Kusu Island is one of the Southern Islands in Singapore, located about 5.6 kilometres to the south of the main island of Singapore. The name Kusu means “Tortoise” or “Turtle” in Chinese; the island is also known as Peak Island or Pulau Tembakul in Malay. From two tiny outcrops on a reef, this island was enlarged and transformed into an island holiday resort of 85,000 square metres today.
Located on Kusu island is the popular Chinese temple – Da Bo Gong 大伯公 or Tua Pek Kong (Grand Uncle). Built in 1923 by a wealthy businessman, the temple houses two main deities – the Da Bo Gong and Guan Yin 观音 (Goddess of Mercy). The former is highly regarded as having the power to confer prosperity, cure diseases, calm the sea and avert danger, while Guan Yin is known as the ‘giver of sons’.
Each year during the ninth lunar month – sometime between September and November – thousands of devotees flock here for their annual Kusu Pilgrimage in the hope of good health, peace, happiness, good luck and prosperity.
On top of a rugged hillock stand three holy shrines to Malay Saints, or Kramats, built to commemorate 19th century pious man, Syed Abdul Rahman, his mother Nenek Ghalib and sister Puteri Fatimah. Many devotees climb the 152 steps to pray for wealth, good marriage, good health and harmony. The shrines are also popular with childless couples because of their strong links to fertility.
How to Go:
Getting to Kusu Island is by ferry provided by Singapore Island Cruise from Marina South Pier.
- Overnight stays are not permitted on Kusu Island.
- No advanced or prior bookings are needed for our daily scheduled ferry(s) unless you are doing a private charter. All you have to do is to come down to our ticketing booth before the ferry departs from Marina South Pier to get your tickets and you are good to go!
- Ferry will head to St John’s island first before going to Kusu Island
- Journey from Marina South Pier to St John’s island takes 30 minutes and 15 minutes from St John’s to Kusu.
1. Travel to Marina South Pier. 31 Marina Coastal Dr, Singpore 018988
2. Ticket for ferry
- Sale of tickets at Marina South Pier, Singapore Island Cruise & Ferry Services Pte Ltd.
- Ticketing booth closes at 3pm daily.
- Prices for a two way trip are fixed at $18 for adults and $12 for children aged 1 to 12 years old
3. Departure Time
– Departure Time From Marina South Pier To St John’s Island
Monday – Friday 10am, 2pm
Saturday 9am, 12pm, 3pm
Sunday & Public Holidays 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
– Departure From St John’s Island To Kusu Island
Monday – Friday 10.45am, 2.45pm
Saturday 9.45am, 12.45pm, 3.45pm
Sunday & Public Holidays 9.50am, 11.50am, 1.50pm, 3.50pm, 5.50pm
– Departure From Kusu Island To Marina South Pier
Monday – Friday 12nn, 4pm
Saturday 1.30am, 2.30pm, 4.30pm
Sunday & Public Holidays 10.15am, 12.15pm, 2.15pm, 4.15pm, 6.15pm