The southern part of Singapore is strikingly beautiful with the three exotic islands – Kusu Island, St. John Island and Sisters’ Island. Here we will talk about Kusu Island. Kusu is situated in about 5.6 kilometers of distance from the south of the Singapore main island. The name Kusu denotes “Tortoise” or “Turtle” in Chinese and in Malay this island is known as Peak Island or Pulau Tembakul.
Little about Kusu Island
There are legends that a magical giant turtle turning itself into an island to save two shipwrecked sailors – one was Malay and another Chinese. It is supposed that the two grateful sailors returned to the island to give thanks and others sustained the institution. Another legend is that in earlier days Kusu looked like a turtle. Initially Kusu Island was two little extensions on a reef, but in later time it was distended and changed into an island holiday resort of 85,000 square meters. Within this huge holiday resort there are now three Malay shrines – “keramats” and a Chinese temple on Kusu Island. And close to the resort, there is Tortoise Sanctuary – home of hundreds of tortoises.
About Kusu Island holiday
Presently Kusu Island is one of the most well developed islands of southern Singapore. This Island is popularly known for its support to the steady creek of worshippers to the Malay and Chinese shrines on the island. There are two swimming lagoons in Kusu Island which make the island more popular destination for day-trippers. Besides the mystifying variety of hard corals and soft corals here make the place more to explore.
On other Southern Shores people can also experience animals comprising anemone shrimps, giant clams, clown anemone fishes, and a wide variety of crabs other fishes. Marine life is one of the most attractive features to the tourists. Not only the island is wonderful, but the way people reach Kusu is also amazing. The best way to reach Kusu from mainland is the ferry to Kusu Island from Singapore. This water way is also striking and makes the journey as enjoyable as it is on the Kusu Island itself.
Ferry service in Kusu Island
Due to the attractiveness and religious fame, Kusu Island has become overcrowded day by day. The visitors choose the ferry service as most reliable transport option to reach Kusu. However, the ferry to Kusu Island is always on high demand and that’s why there is no prior booking system offered. The ferry service is available on the first come first basis.
Depending on the availability extra ferry to Kusu Island could be arranged, but it is available at scheduled time only. One must know that the ferries are not available at any time, rather there is fixed Kusu Island ferry schedule from Singapore. But anyone who likes to have a private ferry should book it prior to the journey. Generally it takes only 15 minutes to reach Kusu from Singapore mainland.