Top 10 Frequent Asked Questions About Diving in Singapore

How do I get a diving license in Singapore?

If you opt to organise your own trip and pay a Tioman-based dive shop for Open Water certification instead, you’ll also be spending around the same amount, but for a 4D3N trip instead. You’ll get a bit more time and space to enjoy the trip and go out to nicer dive sites.

How much does it cost to get dive certified?

Most Singaporeans get their Open Water certification by enrolling in a Singapore diving school. The standard rate is $600, which includes your theory lessons in Singapore plus a weekend trip (3D2N) to Tioman to do 4 or 5 training dives.

Where can I dive in Singapore?

Pulau Hantu
Pulau Jong

How do I get open water certified?

Scuba Do Open Water Diver Course

Why Maui Snorkeling Tours Should Be on Your Bucket List

Hawaii is among the best places to snorkel because of its geological uniqueness. All of Hawaii’s islands are volcanic in nature. Over time, they were formed as the Pacific plate moved northwest on top of a stationary hot spot.

In fact, the Big Island is still a “work in progress” because it’s currently situated over the said active hot spot. As a result of this geological phenomenon, the Hawaiian Islands were born over the course of millions of years—and the process hasn’t stopped yet.

Now, people know Hawaii as one of the most popular tropical destinations in the whole world. Throughout the year, tourists from various countries flock to the islands to experience the beauty and power of Hawaii’s oceans.

Why is Maui an Island Paradise for Avid Snorkelers and Divers?

Of all of Hawaii’s islands, Maui can be considered as the “sampler” of everything that Hawaii has to offer. Whether you’re going there for the first time or you’re already a repeat visitor, you can always expect Maui to have that signature Hawaiian charm.

Thus, if you can only visit one island in Hawaii, locals and avid tourists would recommend including Maui in your itinerary. This is especially a great choice if you’re into snorkeling and scuba diving. In Maui, you’ll see that the world under its seas is just as exciting as the ones above it.

Are you ready to show your appreciation for the wildlife that thrives in Hawaii’s oceans? Listed below are some reasons why, as a snorkeler or diver, you should consider including Maui in your travel goals:

  1. Multiple Snorkeling Spots

The number of Maui snorkeling tours has increased in recent years to showcase more of the island’s beauty. Of all the places that you’ll visit, there’s surely at least one spot that’ll capture your heart above everything else.

Some of Maui’s world-famous snorkeling locations include:

  • Molokini Crater: A dormant volcano that has turned into a crescent-shaped island, Molokini has the clearest water not just in Maui, but in the whole of Hawaii.
  • Honolua Bay: For marine life enthusiasts, this spot is heaven!
  • Turtle Town: As the name suggests, you’re bound to see lots of turtles here!
  • Ahihi Kinau Reserve: A marine reserve that aims to protect endemic species.
  • Kapalua Bay: A cove with calm waters that are recommended for first-time snorkelers.

With various choices for ocean appreciation, you’ll instantly understand why Maui is consistently nominated as the “Best Island in the World” by magazines, like Travel & Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler.

  1. Rich Marine Life

Some parts of Maui, like Honolua Bay, are under the Marine Life Conservation District. This means that fishing is forbidden in such areas.

Hence, when you choose to snorkel in Maui’s best snorkeling locations, you’re bound to see and experience the abundance of marine wildlife. For instance, Molokini Crater alone houses 250+ fish species. Lana’i Island, on the other hand, is home to reefs, dolphins, and sea turtles.

  1. Water Clarity

One of the reasons why divers keep on coming back to Maui is because of its water clarity. Most snorkeling spots have excellent visibility, particularly the one in Molokini Crater.

Because most of them are protected areas, you can be sure that most of Maui’s snorkeling locations are well taken care of. The visibility in some spots can even exceed 200 feet in every direction, making Maui a great choice for coral and marine life viewing.

  1. Interesting Geography

Since Hawaii sits in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, that alone is a good enough reason to make it a goal to swim and snorkel in its waters. It’s not always that you get to be somewhere that can be considered as a natural masterpiece.

With the nearest landmass located thousands of miles away, snorkeling in Maui can give you a confidence boost. In Maui, you’ll immediately get over the fear of being in the middle of a vast ocean with only islands as your company.

