Chek Jawa - On Pulau Ubin
Chek Jawa the “ Jade” of Singapore as I would
describe it given this is the very last piece of “ green “ to be kept away from urbanisation. It was gazetted
for reclamation in 1992 for the purpose of expanding Pulau Ubin
and recreational purpose .
Chek Jawa set at the South Eastern tip of Pulau Ubin
was once a undiscovered treasure until
a civil servant, Joseph Lai
the National Parks Board highlighted
the rich biodiversity of Chek Jawa to the attention of the media, public
and government ministries during
a public forum . This forum
awoken many nature lovers and
citysiders to support the preservation of Chek Jawa . All
this happened in the year 2000.
Miraculously , the Government took heed of the feedback and granted
a 10 year deferment to the reclamation of Chek Jawa and the adjoining coast line in December
2001. Chek Jawa is technically safe till Year 2012 and it is within this
time frame, one of the main driving force for this website to
exist is to bring about increase awareness of both locals and international visitors
of Chek Jawa’s precious ecosystems
and its natural habitat , which we hope that the Government would
recognise the need to perpetuate Chek Jawa’s current existence for the sake of its current and future generation of
Chek Jawa is made up of 6 interdependent
ecosystems – namely , its Coastal Hill Forest, the Mangrove Forest,
Shore, the Sandy Shore and Sand Bar , the Seagrass in the Lagoon and the Coral Rubble . Within each of the above
ecosystems there is an abundance of natural living creatures and rare
plants and birds - local and migratory birds .These have attracted
photographs enthusiasts and nature lovers , student groups and civil / social
visit Chek Jawa and documenting
their visit by way of photos capture. Many are posted at
their respective blogs / websites, sharing their visitation experiences and encounters.
The notable Government effort is
seen with the conversation of a dysfunctional colonial bungalow which housed
the Chief Surveyor of early colonial Singapore into a Visitors Centre for Chek Jawa .
The Government also built viewing jetty
fronting the Visitors Centre , the 1.1 kilometre boardwalk above
the mangrove area and running
land between – the intertidal zone at Chek Jawa was
another spectacular effort to protect the natural habitat and allowing visitation render harmless to those
living creatures of the ecosystems. To add to the highlight, a 20 metre viewing tower – called the Jejawi
Tower was included in the concerted effort of the Government to protect the delicate environment while
Bicycle Parking Kiosk, Rest Huts
bicycle tracks are improvement
made in recent years.
The National Park Board known as NParks in
short, is the management authority of Chek Jawa and they provides rangers
and guides for organised tours to Chek Jawa’s delicate
Chek Jawa is opened from 8.30 am till 6pm
daily . From the Ubin Ferry Point , one could walk to Chek Jawa ( about 40
minutes ) , rent a bicycle or be a passenger on one of those vans awaiting
for their customers next to the information kiosk ( near the Ubin Ferry Point ).
A visit to Chek Jawa, one should be sun
protected from the hot sun
and mosquito - a hat and mosquito
repellent and a bottle of water are the basics preparation , aside from arming yourself with a camera for an
eye opening experience.
Chek Jawa, the area itself makes a great natural