1ha intertidal flats with seagrasses, sand flats,
coral rubble surrounded by coastal forest and mangroves
with visitor centre, boardwalk and tower
Chek Jawa is an
flat on Pulau Ubin, an island
just off Changi Point.
so special about Chek Jawa?
Chek Jawa is the largest natural intertidal flat in northern Singapore, and located on the eastern tip of Pulau Ubin. Chek Jawa is precious because several different ecosystems can be seen here in one small area. These provide refuge for plants and animals that are no longer common elsewhere in Singapore.
The hill overlooking Chek Jawa is covered with trees and plants that
shelter and feed a variety of animals. Many plants and animals in
forest are no longer commonly seen on mainland Singapore. Some
of the rare birds you may spot include the Oriental
pied-hornbill and the Red
junglefowl. The liquid bubbling song of the Straw-headed bulbul
is often heard. Among the beautiful and unusual trees you may see
are the Critically Endangered Delek
air tree and the Seashore
nutmeg. The new tower gives a panoramic view of Chek Jawa.
of Chek Jawa have many interesting plants and animals. Mangrove trees
have unusual shapes and properties as they are adapted to being covered
in seawater at high tide and to grow in soft mud. The new boardwalk
into the mangroves bring you close to these trees as well as the marvellous
crabs and mudskippers
are the highlight of a visit to the mangroves.
Chek Jawa is among the few places left with a natural
rocky shore, gravel beach and other interesting rock formations.
At low tide, we can have a closer look at some of the strange animals
that live here, including barnacles, crabs and fierce shell-drilling
snails. Under the rocks are even more amazing animals such as living
cowries, sea stars and fast flat crabs.
Sandy shore and sand bar
shore teems with tiny crabs which, if undisturbed, go about their
amusing antics at low tide. The sand bar is the backbone of Chek Jawa
and provides a home for all manner of intriguing creatures such as
dollar. The sand bar is also a popular rest stop for shorebirds
that fly in from as far away as Siberia. Overhead, majestic birds
of prey hunt for fishes in the sea.
A calm, shallow lagoon lush with seagrasses and seaweeds form behind
the sand bar. In the seagrass
meadows, a rich variety of marine creatures shelter during the
low tide. First-time visitors are often stunned by the carpet
anemones which are bigger than your face and come in a stunning
variety of colours. At some times of the year, the seagrass may be
dotted with colourful sea
cucumbers. Other seagrass dwellers include secretive crabs and
snails. A lucky visitor may also encounter sea
Coral Rubble Area
rubble area near the front beacon is probably the richest part
of Chek Jawa and also the most fragile. Rarely exposed, even at low
tide, this area shelters delicate sea creatures that prefer to be
submerged most of the time. The big red Knobbly
sea star is a favourite! Others include sponges
in bewildering shapes and colours, delicate fan
worms and even living
and colourful flatworms
are some of the other amazing residents of this special part of Chek
No poaching please
Please do not remove any wildlife from the shore. Poaching of hard
corals and other sealife threatens this precious shore. Please do
not poach. Report poachers to NParks at 1-800-4685736.
More about guided tours on Chek Jawa.
and facilities quick facts
Opened in 2007, the boardwalk at Chek Jawa is open daily 8.30am to 6pm, admission is free. Facilities include a visitor centre at House No. 1, a viewing jetty that overlooks Pulau Sekudu, a 1.1km boardwalk through mangroves and the coastline and 20m Jejawi Tower with a panoramic view of Johor, Pualu Tekong and Singapore mainland. See map of the boardwalk.
photos of the boardwalk.
No cycling on the Chek Jawa boardwalk as the 'planks' are made of
concrete and cycling will fracture them. Bicycles are to be parked
at designated bicycle park area near Punai Hut about 50m from the
Visitor Centre (ask for a bicycle lock if you are renting your bicycles
on Ubin). Vans can be hired from Ubin Town and will drop off visitors
at Punai Hut as well. More details on the NParks
More tips for visitors
More on how to get to Pulau Ubin,
and from there to get to Chek Jawa.
More about preparing for a trip to the shores
More FAQs about visiting the shores
How to take photos on the shores.
Jawa updates field trips, coastal works and other news from
the wild shores of singapore blog.
Jawa Mortality and Recruitment Project Kok Sheng's project
to monitor the aftermath of the 2007 mass deaths at Chek Jawa.
Jawa-What's so special?
by Joseph Lai about the special ecosystems found on Chek Jawa.
website: how to get there, about public walks.
Jawa: the original website for efforts prior to deferment
of reclamation detailing public education, scientific work, checklists,
websites, galleries, visitor comments, proposals to the authorities.
on Chek Jawa
sister of Chek Jawa gets protection
Permits needed to visit Pulau Sekudu
Aditi Shivaramakrishnan, The New Paper 11 Mar 08;
Jawa guided tours no longer free
From next month, groups of up to 15 will be charged $60 Shobana
Kesava, Straits Times 12 Dec 07;
Amenities At Chek Jawa Wetlands Now Open
From 8 July 2007, Visitors Can Tour Chek Jawa Seven Days A Week
NParks Press Release 7 Jul 07
more Chek Jawa tours - for now Boon Chan Straits Times
25 Mar 07
and progress can coexist The case of Semakau and Chek Jawa
By Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop International Herald Tribune 19
Joseph Lai and Chek Jawa The Straits Times 19 Aug 06
developments Chang Ai-Lien discovers some of the treasures
that Chek Jawa in Pulau Ubin holds The Straits Times 9 Aug
rescuers Meet the men and women who have made it their job
to protect our precious greenery. By Chang Ai-Lien The Straits
Times 9 Aug 05
plan unveiled to enhance Chek Jawa experience By Julia Ng
Channel NewsAsia , 29 Apr 05
Ubin adventure begins Jasmine Yin Today Online, 29 Apr
of Pulau Ubin Conservation and Management Plans - Ubin-HSBC Volunteer
Hub, Chek Jawa, Jelutong Campsite & Bike Park NParks media
statement, 29 Apr 05
much loved babe of Chek Jawa about Priscilla the Pig
By Desmond Wong The New Paper 9 Jun 04
to clean up Chek Jawa Today, 18 Sep 04
the Pig stories
guides and references
"green" agenda has gained prominence in recent times
A case study of Chek Jawa and Labrador Park in Singapore; a great
paper shared on the wonderful