Changi Beach Intertidal Walk

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The waters around Singapore are still teeming with marine life. Sea grass, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, sea stars, crabs – thereโ€™s plenty to see and discover at suitably low tide!
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๐Ÿ– Coastal area affected by tides is called intertidal zone. Many interesting plants & animals here!

๐Ÿ’ก Did you know?

๐ŸŒŠ Singapore has 2 low tides & 2 high tides a day. Height of tide differs every day. High & low tides don’t happen at same time every day, the highest & lowest tide levels change daily too!

โญ Which to visit?

โ–ซ๏ธVisit at low tides < 0.5m

โ–ซ๏ธLower the tide = more shore exposed = see wider variety of shorelife!

โ–ซ๏ธBest to visit with outgoing tide. Aim to reach ~1hr before low tide then follow tide down to lowest level. The water is also clearer as tide falls.

๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ Which Part

๐Ÿ“Changi Carpark 6 – Sandy shores
โ–ซ๏ธCan be explored at tides of <0.4m

๐Ÿ“Changi Carpark 7 – Seagrass meadows
โ–ซ๏ธMuch lower tides are needed here
โ–ซ๏ธOnly a narrow portion of meadows exposed at tide of about 0.2m

๐ŸŒŠ Check tide Level:

โ–ซ๏ธ Changi tide tables available online e.g. https://www.csc.org.sg/seasports/tide-tables/ ๐ŸŒค ๐‘ช๐’‰๐’†๐’„๐’Œ ๐‘พ๐’†๐’‚๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“: Visit on a clear day!

๐Ÿ‘•:
โ–ซ๏ธComfortable clothes
โ–ซ๏ธLong pants that cover all skin to protect against stinging animals
โ–ซ๏ธWindbreaker/cardigan (may be cold & windy in morn/evening)
โ–ซ๏ธCotton gloves

๐Ÿฅพ: Water booties/covered shoes. NO barefoot!
๐ŸŽ’: Water, sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, spare clothes, extra footwear, beach toys, raincoat/poncho, torch & waterproof bags for valuables & dirty items after.
๐Ÿ‘ถ: Bring baby carrier if bringing baby along!
๐Ÿ‘€ Walk slowly & watch where you step
โ›” Do not climb rocks (slippery with algae & covered with sharp barnacles!)

โœ… Recommended – Join a guided walk for better experience & to learn about shores.

Photo Reel

๐Ÿ– ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ญ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ
The coastal area affected by the tides is called the intertidal zone. Here, you can find many interesting plants and animals not found elsewhere!

๐Ÿ’ก ๐——๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„?
๐ŸŒŠ Singapore has 2 low tides & 2 high tides a day. Height of tide differs every day. High & low tides don't happen at the same time every day, & the highest & lowest tide level change daily too!

๐—š๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ธ๐˜€
๐Ÿ‘Best to visit a shore with an experienced and trained guide!
โ–ซ๏ธGuides are familiar with the terrain & the seasons of the shores.
โ–ซ๏ธThey can show you more during the short window of low tide, tell you more about what you see, so you can learn more!

If you wish to visit on your own, here are some tips for you!

๐ŸŒž ๐˜พ๐™๐™š๐™˜๐™  ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง - Visit on a clear day!
โ–ซ๏ธ Immediately evacuate to a park shelter in the event of lightning and rain โ›ˆ

๐ŸŒŠ ๐™’๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ซ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฉ?
โ–ซ๏ธAt low tides <0.5m. Check relevant tide tables (available online). โ–ซ๏ธLower the tide = more shore exposed = wider variety of shorelife can be seen! โ–ซ๏ธBest to visit with outgoing tide. Try to reach about an hour before low tide then follow tide down to lowest level. The water is also clearer as tide falls.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด?

๐Ÿ‘•:
โ–ซ๏ธWear comfortable clothes
โ–ซ๏ธWindbreaker/cardigan (may be cold & windy in morning/evening)
โ–ซ๏ธIf you're going to be wading in water, wear long pants that cover all skin to protect against jellyfish and other small stinging, drifting animals
โ–ซ๏ธA pair of cotton gloves would be helpful

๐Ÿฅพ: Wear water booties or covered shoes. Do NOT go barefoot on the shores!

๐ŸŽ’: Bring water, sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, spare clothes, extra footwear, raincoat/poncho, torch, beach toys & waterproof bags for valuables & dirty items after.

๐Ÿ‘ถ: Bring baby carrier if bringing baby along!

We got our aquashoes from Decathlon- affordable and good! They have baby sizes too!

Bring along beach toys to keep the little ones entertained while waiting for the tide to recede!

