Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Singapore


Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Singapore

Scuba diving information in Singapore

Singapore is unlikely to be the first place any scuba diver would think about for a diving holiday, but there are some interesting diving options. The diving off Singapore itself is not good: a visibility of 1,5m is considered a fine thing. The marine life is in fact pretty good, it is just difficult to see. Many areas have strong and treacherous currents and others are off-limits either for industrial reasons or because they are live-firing practice ranges. Nevertheless, a few areas are utilized for training novices or to allow more experienced divers to keep fit at weekends. Water temperature averages 27°C, and on a lucky day visibility can reach 5 meters, the best visibility occurring during the cooler months of October to April. Some of the best dive sites in Singapore are the Sudong wreck and the HMS Goodwill wreck. The best diving locations in Singapore are Pulau Hantu, the Sister Islands, St. John's Island and Pulau Kusu. Pulau Hantu is Singapore's most popular location for diver training, with its patch reefs on the west side sheltered from the main currents, although the coral reef has been damaged due to the great number of divers at this site. Nonetheless, there are several species of coral and sponges, sea anemonies, lionfish, scorpionfish, batfish and razorfish. Nudibranchs, stingrays and gobies, turtles, sea snakes and sea-horses can be seen there. St. John's Island and Pulau Kusu are primarily tourist islands. St John's is the largest of the two . Both islands have waters down to 30 meters but the visibility is usually bad, at about 1 meter. St John's has stony corals and the occasional pelagic fish or sea snake, while the reef on the northeast side of Pulau Kusu has some gorgonian sea fans, table corals and the occasional turtle. The Sisters Islands have a shallow reef and the broken-up wreck of a steel barge. Pulau Biola and Raffles Lighthouse have better marine life than anywhere else off Singapore. For something completely different, divers can try the Singapore Aquarium for a dive inside the shark and ray tank. The opportunity is quite something as you can get closer to more pelagic species than you might think you would ever see in open ocean. Being inches away from a leopard shark, sitting with a huddle of nurse sharks and having an eagle ray land on your head are fascinating experiences to be had.

Geography and climate

Singapore is a city-state in Asia. It has a tropical rainforest climate with no distinctive seasons, uniform temperature, high humidity and abundant rainfall. Temperatures usually range from 22 to 34 °C. Relative humidity can sometimes reach 100%. April to July are the hottest months, with the wetter monsoon season from November to January. From July to October there is often haze caused by bush fires in neighbouring Indonesia.

Entry requirements

To enter Singapore, visitors must have a passport vallid for at least six more months after date of entry. Most nationalities can enter Singapore without a visa.

Health and safety

Immunizations against hepatitis A, tetanus, typhoid and polio are recommended. Dengue fever is endemic to the region. Singapore is one of the safest major cities in the world by virtually any measure. However there are many heavy fines for infractions such as littering and spitting, and posession of drugs above a certain amount is cause enough for a mandatory death penalty.

Time zone

UTC+8

Communications

Public phones can be found in most MRT stations. Phone cards are available at all post offices and from phonecard agents. Mobile phones are very popular and coverage is generally excellent throughout the country.  International roaming may be possible; check with your county's operator. Prepaid SIM cards are sold in convenience stores, phone shops and currency exchange counters. Internet cafes are scattered about the island, but are not particularly common. All public libraries offer cheap Internet access.

Power and Electricity

230V/50Hz British plug

Scuba Diving locations in Singapore

Which are the best scuba diving locations in Singapore? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Singapore, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.

Scuba diving locations and photos from each location in Singapore

Which locations in Singapore have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Singapore and for each location a list of underwater photos.

Marine Species and photos of each species in Singapore

Which marine species can I observe in Singapore? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.

Underwater Photographers and photos from each photographer with photos taken in Singapore

Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Singapore? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Singapore.

Scuba Diving centers in Singapore

Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Singapore? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Singapore. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.

Liveaboards in Singapore

Which liveaboard can I dive with in Singapore? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Singapore. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.

There are no liveaboard available

Accommodation in Singapore

Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Singapore? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Singapore. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.

There are no accommodation available