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Pulau Semakau
350ha. Unspoilt mangroves, vast seagrass meadows, coral reefs, sandy shores.
Entry only with designated interest groups (see below)


History of Semakau Landfill
In 1999, when the last remaining landfill on Singapore’s mainland was exhausted, the Semakau Landfill was created by enclosing Pulau Semakau and a small adjacent island (Pulau Sakeng) with a rock bund. More history. All our waste now ends up at Semakau, i.e., ash from the incineration plants and all non-incinerable waste.

During the construction of the landfill, effort was made to protect the marine ecosystem, especially mangroves and corals. 13 hectares of mangrove were replanted to replace those removed during construction of the bund. Wildlife continues to thrive on Pulau Semakau, and the air and water quality remains good.

Semakau opened!
On 16 Jul 05, Pulau Semakau was opened for nature-related recreational activities. Members of the public can now visit the island for birdwatching, sports fishing and intertidal walks.

Marine life of Pulau Semakau
The Landfill construction buried all of Pulau Sakeng and half of Pulau Semakau. The original Pulau Semakau which was not affected by the landfill construction has an enormous intertidal area which is rich in amazing wildlife. The natural mangroves there shelter a wide variety of plants and animals, many no longer seen on the mainland or other islands. There is a vast seagrass meadow, possibly the largest in Singapore that is accessible to the public. There is a wide zone of coral rubble with amazing marine life, leading to the coral reefs that line the edge of the island. Here's some posters of Semakau's intertidal shores and more about a survey of Semakau's mangroves in 2005.

Getting there
Currently, you can only visit Pulau Semakau by joining activities conducted by these designated interest groups. More details on this NEA PDF file.
  • Sport Fishing with the Sport Fishing Association of Singapore
  • Birdwatching with fhe Nature Society (Singapore)
  • Stargazing with The Astronomical Society of Singapore
  • NEA's Educational/Recreational Outing programme. The educational visit consists of a briefing on the solid waste management in Singapore and design and operation of Semakau followed by a tour of the landfill. After the educational programme, visitors have the option of taking part in relaxing recreational activities, including fishing, cycling, barbecuing and camping. Semakau Landfill Recreational National Environment Agency Main Line: 6862 0480

Other activities

  • TeamSeagrass also conduct regular surveys of seagrasses on Pulau Semakau. Anyone may join TeamSeagrass as a volunteer. For details and contact see the TeamSeagrass blog

More tips for visitors
More about preparing for a trip to the shores
More FAQs about visiting the shores
How to take photos on the shores.


Links

General information

  • Semakau updates field trips, coastal works and other news from the wild shores of singapore blog.

Background on Semakau and Sakeng

Media articles and blog entries about Semakau

Opening up of Semakau for recreational use

Media articles
Blog entries about the official opening of Semakau

Links to other data about Semakau's wildlife

Older articles about Semakau
Other links

Field guides and references

 

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