St. John's Island
Saint John's Island, previously known as Pulau Sakijang Bendera, is one of the Southern Islands in Singapore. It is located approximately 6.5 km to the south of the main island of Singapore.
Saint John's Island formerly housed a quarantine station for cholera cases detected among immigrants in the late 19th century, and starting from 1901, victims of beri-beri were also brought to the island. By 1930, the island gained world recognition as a quarantine centre screening for Asian immigrants and pilgrims returning from Mecca.
The quarantine station was eventually also used to house victims of other diseases, such as leprosy. When mass immigration was closed in mid-20th century, the island was used to house a penal settlement and also a drug rehabilitation centre, but all that has changed now into something totally different!
At present, St John's island is a popular getaway spot for locals and tourists alike. The rustic vibe and non-commercialized setting of the island makes it a draw for people who just wants to escape from the concrete jungle that is Singapore, for half a day! Swimming on the beaches and having a picnic with friends and family is a must on the island! You can also go on the St John's Island Trial or visit the Sisters' Island Marine Park Public Gallery there.
There are holiday bungalows/chalets that can accomodate up to 10 people avaliable for booking on the island. They even come with a kitchen!
For organised groups, Holiday Camp 5 offers accommodation for up to 60 people. It is equipped with basic cooking facilities, so you can self-cater or even have a BBQ.
Did you know?
St. John's Island houses several government facilities, but there are still portions of the island accessible to the public and getting to the island is really simple if you're taking our ferry!
What to do on the island?
There are several holiday bungalows and bunks that can accomodate up to 60 people and they even come with basic cooking facilities.
This 40.5 hectare hilly island was trasformed in 1975 into a tranquil getaway with swimming lagoons, beaches, picnic grounds and trekking routes.
St John's Island is a very popular spot for leisurely fishing!