The Island of Pulau Ubin boasts of a variety of ecosystems in and as one. Coastal Forests, Mangroves, Seagrass Lagoons, Tidal Flats – both mud & sand and Coral rubble, where even rocky shores and sandy beaches co-exist.More than the ‘exploring on a cycle’, it was the walk through these shady mangroves that I enjoyed the most on this island. Maybe it was because I was coming from the country of the Sundarbans or my counting The Hungry Tide and Midnight's Children amongst my favorite books. I admit that ‘mangroves’ did hold a certain fascination for me even before I ever saw them for real. But the experience of walking through a mangrove forest, where the sun-rays play hide and seek with you as you hear and feel the distant breeze from the surrounding sea, definitely heightened that fascination.Found in calm waters of low salinity, the Nipah Palm is the only true mangrove palm. Like the other palms, it is tapped for its sap that is fermented to make alcohol. While its mature fronds are used for thatching roofs & are also woven into mats & baskets. Locally, though, its most recognizable use is its edible seed.Only a short boat ride away, this island has a lot to offer and is totally worth the time!
This trip was originally published on Map in My Pocket.