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Singapore offers well-preserved and lush green beaches that server as a perfect gateway for weekend and outdoor activities. After the hustle and bustle in the city it is nice to switch to a laid-back ambience where you can enjoy sandy beaches and enticing waters.
A former penal settlement is now one of the most frequented islands in Singapore. Located on the southern part of Singapore, this large hilly island has been transformed into an idyllic holiday island. Known for its tranquil resort and plethora of enjoyable activities, this resort island offers a vast of activities for all ages. Around the island are camping grounds, trekking routes and nice sandy beaches.
The island houses a number of government facilities including the Marine Aquaculture Center and the Tropical Marine Science Institute. The short stretch of natural shores in the island offers exquisite coral reefs and wide variety of sea creatures.
To shelter the holiday makers the resort island offers affordable holiday cottages as well as bungalows which come comfortably furnished with kitchen.
Kusu Island or Turtle Island is one of the southern islands in Singapore just half an hour ferry ride from the mainland of Singapore, off the Straits of Singapore. This island is also known as Peak Island or Palau Tembakul in Malay.
Legend says that this 8.5 holiday island resort was formed from a giant tortoise which had transformed itself into a hard rock to save two shipwrecked sailors, Malay and Chinese. Situated in the island are the Taoist temple and the Malay Shrine.
During the 9th lunar month in the Chinese calendar, thousands of devout Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian pilgrims pay a visit to the Kusu Island. On the island is the famous Chinese temple- Da Bo Gong (the Merchant God or the God of Prosperity). This temple was built by wealthy Chinese merchant, Chia Cheng Ho in 1923. The temple houses two primary deities – Da Bo Gong and Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Devotees are said to seek for five blessings – longevity, wealth, tranquility, love of virtue and fulfilled destiny.
At the peak of the knoll stands three Kramats (holy shrines of Malay Shrines), these holy shrines are built to honor Syed Abdul Rahman, his mother and sister. Devotees climb 152 steps to reach the Malay shrine to pray for wealth, good marriage, good health, harmony and child for childless couples.
Visitors are not allowed to stay overnight in the island only the caretakers of the temples are allowed to lived in the island. Within the island are lagoons, pristine beaches and serene panorama.
Situated to the south of the main island Singapore is two inseparable islands known as the Sisters’ Island. These islands are relatively untouched due to the strong currents and hard accessibility. A great place to snorkel and dive, it houses a number of Singapore’s richest reefs, wide variety of corals and sea creatures.