Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Sisters Islands


The Sisters Islands consist of two islands: Big Sister’s Island and Small Sister’s Island, also known as Subar Laut, and Subar Darat respectively. Big Sister’s Island is 3.9 ha, while Small Sister’s Island is 1.7 ha.

Each of the two Sisters’ Islands has its own jetty and are not connected.They are separated by a narrow but deep channel with strong currents. Swimming in this channel is dangerous but there are designated swimming lagoons on each of the two islands. Visitors can also have a picnic and camp overnight on the island, although a permit is required overnight camping. Do take note however, that there are many Long-tailed Macaques (Macaca fascicularis) on the island and visitors should never leave their food and belongings unattended.

Both these islands are surrounded by coral reefs teeming with marine life. Many large hard corals can be seen around the islands and among the reefs. One may find the Tiger-tailed Seahorse (Hippocampus comes), the Ocellaris Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) living amongst the tentacles of the Giant Carpet Anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea), Featherstars (Class Crinoidea), the endangered Clear Sundial Snail (Architectonica perspectiva), and Fluted Giant Clam (Tridacna squamosa), among many other marine creatures.

Getting there

There is no regular ferry to Sisters’ Islands and access is only by private boat charter. Boats can be chartered from Marina South Pier.

Other Resources

Sentosa. 2011. Sisters’ Islands & Pulau Hantu. http://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/nature/southern-islands/sisters-islands-pulau-hantu/. (Accessed October 2012).

Tan, R. Wild Shores of Singapore. http://wildshores.blogspot.com/. (Accessed October 2012).

Tan, R. 2003. Wild Singapore. http://www.wildsingapore.com/. (Accessed October 2012).

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