Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Announcing our Sentosa Walks 2008

If you have been following our blog, you will know that the Naked Hermit Crabs is one year-old this June. In fact our inaugural walk took place at Sentosa on 5 June 2007!

Time flies. It is also a wonderful feeling to be one year-old and the satisfaction of having done something good for the wild and threatened shores of Singapore!

Hey, we’re celebrating and what better way than to go back to where it all began for us. Sentosa! Mark these dates.

6-June (Friday) - we had a great trip out!
9-June (Monday) - sorry, we are full!
6-July (Sunday) - sorry, we are full!

Let’s make it a double celebration. 5 June is World Environment Day! Join us in our mission to showcase the diverse marine life and natural beauty on our shores. We will bring you on a mini adventure to a beautiful natural shore tucked away in a corner of Sentosa. There will be lots to see. Just read our old blogs on Sentosa.

However we do need you to register for these walks. Write to us at our email address (nakedhermitcrabs@gmail.com) and let us have the following information:

- Name of contact person
- Telephone number
- Preferred date(s) of walk
- Number of people in the group and their age

Meeting place and time = we will inform you when we confirm your attendance through e-mail. The walks are in the morning.

Do take note that we DO NOT accept walk-in’s at our Sentosa walks. Sorry about that.

Triple Celebration!

Now for more good news. You will be happy to hear this. We used to charge $5 per person for our Sentosa walks. But this year, the Sentosa walks organized by the Naked Hermits Crabs are sponsored by Transitions Optical. So the Sentosa walks are FREE this time round!

Transitions Optical, world leader in the manufacturing of plastic photochromic lenses, have spent the last few years educating the public about the dangers of UV rays and the need for protection of our eyes. Thus, it is fitting that Transitions Optical support our passion of protecting the wild shores of Singapore. We are delighted with this financial and moral support provided to us.

Please read on for Some Really Useful Information:

Why is the group size small?

Because we want you to have an enjoyable trip! When the group is small, you can hear the guide’s explanation and see the specimens better. We are also concerned about excessive trampling on the precious animals that we are showing you. We want minimal impact on the fragile shore as far as possible!

Is this walk suitable for the very old and the very young?

The answer is No. But it is suitable for kids in K1 and K2, and of course for our seniors who are fit and active.

Why can’t I sign up for 50 people from my company?

The Naked Hermit Crabs are small and …. well… naked. We are sorry, but we can only handle small family and friends groups of up to 6 people right now.

How to get to Sentosa:

Nearest MRT station is Harbourfront
You will be able to board buses and the Sentosa Express.
Cars and taxis are allowed to enter Sentosa, but not motorcycles.
More details on the Sentosa website.

Entrance fees to Sentosa:

While our walks are free, you will have to pay your own entrance fees to the island.
$3 per person for entry by bus/monorail, inclusive of free use of Sentosa bus and rail within Sentosa all day.
$2 per person for entry by car/taxi. In addition, there is a $2 charge per car.
More details on the Sentosa website.

What to prepare for the walk?

Wear covered sports shoes. Diving booties are ideal. Don’t wear your very old shoes. We’ve had lots of visitors whose shoes gave up on them halfway and they had much difficulty with the trip after that (not to mention, the danger of getting cuts). Make sure your footwear still have good traction as we may need to step over some slippery rocks at some point.

Please know that open sandals and slippers are NOT suitable. For your own safety, we will not allow you to take part in the nature walk if you do not wear covered shoes.

Wear lightweight clothes, preferably sportswear or outdoor wear. Long pants are good for protection against scrapes and sand fly bites.

Wear a hat. Wear sunblock. Wear your protective eyewear. Hey, do you know … Transitions Optical lenses block 100% of UV! That’s cool!

Bring drinking water and a light snack.

Bring a change of footwear to go home. Your shoes will get wet.

Keep your backpack light as you will need to carry it with you during the walk.

We look forward to meeting you real soon!


  1. Help! I really want to go on your Sentosa walks but since they are all full, when will the next one be held?

  2. Help! We've yet to recover from a week of morning shore trips, public walks, press conference, radio shows, 2 exhibitions and a photo shoot! Give us some time and we'll come back with new ideas! Meanwhile, subscribe to our blog so that you get the broadcast.

  3. when's the sentosa reef walks coming back? have they been destroyed by IR?

  4. We have not decided. We're still thinking about it, maybe one in June. The reefs are not destroyed yet although it has changed according to a reliable source.