Singapore Southern Islands Ferry Guide | How To Go To Kusu Island, Saint John’s Island, Lazarus Island, Pulau Seringat, Sisters’ Islands

Singapore Southern Islands

The Southern Islands in Singapore is the official name of the land planning area delineated by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). In layman terms, it is a cluster of islands near downtown Singapore which includes Kusu Island, Saint John’s Island, Lazarus Island, Pulau Seringat, Sisters’ Islands, Pulau Tekukor, and Sentosa.

St. John’s Island & Lazarus Island

Kusu Island, Saint John’s Island, Lazarus Island, Pulau Seringat, Sisters’ Islands are accessible by ferry services by Singapore Island Cruise and Ferry Services and Marina South Ferries from Marina South Pier. This information page is mainly about getting to this cluster of islands.

Pulau Tekukor

Pulau Tekukor is relatively inaccessible and inhabited throughout history. It was a former ammunition dump in recent years.

Sentosa

Sentosa used to have ferries from World Trade Centre, however, it ceased operations on 31 June 2003 due to low passenger numbers with the opening of HarbourFront MRT Station. Passengers found it easier to transfer directly to the bus from HarbourFront Bus Interchange just outside the station, which was cheaper, faster, and more convenient.

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Singapore Southern Islands Ferry Route Map

Weekdays

Singapore Island Cruise and Ferry Services and Marina South Ferries operate a weekday schedule with low frequencies to Kusu Island, Saint John’s Island, Lazarus Island, and Pulau Seringat.

Saint John’s Island, Lazarus Island, and Pulau Seringat are now merged by land reclamation, and a paved pathway connects all three islands including the man-made Kias Island. This cluster of islands are served by the Saint John’s Island jetty.

Weekends

Singapore Island Cruise and Ferry Services and Marina South Ferries operate a weekend schedule with an average published frequency of 2 hours between ferries. Marina South Ferries also operates an additional inter-island shuttle to Big Sisters’ Island. However, additional ferries or harbour launches may be sent as and when demand surges to clear the crowds within the timetable (multiple boats departing at the same time) or outside of the timetable (additional timings depending on crowd).

Saint John’s Island, Lazarus Island, and Pulau Seringat are now merged by land reclamation, and a paved pathway connects all three islands including the man-made Kias Island. This cluster of islands are served by the Saint John’s Island jetty.

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Singapore Island Cruise and Ferry Services Timetable from now till 16 October 2020

Singapore Island Cruise and Ferry Services Timetable from 17 October 2020 to 14 November 2020 (Kusu Pilgrimage Season 2020)

Singapore Island Cruise operates a circular route serving Saint John’s Island first followed by Kusu Island on all trips. However, depending on the crowd, additional ferries or harbour launches may be sent as and when demand surges to clear the crowds within the timetable (multiple boats departing at the same time) or outside of the timetable (additional timings depending on crowd).

Saint John’s Island, Lazarus Island, and Pulau Seringat are now merged by land reclamation, and a paved pathway connects all three islands including the man-made Kias Island. This cluster of islands are served by the Saint John’s Island jetty.

Singapore Island Cruise does not serve Big Sisters’ Island.

Marina South Ferries Timetable from now till 16 October 2020

Marina South Ferries Timetable from 17 October 2020 to 14 November 2020 (Kusu Pilgrimage Season 2020)

Marina South Ferries operates a circular route, depending on the departure. Ferries serve Saint John’s Island first followed by Kusu Island in the first half of the day, and then serve Kusu Island first followed by Saint John’s Island in the later half of the day. However, depending on the crowd, additional harbour launches may be sent as and when demand surges to clear the crowds within the timetable (multiple boats departing at the same time) or outside of the timetable (additional timings depending on crowd).

Saint John’s Island, Lazarus Island, and Pulau Seringat are now merged by land reclamation, and a paved pathway connects all three islands including the man-made Kias Island. This cluster of islands are served by the Saint John’s Island jetty.

Marina South Ferries is the only ferry operator serving Big Sisters’ Island via their inter-island shuttle operated by harbour launches.

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Comparing Singapore Island Cruise vs. Marina South Ferries – which ferry company is better?

This section is purely the opinion and experience of RailTravel Station and not representative of your own previous experience or any future experience. My cons may be your pros, and vice-versa, depending on how you look at it.

Singapore Island Cruise Pros

Singapore Island Cruise Cons

  • Most ferries do not have an open deck – air-conditioned seating only.
  • With a big fleet of ferries, clearing crowds will be fast, hence there is a lesser chance of frequent departures when the crowd is not immense.
  • Frequency of 2 hours is too wide when you don’t plan to have a picnic or swim at the islands.

Click here to read about my Singapore Island Cruise journey experiences!

Marina South Ferries Pros

  • MSF Natsu ferry has an open top deck with synthetic lawn. 👍
  • On-hand staff at islands seem to be able to page for additional harbour launches outside of schedule and routing if there is reasonably high demand. 👍
  • Inter-island shuttles allow for a day trip to be flexible by destination timing than a fixed pure circular routing.
  • Frontline staff at counter and on islands are super friendly.

Marina South Ferries Cons

  • They only have only 1 ferry – the MSF Natsu. Multiple same-time departures by ferries (excluding launches for overspill) are literally impossible.
  • All ferry seats are flat wooden benches.
  • Because they only have 1 ferry and multiple harbour launches, the actual departure timing for the ferry may be slightly delayed, and harbour launches including inter-island shuttles might not even follow the schedule at all – the harbour launch could be earlier or later than scheduled because of the 12 persons limit, or may not even show up.

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Singapore Southern Islands Ferry Ticket Booking Methods

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Marina South Ferries

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Attractions Booking

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Kusu Pilgrimage Season 2020

Kusu Pilgrimage Season (KPS) 2020 will take place from 17 October 2020 to 14 November 2020 with Safe Management Measures in place. There will be a limit of 500 visitors to Kusu Island per day, and ferries to the island will observe a limit of 50 passengers for each hourly departure. The first ferry will depart from Marina South Pier at 7am, while the last ferry will depart from Kusu Island at 7pm.

Visitors who wish to visit Kusu Island during the KPS are required to make a reservation from Monday, 28 September 2020 via https://kusupilgrimage2020.simplybook.asia/v2/.

An applicant can make a reservation for a maximum of five persons. The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) will send a confirmation email to applicants upon submission of reservation which must be shown for verification at the Singapore Island Cruise counter at Marina South Pier before buying the ferry ticket.

The ferry tickets can be purchased on the date and time of visit at the Singapore Island Cruise counter at Marina South Pier.

Online ferry ticket purchases would most likely not be allowed for travel to Kusu Island. Online tickets would only be valid to Saint John’s Island.

During the KPS 2020, all regular ferry services by Singapore Island Cruise and Ferry Services and Marina South Ferries to St. John’s Island will not stop by Kusu Island on its return trip to Marina South Pier. All private ferries/private yachts are not allowed to berth at Kusu Island’s jetties.

Singapore Island Cruise Public Ferry Routes during Kusu Pilgrimage Season 2020

  • Marina South Pier ◄ ► Kusu Island (By SLA Pre-Reservation Only)
  • Marina South Pier ◄ ► St. John’s Island

Marina South Ferries Public Ferry Routes during Kusu Pilgrimage Season 2020

  • Marina South Pier ◄ ► St. John’s Island
  • St. John’s Island ◄ ► Big Sisters’ Island

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