Saturday, February 5, 2011

CNY nature walk at Chek Jawa Boardwalk - 12 Feb 2011

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Done all your CNY visiting? Tossed a few "yu-sheng" already? Eaten one too many pineapple tarts? I'm sure you had a great time this Chinese New Year! If you want to walk off some of the fat gained from all that CNY feasting, come on down to join us for a nature outing to Chek Jawa Boardwalk on 12th February. The Naked Hermit Crabs run these nature walks every 2nd Saturday of the month with the hope of introducing fellow Singaporeans and residents to the natural flora and fauna that are thriving in our backyard.

Chek Jawa is a natural shore located on the island of Pulau Ubin, off the Changi coast. We will be walking on the boardwalk, but still expect to see quite a bit of inter-tidal and mangrove wildlife such as mudskippers, fiddler crabs, tree-climbing crabs, monitor lizards, fishes and jelly-fishes. Sometimes, when conditions are right, we might see some of the large birds of Pulau Ubin - the Oriental Pied Hornbill and White-bellied Fish Eagle.

Date: 12 February, 2011 (Saturday)
Time: 9:30 am
Duration: about 2 hours
Meeting Place: Chek Jawa Information Kiosk, Pulau Ubin
Cost: Free (you have to pay for the bumboat and taxi rides to get to Chek Jawa)

Write to to register for the walk.

Please keep your group small, preferably fewer than 10 people, so that we can welcome as many family and friend groups as possible. If you are organising a corporate event, we encourage you to hire the professional nature guides.

How to get to Chek Jawa? 

1) Take the bumboat to the island of Pulau Ubin from Changi Village.

2) Once you arrive at Ubin, you can find a lot of island taxis (vans) near the jetty. Tell the taxi driver to take you to Chek Jawa.

Give yourself 45-60 minutes to travel from Changi Village to Chek Jawa at a leisurely pace.

More Information

Read more about Chek Jawa and Pulau Ubin, and how to get there and what to see and do on the wildsingapore website.

Q: Suitable attire?
A: Comfortable outdoors clothes and walking shoes

Q: What should I bring?
A: Drinking water (important), rain gear. Optional: cap, change of attire, camera, snacks.

Q: Age restriction?
A: None as long as the participants are prepared to walk 2 km, climb a 6-storey high tower. able to stand the hot sun or wet weather. and be responsible for their own well-being during the walk.

Q: How do I recognise the organisers?
A: We will be the ones doing a roll-call at Chek Jawa Information Kiosk. So, as long as you make it to Chek Jawa, you will definitely see us.

Q: What if it rains?
A: This is a rain-or-shine event. The Crabs will be there at Chek Jawa regardless of the weather. Usually we are able to resume the walk once the rain stops. Please come prepared with rainwear.

This nature outing is brought to you by a group of nature-lovers who just want to share the magic of Chek Jawa with members of the public.

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