  1. Great Swimming Temperatures Year-Round

The average temperature of most swimmable beaches in Hawaii is 75 to 85 ºF, all year round. If you live in a place with a temperate climate, this is definitely what island paradise feels like. Not only is it the perfect temperature for a variety of marine species, but it’s also appropriate for tourists who wish to get the most out of their trip.

Hence, you wouldn’t have to worry about scheduling the “best time” to visit Maui since the water conditions aren’t going to change much throughout the year. You simply have to know when you’re free and you can just head there once you get your budget and schedules in line.

  1. Snorkeler Safety

The geology of Hawaii has not only created various surfing spots that are homes to renowned international surfing competitions. It has also created areas that have calm waters—ones that are great for kids and for swimmers who are just beginning to gain confidence in the open water.

Although dealing with waves and currents are an inevitable part of being in the ocean, the locals have made it a point to ensure tourist safety by choosing only snorkeling sports that are within protected bays. The island’s geology and natural formations make the waters in these areas calm and safe to swim in.

However, sometimes you still wouldn’t be able to predict when the sea will strike with its raw power. But, as long as you follow your guide’s safety precautions, you’ll be good to go.

Conclusion: Take the Chance to Snorkel in Maui at Least Once in Your Life!

With its coral reefs, clear waters, and vast arrays of interesting marine life, booking a snorkeling tour in Maui is a decision that you’ll never regret. Maui is already a beauty to behold above sea level, but it’s even more so when you go underwater.

While you can easily find a good snorkeling spot by swimming seawards from the beach, a group or private tour can take you to the best snorkeling and diving locations in Maui—some of which are definitely worthy of being in your bucket list.

 

Scuba diving in Malapascua, Philippines

Dive Sites in Malapascua

Malapascua in the Philippines is most famous for the almost certain chance to see the primarily pelagic Thresher Shark. But, this little island getaway, north of Cebu and home to 4,000 people, has much more to offer.  The incredible macro diving, and diverse abundance of vibrant, often mythical looking sea creatures is a reason in itself to grab your camera and head to Malapascua. Let’s dive in and tell you everything you need to know about scuba diving in Malapascua.

Dive Sites in Malapascua

Monad Shoal

Monad Shoal Malapascua Philippines

Distance – 25-30 minutes
Min. Depth: 14 meters
Max. Depth: 40 meters

Monad Shoal is a Marine Protected Area and selected to be the Philippines “First Shark and Ray Sanctuary”. A sea mount of about 1.5km long, almost same size of Malapascua, rising from the edge of 200m drop-off. The top of the shoal ranges from 14m to 26m, with a drop off exceeding recreational dive depths at 40m. This site may seem rather plain as few corals grow on this current swept shoal however this is one of the Best Places in the world for seeing Thresher Sharks in shallow water, almost every day in whole year round. Both the pelagic common Thresher Sharks (Alopias Vulpinus), they are regular visitor to the many cleaning stations found on the slope between 22-30 meters and sometimes they visit on top of the reefs. Some think the sharks frequent to the shoal to advantage of cleaning stations allowing wrasse and other fish to pick parasites and dead skin from their skin gills, and mouths. Because of its proximity to the deep open ocean, other pelagic species like giant Manta rays and Devil rays depending on season are also often sighted here. We follow strict diving rules at Monad to minimize the impact of divers and to increase the chance of shark encounter.

Kalanggaman Island

Kalanggaman lsland Malapascua Philippines
Min. Depth: 5 meters
Max. Depth: 35 meters

Kalanggaman Island is a small white beach island with only palm trees around, surrounded by crystal clear water. Diving here is like a wall dive covered with a coral growth, like large phymy fan where there is mostly a residence of pygmy seahorses. A large gorgonian fan, and giant barrels sponges in the wall, large black corals where there is always a longnose hawkfish. Down the drop-off have schools of snappers, fusiliers, and tuna. And also a normal residence of green turtle. We normally offer barbeque on this trip during surface interval time. The island also provides a perfect place for non-divers, that just like to chill and relax and enjoy the view of the paradise. The island also provides a perfect place for snorkellers and dolphins are often seen on the way there or back. Best visibility here most of the time.

