If you consider Singapore, most individuals consider fabulous eateries, delectable cocktails and buying ‘til you drop nevertheless many few consider Singapore as someplace you can scuba dive. Situated in Southeast Asia, the Republic of Singapore is a sovereign island city-state. A buzzing metropolis and worldwide enterprise hub, Singapore has a inhabitants of over 5.7 million dwelling on some 710 sq. kilometres (275 sq. miles) of land, it dominates the Strait of Malacca and is tucked beneath Malaysia and surrounded by Indonesia.
As a result of Singapore is just situated one diploma north of the equator, the temperature is pretty secure all year long, heat and humid – with common daytime temperatures approx. 31°C (88°F) and the typical ocean temperature round 27°C (80°F). For such a small nation, Singapore boasts 13 PADI dive shops who every supply a variety of PADI Courses, promote scuba gear and leases and in addition supply dive journeys to neighbouring nations when COVID restrictions are eased.
Native websites in Singapore are value exploring it doesn't matter what your degree of diving expertise could also be – you simply might not get the visibility that you'd anticipate from a tropical nation. This is because of Singapore housing the most important port in Asia and due to the unimaginable quantity of boat visitors and business fishing that happen offshore, the water is consistently churned. That being stated, there's loads of dive websites to discover off the Singapore coast nevertheless they don't seem to be are all the time accessible for various causes. Two scorching spots for scuba diving which are open and able to be explored by locals and vacationers (when they're lastly allowed to return!) are Pulau Hantu and Pulau Jong.
With social distancing measures in place and masks obligatory, native scuba diving actions having resumed since 19th June 2020, particular person boat captains/diving operators can apply to the Authorities to extend their boat capability – software is predicated on their boat measurement and approval is on the authority’s discretion.
Pulau Hantu sits 13km (8miles) off the southern coast of Singapore, a 30 minute boat journey and also you’ve arrived. Named the “island of ghosts”, it was right here that historic Malay warriors as soon as duelled to the demise and their ghosts are stated to wander the isle. Made up of two inlets: Hantu Besar (Massive Ghost) and Hantu Kecil (Little Ghost), the dimensions of the entire island is a results of large reclamation so it now has a land space of 12.2ha. At low tide, you possibly can stroll throughout between the 2 inlets nevertheless watch out if the tides flip – at excessive tide you'll get caught on both aspect and it's advisable to not dive on this space throughout a excessive tide.
Pulau Hantu is a well-liked dive website for the dive outlets in Singapore to run the PADI Open Water Diver course – with boat departures within the mornings, it permits your PADI Teacher to maximise the times on your Open Water dives.
You’ll discover two fundamental dive websites on Hantu – North Jetty and West Reef. Typical depth is between 4m-20m (13ft-65ft) and on an excellent day visibility could be 4m-8m (13ft-26ft) nevertheless on common anticipate 2m-3m (6ft-9ft). Coral reefs lie outdoors the ocean wall nevertheless be cautious of the tide to make sure you are on the right aspect when the tide is available in and the reefs round Hantu Besar are extra in depth than these round Hantu Kecil. With arduous and smooth corals, you’ll have the ability to spot marine life corresponding to clownfish, diamondfish, seahorses, honeyhead damselfish, shrimps, crabs, big clams, batfish and all kinds of nudibranchs! In case you’re fortunate, you could come throughout big pufferfish, nurse sharks and even hawksbill turtles!
Pulau Jong or Junk Island is located 6km (four miles) off the coast of Southern Singapore. It's a tiny, unspoiled island approx. 6ha with a wholesome fringing reef. Comprised principally of cliffs and with no touchdown jetty, this can be very troublesome to entry the inside of the island. Currents are recognized to be robust right here, so remember to examine the climate earlier than diving – particularly through the monsoon season. It’s as a consequence of this cause why the PADI dive outlets in Singapore often solely take the extra adventurous and skilled divers right here, it’s additionally a well-liked website for the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course. Pulau Jong has wealthy marine life, anticipate to see faculties of parrotfish, black-tip reef sharks, blue-spotted rays and reef sharks – pipefish have much more lately been discovered right here! With no scheduled ferries to the island, hyperlink up together with your native PADI dive store and be a part of considered one of their journeys to expertise this lovely dive website.
So in case you are nonetheless but to dive in Singapore, ensure you tick this vacation spot off your record! With Worldwide journey so unstable and lockdowns in place, now's the right time to find the scuba diving in your personal yard.
Hunt down your subsequent dive journey in Singapore on the PADI Adventures App™ – conveniently discover and e-book diving and snorkelling actions on-line. Obtain the App from the App Retailer or Google Play retailer at present or locate a PADI dive shop in Singapore.