16ha, forested area with natural shore adjoining a
developed park and promenade.
The reefs of Labrador are only minutes from the city centre! More
about our city reefs.
The last coral reef on the mainland
This 16ha Reserve includes a coastal hill forest overlooking a natural
rocky shore which has the last coral reef on the mainland. There are
also short stretches of lush seagrasses. Exploring the shore, you
may spot strange sea anemones, fast fishes and odd nudibranchs. Among
the living corals are seahorses, octopus and other amazing marine
life. More on what marine life you can see
on Labrador Beach.
Unfortunately, this shore has been reduced by development and is threatened
No poaching please
Labrador Nature Reserve is protected. Poaching of hard corals
and other sealife threatens this precious shore. Report poachers to NParks at 1-800-4685736.
A wondrous forest
Labrador hill is cloaked in secondary forest with interesting plants
and animals. An aerial staircase along the cliff side provides a panoramic
view of the coast and a closer look at the flora and fauna.
Rich in history too
The Reserve is also famous for its many historical sites of WWII bunkers
and other relics. The history trail with lots of informative signs
captures the history of the fort and the war where visitors can view
a casemate (war bunker) and tunnels in the Reserve.
A favourite shore for students being the last mainland rocky
shore and reef, Labrador shore is often studied by students of all
A pleasant retreat for the family
Besides the natural areas, there is a manicured park with barbeque
pits, fitness corner, jogging and cycling trails and a promenade along
History of Labrador
Labrador was one of the five designated nature reserves established
in 1951. But in 1973, it was downgraded to that of a nature park.
On 10 Nov 01, it was announced that Labrador Park would be gazetted
as a Nature Reserve, which came to pass on 1 Jan 02.
tips for visitors
NParks has closed the Casemate, Rocky Shore and Jetty for safety.
Carpark A is at the top of the hill and leads to the historical sites
and the top of the aerial staircase that leads down to the shore and
the Reserve proper.
Carpark B is at ground level with access to the Reserve proper, the
promenade. The shore is about a 10-min walk on level ground from this
More about preparing for a trip to the shores
More FAQs about visiting the shores
How to take photos on the shores.
on Labrador Nature Reserve
of shore height and visitor pressure at Labrador Beach abstract
of research done, on the Labrador Park blog
students and a teacher attacked by bees in Labrador Park
By Wong Mun Wai Channel NewsAsia 5 Jan 07
Park to get a hotel and spa
by Krist Boo The Straits Times 10 May 06
history freely accessible. Don't charge entry fee for Labrador
Park's secret tunnel Letter from Norman Ng Wei Jing Straits
Times Forum Online 4 Nov 05
guard: celebrating Labrador Park
By Chang Ai-Lien The Straits Times 9 Aug 05
dubious replica, please about Dragon's Tooth Gate at Labrador
Park Letter by the Singapore Heritage Society to the Straits
Times Forum, 8 Apr 05
tooth' replica to mark anniversary of Chinese explorer by
Glenys Sim The Straits Times, 12 Mar 05 A replica of the
rock that is believed to have helped Cheng Ho navigate waters
around Singapore will be put up at Labrador Park.
Park brings WWII to life by Glenys Sim The Straits Times,
12 Mar 05
warriors with a passion to preserve by Radha Basu The Straits
Times, 31 Jan 05
patrol park to stop illegal coral collectors by Joyce Teo
Times, 26 Jan 05
walk in the park: a step back in time by Ginnie Teo: details
on the historical and natural features of the Park, The Straits
Time 22 Feb 02, on the ecologyasia website
to Labrador Park and World War II Interpretative Centre Saturday,
18 October 2003 by Paul Tye on the NUS Campus Green Committee
website: photos and descriptions of the historical features of
effort made to protect nature areas
The Straits Times Forum 10 May 03, Reply by the Ministry
of National Development and Ministry of the Environment, on the
new reserves with care letter by Ho Hua Chew to The Straits
Times 26 Nov 01, on the ecologyasia website
Buloh and Labrador: Two new nature reserves The Straits
Times 12 Nov 01, on the ecologyasia website
Beach a living classroom By Chan Kay Min The Straits Times,
28 May 01, on the ecologyasia website
Labrador (updated Dec 07)
guides and references
sheets introduction to common marine life in Singapore.
- Lim, S.,
P. Ng, L. Tan, & W. Y. Chin, 1994. Rhythm of the Sea: The
Life and Times of Labrador Beach. Division of Biology, School
of Science, Nanyang Technological University & Department
of Zoology, the National University of Singapore. 160 pp.
- Tan, Leo
W. H. & Ng, Peter K. L., 1988. A
Guide to Seashore Life. The Singapore Science Centre,
Singapore. 160 pp.
- Tan, Ria
and Loh Tse-Lynn, 2004. Guidesheet
to the Amazing Marine Life of the Southern Shores of Singapore.
- Tan, Ria
and Alan Yeo, 2003. Chek
Jawa Guidebook. Simply Green. 219p
"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