Chances are, Changi Beach Park isn’t the first to spring to mind when one thinks of eastern beachside parks in Singapore. With 3.3km of white sandy beaches, quiet fishing spots, and the only avenue to Pulau Ubin, Changi Beach Park is great quieter alternative to crowd-favourites like East Coast Park or Pasir Ris Beach.
Enjoy a pleasant breeze whilst coasting down the 3km-long cycling track with your family. You can rent bike from one of the 3 rental stations peppered along the park’s stretch, or bring your own scooters or roller skates instead for a change.
Or, use the cycling and jogging tracks to snap some cute pics of your doggo.
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Fitness buffs, there’s the Eastern Coastal Loop to conquer. This 42km trail is one of the best long-distance cycling routes in Singapore, connecting to Pasir Ris Town Park via Bedok Reservoir. Alternatively, feel free to end your journey at East Coast Park instead, where you can conveniently return your rented bikes at the rental stations there.
Take a pic with the Inscription Of The Island sculpture, whose creator envisioned it to be a guide for ships in a mythical civilisation.
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Toilets and water coolers are easily accessible, and you’ll even find amenities such as showers and lockers at the park.
With a string of pavilions, benches, and shelters, the park makes for a great picnic stop.
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If a peaceful respite is what you’re after, have a stop along the promontory to soak in the coastal view. Lay a mat, bring a deckchair, or simply lay underneath the coconut trees as you slow down and regain some zen. You can also watch fishermen boats drifting by, reminiscent of kampung days.
For an awe-inspiring sight, make sure to catch the sunset or sunrise against the backdrop of the sea.
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You might catch a glimpse of Pulau Ubin from the western side of the park – Changi Coastal End – that sits near Changi Village. In fact, you can even step foot onto the island by taking a 10-minute bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal. If you’ve never ventured to Pulau Ubin before, here’s your chance to do so, as this is the only route to the island from the mainland.
Fees are currently $4/pax for a 1-way ticket, with an additional $2 to bring a bicycle on board.
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National Day isn’t the only opportunity to watch overhead aircraft glide through the clouds. Situated close to Changi Airport, aviation fans can camp out near the Changi Coast Track and plane-gaze away. We hear that watching from Carpark 4 has the best views.
As with most beaches, you’d expect to meet some friendly sea creatures, and Changi Beach does not disappoint. The sea recedes greatly here during low tide – that’s the most opportune time to go on an intertidal walk, as there are wide stretches of exposed sea bed to explore.
Keep an eye out for hermit crabs, clams, molluscs, jellyfish, and even eels, anemones, and stingrays nestled within the pools of water across the beach.
A sea cucumber – gentle reminder not to pick up or disturb the sea creatures as their ecosystems are fragile.
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You’ll find a string of fishing spots along the coastline here, with the areas around Changi Point Bridge frequented by anglers. Apparently, fish farmers load and unload fish in this area during the day, making it a great location for nighttime fishing. There’s also a number of tackle shops in nearby Changi Village selling fishing equipment.
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Otherwise, camp out with your fishing rod along most of the shoreline, especially in the beach areas in proximity to the various car parks. The area down to CAFHI Marine Jetty is also popular with anglers, with the authorities installing rod holders into the metal railings in response.
If you’ve pulled up a haul of fish, enjoy them fresh from the sea by grilling them at the BBQ pits in the vicinity. These are $16 each to use for the day and can be booked through the NParks website.
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With the present tranquillity of the beach, it’s strange to think that this very strip of land was in fact subject to violence and terror only a few decades ago. On 20th February 1942, 66 Chinese males were lined up along the beach and shot by the Japanese military – the first killings of the Sook Ching massacre. This has been marked by a plaque, which one can view at the beach.
End the day off with some hearty takeaway meals at Changi Village, located just a stone’s throw from Changi Coastal End.
The Nasi Lemak at International Muslim Food Stall Nasi Lemak is a particularly popular choice.
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You’ll find a range of food outlets to suit your fancy, including hawker centres, small pubs, cafes, and restaurants.
With a rich history and an abundance of activities to do, Changi Beach Park is a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of our everyday life.
Address: Nicoll Drive, Singapore 498991
Opening hours: 24 hours, Daily (Park Lighting Hours: 7pm-7am)
Bus services: 109, 19, 2, 59, 89, 9
You may also park at Changi Beach Car Parks 1 to 7
Yes, swimming is allowed in open waters around Singapore. Just be sure to take precautions such as not venturing too far out and swimming during slack tide – an hour before high or low tide – so that you’re not caught in an undertow.
It is open 24 hours, daily.
The National Parks (NParks) Board.
Changi Beach Park and East Coast Park are connected by the Coastal Park Connector Network.
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Cover image adapted from: @lsljojo, @brynnerjananto & @travelynsaroundtheworld via Instagram, Marcus Ng via Facebook
Originally published on 5th August 2021. Last updated by Raewyn Koh on 26th September 2023.
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