Noordin beach is located north of Pulau Ubin 3.2km away by road from Ubin jetty ends. On bicycle, the trip requires some cycling uphill which have already caused some nasty accidents. The view at the beach is marred by fences, built by the Ministry of Home affairs aka “Home team” to keep out illegal immigrants seeking jobs during the previous Asian financial crisis.
Noordin beach is popular among anglers and campers with its one kilometer stretch of deserted beach best visited during low tide.
Noordin beach is in danger of disappearing due to soil erosion, caused largely by boat wake from fast moving ferries plying between Johore Bahru and Indonesia Bintan Island. The ferries has reduced their speeds, but damage continues as we would hear occasional loud roars of their engines as they sped past.
Swimming is allowed at Noordin beach. NEA has declared our beaches safe for swimming due to their acceptable low fecal count but the public is still advised “to avoid touching mouth/eyes with their hands which were in contact with sand/water”, meaning do not snorkel or put your head under water.
Filter feeders such as green mussels and other bi-valves, which thrive in pristine waters, were common in the past but are now becoming rare, indicating continuing presence of other pollutants and effluents still being discharged into open sea.
20 Mar 12. Thousands of dead fish seen at Pasir Ris riverbank.
History of Jalan Noordin
Jalan Noordin derives its name from Kg. Noordin whose inhabitants have since moved out. Among its inhabitants were Orang Lauts who are nomadic fisher-folks, with their kampungs built on stilts at edges of river mouths.
Most features of Kg. Noordin has been obliterated. A contractor who illegally flattened the area for soil reclamation was forced by the Government to refill it back to its original height, unfortunately with weak marine clay.
Noordin beach is probably the most known spooky place, with ghost stories that are passed on orally from one generation of kids to another. The Nparks toilet at the knoll was once a seafood restaurant. A Chinese burning tower is next to it, its dome glowing eerily on a moonlight. There is the so-called blue house where a ghostly apparition was seen which is just a house with its doors painted blue, the lady of the house has a habit of brushing her hair by the window.
Noordin beach is accessible via Jalan Noordin which cuts through a vast interior wetlands. Crocodiles once lurked there, Ubin village centenarian headman, who have since passed away, recalled a person who was attacked and killed by a croc when Singapore was then Japanese occupied Syonan-to. The bridge where the accident happen would be flooded when tides reach 3.3 metres in height but is safe to cross however.
The swamp is home to rarely seen otters and its location known to Nature society people. Its proximity to the beach makes the whole area buzzing with biting insects so repellents are necessary to endure them.