Once for the long weekend we’re searching places nearby Singapore and our search landed on Kusu Island. It’s an island located in the south of Singapore. It takes 40 min by ferry to reach Kusu Island.There are many interesting things associated with “Kusu Island” and the first thing is its name. Its Chinese word and it means tortoise and there is a history behind this name. The island has a mythical origin and according to it the island is nothing but a giant tortoise which transferred itself to island for saving sailors.
How to go to Kusu Island:
Early morning we started to go to marina south pier (from where the ferry goes to Kusu Island after the specific interval ).Upon reaching marina south pier we purchased tickets for ferry from the counter.The ferry with Chinese style decoration arrived exactly on its scheduled time.Ferry was quite specious and has 3 floors. I wanted to go and seat at top floor from where I could take more clear pictures of awestruck scenery.
It has different compartments for seating ,relaxing and pantry. There were snacks and drinks counter which served few international cuisines to guests. Ferry was decorated with wooden work ..It was my daughter’s first experience to travel in a ferry so she was happy to see “Big boat with colourful stickers”. With her tiny hands she tried to pull of the wooden carvings on its wall after entering in the ferry. (She wanted to stick these stickers to her paper boat after going home. 🙂 kids and their imaginations.. difficult to understand.. 🙂
Many people were enjoying food, relaxing, taking pictures. I preferred standing out on the top floor of the ferry to enjoy the sea view. This was pleasant. Clear water, cool breeze, and just noise of ferry’s engine. It was a feast for eyes and senses.
Island doesn’t have any restaurants or hotels and camping or overnight stay is not allowed here. It has many barbeque pits and you can do barbeque here or take your own food. This island makes a perfect getaway with beautiful beaches and fresh air away from hustle bustle of city life, Moreover, its sacred places make it pilgrimage too.
The da bong temple
Kusu Island is having sacred sites where many people come for worship. It has famous and ancient Chinese temple – The da bo gong temple. It’s built in 1923 and dedicated to Chinese god of prosperity. Its beautifully constructed temple with pleasant surroundings. There is one giant “wishing well “ near temple, where people can make the wish by throwing coins in it. We also tried our hands on wishing well by throwing coins.
it’s been said that tortoises are good luck charm and they are known for kindness. Kusu island which is named on tortoise has small lake dedicated for tortoises . It has number of tortoises from small to big. Feeding and playing with tortoises was fun for kids. Many people were feeding these tortoises .We saw two water monitors roaming nearby beach. Across other corner of island there are giant statues of tortoises. And it’s built in memory of the tortoise that saved sailors lives.
Kusu island and famous for its stunning beaches. Its jaw dropping sight to see cool, clear blue water on the beach. It was so clear that , we could see through it .Visitors can swim it has safety fence also. Kids enjoyed playing in water. The lush greenary and fresh air on the island is real feast for people vising this place. We enjoyed our day long trip.