Raffles Lighthouse Hot
Raffles Lighthouse is a lighthouse located on a 1.3-hectare rocky island called Pulau Satumu, the southernmost off-shore island of Singapore.
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A real pleasure if you can get there
There is no doubt that Raffles Lighthouse is a beautiful place. The 2nd oldest lighthouse in Singapore, it is a restricted area. My understanding is that vessels are prohibited from approaching the island and they have to stay at least 500m away.
I had the privilege of visiting the lighthouse this year in March during Singapore Maritime Week. It was an incentive trip for me for the work I had done for the Singapore Maritime Gallery. Point is, you will not be able to get to the island on your own accord.
On the island, I had the chance to witness dolphins swimming in the lagoon and coming very close to you on the jetty. There is a little museum that houses relics from the lighthouse's history. The sea breeze is unceasing and when you have huffed and puffed up the countless steps up the lighthouse, you will be rewarded with the most beautiful view. You can see Batam, Karimun and countless other nameless Indonesian islands. You can also see the southern islands of Singapore. You'll see ships of every kind and flag. You'll be able to see corals fringing the island and most of all when you are alone up there, you will understand tranquility.
If you do get an invitation to visit the lighthouse, don't be daft....go!