Thursday, March 26, 2020

🔶 Walk Cancelled: 25 Apr 2020 🔶



In light of the new safe distancing measures announced by the government on 24 March 2020, we will be canceling our walk on 25 April to prevent the gathering of a large group of participants and guides.

We hope to see you in the future, when the situation improves.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

15 Mar: A warm and toasty walk at Chek Jawa Wetlands

Today's walk at Chek Jawa Wetlands was so lovely!


The skies were really blue and the weather was nice and warm.

We usually have 60 to 80 visitors during our walks but we reduced the number of slots for this walk.

Our 20 visitors saw carpet anemones, noble volute, horseshoe crabs, white-rumped shama, kingfishers, swimming crabs and fiddler crabs.

Thanks to our guides, Ley Kun, Ria, Che Cheng, Xiang Tian and Wei Yuan!

Here's more photos from today:



























Tuesday, March 10, 2020

15 Mar (Sun): Fun under the sun at Chek Jawa during the March School Holidays

Join us at our Chek Jawa Boardwalk outing on 15 March, Sunday. This is a very special and beautiful corner of Singapore mangroves, and the best way is to explore this place is with a nature guide. Our walks are designed for small groups of young families and friends. 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, tree-climbing 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: 15 March 2020 (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.


Monday, February 10, 2020

🔶 Walk Cancelled: 22 Feb 2020 🔶


In light of the current public health situation under DORSCON Orange, we will be canceling our walk on 22 February to prevent the gathering of a large group of participants and guides.

We hope to see you at the end March 2020, if the situation improves.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

2020 Naked Hermit Crabs Walk Schedule

2020 will be the 13th year of that we will continue to offer FREE nature walks at Chek Jawa Boardwalk and Pasir Ris Mangroves. 

These walks will help us to reach out to more people on the marine life our shores are home to and in return, we hope that this will safeguard our threatened natural shores such as Chek Jawa.

Here is our schedule for 2020. All walks are held at Chek Jawa Boardwalk (Pulau Ubin) unless stated otherwise.

22 Feb (Saturday) - Pasir Ris Mangroves Cancelled due to 2019-nCov
15 Mar (
Sunday) -
Chek Jawa
25 Apr (Saturday) - Pasir Ris Mangroves
16 May (Saturday) - Chek Jawa
13 Jun (Saturday) - Chek Jawa Familiarisation Training for new guides

27 Jun (Saturday) - Balik Chek Jawa. No registration required.
18 July (Saturday) - Chek Jawa
15 Aug (
Saturday) - Chek Jawa
12 Sep (
Saturday) - school holidays - Pasir Ris Mangroves
25 Oct (Sunday) -
Chek Jawa
28 Nov (Saturday) - Pasir Ris Mangroves
19 Dec (
Saturday) - school holidays - Chek Jawa

It gives us much joy to share what we know about the plants and animals that live in the fragile coastal ecosystems of Chek Jawa and Pasir Ris Mangroves. Sign up for our walks and get to know Singapore's own biodiversity from volunteers who care about such things.

Registration for our walks are done online through Eventbrite. We open registration a week before each walk.

Click here to access our Facebook page and Eventbrite for updates on our trips.










If you have any questions, feel free to write to us at nakedhermitcrabs@gmail.com.

Happy nature exploring!

Monday, December 9, 2019

15 Dec (Sun): Celebrate the school holidays with a trip to Chek Jawa!

Join us at our Chek Jawa Boardwalk outing on 15 December, Sunday. This is a very special and beautiful corner of Singapore mangroves, and the best way is to explore this place is with a nature guide. Our walks are designed for small groups of young families and friends. 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, tree-climbing 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: 15 December 2019 (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.


Sunday, November 24, 2019

An Otterly Awesome Day Out at Pasir Ris Mangroves

Video of the otter we spotted by Ria Tan

As with all of our other walks, we had a wonderful time exploring the mangroves in Pasir Ris Park with our participants!

Over 80 participants turned up despite gloomy weather


We had close to 90 participants despite the slight drizzle and grey skies at the start of our walk.

Instead of dampening our spirits, the light drizzle helped to cool the environment in the park and that made the walk more enjoyable.

Here's our guide, Ley Kun (pictured in a white hat), giving an introduction before the walk.

Our participants were made up of groups of eager families and friends, who were excited to learn more about the residents of our local mangroves.


Encouraging the curiosity of our young participants



Kids are the best spotters of wildlife and often ask the best questions!

With the help of our curious, young participants, we got to spot many crabs and interesting insects, such as the mangrove shield bug and a red-coloured assassin bug!

Photo of these gorgeous creatures by Ria Tan

Mangrove shield bugs are often found in clusters under leaves in the mangrove. To find out more about these beautiful bugs, you can read about them here on Wildsingapore's fact sheets.

A cotton stainer bug nymph, spotted by another young participant

This young individual of the cotton stainer was found near the sea hibiscus plant, which the adults and young often congregate around. You can read more about them here.

A young mangrove pit viper, spotted by a sharp-eyed visitor

Mangrove pit vipers are a key part of our walk as our visitors are always excited to see them.

As with all other snakes and wild animals, they will not attack unless threatened or provoked.

We really enjoy having families join us for our walks as visitors help us to spot wildlife and ask a lot of great questions about our local flora and fauna.


Comments and drawings from our participants


At the end of our walk, we usually let our participants draw or write about what they saw.

Hard at work 

A quick drawing session in the mangroves

Here's some artworks and the young artists who drew them.




While the kids were drawing, we saw a smooth-coated otter fishing and a group of egrets resting in a tree.

We also had a grey heron and hornbills fly by when we ended our walk at the jetty!

We would also like to thank our participants for the encouraging comments on Facebook by our participants, Veronica Ong and Ahha Lim.

Veronica Ong Thank you for sharing with us this lovely place! Kevin (Evan) was awesome and so patient!

Veronica Ong We saw mudskippers, a purple snake, a dead horseshoe crab shell, otters, fish, snails etx
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Ahha Lim Thank you very much for organizing this special event. I am looking for more outings with you.
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Why you should join us at our next walk




Our walks are:
  • For everyone (from families to individuals)
  • Free-of-charge
  • Fun!

We hope to see you at our next walk on 15 December 2019.

Follow our Facebook page for updates on the next walk.


Thank you to all our participants who joined us and our guides, Evan, Jonathan, Ley Kun, Ria and Sumita for the wonderful time!


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