View of Lazarus Island from the sky

A guide to exploring Lazarus Island

Tired of being stuck in Singapore? Are you looking for a quick and secluded escape? Or are you just sick of always going to Sentosa or East Coast Park for when you want to do a beach outing? There is a solution for you at Lazarus Island!

This little known island has a pristine beach that is perfect for anyone looking to get their Vitamin D fix. The best part is that it’s located just 30 minutes away from mainland Singapore!

Top view of Lazarus Island with Singapore in the background
Bird’s eye view of Lazarus Island Beach.
Visitors playing on the beach.
Lazarus Island Bay.

Lazarus Island is very near Kusu Island, another popular tourist destination. I did not get to visit during my trip there due to the fixed time slots of the ferry.

Kusu Island

You can walk over to Seringat Island from the beach to get an amazing view of Singapore’s downtown skyline.

View of Singapore skyline from Seringat Island
Tiny offshoot from Seringat Island

How to get to Lazarus Island

Ferry from Singapore to St John’s Island

To get to Lazarus Island, you need to take a ferry from Marina South Pier. The pier is connected by an MRT station on the North South Line.

The ferry ride from mainland Singapore to St. John’s Island is about 30 minutes. You can pre-purchase your tickets on Klook and just collect them from the booths when you’re at the ferry terminal.

At the time of writing, it’s $13.59 for a round-trip weekday ticket and $14.45 for a round-trip weekend ticket.

The tickets include a trip over to Kusu Island and Sister’s Island (closed until October 2021) if you’re interested in exploring more islands!

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Marina South Ferry Terminal.
Ferry company booths.

Please check the timetable for the day before planning your trip! The timings are different between weekdays and weekends.

If you’re heading only to Lazarus Island, get off at SJI (St John’s Island).

Weekend ferry schedule.
Bridge to ferry.
Leaving mainland Singapore!

St. John’s Island to Lazarus Island

The 2 islands are connected via a causeway. It takes about 5 minutes to reach the causeway and another 10 minutes to reach the Lazarus beach from the jetty.

Causeway linking St John’s Island and Lazarus Island.

The causeway is unsheltered and it can get scorching hot. Come prepared with an umbrella and sunscreen to avoid getting sunburnt!

From the causeway, you can overlook the jetty.

Things to bring

  • Sunscreen. It gets really hot there!
  • Umbrella. To block the sun and rain.
  • Insect Repellant. I got bitten by the mosquitoes quite a bit.
  • Food and water. There are no shops or potable water on the islands. Be sure to pack enough to sustain yourself!

Toilets

This is a valid concern when you’re visiting the island! Lazarus Island itself does not have any toilets.

However, there are toilets in the nearby islands which are just a few minutes of walk away.

Seringat Island

There is a toilet at Seringat Island which is just a 5-10 minutes walk away from the beach. The toilet is located near a very prominent private jetty.

St. John’s Island

St. John’s Island is slightly more developed than the other mentioned islands.

There are 2 public toilets on the island. 1 near the causeway and 1 nearer to the jetty. There are shower facilities available in both toilets. This is good news for those looking to clean themselves after a day of playing at the beach.

Coming back from the causeway, you can see clear signage that points you to both toilets.

Closing thoughts

Lazarus Island is a hidden gem in Singapore. I did not know of its existence until very recently when I was searching for more nature spots in the country.

I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.


Looking for more outdoor activities?

Check out the recently opened Railway Corridor (central portion)! It makes for a great outdoor activity for the entire family.

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