Staycation: St. John’s Island

Between St. John's and Lazarus islands

Between St. John’s and Lazarus islands

After reading in the ST about the one bungalow on St. John’s Island and wanting to relive one of their trips years ( or decades?) ago, my FIL made the arrangements for a short getaway. They were staying for 3 nights but we joined for only one.

Despite its unsavory past of cholera, beri-beri and leprosy quarantine, drug-rehab and prison, it is usually bustling with activity during the day with campers and 2 research institutes located on the island. I thought the 2 prison blocks still standing there was a little creepy though.

The bungalow is a quaint and very basic. There are 4 bedrooms which can accommodate up to 10 pax, one double room, one room with 2 bunk beds, and the other 2 rooms are twin rooms. The kitchen is in a kind of outhouse and they provide a fridge, kettle, rice cooker, stove, and most cooking utensils. Everything else you need to bring. The best part is that the rooms are air conditioned! There is no hot water, but we made do for the kids. Btw, a baby bath is (kind of!) provided.


The boys liked walking along and playing at the beach, and chasing the chickens and chicks around. We haven’t been to any kind of farm since Mittens was really young, so live chickens are a treat.

You can find the ferry schedule here, and weekdays they only run 2 ferries a day, although there are other chartered ferries for the researchers and staff. Our ferry back stopped at Kusu Island for an hour – it’s well kept, and probably idyllic for a picnic, but I was hoping for some interesting turtles but they looked mostly like terrapins that people had let loose.

Overall, quite an experience, but I was so SO glad to come back to my own bed.

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