Bugtong-Bato

Bugtong Bato Malapascua Philippines

Min. Depth: 15 meters
Max. Depth: 30 meters

Bugtong-Bato is a single rock that the top lies on 15 meters and a wall that goes down between 27-30m. This is a site that shapes like an updside down cup which is about 25-30m diameters. The entire rock is covered of soft corals and feather stars of different colors and this is good for macro dive. We call this also as a new Nudibranch City aside from Gato island, since we can able to find here a lot of different species of batfishes and squids and of course giant frogfish here is always presents. The site is good for multilevel diving and the depth of the divesite is suitable only for more expereinced divers, using Nitrox is highly recommended.

Ubang-Bato

Ubang Bato Malapascua Philippines

Min. Depth: 12meters
Max. Depth: 25 meters

Ubang-Bato is a sloping reefs starts in 12m joining a mini wall that reach down to 20m with sandy bottom continous sloping down to 30m that stretches outward. The entire divesite is covered of black corals and sponges, soft and leather corals, Nudibranches, frogfish & pipefish can be seen throughout the entire site. Currents can be mild to strong.

Lapus-Lapus

Lapus Lapus Malapascua Philippines

Min. Depth: 6 meters
Max. Depth: 23 meters

Lapus-lapus located at the North west tip of Malapascua island. The site with its corals heads and overhangs is a diverse underwater garden of soft and hard corals, much of it in pristine condition. This plant like animals and the tiny crabs, shrimp and nudibranches that live along them make this great location for observing and photographing on the macro scale. Also seen here are giant and painted frogfish, the not so smashing mantis shrimp, cuttlefish, lion fish and a varieties of soft corals. This site is relatively easy and very photogenic site to dive.

Gato-Island

Gato Island Malapascua Philippines

Min. Depth: 5 meters
Max. Depth: 25 meters

Gato island is one of the most famous dive site around Malapascua. A Marine Protected Area, and selected to be the Philippines “First Shark & Ray Sanctuary”. A marine reserve and also sea snake sanctuary. It has at least four different dive sites around the island with a huge diversity of marine life. Perfect for multi-level diving, a sloping from 5m to 25m covered of combination soft and hard corals. Mostly small and big rocks formations underwater. A paradise for avid photographers, this site offers a great opportunity for both macro and big fishes. At all sites you can see such things as banded sea snakes, mating cuttle fishes, ghostpipe fishes, seahorses, schools of bigmouth mackerel, lionfishes, scorpion fishes, porcupine fishes, smashing mantis shrimp, moray eels, frogfishes & varieties of nudibranchs. There are plenty of caves and overhangs, perfect habitats of a white-tip reef sharks. Mostly we give guarantee seeing white-tip reef sharks on this dive. The tunnel of 25-30 meters long where you can swim through is abundant of soft & hard corals and polyps.

Pantaw-Pantaw

Pantaw Pantaw Malapascua Philippines

Min. Depth: 12 meters
Max. Depth: 25 meters

Pantaw-pantaw is an interesting reef that is separated by a unique underwater “sand dune” where weird gobie eel type fish can be seen frolicking in the sand. The first half of the reef is where you look for the pygmy seahorses living amongst the many different sea fans and flamboyant cuttlefish hiding among the rubble on the sandy bottom. After the sand dune the soft corals come to alive. The mini wall is covered of different soft corals and feather stars in different colors. The variety of marine life including frogfish, scorpion fish, morays and abundance of the brightly coloured reef fish. A busy dive site and it it best for small group and more confident divers.

Tulamben | USAT Liberty Wreck | Diving Guide in Bali

Here in Tulamben, the sea is generally calm, which provides easier and more relaxing snorkeling and dives sessions in Tulamben. This place is world-renowned amongst divers, and is particularly famous for the USAT Liberty wreck.

We recommend dive in Tulamben as your first diving experience in Bali : the spot is ideal to discover the marine life.

You will travel by mini bus to the north eastern corner of Bali (about 2h20),  to the tiny fishing village of Tulamben; one of the most renowned and most frequented locations in Bali for scuba diving.   For this dive in Tulamben, You will have the opportunity to observe a multitude of species of fish and corals known to inhabit the seas of Indonesia.

The rich biodiversity of the sea floor attracts underwater photographers, naturalists, and divers passionated about marine biology.  Dive in Tulamben is recommended for both macro lovers and ambiance photographers, as the colorful marine life stands out against the volcanic black sand sea bed.

