These are the bumboats that took us to Pulau Ubin look like. According to Wikipedia A bumboat is a small boat used to ferry supplies to ships moored away from the shore. Originally referring to a scavenger’s boat, the name comes from the combination of the Dutch word for a canoe—”boomschuit” (“boom” meaning “tree”), and “boat”. But In Singapore the term “bumboat” is applied to small water taxis and boats that take tourists on short tours.

Bumboat comes in different sizes. Some bumboats have windows and some don’t. In that case be prepared to have raincoat or umbrella handy when it rains and when you are in it 🙂 The trip to Ubin is quite short and pleasant. It only takes less than 15 minutes to the island and costs $2.50/person/trip (USD 2.00). The boat will leave with 12 people and boat operator will collect the money in the boat before leaving.  Bumboats operate from 6 am to 8 pm, so make sure that you don’t miss that last boat out of the island.

bumboats

As you can see from the inside of the boat out.
As you can see from the inside of the boat out.
some boats are partially covered by tarpaulin when it rains.
some boats are partially covered by tarpaulin when it rains.

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