Diving in Singapore


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.


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.


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.


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.