DIVING INFORMATION 

USAT LIBERTY WRECK

The Liberty wreck is one of the most easily dived wrecks in the world.  Located just 25 metres from shore, and resting between 5 – 30 metres deep, it is accessible to all levels and variety of divers:  introduction (1st time) divers, beginners, experienced, freedivers, and snorkelers can all enjoy this enchanting wreck.

In 1942, the USAT Liberty, a United States military cargo ship, was torpedoed by the Japanese while stationing off the strait of Lombok.  Damaged, the Unites States towed the ship towards Bali, hoping to make it to the northern region of Singaraja, but the ship began to break apart and instead was beached onto the shore of Tulamben.

In 1963, the earthquakes caused by the volcanic eruption of Mount Agung pushed the ship into the sea where it sank onto its side and was forgotten until the early 1980’s. During the last 50 years it remained underwater, and a marine life of all colors, shapes, and sizes have colonized the 120 metre- long vessel. Night dives are also unforgettable! Each night the numerous Parrot fish arrives on the wreck and sleep there together as one big family (there are about 20 individ

 CORAL GARDEN

From the beach, just south of the wreck, macro-life and photography enthusiasts will be delighted ! The flora and fauna here is very rich and also abundant, even in the shallows (4-10m).

A number of artificial reef structures attract a large quantity of fishes, including species such as damselfish, butterfly fish, and surgeonfish, and also important numbers of “cleaning stations” where morays, groupers, snappers and other species come to partake in a symbiotic relationship with the shrimps that “clean off” or eat the parasites living on their bodies.  This is an ideal location for a night dive.

DIVING INFORMATION

  • Type of dive:  Coral reef, PADI course, night, photography, marine biology, navigation, snorkeling
  • Depth:  5- 25 metres
  • Certification level required:  Introduction dive (not certified), certified diver (Open Water or equivalent)
  • Visibility:  15- 30 metres
  • Current:  None to moderate
  • Access:  From shore
  • Temperature:  26 -30⁰ C
  • Flora and fauna: Nudibranch, giant moray, honeycomb moray, ribbon eel, garden eel, blue spotted and kuhl’s stingrays, cleaner shrimps, grouper, peacock mantis shrimp, lion fish, clownfish, triggerfish, ghost pipefish, leaf scorpion fish, frog fish, stone fish, pufferfish, boxfish, whitetip and blacktip reef sharks, hard and soft corals
  • Best time of year:  All year

THE DROP OFF OF TULAMBEN

The large wall of Tulamben, fittingly called Drop Off, is one of the most popular dive sites in Bali. The reef descends from 3 metres down to 70 metres deep; the sheer wall was created by the lava flow from the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963.

This wall is covered by a great number of corals, gorgonians, and sponges.  The topography of the site is incredible thanks to its sheer underwater cliffs, where you can encounter “cleaning stations”,as well as a multitude of enormous, vibrantly colored sponges and gorgonians.  The dive continues to an undulating plateau of coral where you can find morays, mantis shrimp, and varieties of pipefish hiding in the crevices.

 DIVING INFORMATION

  • Type of dive:  Wall, PADI course, deep, photography, biology, snorkeling
  • Depth:  5 -60 metres
  • Certification level required: Certified diver  (Open Water Diver or equivalent)
  • Visibility:  15- 30 metres
  • Current:  None to moderate
  • Access:  From shore
  • Temperature:  26 – 30⁰ C
  • Flora and fauna: Nudibranch, giant moray, snowflake moray, grouper, lion fish, triggerfish, humphead parrotfish, leaf scorpion fish, stone fish, pipefish, pufferfish, hard and soft corals
  • Best time of year:  All year

SERAYA SECRET

Seraya is a particulary great site for “muck diving”.  It’s a paradise for macro-life, and therefore more recommended to photographers and divers who love the tiniest of creatures.  Here we can find strange and rare creatures, such as the famous harlequin shrimp, ghost pipefish, mimic octopus, nudibranch, frogfish, dragonets, and a myriad of cleaning stations where you’ll find morays and a diverse array of colorful fish.

