It has been a while since I woke up this early for a morning walk. After parking the car at the carpark in front of Changi Point Ferry Terminal, we walked to Changi Point Coastal Walk. When I turned back, I saw the sun shining through the cloud and the sea reflecting its light. Glad I brought my camera and managed to capture this lovely sight.
While walking towards the boardwalk, I heard the sounds of the otters. Yes, the otterly cute otters. I saw two otters on the beach. Before I could snap a few more pictures, they swam to the sea and disappeared.
After snapping a few photos, I began my little exploration of the Changi Point Coastal Walk. I have been to Changi Point couple of times for breakfast and also took the boat to Pulau Ubin but have not taken the coastal walk since the decking of the boardwalk. The boardwalk is open to the public 24 hours a day.
Changi was famous for its coconut plantations in the 1800s. It was a fashionable family retreat for picnics and beach parties. In 1926, the General Headquarters of the British Army drew plans to turn Changi into a base to station Royal Artillery batteries to protect the eastern approaches of the Johore Strait. The Changi Point area was mainly used for military barracks during that period. There were also recreational facilities like then RAF Officers’ Swimming Club, Changi Yacht Club and the Airmen’s Swimming Pool. Changi was like a holiday resort.
The Changi Point Coastal Walk (2.2 kilometres boardwalk) that hugs the northern coastline of Changi Point is made up of six distinct sections – Creek Walk, Beach Walk, Sailing Point Walk, Cliff Walk, Kelong Walk and Sunset Walk. I began my walk from Creek Walk which is on the east to the Sunset Walk at the western rocky coast near Changi Beach Club.
Creek Walk (280 metres) is the starting point of the walk where we can see bumboats ferrying people to and from the offshore islands like Pulau Ubin (an island of Singapore) and Pengerang (an island of Malaysia).
When I arrived at one of the huts, a lady angler just caught a fish. She did not look pleased with her catch perhaps it was a small fish.
The second section is the Beach Walk (660 metres) where we found fishing rods stuck in the sand and the anglers are relaxing by the beach. A relaxing way to spend a beautiful weekend morning.
As I continued walking, I saw a fisherman casting his net. Guess he was determined to catch some fishes.
Sailing Point Walk
We have reached the Sailing Point Walk (600 metres). We can see yachts anchored here as the Changi Sailing Club is located here. It began in 1936 as the Changi Garrison Yacht Club and was taken over by the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) in 1968 and became known as Changi Sailing Club in 1982.
This is my favourite section as I love seeing the sailing boats anchored out at the sea. Wish I could be out at sea on one of the sailing boats.
After Sailing Point Walk, we have reached the Cliff Walk (180 metres) which is a short walk up flights of stairs. The Cliff Walk follows the terrain and contours of the land.
From the viewing decks constructed along the walk, we have a nice view of the sailing boat anchor out at sea and panoramic views of the surroundings.
Leading from Cliff Walk, we have reached the Kelong Walk (200 metres) section. This stretch of the boardwalk extends into the sea, built above the water on kelong-like stilts, reminiscent of kelong days. Kelong is a Malay word describing offshore platform built predominantly with wood in the waters for fishing purposes.
On the boardwalk, I saw a few groups of fishing enthusiasts. They seemed like they have been camping there since the night before.
Along the shore is the Changi Beach Club which started as the Changi Swimming Club in 1972. Then it became a Proprietary Club of SCC and subsequently privatised in 1988 and renamed Changi Beach Club.
The Sunset Walk (120 metres), the western end of the Changi Point, is the last section of the boardwalk. As the name says, this is the place to enjoy a view of the sunset. I sat there, enjoyed the view, listened to the sound of the waves softly crashing against the rocks and breathing in the briny smell of the sea. Then I made my way back to the Ferry Terminal, capturing more photographs along the way.
Once again, I saw the fisherman still working hard on casting his net to catch some fishes.
Just before I headed to Changi Village for breakfast, I took a parting shot of the Changi Beach.
Singapore may be a highly urbanised city, as an island city-state, we are surrounded by beautiful and serene beaches. Changi beach is a nice place for fishing and to retreat from the hustle and bustle of life.
Hope you enjoyed the walk with me.
The Lowdown – Changi Point Ferry Terminal
Address: 51 Lorong Bekukong, Singapore 499172
Getting there: From Tanah Merah MRT Station, take Bus No 2 to Changi Bus Interchange
Coastal Walk Distance: 2.2 kilometres one-way
Access: 24 hours accessible by public
Time required: Two-way about two hours buffering time for rest and photo taking
For more information, go to www.nparks.gov.sg
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