Kusu Pilgrimage Season 2022
This year’s Kusu Pilgrimage Season (KPS) will take place from 26 September to 24 October 2022.
2 In 2020 and 2021, Safe Management Measures (SMMs) were put in place in accordance with the prevailing COVID-19 situation for members of the public who wanted to visit Kusu Island for the KPS. This year, in line with Singapore’s public health measures, all SMMs for group size, mask-wearing, safe distancing, and capacity limits will be lifted for visitors to Kusu Island. However, vaccination-differentiated SMMs will remain for diners at the Food Centre.
3 There will also be no limit to the number of visitors to Kusu Island per day, nor limits to the number of passengers on ferries to the island. The first ferry will depart from Marina South Pier at 7am daily on weekdays, and 6.30am on weekends and public holidays. The last ferry will depart from Marina South Pier at 5pm and leave Kusu Island at 7pm daily.
4 Visitors who wish to visit Kusu Island during the KPS can purchase a ferry ticket via the website of Singapore Island Cruise & Ferry Services Pte Ltd (SIC), the appointed ferry operator, at https://islandcruise.com.sg/online-booking/, the QR code below, or at SIC’s KPS counter at Marina South Pier. The link and QR code can also be found on SLA’s website. Please select “Kusu Pilgrimage 2022”.
5 Upon completion of the purchase, SIC will send a confirmation email to the purchaser. The confirmation email must be shown at the counter of the ferry operator, Singapore Island Cruise & Ferry Services Pte Ltd, located at Marina South Pier, to obtain the ferry tickets. During the KPS 2022, all regular ferry services to St John’s Island will not stop by Kusu Island on its return trip to Marina South Pier.Please refer to the Annex for information on ferry services.
6 As weekends are a popular period during the KPS, visitors are advised to visit Kusu Island on weekdays. They are also advised to stay home if feeling unwell. Visitors are advised to bring their own water and to wear comfortable attire and shoes to walk around the island. Overnight stays and bringing of pets to Kusu island are not permitted.
Status of Kusu Island Keramat
7 A fire broke out at the keramat on Kusu Island on 17 April 2022. The fire was quickly extinguished, and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated by SCDF.
8 The keramat caretaker is currently erecting temporary tentages to ensure the keramat is open for visits during the KPS. Visitors to Kusu Island during the KPS can also visit the Da Bo Gong Temple and the rest of the island.
9 For the safety of the public, the set of stairs which visitors usually use to ascend to the keramat is closed. However, visitors will be able to use the alternate staircase which is about 50m away. Signs will be put up to facilitate way-finding at the foot of the hill. There will also be a limit of 5 to 6 persons in the keramat at a time.
Public Transportation to Marina South Pier
10 Members of the public are advised to use public transportation to get to Marina South Pier because of limited parking lots. Visitors can either take SBS Transit Bus 400 directly to Marina South Pier or take the MRT to Marina South Pier MRT station. As the Marina South Pier carpark will not be available on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays during this period, free shuttle buses will run between The Meadows Car Park at Gardens by the Bay, and Marina South Pier from 6am to 8pm, every 15 to 20 minutes on weekends and public holidays.
11 Members of the public who have queries can contact SLA via the online feedback form on the SLA website, or at the QR code below.
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The Singapore Land Authority
16 September 2022
About Kusu Pilgrimage
One of Singapore’s Southern Islands, Kusu Island is home to the popular Da Bo Gong Temple and the “keramat” built to commemorate the 19th century pious man Syed Abdul Rahman, his mother Nenek Ghalib and sister Puteri Fatimah. Every year during the Ninth Lunar Month, tens of thousands of devotees make their way to Kusu Island for the annual Kusu Pilgrimage. This year’s Kusu Pilgrimage period is from 26 September to 24 October 2022.
Ferry operator for KPS 2022
Singapore Island Cruise & Ferry Services Pte Ltd
No. 31 Marina Coastal Drive, #01 – 04, Marina South Pier
Tel: 6534 9339, Fax: 6534 9119
Ferry Fares Adult
Ferry Fares Child (Ages 1 – 12)
$16 (Monday to Friday)
$18 (Weekends and Public Holidays)
$12 (Monday to Friday, Weekends and Public Holidays