Pesta Ubin: Pulau Ubin Open House (10 May to 16 Jul 2017 – 10 weekends)
Once a year, people who love Ubin step up to share with the public their special slice of Pulau Ubin. Many Pesta Ubin activities are free of charge. Some do NOT require registration. Simply come to Pulau Ubin and join the fun! Find a Pesta Ubin activity that suits your schedule and interest! Don’t say Bo Jio!
What is Pulau Ubin?
Pulau Ubin is an untouched island off eastern Singapore, home to the last ‘kampung’ (village). A visit takes you back to the simpler pleasures of the 1960’s. And you don’t need your passport.
Escape to Ubin! Life in the slow lane starts as you join the queue for the bumboat that leaves Changi for the 15-minute ride to Pulau Ubin. Stroll or pedal through rustic trails under swaying coconut palms, past quaint kampung houses with their kitchen gardens. Explore flourishing mangroves, lotus-covered ponds. Peek into hidden temples, stop by secluded beaches. Spot hornbills, wild boar and more. Chat with laid-back villagers as you enjoy a cold fresh coconut. On Ubin, the food tastes better, air is fresher, sights and sounds soothing to the soul.
What is Pesta Ubin?
Pesta Ubin is a kampung-style Open House at Singapore’s last rustic island, Pulau Ubin! Pesta Ubin is the highlight of each year of ‘Celebrating Ubin’, which is made possible by the Friends of Ubin Network (FUN). FUN brings together those who are committed to working together for Ubin.
Pesta, pronounced ‘Pays-ta’, is Malay for festival or party. Pesta often describes festivities that bring a community together, such as a wedding; or a cultural celebration. (It is NOT an Italian dish: which is ‘pasta’.)
What’s special about Pesta Ubin?
Once a year, people who love Ubin step up to share with the public their special slice of Pulau Ubin. Pesta Ubin activities are heartfelt, organic and led by the community. As at April, this year’s Open House offers more than 30 activities, involving more than 20 Organising Groups, nearly 600 volunteers with places for more than 4,000 participants.
Ubin’s unique charms are passionately highlighted in Pesta Ubin activities. Its culture, kampung life, nature and wildlife, Ubin land and sea. From Ubin Town to the quarries, and the waters around Pulau Ubin. Morning, noon and night!
Soak in the kinder, gentler way of life on Ubin during Pesta Ubin. Leave the city attitude behind, and get with The Ubin Way. On Ubin, we greet one another with a smile, a “Hello”, “How was your day?”. Respect the culture, get to know the quirky people of Ubin. Be gentle with wildlife that share the island. Keep our footprint light so Ubin remains unspoilt for those who follow behind us. More about Pesta Ubin.
What’s happening at Pesta Ubin?
Many Pesta Ubin activities are free of charge. Some do NOT require registration. Simply come to Pulau Ubin and join the fun! Find a Pesta Ubin activity that suits your schedule and interest! Don’t say Bo Jio!
Every weekend got something on!
At Uncle Lim’s shop at Ubin Town, have fun at the FREE Kampung Photo Booth, FREE colouring the big Pulau Ubin Fun Map.
Join the FREE Round Ubin Interactive Race (10 May – 4 Jun) and win prizes!
At the Living Fisher Village, available every weekend, go for day or night kayaking, or mangrove boat tour. Or go Nature Mountain Biking with Sea Angel volunteers.
Every Tuesday and Thurdsay, learn about Ubin fish farms with Sea Angel volunteers.
Here are 10 things to do!
Indulge in Ubin specials (*Psst: Durian season may start during Pesta Ubin!) Join a special Kampung Reunite – Sunset BBQ and campfire. Or just lepak, lim kopi and watch the kampung go by at Ubin Town.
2. Ubin Family Fun!
Pesta Ubin is fun for the whole family. Join the Round Ubin Interactive Race and win prizes. Re-live Kampung Games and join activities specially for kids: walks, night activities, nature camp, art workshops.
