It was a lovely day, no rain, very warm of course and unfortunately extremely hazy so taking photographs was not a priority!
This the blog post on the Singapore Straits and one on the Ferry Trip.
Our first stop was at St John's Island.
But overall we thought it would be worth coming back and spending a full day walking, reading, lazing and maybe a picnic. Though there are no stores on the island it is wise to take food, drinks, sunblock and camera with you.
The quarantine station was eventually also used to house victims of other diseases, such as leprosy. When mass immigration was closed in mid 1900s, the island was used to house a penal settlement and a drug rehabilitation centre. The 40.5-hectare hilly island was transformed in 1975 into a tranquil getaway with swimming lagoons, beaches, picnic grounds, trekking routes and soccer fields. The island is also a haven for a host of flora and fauna, and is popular for weekend visits.
A detention centre for illegal immigrants still remains.
St. John's natural shores is ringed by coral reefs with a variety of hard and soft corals. St. John's Island also has small patches of mangroves, which shelters a rare variety of mangrove tree. For some reason, dolphins seem regularly sighted at St. John's.