๐Ÿ—บ ๐™’๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š? We did our intertidal walks at Changi beach

๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™˜๐™ ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ?
๐Ÿ“Changi Carpark 6 @ Sandy shores nearby

๐Ÿ“Changi Carpark 7 @ Seagrass meadows nearby

๐ŸŒŠ ๐™ƒ๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™˜๐™๐™š๐™˜๐™  ๐˜พ๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™ž ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™™๐™š ๐™ก๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ก?
Changi tide tables available online
e.g. https://www.csc.org.sg/seasports/tide-tables/

๐ŸŒŠ Sandy shores nearby Changi Carpark 6 can be explored at tides of 0.4m and below

๐ŸŒŠ Much lower tides needed for intertidal walk at Seagrass meadows nearby Changi Carpark 7
โ–ซ๏ธOnly a narrow portion of the meadows are exposed at a tide of about 0.2m

๐Ÿšป Toilet facilities are a distance away at a separate toilet block near open carparks. You can also find vending machines here.
๐Ÿ’ฆ There is a wash area outside for washing up!

โญ Now we are going to show you some of the interesting creatures that we encountered.

Try spotting them during your visit! ๐Ÿ”

๐—ง๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐˜€
As the tide recedes, look out for tiny tubes sticking out from the sand! They are homes to tubeworms, made with mucus (worm snot, yikes!), mixed in sand, bits of shells or other debris.

๐Ÿฆ€ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐˜€
We saw many little holes on the beach with tiny sand balls near the openings. The sand bubbler crabs are responsible for them!

These crabs live in burrows in the sand. They feed by filtering sand through their mouthparts, leaving behind balls of sand!

โšช ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ ๐—จ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป
This cute white fluffy ball is actually a white sea urchin! This urchin has a habit of grabbing pieces of seaweed, shell or pebbles with its tube feet and covering itself. This may act as camouflage and protect it from predators and the sun.

๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ ๐—ฆ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜
๐Ÿ’ฆ It has bands of muscles along its body. When its muscles constrict, water squirts out (thus its name)! It does this when disturbed, or to get rid of wastes.

๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ธ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ
We found so many of them in the intertidal zone!

๐Ÿ’กDid you know? Sea cucumbers vomit parts of the gut in order to scare and defend against potential predators!

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐˜€
๐Ÿš Hermit crabs can't grow their own shells. They use empty snail shells or other hollow objects as a shelter for protection!

๐—›๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐˜€
๐Ÿ’ก Did you know? Horseshoe crabs have been around for more than 300 million years, making them even older than dinosaurs!

We had many other crab sightings too!

โญ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ
Many sea stars can purposely drop off an arm if it feels threatened. This is how they might escape the jaws of a predator, or if a stone should accidentally trap an arm. Best to leave them alone!

โญ ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ
We also found a tiny brittle star! Brittle stars are not sea stars. Unlike sea stars, brittle stars have very flexible and long arms attached to a small central disk. Most brittle stars are much smaller than sea stars, although some have very long arms!

โšช ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐——๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€
They got their name because they resemble a one-dollar coin. They are so flat and appear lifeless. It is hard to believe that these are living creatures!

๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐—น๐˜‚๐—ด
Basically, sea slugs are snails๐ŸŒ without shells!

๐—˜๐—ด๐—ด ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐˜€๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น ๐Ÿš
Some drills lay clusters of bright yellow egg capsules on hard surfaces. Each egg capsule may contain 20-40 eggs. The egg capsules turn purple when the free-swimming larvae hatch!

๐—˜๐—ด๐—ด ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น
The spiral melongena snail is responsible for the strange yellow zipper-like egg capsules that are often encountered on rocks and other hard surfaces. The young hatch as miniature snails with a shell and a foot.

๐Ÿงฝ ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ
Sponges are animals and not plants! Many small animals live inside sponges. Some can cause skin irritation so avoid handling them!

๐—๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐˜†๐—ณ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต
๐Ÿ’ก Despite their name, jellyfish aren't actually fishโ€”they're invertebrates, or animals with no backbones!

Here, the children were checking out a dead eel. The sun had set and it got really dark!

๐Ÿ”ฆ Bring a powerful torch for early morning or evening visits!

Apart from the interesting sea creatures, we also found the shore littered with trash! Trash on the beach is often washed back into the oceans when the tide rises back up, causing harm to marine life.

โœ… ๐™ƒ๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™๐™š๐™ก๐™ฅ?
โ–ซ๏ธThrow our litter in designated bins.
โ–ซ๏ธEven better, bring along trash bags, gloves and tongs to help in beach cleanup! Our little ones collected the trash enthusiastically and the bag was filled up in no time!

Each cleanup action counts towards a cleaner world! ๐Ÿ˜‰

๐—™๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐˜€:
๐Ÿ‘€ Walk slowly & watch where you put your foot. Minimize impact!

โ›” Do not climb rocks (slippery with algae & covered with sharp barnacles!)