3. Life on Ubin
Pulau Ubin is Singapore’s last kampung (village). Enjoy Kampung Life in the slow lane. Learn more about Ubin’s heritage through guided walks, cycles and Kampung Games. There is a huge kampung on the waters off Pulau Ubin! Find out more about the Ubin fish farms, available every weekend of Pesta Ubin. A special part of the island are the Ubin Kampung Dogs!
4. Colourful Traditions
Join celebrations of Tua Pek Kong’s birthday! Ubin bursts with six days and six nights of festivities. Ubin Jetty is decked out in flags and lanterns, the ancient Wayang Stage comes alive with traditional opera in glittering costumes. Also check out the many activities that celebrate Ubin’s heritage.
5. For Nature Lovers!
From forests to seashores, mangroves to wild gardens. Come for Chek Jawa Open House or join walks to experience nature at Ubin, boat tours of Ubin’s secret mangroves, special walks by leading nature guides, go birdwatching with experts, special night nature walks or nature camping with the whole family. Learn more about Ubin’s wildlife through playful booths.
6. Wonderful Wanderings
A leisurely stroll is a great way to savour the sights and sounds of Ubin! Join guided walks with experienced enthusiasts who will reveal secret corners of Pulau Ubin. Go for a special heritage hike to the Western side of Ubin. Night walks are particularly exciting.
7. Ubin on Wheels
Rent a bicycle or bring your own. Guided cycling tours allow you to wander further, discovering more of Ubin’s nature and heritage.
8. Adrenaline Junkies!
Lots of sporty activities to enjoy on Ubin! Join the FREE Pesta Ubin Run to get active while exploring Ubin. Learn from experts at a special mountain biking clinic. Go on a kayaking adventure! Including night kayaking, Round Ketam Kayaking Expedition or Ubin Bisect Kayaking Adventure, and kayaking in a quarry!
9. Splashing Good Time!
Have fun in the waters of Pulau Ubin. Lots of kayaking: from a gentle kayaking tour up quiet mangrove creeks, or night kayaking, to more adventurous Round Ketam Kayaking or Ubin Bisect Kayaking. Including a rare opportunity to kayak in an Ubin quarry! Or join leisurely boat trips to explore mangroves, enjoy a sunset or visit the Ubin fish farms.
10. Join the Dark Side
Night wayang during Tua Pek Kong Festival is magical. Discover Ubin after twilight through night activities: walks, night kayaking, camping under the stars. Join Kampung Reunite – Sunset BBQ and campfire with kampung music and stories. Take the family nature camping and join a kids’ night walk. Every weekend night kayaking at Living Fisher Village. More about Ubin camping.
11. Inspired by Ubin
Artists and photography enthusiasts, find your muse at Ubin! Join arts activities some specially for kids, go for a nature sketching walk, learn at photography workshops.
Volunteer for Ubin
Some Pesta Ubin activities need volunteers. Others give you an opportunity to volunteer, for example, help out in the several efforts to clean up the shores and the forests of Pulau Ubin. Be a FUN Ambassdor and help others have fun at weekend Pesta Ubin activities. Everyone can make a difference for Pulau Ubin! Families are welcomed to volunteer together. More about volunteering for Pesta Ubin.
Specially for Pesta Ubin, there will also be talks by people passionate about Ubin. Come learn and find out how you too can be a part of their efforts for Pulau Ubin.
MORE activities will be announced in early May!
Find a Pesta Ubin activity that suits your schedule and interest!
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Want to contribute a Pesta Ubin activity?
Everyone is welcomed to contribute suitable activities for Pesta Ubin! Activities that passionately highlight Ubin’s unique charms. Its culture, kampung life, nature and wildlife, Ubin land and sea. Through these activities, we hope to also raise awareness of Pulau Ubin and issues on Pulau Ubin.
Pesta Ubin is held in the kampung spirit! Indulging in the Ubin Way: laid back, relaxed. Friendly and homely. Celebrating the traditional and natural. Getting to know one another as we explore and enjoy Pulau Ubin.
More about what activities are suitable for Pesta Ubin and and how to contribute a Pesta Ubin activity here.
Photos credit: Pesta Ubin 2017