Monday, March 3, 2014

2014 - Free Chek Jawa Boardwalk trips on the 4th Saturday of each month

** Update 28 Sep 2014 **  We have just received notice from NParks that the Mangrove Boardwalk and Jejawi Tower at Chek Jawa Wetlands will be closed for upgrading works from 29 September 2014 to 31 January 2015. As a result, the Naked Hermit Crabs are changing our schedule for the remaining months of 2014 as follows.

25 Oct (Sat) - changed to Pasir Ris Mangroves at 5pm
22 Nov (Sat) - cancelled
30 Nov (Sun) - Ubin Day - more info on the Ubin Day website
27 Dec (Sat) - changed to Pasir Ris Mangroves at 5pm

Pasir Ris Mangroves sign up form: Click Here

To our visitors who have signed up for the CJ walk in October, we will be contacting you shortly to inform you of the change.



Hi Friends, we are back with our monthly Chek Jawa Boardwalk trips! This year, we've picked to do our walks on the 4th Saturday morning of each month. This date avoids all major low tide dates and also long weekends when Ubin can get crowded. It works well for the volunteer guides too as these dates 'conflict' least with the low tide shore trips that many of the Crabs are doing with various organisations.

Proposed dates for 2014:
22 Mar (Sat) - school holidays
26 Apr (Sat)
24 May (Sat)
28 Jun (Sat) - school holidays
26 Jul (Sat)
27 Sep (Sat)
25 Oct (Sat)
22 Nov (Sat) - school holidays
27 Dec (Sat) - school holidays

Meeting time: 9:30 am
Meeting place: Chek Jawa Information Kiosk, Pulau Ubin
Duration of walk: around 2 hours
Fees: none. You just have to pay for transport to get to Chek Jawa.

Why are we doing these free nature walks?

Simply because we want to share our love for the mangroves and inter-tidal ecosystems with you. These walks have proven to be an eye-opener to many people who do not realise there is much richness in plant and animal life in the coastal regions of Singapore. This is a public outreach programme run entirely by volunteers, and our heartfelt desire is to see more people understand the importance of nature conservation of our natural shorelines.

An interesting bit of information: we have done over six years of free boardwalk trips to Chek Jawa! Our first guided walk was in September 2007. How many visitors attend our Chek Jawa walks in a year? Roughly 500. Do help us spread the word!

How do you sign up for our walks?

It's easy. You sign up at our Online Registration Form, and we give you a reply to confirm the places that you need. 

Typically, we open registration one month before the walk, and replies are processed during the weekend. Do be patient with us as we all hold day jobs, and we will get round to doing replies.

If you have questions, please write to us at

Who can sign up for the walks?

We welcome small groups of friends and family. 

Our walks are not designed for large groups from schools, corporates or other organisations. If you are organising a day trip for a large group of people, it is best if you contact the professional nature guides or event organisers. Here is a list of professional guides in the website.

There is no age restriction as long as you are able to look after yourself, and be able to walk 2 km, walk up the stairs of a 6-storey high bird-watching tower, tolerate whatever the weather throws at you (rain or shine), and in general, enjoy being outdoor in a great natural setting.

More Information:

Click on these links to know more about Chek Jawa, Pulau Ubin, how to get there, and what to see and do.

How to get the Chek Jawa:

1. At Changi Jetty, now called Changi Point Ferry Terminal, (Lorong Bekukong, Changi Village), catch the bumboat to Pulau Ubin.

2. At the Ubin Jetty, you will see many drivers and their taxis (vans) waiting for passengers. Tell the taxi driver to take you to Chek Jawa.

3. You will alight at Punai Hut. Chek Jawa is just a short walk from Punai Hut. Make sure you get the telephone number of the driver so that you can call him/her for the return trip.

4. We will be waiting for you at the Chek Jawa Information Kiosk.


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

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

Q: Age restriction?
A: None as long as the participants are prepared to walk 2 km, climb a 6-storey high tower, able to tolerate 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. 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. You make your own decision whether to come or not in the event of bad weather.

Enjoy the rest of the photos from our archives.

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