Setting the mood right
THe Island, Coney Island
At first, the closed gate got us worried but we quickly realised that the side gates were open and presume that's how its going to be. The island is looked after by the National Parks and the opening hours are from 7am to 7pm.
Putting on our game faces
We'll do anything!
So I'm sure you remember the National Geographic crazy crew I had with me? At this point they were gearing up their Super Powerful cameras, looking to get That National Geographic Worthy photo of The Cow or at least anything that walks, fly, crawl or digs to you.
Once we had everything ready, we stepped into the gates of Coney Island for the adventure!
INto the island
Exploring the concrete track
I can imagine as time seems to stop on it's path, lazing into the steps along the coast and watching the boats sail by slowly. Perfect place to spend time with the love ones. :)
On to the Dirt Track
The rustling in the bush
Advisable to stay off their way for now.
cow, where are you HIDING?
Nevertheless, we headed out towards Lor Halus Wetland as our target to get back to Punggol Waterway and spotted a secluded pond along the way! There stood a lone Stork who was more than happy for us to take a few shots of him. So our National Geographic crew had that chance to take some wild life photo, other than the pig.
The end, finally
If you are loving the outdoors and wouldn't want to get too far from Mainland Singapore. Coney Island is your best pick. With the effort of retaining the authencity of the Island, Nparks have made this both a safe and enjoyable getaway.
We do vote this as a must come for local Singaporeans. However for Tourist, you can get more with us on our Biking Singapore: Pulau Ubin Tour (click for more information on the tour).
tips for visiting coney island
We came in our Tern Link C7 Foldable bicycles and it performed pretty well on the trails. The route had a combination of concrete, dirt and sandy tracks. The only time we felt challenged on our foldies was going through the sandy tracks, but a quick switch on the gears solved that.
The National Parks has done a fabulous job turning the place into a comfortable and fascinating trek. You can trek comfortably along the paths with directional signs at each junction, telling you the distance to the next prominent point.
We see couples, families with toddlers coming in for a stroll and not breaking a sweat going around.
Tip #1: Sands Flies at Beach Areas
The island houses up to 5 Beach Areas, named from A to E. Each of the beaches are done up with a rustic feel and that also means sand flies are common.
Our crew had our legs sacrificed to those invisible insects and the itch from the bites will keep you awake all night! So please protect well with insect repellent, especially for the young ones.
Tip #2: Water
The island houses a very clean toilet, which you can make use of. However do take note that there are no water coolers for you to feel your bottles. Make sure you bring sufficient water along on your trek, otherwise the closest drink would be back at Punggol.