Monday, August 20, 2018

Otterly fun time at Chek Jawa!

 We were delighted to have 45 visitors join us for the walk at Chek Jawa. It was a beautiful day, with large clouds drifting above us in the sky and a cool breeze tickling our faces. We also saw really amazing creatures today!
Photo by Ria Tan
Before we started the walk, we saw three wild boars and monkeys at the shelter! They were most likely attracted by the fruiting rambutan trees.

Photo by Ley Kun


The visitors were very excited to see them!
Photo by Ria Tan


There was also a Common flying dragon (Draco sumatranus) on the tree nearby.

Photo by Jonathan Tan
Jonathan was explaining to the visitors how they have flaps on the side of the skin which they can extend to glide from tree to tree!
Photo by Ria Tan
With a great start to the walk, all of us proceeded down towards the mangroves. The climb up the Jejawi tower was tiring, but the view was worth it!

Photo by Liz Lim
We were also treated to a display by the Oriental Pied Hornbills, who flew in to the durian trees a distance away from the tower. Participants were extremely happy to see these huge birds in their full glory!

After coming back down from the tower, our sharp-eyed participants managed to spot many tree climbing crabs and mudskippers in the mangroves.
Photo by Ria Tan
One of the visitor favourites is the Giant mudskipper, which can grow to be about as big as your foot!
Photo by Dayna Cheah

Some visitors were very excited, and wanted to take a closer look at the critters in our mud!
Photo by Ria Tan
One group was lucky to see a Paradise Tree Snake! This aboreal snake can flatten its body out to glide between trees.

Photo by Jonathan Tan
As we admired the Bakau trees, visitors were entertained by the Fiddler crabs who were out in full force!

Photo by Dayna Cheah

With a cool sea breeze, we enjoyed a slow stroll along the coastal boardwalk. 

Photo by Liz Lim

Photo by Liz Lim
Because it was low tide, we could see the pillars underneath the boardwalk with interesting animals living on it. We saw barnacles, oysters and ascidians!

Photo by Liz Lim
Further out to sea, we spotted a Great-billed Heron fishing in the distance. It is the largest heron we have in Singapore!
Photo by Dayna Cheah
We also saw a few Water monitor lizards, and one group saw one digging for crabs in the mudflat!
Photo by Jonathan Tan

One group was very lucky to have been able to see a lone Smooth-coated otter!

Photo by Dayna Cheah

Otters are usually quite shy, but this otter swam right up to the boardwalk, dipping in between the waves.


We ended off this amazing walk at House No. 1, where the children drew amazing drawings of the animals they had seen or would liked to have seen!

Photo by Ria Tan
After the walk, the guides and their friends decided to stop by Ah Ma's drink store for some cold drinks and fresh rambutans from Ubin!

Photo by Ria Tan

Here's a precious group photo of the guides and their friends with Ah Ma and Ivy!
Photo by Ria Tan
As we were slowly munching on our rambutans, we saw a fresh delivery of rambutans come in! Yum yum!
Photo by Ria Tan
Right beside the drink store is a rich mangrove, with many birds, fishes and rare mangrove species! We took a little walk there to see what we could find.
Photo by Ria Tan
Thank you to the guides Ria, Ley Kun, Sumita, Jonathan, Liz, Xiang Tian, Alyce and Dayna for making this walk possible! Big thanks to Ria, Jonathan, Liz, Ley Kun and Dayna for their photos as well.

Look out for our next walk in September and please do join us for a day of fun!










Friday, August 3, 2018

19 Aug (Sun) - Free guided walk at Chek Jawa Boardwalk


Join us our regular Chek Jawa Boardwalk outing on 19 Aug, Sunday. Come explore this very special and beautiful corner of Singapore mangroves with us. Just gather your family and friends, and have someone do the signup on behalf of the group. Best of all, this nature walk is free! Register on Eventbrite here.


Chek Jawa is rich in biodiversity, and with the help of our volunteer guides, you should be able to see lots of interesting plants and wildlife. Even though we are not going on to the shore, there is still much to see and enjoy. There are monitor lizards, fiddler crabs, spiders, rare plants, wild boar, mudskippers and lots of fruit trees. If we are lucky, we might even spot the Oriental Pied Hornbill, White-bellied Sea Eagle and the giant Atlas Moth.

Date: 19 August 2018 (Sunday)
Meeting place: Chek Jawa Information Kiosk, Pulau Ubin
Meeting time: 9:30 am
Duration of walk: 2 hours
Fees: No charge for now, but small donations are accepted
Sign up here.

For more information on what to expect at our Chek Jawa Boardwalk outings, and when preparing for your visit, please make sure you read our post specially written for you.





More photos in the next section.

Monday, June 25, 2018

7 July (Sat) - Free guided walk at Chek Jawa Boardwalk



Join us our regular Chek Jawa Boardwalk outing on 7 July, Saturday. Come explore this very special and beautiful corner of Singapore mangroves with us. Just gather your family and friends, and have someone do the signup on behalf of the group. Best of all, this nature walk is free! Register on Eventbrite here.


Chek Jawa is rich in biodiversity, and with the help of an experienced volunteer guide, you should be able to see lots of interesting plants and wildlife. Even though we are not going on to the shore, there is still much to see and enjoy. There are monitor lizards, fiddler crabs, spiders, rare plants, wild boar, mudskippers and lots of fruit trees. If we are lucky, we might even spot the Oriental Pied Hornbill, White-bellied Sea Eagle and the giant Atlas Moth.

