Discovering Singapore: Pasir Ris Park Mangrove Swamp Boardwalk

One of the activities we try to carry out during the school holiday is to go for green walks. Good for our mind, eyes and body. We have visited the 5-hectare Pasir Ris Park Mangrove Swamp a couple of times over the last couple of years and would like to share with you our most recent experience.

Pasir Ris Park Mangrove Swamp

Pasir Ris Park Mangrove Swamp is one of the only 2 mangrove swamps conserved in Singapore. There are a couple of entrances into the mangrove swamp. We like to enter from the entrance near Carpark C, as shown in the photo below. It is also the most accessible from Pasir Ris MRT Station. The boardwalk is small, and we typically take less than 30 minutes to complete our stroll. However, for avid photographers whom I saw many in the park, they can spend the entire day there just so to capture stunning pictures of the beautiful creatures and birds living in the mangrove swamp.

According to the experts, this mangrove patch risks having the salinity of the soil flushed out. The more aggressive freshwater species will invade the patch once the salinity declines. It is essential for seawater to flood the swamp during high tides so that the swamp and the living organisms living there continue to strive.

In our last visit, we spotted 2 tall white birds standing tall on trees along Sungei Tampines. They looked like cranes, but since I know nothing about birds, I shan’t comment here. My amateur Samsung Galaxy S8 could not take any decent photo of the birds at all, so I don’t bother showing any here.

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One of the many entrances into the mangrove swamp.
Well-maintained boardwalks so that you can comfortably walk around the mangrove swamp without getting yourself muddy.

Crabs, mudskippers, molluscs, hermit crabs are familiar sights on the mud. We didn’t spot the Singapore Vinegar Crab though. These crab climb trees during high tides to avoid predators from hunting them down.
We were lucky to spot a monitor lizard! The animal was aware of our existence. We had to stay very quiet so that we would not frighten it anyway.
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As we approached Sungei Tampines, the water level in the mangrove swamp rose.
Sungei Tampines
Trees along Sungei Tampines are home to 4 species of mangrove water snakes. These include the venomous Shore Pit Viper, Dog-faced Water Snake, Gerard’s Water Snake, Crab-Eating Water Snake and the Cantor’s Water Snake.

We didn’t spot any snake, and even if we did get to see any, we would likely freak out instead of appreciating these animals. If you are keen for an educational visit around the swamp, contact Naked Hermit Crab for a free tour during the school holidays. Click here for details.

3-storey high Bird Watching Tower

A view from the top

Getting there.

This place is amazingly near the HBD flats and Pasir Ris MRT Station. You are likely to reach the park within 15 minutes by foot. Click here for map.

Stay Safe

Apply insect repellant* on your little ones, every 30 minutes if you are using natural ingredients.

Wear covered shoes and stay on the boardwalk.

Bring along your raincoat* as there are limited shelters in the mangrove swamp. Get out of the mangrove swamp during a thunderstorm.

Bring some snacks and water for your little ones if you are exploring the rest of the park. The nearest food vending machine is 15 minutes walk away, located near the playground near Carpark D.

Click on this link if you are keen to visit the mangrove swamp to catch a glimpse of a particular species living there. Different species are active or become visible at different times of the day.

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