Chek Jawa Wetlands: Coastal and Mangrove Boardwalks Through Intertidal Flats And Jejawi Tower Viewpoint

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Chek Jawa Wetlands or Tanjong Chek Jawa is a cape at the southeastern end of Pulau Ubin, where six major ecosystems exist, namely sandy beach, rocky beach, seagrass lagoon, coral rubble, mangroves and coastal forest, offering a crash course of the biodiversity present on coastal Singapore. As Chek Jawa Wetlands is an intertidal area, most ecosystems are only visible during low tide. I went on a rainy day, and thus with a high tide, but it was a pleasant visit nonetheless.

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The taxi van from the Main Jetty dropped us off at Punai Hut just in front of the Chek Jawa Wetlands entrance.

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The main gate leading to Chek Jawa Wetlands. Chek Jawa Wetlands is open daily from 8.30am to 6.00pm, and no cycling is allowed inside.

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The earth track leading to the boardwalks.

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There is an information kiosk at the main junction linking to the boardwalks with a manned counter and vending machines selling cold drinks. They aren’t cheap though, at S$2 for a bottled isotonic drink and S$1.60 for bottled mineral water.

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I headed to the Coastal Boardwalk first, taking an anti-clockwise loop.

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The area map of Chek Jawa Wetlands.

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I got there at high tide after lots of rain, so it looked more like a water walk rather than a coastal and mangrove walk.

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Nonetheless, it was still pretty nice with good weather to boot.

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The Coastal Boardwalk skirts around the whole cape of Tanjong Chek Jawa.

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Looking back at Changi Point from the Coastal Boardwalk.

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Some parts of the Coastal Boardwalks feature grilles to look down at certain features. This was supposed to be looking down to coral rubble, but with the high tide, all I saw was sea water.

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Skirting around Tanjong Chek Jawa.

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Tanjong Chek Jawa is also home to the Chek Jawa Beacon.

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On the hill sits the Chek Jawa Rear Beacon.

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The Chek Jawa Front Beacon sits in front of the Coastal Boardwalk.

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From the ship’s perspective, she is aligned when the two points match up in a straight line to navigate the Straits of Johor, as explained here.

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There is a shelter in the middle of the Coastal Boardwalk for a rest if needed.

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There is a floating pontoon attached to the Coastal Boardwalk, but this was sealed off with a gate.

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Heading through the seagrass lagoon, but again, all I saw was water.

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Heading back inland.

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The Coastal Boardwalk ends at the main junction to go back to the information kiosk on the earth track, or to continue onwards on the Mangrove Boardwalk.

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Heading onwards to the Mangrove Boardwalk.

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The flooded mangrove area at high tide.

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Heading through the inland mangrove area.

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A wild mud lobster perched on top of a mud lobster mound.

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Towards the end of the Mangrove Boardwalk, the path branches off a little to the Jejawi Viewing Tower.

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The Jejawi Viewing Tower is 20 meters tall, offering a top view of Chek Jawa Wetlands.

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A maximum of 20 persons are allowed on the Jejawi Viewing Tower. As the Jejawi Viewing Tower is unsheltered, you should not head up during an imminent risk of lightning.

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The top (and only) deck of the Jejawi Viewing Tower.

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The view out to mainland Singapore.

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Mynahs perched on a tree enjoying the sea breeze.

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The canopy of Chek Jawa Wetlands.

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The view out to Pulau Tekong. What a world of difference when wanting to go to the field.

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Ending the Chek Jawa Wetlands on a “high” note with a top-down view of the canopy.

Overall, an interesting trip to a compact, untouched natural side of Singapore, just minutes away from the mainland.


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