Nestled off the southern shores of Singapore, Kusu Island is a haven that seamlessly blends culture and nature. According to local legend, this serene oasis emerged from the selfless act of a giant tortoise, transforming itself to rescue shipwrecked fishermen.

Kusu island Chinese Temple

Beyond the myths, Kusu Island unfolds as a unique destination, offering a perfect blend of history, tranquillity, and natural beauty.

Getting There

Kusu island Ferry Jetty

On a scenic 45-minute ferry ride from Marina South Pier, visitors can acquire tickets from Singapore Island Cruise or Marina South Ferry. The ferry terminal is conveniently located at Marina South Pier MRT station, Exit B, making it easily accessible for an island escape.

Cultural Marvels

Kusu Island Temple:

Kusu Island temple

Begin your journey with a visit to the renowned Kusu Island Temple. Housing deities such as the Tua Pek Kong 大伯公 (Da Bo Gong) and Guan Yin 观音 (the Goddess of Mercy), this sacred site attracts thousands of devotees seeking blessings for a good life, health, prosperity, and happiness. The temple also boasts a unique wishing well – a place where wishes are made, and coins are tossed in gratitude if those wishes come true.

Every year, on the 9th day of the 9th moon in the lunar calendar, a month-long festival stretching between September and November see more than 100,000 Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian pilgrims visit Kusu Island.

Tortoise Sanctuary:

Kusu tortoise island

True to its name, Kusu Island hosts a Tortoise Sanctuary, home to various tortoise breeds. Visitors can marvel at these adorable creatures while respecting their space and refraining from entering their enclosures.

Nature’s Retreat

Tranquil Beach:

Kusu island beach

For those seeking a more laid-back experience, Kusu Island’s untouched beach awaits. With white sands, clear waters, and vibrant green surroundings, the beach is a perfect spot for swimming, snorkelling, or simply soaking in the natural beauty.

Picnic Pavilions:

Kusu island Pavilions

The island offers numerous pavilions, providing shelter for a relaxing picnic. Bring your own food, as there are no stalls on the island, and enjoy a breezy day under the sun or shade.

Hiking Adventure:

Kusu island Datok Kong

Venture to the top of a small hill to discover the Kusu Island Keramat. This site features three holy shrines commemorating a pious Malay man and his family from the 19th century. Devotees believe in the blessings of wealth, marriage, good health, and fertility, making the climb of 152 steps a spiritually enriching experience.

Breakwater Bliss:

Kusu island breakwater

Adjacent to the beach, a breakwater offers a splendid view of the sea. Beyond being a serene spot, it serves as an excellent location for capturing memorable photographs, reminding visitors to leave the area clean and untouched.

An Island-Hopping Day Trip

Kusu island marine life

Contrary to misconceptions, Kusu Island is not solely reserved for devotees. With a history spanning almost a century, the island invites all to explore its cultural richness and historical significance. Whether you’re drawn to the sacred sites, the enchanting tortoises, the pristine beach, or the spiritual journey up the hill, Kusu Island promises a day of discovery and tranquility.

You can book tickets to Kusu island via Klook.

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