Scuba Diving in Singapore

Singapore is a bustling city-state located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. The state is made up of Singapore Island and about 60 islets. A melting pot of cultures, cuisines, and architectural styles, Singapore is one of the top destinations in Southeast Asia, and for good reason. There’s plenty of things to do and experience here, including scuba diving.

Singapore Scuba Diving Info

It may come as a surprise to many, but Singapore is a good scuba diving destination with plenty of diving schools and centers which provide all sorts of experiences for all divers, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver. The city-state is a good place to learn how to dive and then hop over to the neighboring, more popular diving destinations within the Asian continent. Nonetheless, there are several very good diving spots within the state worth checking out.

pulau hantu diving
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When to Visit

Diving in Singapore is available year-round, but the northeast monsoon with its frequent rain from December to March can alter the diving conditions.

Water Temperature

The water temperature in Singapore is pleasant year-round; temperature ranges from 27° C/81° F in January to 29° C/85° F in June-September.

Currents

Many dive locations in Singapore are known to be hit by very strong currents, including wrecks and different spots around the islands of Hantu, Kusu, and Jong, among others.

Visibility

Unfortunately, visibility can be poor along the coasts of Singapore. Part of it is due to the boat traffic offshore. On average, you can expect underwater visibility of about 5 meters/16 feet.

Types of Diving

  • Reef diving
  • Wreck diving
  • Wall diving
  • Muck diving

Singapore Scuba Diving Highlights

Pulau Hantu

Probably the most famous scuba diving destination in Singapore, Pulau Hantu is actually not a single island but two: Pulau Hantu Besar and Pulau Hantu Kechil. The islands are located just 30 minutes away from the mainland and can be reached by boat. Mushroom corals are particularly abundant here and there’s also a patch of mangroves between the two islands.

Water visibility is scarce, and a thick layer of silt covers the seabed. However, upon close inspection, you will notice the interesting lifeforms. Pulau Hantu is great for muck divers and macro photographers because of its abundance of nudibranchs, gobies, shrimps, and sea slugs. Seahorses are commonly seen here as well.

Kusu Island

Kusu is popular for its sea turtle population. In fact, Kusu Island means Tortoise Island in Chinese. Anemonefish and lobsters are quite common as well. The corals are quite abundant and colorful. Although the marine life is not as diverse as around Pulau Hantu, the island remains a good option for divers visiting Singapore.

Pulau Jong

This undeveloped island is among the most pristine places in Singapore and the reason it made it on our top places to dive here. Huge soft corals are found on the reef of Pulau Jong. Schools of parrotfish and black-tip reef sharks are often seen around the island. Beware of the strong currents, however. This is not an area for inexperienced divers.

Sudong Island

Another beautiful place to dive in Singapore is Pulau Sudong. The topography consists mainly of large rock formations encrusted with coral and inhabited by all sorts of marine life like sea slugs, nudibranchs, starfish, and sea cucumbers. But the main attraction here is the Sudong Wreck, rumored to be the HMS Goodwill a WWII frigate sunk by the Japanese.

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