DIVING INFORMATION

  • Type of dive:  Black sand (or “muck”), macro-life, photography, marine biology
  • Depth:  5-25 metres
  • Certification level required:  Certified diver, Open Water or equivalent
  • Visibility:  15-30 metres
  • Current:  None to mild
  • Access:  From shore, or jukung traditional boat
  • Temperature:  26- 30⁰ C
  • Flora and fauna:  Shrimps, mimic octopus, ghost pipefish, nudibranch, dragonet, moray eel, frog fish
  • Best time of year:  All year

KUBU

North of Tulamben, Kubu is a tiny village. Just out from the beach, and positioned upright on the sloping sandy bottom, you can fing a wreck measuring 85 metres in length and asleep between 13 – 30 metres deep.

The ship is still completely intact, and decorated with many interesting features such as Buddhist statues, a war-era Volkswagen convertible car, glass bottles, ceramic pottery, and more. With an interestingambiance, b lack sand, and a coral garden just in the shallows, this is an intriguing dive with very few divers exploring it!

KUBU REEF :

 KUBU WRECK :

DIVING INFORMATION

  • Type of dive: Wreck, coral garden, PADI course, photography, marine biology
  • Depth:  13- 30 metres
  • Certification level required:  Certified diver, Open Water or equivalent
  • Visibility:  15- 30 metres
  • Current:  None to moderate
  • Access:  From shore
  • Temperature:  26 – 30⁰ C
  • Flora and fauna:  Moray eel, turtle, grouper, lion fish, napoleon wrasse, triggerfish, leaf scorpion fish, pufferfish, batfish, stone fish, hard and soft corals
  • Best time of year:  All year

ALAMANDA

Alamanda, situated in Tulamben Bay, is a few-visited dive site. The place can be reached by Jukung (tradictionnal boats). As one of the most awesome Bali diving sites, Alamanda has plenty to offer including its stunning and rich underwater. To enhance your diving there, Atlantis International crews will guide divers with their professional assistance.

Thanks to its particular topography, the place is well protected from the current. However, the spot is really deep and mostly recommanded to experienced divers.

Alamanda, which the name comes from a sort of exotic flower, is an outstanding diving site, when all conditions have been met: Actually there is an amazing contrast between the white sand and the coral reefs. In that particular spot, you can find a myriad of giant gorgones, hard and soft corals, and so many other species from the submarine fauna and flora: it makes the site be a heavenly place for divers. You can also meet many pelagics there.

DIVING INFORMATION:

  • Type of dive:  Wreck, coral garden, photography, marine biology, deep wall
  • Depth:  40m (max)
  • Certification level required: Certified diver, Open Water or equivalent
  • Visibility:  +25m
  • Current: None or mild
  • Access: Jukung traditionnal boat
  • Temperature: 24° – 29°C
  • Flora and Fauna: Rich underwater, pelagics

How to Access PADI Knowledge Reviews, Quiz & Exam

Firstly, go to PADI.com and on the navigation, mouse over sign in and select PADI elearning for student

Then, you will be prompted on the courses that you are eligible to enrol. Click on View Course as shown in screen below

Then, click on your course manual – for computers

Login your account and start elearning! Select the module you’d like to study

Once you have finish reading the material, go to assessment summary and finish 5 knowledge reviews, 4 quiz & exam. you will receive the student e-record via email. if you did not receive them, login to your elearning account to retrieve it.

 

 

How to Get to Tioman Island from Kuala Lumpur (KL)

How to Get to Tioman from Singapore

Tioman Island is one of the stunning islands in the world, but it is densely forested without many inhabitants. The island is surrounded by coral reefs, which makes it the most sought-after scuba diving destination.

The best season to visit Tioman island is from March to October. You can find resorts of different budgets in the island for accommodation. The island will become almost desolated from October end to March beginning. Most of the resorts will be closed November to February.

Kuala Lumpur (KL) to Tioman

As Mersing is the gateway to reach Tioman Island, you have to first go to Mersing Jetty or Tanjung Gemok Jetty from Kuala Lumpur. From any of these jetties, you can take a ferry service to Tioman Island. Ferry service is the only option to reach Tioman from Mersing or Tanjung Gemok. The most common options to reach both jetties from Kuala Lumpur are to take a car or bus as the only flight, Berjaya Air, had cancelled all its flights to Tioman Island.

Bus from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing

The most preferred way for tourists to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Tioman Island is:

  1. Take a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing
  2. Take a ferry from Mersing to Tioman Island

The pick up address for passengers in Kuala Lumpur is TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) and the drop off is Mersing bus terminal. S&S International Express & Transnasional are the preferred buses going to Mersing from Kuala Lumpur.

