Longing for somewhere tranquil with white, soft sandy beaches and crystal clear waters? There’s no need to fork out the flight fare to Maldives. Singapore has a secret, hidden beach that is perfect for you! Touted as one of Singapore’s last unspoilt beaches, Lazarus Island has grown in popularity with young Singaporeans eager for a quiet hideaway far from the madding crowd. Here’s what the island has to offer.
The island, about the size of 70 football fields, was originally known as Pulau Sakijang Pelepah, or Island of One Barking Deer and Palms.
It is unclear when and why it was renamed Lazarus Island. In the late 19th century, Lazarus Island housed several inmate confinement sheds, only to be abandoned after a prisoner escaped.
The sheds were destroyed in a fire in 1902. In the 1960s, the island was used as a radar base for civil aviation.
However, in the 1970s, SDC took over the management of the Southern Islands, and Lazarus Island was earmarked for recreational development. Although proposals to develop the island as a beach resort were called for in 1988, these plans never materialised.
Today, it is listed for sports and recreational use in the Urban Redevelopment Authority Master Plan 2008. It is also listed as “park/open space” in the Parks and Waterbodies Plan.
If you’re a fan of felines, you’re in luck. There are plenty of stray cats that inhabit the island, and can usually be found lazing on the grass patch before the bridge. Arm yourself with cat food and you’ll find yourself becoming fast friends with the cats.
The island is a perfect sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the city, so make sure to take advantage of that. Take a therapeutic stroll along the tranquil, clear blue waters and unimaginably soft white sand imported from Indonesia. There are plenty of secluded and shaded spots around the beach, so make sure to pack a picnic basket and have a quiet, tranquil picnic with your family.
If you’re having a picnic, make sure to gather your trash together in a bag in order to dispose of them when you’re back at St John’s. Rubbish bins are few and far between on Lazarus Island. There are also limited facilities such as toilets on the island, so make sure to go beforehand before crossing the bridge at St John’s!
If you’re planning a special occasion such as a birthday or bachelor/bachelorette party, why not throw a yacht party by renting a private yacht? You can anchor your yacht at Lazarus Island and take a dip in the sea anytime. Have a barbecue party onboard the yacht and belt out some of your best tunes over the karaoke system. There are plenty of cruise rental companies that offer the Lazarus Island routes, with add-on activities like jet skiing!