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Kusu Island

Habitats: Two sandy-silty lagoons. Northern lagoon with sparse seagrass (Halophila ovalis) and reefy on the inside of the seawall. Narrow reefy rubble outside the seawalls with denser corals on northern edge and on western tip.
1 13.419'N 103 51.621'E
14ha, 600m x 200m
(from Google Earth and Earth Point)

Facilities: Jetty, public toilet with freshwater, many shelters and picnic benches. Daily ferry service.
Conservation status: Listed for use as 'Sports and Recreation' in the URA Master Plan 2008, i.e., "Area to be used or intended to be used mainly for sports and recreational purposes." The temple and shrine are listed as 'Civic and Community Institution', i.e., "Areas used or intended to be used mainly for civic, community or cultural facilities or other similar purposes." Listed as 'Park/Open Space' in Parks and Waterbodies Plan. It is managed by Sentosa Leisure Group.

Current conservation activities: It is one of the survey sites of underwater coral reef surveys by ReefFriends of NParks and the Blue Water Volunteers. The intertidal area is also regularly surveyed by wildsingapore.

History:
Kusu Island was originally 1.2 ha, largely made up of living reef. In 1900-1930, the temple on Kusu Island was surrounded by water at high tide. In 1975, there was massive reclamation "to join it with another coral outcrop, making a 8.5ha island resort".
About the name: Kusu=Tortoise. Some accounts say that the island originally comprised two portions which resembled a sea turtle with a larger part resembling the shell and a smaller portion the turtle's head emerging from the sea.

Landscape views of Kusu Island from wildsingapore flickr
Highlights of marine life at Kusu Island from wildsingapore flickr
All photos of Kusu Island from wildsingapore flickr

Blog posts about Kusu Island on wild shores of singapore

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