Coney Island is one of the most scenic cycling routes in Singapore! The island is located off the northeastern coast of Singapore within the town of Punggol. Compared to Pulau Ubin, you don’t have to have the boat ride to enter Coney Island.
The best way to explore Coney Island is by bike, you can either cycle your own bike or renting a bike here. There are plenty of bike sharing in the park, such as Ofo, Mobike and oBike. There is also a bicycle rental shop at park before entering Coney Island. You can rent your bike from the shop if you have the bike sharing app.
Since Ofo bike sharing is having promotion this month, I have downloaded the app and enjoy the free ride for this month. Ofo does not need any deposit at all whereas oBike need a deposit of $49 and student get a discounted rate at $19. Yet to explore Mobike.
Scan to Ride
Entering the Coney Island from the West Entrance
Once you entered the Island, just follow the sign and navigate your jungle trail or beach trail. If you love beach, you can explore the beautiful beach trail. I choose the jungle trail simple it has more shades and very comfortable to ride under the rustic big trees and very windy.
Park Etiquette show no camping and no fishing
Main path is the path I choose, plenty of shades and you could enjoy the breeze while cycling!
Beware of you belongings – Monkey Thief
Before I enter Coney Island, a friendly runner told me to be careful of my belonging as there are monkeys in the island and may snatch the bag if I leave the bag at the front basket of the bike. So I have to hang my bag at the handle of the bike instead.
At the beach area in Coney Island
It was still very early, about 9 am plus and the beach is still quite empty, I believe it will get crowded later as it was a public holiday. The sun was already high up and it was scorching hot and unbearable for me.
You can park your bike aside and walk around the beach area. Try not the block the trail as some part of the trail can be quite narrow.
Some even brought along their own “Jeep” car to paddle, super cool.
History of Coney Island
The older name for Coney Island is called Pulau Serangoon or Serangoon Island. I prefer the new name Coney Island ! The island also once known as Har Par Island as it was owned by the Har Par brothers. The brother has built a villa in Coney Island back in the 1937 but now it looked like a haunted house as it felt into neglect after being damaged during the Japanese occupation.
Coney Island Park Habitat Enhancement Programme
There is a small garden in the middle of the island with plenty of endangered plant species, all planted by OCBC volunteered staffs partnered NPark staff. OCBC also donated a total of SGD 250,0000 fund to contribute and support this programme.
If you love gardening and plant, you will love this garden which sit right in the middle of Coney Island. Plants and trees are all well labelled.
Walking in the garden make me recall of my childhood days – when we don’t have interactive cyber games but interacting with the nature at parks and gardens which was part of the grown up process.
Bird Watching in Coney Island
More than 80 species of resident and migratory birds can be spotted at Coney Island Park and the surrounding forested area. The different habitats found in the park allow for the high diversity in bird species, thus making the park an ideal location for birdwatching.
This is a bird-watching hide. It provides partial cover so that you can observe wildlife, especially birds from a closer distance without them becoming alarmed by your presence. Didn’t spot any bird during my early visit to Coney Island.
If you encounter rain, you can always hide at the sheltered, spotted few shelter for bad weather.
Reach the other end of Coney Island
Bike is better than walking for sure!
It is really a better way to cycle to see Coney Island as it only took me 90 mins finish exploring the island. If you choose to walk, it may take up to 3 hours to explore the whole island as the island is quite big, about 50 hectares in size, that is about 50 football fields put together.
You can get your drinks or snacks from the Seven Eleven before entering Coney Island, at the Punggol Settlement as there is no water fountain in the island.
House of Seafood at Punggol Settlement
Toilet at Punggol Settlement – must go!
Use the toilet at Punggol Settlement before entering Coney Island as there is only one toilet at the East Entrance.
- How to get there: From Punggol interchange, take bus 84 to Punggol Point Park/Punggol Settlement. Walk about 500m east along the Punggol Promenade Nature Walk to get to Coney Island West Entrance.
- Operating hour : 7 am to 7 pm
- Admission : Free
Jalan Kayu Roti Prata
- Address: 258 Jln Kayu, Singapore 799487
- Hours: Open today · Open 24 hours
After the bike ride, it was about 10 am plus, we went to Jalan Kayu to have the famous Roti Prata, not sure these are the best in Jalan Kayu but the restaurant was full house but manage to find some seats. I found the curry is a bit salty but the Prata tasted fresh and crispy. Not sure if these are the best but I find it quite normal compare to the rest of the prata in Singapore. There is a open space public car park next to the restaurant so it is quite convenient.