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Lazarus Island

Habitats: Natural rocky shore with pebbly stretches on southern edge. On eastern tip, sandy centre with rubbly edges, sparse reef and sparse seagrasses. On northern edge, narrow rocky area. Lush coastal forest in the centre.

Lazarus Island
1 13.301'N 103 51.331'E
41ha, 1km x 400m
(from Google Earth and Earth Point)

Facilities: Lazarus and Seringat-Kias are connected by paved trails. Connected to St. John's Island by a causeway. Pontoon jetty at Seringat-Kias, step jetty at Lazarus.
Seringat-Kias

Habitats: Sandy beach with sparse seagrasses (Halophila ovalis, Halodule sp.), sparsely reefy on artificial seawalls.
Seringat-Kias
1 13.773'N 103 51.220'E
33ha, 800m long artificial beach
(from Google Earth and Earth Point)
Conservation status of Lazarus Island: Lazarus Island is 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" and listed as 'Park/Open Space' in Parks and Waterbodies Plan.

Conservation status of Seringat-Kias: Portions of Seringat-Kias are listed as 'Hotel' in the URA Master Plan 2008, i.e., "Area to be used or intended to be used mainly for hotel development. " Other portions are listed as 'Residential', i.e., " Area to be used or intended to be used mainly for residential development." Seringat-Kias is not listed in Parks and Waterbodies Plan.

Current conservation activities: The intertidal area of Seringat-Kias and Lazarus Island are also regularly surveyed by wildsingapore.

History:
In 1974, reclamation at Lazarus Island added 4ha. Lazarus Island was also affected by plans in 2000 "to offer visitors a Mediterranean resort-like setting only 17 minutes away by ferry, patterned after Italy's renowned vacation spot, Capri". These plans include burying two submerged reefs, Seringat or Renggit, and Kias, to form the artificial island now called Seringat-Kias and joined to Lazarus Island, and the two joined to St. John's Island with a causeway. There are also seawalls on the eastern tip of Lazarus Island. More details on developments impacting Lazarus Island and Seringat-Kias.
About the name: Lazarus Island was originally called Pulau Sakijang Pelepah: Sa=One; Kijang=barking deer; Pelepah=palm frond.. It is not known why it was renamed to Lazarus Island. The origins of the names Seringat and Kias are not known.

Landscape views of Lazarus Island and Seringat-Kias from wildsingapore flickr
Highlights of marine life at Lazarus Island and Seringat-Kias from wildsingapore flickr
All photos of Lazarus Island and Seringat-Kias from wildsingapore flickr

Blog posts about Lazarus Island and Seringat-Kias on wild shores of singapore

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