Saint John's Island also known as Saint John's is the largest 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. It is accessible be taken by a boat from Marina South Pier.Plan to visit Saint John Islands and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Singapore attractions using our Singapore sightseeing planner.
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 beriberi were also brought to the island. By 1930, the island gained world recognition as a quarantine centre screening 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 from 1955 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.
Holiday-makers yearning for an island stay on Saint John's Island can book the Holiday Bungalow, which can accommodate up to 10 persons and comes furnished with a kitchen. Organised groups can stay over in the dormitories at the Holiday Camps which can take up to 60 persons. The dormitories are equipped with basic cooking facilities.
Overnight stays are only allowed for occupants at the Holiday Bungalow and Holiday Camps.
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A great place to go if you want to escape from crowded tourists place of Singapore yet still to experience great beach, quiet place and nice view. This is one of many places to go. Just have to take..... more »
There is almost nodody around the place as you need to take a boat to get there. On weekends, it costs $15 per person. Very clean beaches. Would take at most four hours to explore the place... more »
Very clean and peaceful island to visit for 4-5 hours, with no commercial activity whatsoever. Ideal place to bring your picnic basket and relax on the beach with your friends and family. Lots and lots of cats and insects, so make sure you are carrying insect repellant.
It was awesome visit to the St.island where you can have some peaceful time at the beach ... You can travel by ferry arranged at the marina bay south pier
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