina South Pier.
Organised tour by HOI
I happened to visit Kusu Island with a group of Dutch ladies, on an organised tour by HOI.
It turned out our local tour guide was very knowledgable.
She told us about the history, the temples and rituals, but also about the flora and fauna on the island. Interesting stuff!
We ended our tour with a visit to the Chinese temple that we saw upon arrival at Kusu Island.
We were very lucky since the weather was absolutely gorgeous that day!
Have you visited Kusu Island? Which other Singaporean islands have you set foot on?
Did you know by the way that Singapore has around 60 small islands?!