๐‘ท๐’๐’‚๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’๐’†๐’™๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’‚๐’„๐’‰ ๐’‚๐’…๐’—๐’†๐’๐’•๐’–๐’“๐’† ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’‡๐’‚๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’š ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‡๐’“๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’…๐’” ๐’๐’๐’˜! โค

To learn more about Singapore's tides, check out: http://www.wildsingapore.com/wildfacts/concepts/tides.htm

๐Ÿ– ๐˜พ๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™ž ๐˜ฝ๐™š๐™–๐™˜๐™ ๐™„๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™™๐™–๐™ก ๐™’๐™–๐™ก๐™  - ๐˜ฝ๐™š๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š, ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ!

๐Ÿ– ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ญ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ The coastal area affected by the tides is called the intertidal zone. Here, you can find many...

๐Ÿ’ก ๐——๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„? ๐ŸŒŠ Singapore has 2 low tides & 2 high tides a day. Height of tide differs...

๐—š๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ธ๐˜€ ๐Ÿ‘Best to visit a shore with an experienced and trained guide! โ–ซ๏ธGuides are familiar with the terrain &...

If you wish to visit on your own, here are some tips for you! ๐ŸŒž ๐˜พ๐™๐™š๐™˜๐™  ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง - Visit on...

๐ŸŒŠ ๐™’๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ซ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฉ? โ–ซ๏ธAt low tides

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด? ๐Ÿ‘•: โ–ซ๏ธWear comfortable clothes โ–ซ๏ธWindbreaker/cardigan (may be cold & windy in morning/evening) โ–ซ๏ธIf you're going...

We got our aquashoes from Decathlon- affordable and good! They have baby sizes too!

Bring along beach toys to keep the little ones entertained while waiting for the tide to recede!

๐Ÿ—บ ๐™’๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š? We did our intertidal walks at Changi beach ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™˜๐™ ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ? ๐Ÿ“Changi Carpark 6 @ Sandy shores nearby...

๐ŸŒŠ Sandy shores nearby Changi Carpark 6 can be explored at tides of 0.4m and below

๐ŸŒŠ Much lower tides needed for intertidal walk at Seagrass meadows nearby Changi Carpark 7 โ–ซ๏ธOnly a narrow portion of...

๐Ÿšป Toilet facilities are a distance away at a separate toilet block near open carparks. You can also find vending...

โญ Now we are going to show you some of the interesting creatures that we encountered. Try spotting them during...

๐—ง๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐˜€ As the tide recedes, look out for tiny tubes sticking out from the sand! They are homes to tubeworms,...

๐Ÿฆ€ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐˜€ We saw many little holes on the beach with tiny sand balls near the openings. The...

โšช ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ ๐—จ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป This cute white fluffy ball is actually a white sea urchin! This urchin has a habit...

๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ ๐—ฆ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐Ÿ’ฆ It has bands of muscles along its body. When its muscles constrict, water squirts out (thus its...

๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ธ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ We found so many of them in the intertidal zone! ๐Ÿ’กDid you know? Sea cucumbers vomit...

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐˜€ ๐Ÿš Hermit crabs can't grow their own shells. They use empty snail shells or...

๐—›๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐˜€ ๐Ÿ’ก Did you know? Horseshoe crabs have been around for more than 300 million years, making them even...

We had many other crab sightings too!

โญ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ Many sea stars can purposely drop off an arm if it feels threatened. This is how they...

โญ ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ We also found a tiny brittle star! Brittle stars are not sea stars. Unlike sea stars, brittle...

โšช ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐——๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€ They got their name because they resemble a one-dollar coin. They are so flat and appear lifeless....

๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐—น๐˜‚๐—ด Basically, sea slugs are snails๐ŸŒ without shells!

๐—˜๐—ด๐—ด ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐˜€๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น ๐Ÿš Some drills lay clusters of bright yellow egg capsules on hard surfaces. Each egg...

๐—˜๐—ด๐—ด ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น The spiral melongena snail is responsible for the strange yellow zipper-like egg capsules that...

๐Ÿงฝ ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ Sponges are animals and not plants! Many small animals live inside sponges. Some can cause skin irritation so...

๐—๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐˜†๐—ณ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต ๐Ÿ’ก Despite their name, jellyfish aren't actually fishโ€”they're invertebrates, or animals with no backbones!

Here, the children were checking out a dead eel. The sun had set and it got really dark! ๐Ÿ”ฆ Bring...

Apart from the interesting sea creatures, we also found the shore littered with trash! Trash on the beach is often...

โœ… ๐™ƒ๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™๐™š๐™ก๐™ฅ? โ–ซ๏ธThrow our litter in designated bins. โ–ซ๏ธEven better, bring along trash bags, gloves and tongs...

๐—™๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐˜€: ๐Ÿ‘€ Walk slowly & watch where you put your foot. Minimize impact! โ›” Do not climb rocks (slippery...

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๐Ÿ“Changi Carpark 6, Changi Coast Road – Sandy shores

๐Ÿ“Changi Carpark 7, Changi Ferry Road – Seagrass meadows

This information is accurate as of date of posting. If you know of any updates, do shout out to us and weโ€™ll update accordingly!
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