Pulau Semakau is an offshore landfill to the south of mainland Singapore. The journey to the largest intertidal seagrass meadow consists of a 20-min chartered bus ride, followed by a 45-min boat ride and a leisurely 25-min walk. The seagrass meadow and mangroves of Pulau Semakau were preserved during the construction of the landfill, as part of a major effort by the National Environment Agency to balance development with conservation.
Chek Jawa Wetlands
Chek Jawa Wetlands can be found along the eastern coastline for Pulau Ubin, and consists of five major habitats: coastal forest, mangroves, rocky shore, seagrass and sandy shores. The area was originally slated for land reclamation but development plans were deferred in the face of strong public support for the preservation of Chek Jawa. Travel to Chek Jawa Wetlands from UTown involves a 30-min chartered bus ride, followed by a 15-min ferry trip to the offshore Pulau Ubin and a 10-min minibus ride to Chek Jawa. Amenities at Chek Jawa include a viewing jetty, over 1 kilometre of coastal and mangrove boardwalk, a 20 metre tall watch tower and public toilets. Pulau Ubin also hosts the Ubin Living Lab, an integrated facility for field studies, education and research, and community outreach.