Buy Bus Tickets Online

Now you can buy bus tickets online if you are traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing. The early morning bus departs at 9AM and the night bus departs at 11:30PM for Mersing. You can buy the bus ticket online here from KL to Mersing. Alternatively, you can also book the bus ticking online by clicking here.

Driving from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing Jetty

If you are taking a rental car or taxi from Kuala Lumpur, then the best road to take is the North-South Highway and drive towards south. Exit at Segamat and continue towards east on Route 50 to Kluang and then to Mersing. You can also take East Coast Highway from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan and then take Route No: 3 towards South passing through Pekan and Rompin to reach Mersing. The approximate driving time from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing is 4 hours.

People who are familiar with the routes can take shorter and less crowded roads that passes through oil plantations, but recommended to have a daytime driving. One of the shorter routes is from Kuala Lumpur to Kual Pilah and then to the Banda Muadzam Shah. The exit of this route will be between Endau and Mersing, and then continue southwards to Mersing. Another shorter route is to go to Kluang from Kuala Lumpur, and then to NITAR. From NITAR, you can go to Mersing from avoiding the winding roads.

At the Mersing Jetty, you can find a car parking area that charges approximately around RM 8/day. If you’re renting a car from Kuala Lumpur then you might need to get one that has GPS map service in the car. This will help you get to the location easier.

Driving from Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Gemok Jetty

Tanjung Gemok is the nearest jetty, if you are starting your journey from Kuala Lumpur. If you are driving from Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Gemok, take the North-South Highway and exit at Seremban. From there, travel through the Kluang route to Kuala Pilah and Muadzam Shah, and then drive through the coastal road to reach Tanjung Gemok. The traveling time from Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Gemok by car is 3 hours 30 minutes.

Buses from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing Jetty

Buses take around 6 hours of traveling time from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing. Transnational buses are going to and from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing route every day for several times. Buses start from Tasik Selatan Bus Terminal, which is situated in south of Kuala Lumpur and ends the journey at the Mersing Bus Station.

One way ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing costs RM 29.80. Buses are available at 9am, 12.30pm, 6pm, and 11.30 pm from Kuala Lumpur. You have to walk for about 10 minutes from the Mersing station to the jetty. If you have lots of luggage, then you can take a taxi to the jetty that costs RM 8 (Ringgit).

When taking the evening bus, you have to keep in mind that you might need to spend a night in Mersing as there are no ferry services that goes to Tioman Island at night.

Click here to Buy Bus Ticket Online

Bus from Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Gemok

All Transnational buses coming from the Kuala Lumpur stop at Tanjung Gemok while going to Mersing. If you would like to get down at Tanjung Gemok, just inform the bus driver to stop.

Click here to Buy Bus Ticket Online

By Ferry from Mersing Jetty & Tanjung Gemok Jetty

If you get down at Tanjung Gemok, you can take the ferry from Tanjung Gemok to Tioman Island. One way ferry ticket to Tioman from Tanjung Gemok is RM 30. The traveling time from Tanjung Gemok to Tioman is 1 hour 30 minutes. The one way ticket cost for the ferry from Mersing Jetty to Tioman is RM 45. The traveling time to reach Tioman from Mersing Jetty is also 1 hour 30 minutes.

Book a Ferry Ticket Online

The traveling time and departing time also depend on the sea conditions. The ferries leave the jetties between 10am and 4pm. The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Tioman Island is full of adventure. Do share your adventure with us by adding comments below.

Have a safe trip to Tioman Island!

Diving in Singapore

GET SOME CERTIFICATIONS IN SINGAPORE, AN ISLAND COUNTRY TO THE SOUTH OF MALAYSIA. AFFORDABLE DIVING PACKAGES MAKES SINGAPORE AN ATTRACTIVE INVESTMENT.

Quick Facts

Think Singapore. Think shopping; think hotels and restaurants; think international business hub. This buzzing metropolis, with five million people from all corners of the globe living on some 710 square kilometres/275 square miles of land, is an interesting and busy spot. Stop by Haji Lane, Sungei Road Thieves’ Market and Ann Siang Road to get a taste of the myriad attractions as diverse as the country’s vibrant culture.

