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Big Sisters Island (Pulau Subar Laut)

Habitats: Two sandy lagoons. Southern lagoon sandy, reefy on the inside of the seawall. Narrow reefy rubble outside the seawalls. Small natural rocky shore on northern edge.
Big Sisters Island
1 12.825'N 103 50.116'E
10ha, 600m x 200m
(from Google Earth and Earth Point)

Facilities: Jetty, public toilet with freshwater, many shelters and picnic benches. Daily ferry service.
Little Sisters Island (Pulau Subar Darat)

Habitats: Two sandy lagoons. Northern lagoon reefy at the mouth of the seawalls. Narrow reefy rubble outside the seawalls with longer reef flat on western edge.


Little Sisters Island
1 12.969'N 103 49.977'E
4ha, 600m x 200m
(from Google Earth and Earth Point)

Facilities: Jetty, public toilet with freshwater, many shelters and picnic benches. Daily ferry service.
The two islands are separated by a deep channel with treacherous currents.  
Conservation status: The two islands are the only shores listed as 'Marine Nature Area' in the Parks and Waterbodies Plan, i.e., "Areas contain some nature areas which have been identified for their biodiversity. They will be kept for as long as possible until required for development. If development falls within or in the vicinity of the demarcated areas, ecological studies may be required as advised by the relevant authority before any development proceeds". 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." It is managed by Sentosa Leisure Group.

Current conservation activities: The islands are 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. There are ad hoc field trips to showcase the Sisters Islands to key visitors and personalities.

History:
In 1974-75, reclamation at the Sisters Islands added 5.4ha to them. Seawalls were built to create the swimming lagoons.
About the name: There is an interesting legend about the unhappy fate of two sisters that led to the names for these islands. Pulau=Island; Subar=Fruitful, Darat=Landward, Laut=Seaward.

Landscape views of the Sisters Islands from wildsingapore flickr
Highlights of marine life the Sisters Islands from wildsingapore flickr
All photos of the Sisters Islands from wildsingapore flickr

Blog posts about the Sisters Islands on wild shores of singapore

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