Date: 7 July 2018 (Saturday)
Meeting place: Chek Jawa Information Kiosk, Pulau Ubin
Meeting time: 9:30 am
Duration of walk: 2 hours
Fees: No charge for now, but small donations are accepted
Sign up here.

For more information on what to expect at our Chek Jawa Boardwalk outings, and when preparing for your visit, please make sure you read our post specially written for you.





More photos in the next section.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Balik Chek Jawa 2018

Close to 900 participants, 34 volunteers and a whole lot of fun.

Our third run of Balik Chek Jawa has been the best one so far!


Balik Chek Jawa for Pesta Ubin 2018
Check out this video made by Ria Tan on our day out in the sun.


One of our key highlights of the day is seeing what our young visitors have to say about Chek Jawa. Although young in terms of age, kids often remind us why we need to work hard to live in harmony with the environment. Many drew the importance of reducing marine trash and our impacts on the ecosystems around us.








For many others, nature was a space where they could spend quality time away from the hustle and bustle of the city.






The event would not have been possible without our passionate volunteer station guides who spent their Sunday with us! We would also like to thank Ria Tan for all the wonderful photos.

Since the start of Naked Hermit Crabs, we have focused on protecting our shores whose fate is uncertain. This sentiment was beautifully captured by one of our younger participants who hoped to be back to Chek Jawa who hopes that he can visit the shore again. We hope that Chek Jawa will stay for generations to come so we can continue to do Balik Chek Jawa!



Join us next year at Balik Chek Jawa 2019!

Monday, June 4, 2018

10 Jun 2018 (Sun): Balik Chek Jawa with the Chek Jawa Community

Chek Jawa Open House! FREE, no registration required, just come to Chek Jawa!

Volunteers who love Chek Jawa ready to share with you!

Volunteer guides will be stationed all over the boardwalk to share about Chek Jawa's amazing wildlife. Plus kids activities with prizes!

Close encounters with wild life, if we show respect. 

Spot monkeys to wild boar, birds to butterflies, crabs to mudskippers, and fascinating plants of the mangroves and shores, some of which are rare elsewhere. If we are lucky we may encounter otters or even a dugong.
A spectacular view from Jejawi Tower

Learn about seagrass meadows from TeamSeaGrass
Fun activities for kids and the family!

Drawing activities at House No. 1 (The English Cottage), Chek Jawa


Win prizes! Choose from 17 children's books written specially for Singapore's kids about Singapore's wildlife by students of the Raffles Ecological Literacy Programme.

Win prizes!


This activity is offered by the Chek Jawa community, led by the Naked Hermit Crabs with friends of Chek Jawa like NParks Chek Jawa volunteers, Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M) Initiative, TeamSeaGrass and Lepak in SG. (There will be NO activities on the seashores).

Date: 10 Jun (Sun)
Time: 10am - 3pm
Meeting point: Chek Jawa Info Kiosk, 3.3km away from Ubin Jetty (map). About 1.5-2 hour walk, 15-min van ride. More on how to get to Chek Jawa.

No charge, the activity is free!
No registration required, simply come to Chek Jawa.

Check the same blog post at the Pesta Ubin 2018 website.

Some Frequently Asked Questions on Chek Jawa

Can we go to Chek Jawa at other times?

Yes, you can visit Chek Jawa every day from 8.30am to 6pm. Admission is free. Just come explore the boardwalk and Visitor Centre on your own, free and easy, no guides necessary. More details on the NParks website and wildsingapore website.

Are there guided tours to Chek Jawa at other times?

NParks conducts guided tours on the sea shore (called intertidal walks) all year round when the tides are suitably low. There are charges and registration is required. More on the NParks website.

The Naked Hermit Crabs conducts free guided walks at Chek Jawa every month for families and kids. These are on the boardwalk and do not go down to the sea shore. The walk is free, but registration is required. More on the Naked Hermit Crabs blog.

So how is Balik Chek Jawa different?

Once a year, and only once a year, during Pesta Ubin, volunteers from several groups come together to offer a Chek Jawa Open House. Volunteers will be stationed all over the boardwalk. There will be activities for kids. Free, no registration required, simply come to Chek Jawa!

See you at Balik Chek Jawa!

Monday, April 30, 2018

9 June (Sat): Want to learn how to be a nature guide? Come join the Chek Jawa Familiarisation Tour with the Naked Hermit Crabs!

Have you ever wanted to experience what it’s like to be a nature guide? Looking for an interesting activity for your family to take part in during the holidays? The Chek Jawa Familiarisation Tour is here for you! No prior experience is needed. Sign up now at our online form! After you have completed the Familiarisation Tour on 9 June, you will be able to participate as a volunteer at the Balik Chek Jawa Day on 10 June. Come join us and make a difference for nature!
Join us to help make a difference for nature!

What is this Familiarisation Tour about?

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Flowering durian trees at Chek Jawa

Every Naked Hermit Crab is always different and you never know what you're going to see! During our walk yesterday, we enjoyed the sight and smell of durian flowers all around us on the ground and up in the trees. As most of us enjoy the taste of durians, we were grateful for the presence of bats and their role in helping pollinate durian flowers. You can read more about that here.

Durian flowers (Photo by Ley Kun Wong)

Photo by Liz Lim


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