Lazarus Island Hot
This island lies between St. John’s Island and Kusu Island - it is linked to St. John’s Island by a bridge. On the eastern coastline is a natural sandy beach and on the southern area a natural cliff and rocky shore.
Tickets can be bought at Marina South Pier, Singapore Island Cruise & Ferry Services Pte Ltd or online at http://www.islandcruise.com.sg/
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A slice of local paradise
Lazarus Island is a gem. Having been accustomed to towering skyscrapers that cover every inch of my country, it was incredibly hard for me to believe that this undisturbed island is a part of it.
When you first set foot on this island, an overwhelming wave of serenity will wash over you. This place is perfect for a lazy weekend getaway with friends or a romantic date. The sparkling emerald waters of the beach scream "swim in me now!", and the powdery white sand is perfect to lie on so you can achieve that golden tan. But be smart! The weather can get a bit intense, so remember to slather on your sunscreen to prevent a nasty burn.
If you charter a yacht to take you there, which my friends and I did, you may get to kayak in the blue waters. If you're a beach bum craving for a slice of paradise without having to leave the country, Lazarus Island is the perfect place for you.
Lazarus Island. It’s not dead! If you want to get there, take the ferry to St John’s Island and walk across the causeway that joins the two islands.
Like Kusu, Lazarus is made up of several smaller islands, joined through land reclamation. I believe that the long-term plan is for this to be a site for very high-end luxury accommodation with yachts ferrying people in expensive luxury across the water to the Marina Jetty.
Be that as it may, you can spend a good couple of hours wandering round here. No one lives on the island apart from a couple of foreign workers who plant and tend trees. And there are thousands of them (trees, not foreign workers: that’s Singapore!). A walk to the western beach will lead you to a massive nursery.
A generator plant spits at you as you step onto the island from the causeway, ignoring the sign that says no entry, construction site. A path past the generator hut leads up to the peak of a hill, but the vegetation is so thick, there is hardly a view to speak of, which is a pity.
The western part of the island, once Pulau Seringat, has an 800-metre stretch of beach. Apparently the sand came from Indonesia. The beach is a scalloped bay and quite lovely. On my visit, a luxury yacht bobbed off shore. I could have been on Butaritari or a Samoan atoll.
As with St John’s Island, there are reefs offshore but I suspect that much of its coral cover would have long since disappeared due to the massive sedimentation from the reclamation works.
Walk to the south, opposite Kusu Island, and wander along a lovely beach beneath cliffs and overhanging trees. Sadly, the effect is spoiled by rubbish probably from the thousands of ships that anchor off Singapore. Who knows!
Visiting Lazarus provides another reason to go to St John’s. Give yourself at least an hour or two to wander round. It is peaceful. The tree nursery workers in their shanty invited me in for tea. Great. After all, there is nowhere on these islands (apart from in the temple on Kusu) that you can buy drinks or snacks.