Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Lazarus Island


Lazarus Island is also known as Pulau Sakijang Pelepah; literally translated, 'sa' means one, 'kijang' means barking deer, 'pelepah' is a palm frond. Put together, it means 'Island of One Barking Deer and Palms'. There are no Barking Deer on the island but there sure is a variety of palms.

The island is situated to the south of Singapore, between St. John’s Island and Kusu Island. Reclamation works have combined Pulau Seringat to the north of Lazarus Island, making the total area to be about 47 ha. Lazarus Island is also linked to St. John’s Island by a paved bridge.

On the eastern coastline of Lazarus Island lies a natural sandy beach, one of the few that is still remaining in Singapore. At low tides, one can venture onto the reefs on the eastern and southern side of the island, where it is teeming with marine life. However, much of its coral cover has been lost due to the high rates of sedimentation from reclamation works in the area. A natural cliff and rocky shore is also present on the southern side of the island. The Sea Fig (Ficus superba), a rare large tree, and the Pelir Musang (Fagraea auriculata), a very rare shrub, grow around these rocky cliffs. One individual of the nationally critically endangered Bonduc Nut (Caesalpinia bonduc) is also found on this island. Animals that can be found on this island include the Gold-ringed Cat Snake (Boiga dendrophila melanota).

Getting there

There are no public ferries to Lazarus Island but one can take the public ferry from Marina South Pier to St. John’s Island and take a short walk over to Lazarus Island. Schedules and fares for this ferry service can be found here. Alternatively, a private boat can be chartered to get to Lazarus Island.

Other Resources

Reef Ecology Study Team, NUS. Lazarus Island. http://coralreef.nus.edu.sg/island/lazarus.htm. (Accessed October 2012).


Ng, P. K. L., H. T. W. Tan & K.K.P. Lim, 2011. The Living Dead. Pp. 103. In: Ng, P. K. L., R. T. Corlett & H. T. W. Tan (editors), Singapore Biodiversity. An Encyclopedia of the Natural Environment and Sustainable Development, Editions Didier Millet, Singapore, 552 pp.

Tan, H.T.W., L.M. Chou, D.C.J. Yeo & P.K.L. Ng, 2010. The Natural Heritage of Singapore (Third Edition). Pearson Education South Asia Pte Ltd. 323 pp.

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