This island-based city-state in Southeast Asia is a beautiful place to visit. But amid all the distractions, there are great diving experiences to be enjoyed and the opportunity for you to complete a range of PADI courses. Singapore is also a great place to shop for dive gear. It is extremely well served by PADI Dive Centers and Resorts. Local sites are worth exploring no matter what your level of experience and it’s a perfect place to plan a longer dive trip to some of the world’s best dive sites in nearby countries.

If you want to dive on a budget, Singapore is your best bet. Getting a certification here is an excellent deal, and is highly recommended. It is worth noting, however, that visibility can be rather poor off the coasts of Singapore. Because of the incredible amount of boat traffic and commercial fishing that occur offshore, the water is constantly churned. In some areas, visibility is only around 2 meters of visibility at its best. Many people opt to travel to Malaysia, where diving is first class.

Regardless, there are some gems hidden throughout Singapore that are definitely worth the trip. Local dive shops offer tours to nearby sites. Manta rays are often sighted, on these treks, sometimes in large groups. Sand tiger sharks also cruise along the sandy bottoms, and getting up close to one of these terrific creatures is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.

RECOMMENDED TRAINING

Singapore is a great place to learn to dive for those wanting to get their PADI with the PADI Open Water Diver course. For those certified, consider taking the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course or a PADI Specialty course to hone skills prior to an expedition to Malaysia or Indonesia. Singapore is also a great destination, right in the heart of Asia, to become a PADI Divemaster or PADI Instructor.

When to go

Tropical, hot and humid year round with daytime temperatures about 31°C/88°F. Northeast Monsoon brings frequent rain from December to March.

Dive Sites in Singapore

Pulau Hantu – This is the most popular local dive site and it lies just off Singapore’s southwest corner. At low tide, visitors to Pulau Hantu can walk between two islands, Hantu Besar and Hantu Kecil. There are hard and soft corals and an abundance of macro life including many different strange and wonderful nudibranchs. Tidal currents are a factor here and alert divers who can manage to look up from the reef may spot sharks or turtles. Don’t expect to have the place to yourself on the weekends or holidays, but ease of access makes this a great local option.

Kusu Island – Its exposure and distance from the mainland mean Kusu Island, which means Turtle Island, is also well known by locals. The shallow reefs boast dense anemone fish populations and rich marine life. Part of the Saint John’s islands, the region has been protected for more than 20 years.

Pulau Jong – Currents can be strong here mandating carefully planned dives. Pulau Jong is a tiny, unspoiled island with a healthy fringing reef. Look for blue-spotted rays and reef sharks.

Singapore Wrecks – The Sudong Wreck lies in 15 metres/50 feet of water. She’s about 50 metres/165 feet long and is basically in one piece. Strong currents make diving at slack tide and local expertise advisable. The Sisters Wreck, or the MV Iran Sarai, is a 50m/165 foot freighter lying upside down at about 18 metres/60 feet very close to Sisters Island. This wreck has seen the ravages of wind and wave and is breaking up slowly. Due to currents and an adjacent shipping lane, this dive is best undertaken at slack tide.

When to go

Tropical, hot and humid year round with daytime temperatures about 31°C/88°F. Northeast Monsoon brings frequent rain from December to March.

About Singapore

Tucked beneath Malaysia is beautiful Singapore, a prosperous and diverse country of nearly 6 million people. Singapore is made up of one large, main island and many smaller islets, over 60, in all.

Because Singapore is only located one degree north of the equator, the temperature is fairly stable throughout the year, warm and humid.

Singapore has a tumultuous relationship with its northern neighbour, Malaysia, having had an on again, off again relationship for the past several decades. Today, Singapore is one of the most competitive economies in the world; fast growing and innovative.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

While visiting Singapore be sure to hit the city streets, where there is so much to do and see. After a day of shopping and diving, go to some of the many gardens which offer a cooling reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city. The best three are the National Orchid Garden, the Gardens by the Bay, and the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

GETTING THERE

Singapore’s international airport and harbours are some of the busiest in the world, so coming into the country is a casual affair.

Travelling throughout Singapore is just as easy, as the Mass Rapid Transit system is an incredibly efficient way to get around.

Main airport

Note – Travel to any destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited) to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination, check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.