Register for this rare Raffles Lighthouse Tour in April, usually closed to the public

1 of the 3 offshore lighthouses

Raffles Lighthouse on Pulau Satumu (Photo from Flickr: Jnzl’s Photos)

If you have never heard of the Raffles Lighthouse, you probably haven’t explored Singapore far enough.

The Raffles Lighthouse, one of the three working lighthouses outside of Singapore, will be open for the public to visit in April this year. Hosted by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in celebration of Singapore Maritime Week 2017, interested visitors can sign up for two guided expeditions:

Lighthouse Tour – 1, 8, 15 April 2017 (12-6pm)

Participants will first gain an overview of Maritime Singapore by undergoing a guided tour and embark on a journey to learn more about the Aids to Navigation. They will also get a chance to visit the Raffles Lighthouse, a significant spot where ships make a turn along the busy shipping route in the Singapore Strait.

Sea Tour – 2, 9, 16 April 2017 (12-5pm)

Participants will first gain an overview of Maritime Singapore by undergoing a guided tour and embark on a journey to learn more about the various maritime sectors as they cruise along port terminals, understand the type of vessels found in Singapore port waters and take a sneak peak of the Raffles Lighthouse.

The public can register for both tours by 1 Mar 2017, 5.00pm through this form provided officially by MPA. All participants must be above 18 years old (13 for Sea Tour) and tickets are not granted by first-come-first-served basis but through an e-balloting system.

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MPA will notify successful applicants via email between 2 Mar 2017 and 9 Mar 2017. Shortlisted participants must make a non-refundable payment of $18 per participant by 20 Mar 2017, 12.00pm.

Register for Lighthouse or Sea Tour

Where is Raffles Lighthouse?

Usually closed to the public, the Raffles Lighthouse located on Pulau Satumu (a.k.a. Coney Islet) was built in in the mid-1800s from stones that come from the granite quarries on Pulau Ubin.

The Lighthouse was named after Sir Stamford Raffles, who founded Singapore back in 1819. The lighthouse today has a modern rotating beacon which gives off white flashes to help ships navigate Singapore Straits and avoid nearby rocks and reefs.

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