COVID SINGAPORE PERIOD

FEB TO DEC 2020

SINGAPORE SCUBA DIVING

day trips | local diving

 

Given the current travel restrictions, the only diving that is really available right now, is diving in local waters. Before signing up for any local diving, we think it is useful to read this prior to signing up for any form of fun local divings, knowing the restrictions and also your options available.

LOCAL DIVING IN SINGAPORE

WHERE IS PULAU HANTU?

Pulau Hantu is located to the south of the main island of Singapore, off the Straits of Singapore. Pulau Hantu is actually made up of two islets: Pulau Hantu Besar (Big Ghost Island) and Pulau Hantu Kechil (Little Ghost Island), with a total area of 12.6 hectares. At low tide, it is possible to wade across the shallow lagoon between the two islands, but not at high tide. 

The boat ride from either West Coast Pier or Republic of Singapore Yacht Club will generally take about 30 minutes to reach the small island. Due to the fact, that the surrounding water in Singapore is generally between the visibility of 3 metres to 5 metres, diving can be quite a challenge.

The visibility can be affected by weather, water movements and types of divers in water quickly, due to the fact the surrounding area of Pulau Hantu is mostly consisting of silt more than sand. But despite the infamous visibility of Pulau Hantu, the macro life in Singapore is rather unique. As a matter of fact, the local diving community has set up a Facebook Group dedicated to documenting the unique findings of Singapore diving. 

best time to dive

Diving in Singapore is all year round. On an average, visibility in Singapore Pulau Hantu is between 2 to 5 metres, mostly 2 metres. Tropical, hot and humid year round with daytime temperatures about 31°C/88°F. Northeast Monsoon brings frequent rain from December to March. Pulau Hantu  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.

For more information about marine life, please visit Facebook Group.

LOCAL DIVING RATES BREAKDOWN

FEES FOR 2 DIVES FULL SET EQUIPMENT RENTAL PRIVATE DIVE GUIDES FEES
SGD$ 125.00 SGD$ 60.00 From SGD$ 120.00 – 180.00
Subjective to availability 

how do you dive around singapore

who do you sign up with?

Most dive shops will have access to local boat operators. Currently, there is a total of 8 boats operating at Pulau Hantu, each boat capable of carrying a max of 5 divers only. They generally operate between 2 to 3 sessions a day, morning sessions departing between 7am to 8am, afternoon sessions departing between 12pm to 2pm and evening sessions.

However, due to the restrictions and limitations of the boat capacity, the better boats are generally snapped up faster. The better boats operated by Dolphin Explorer are booked 2 months in advance and if they do not entertain last minute booking of any kind. If you are not fussy about the condition of the boat, the remaining boats can be considered and it is easier to book yourself on such boats.

A local diving trip generally consists of 2 dives, ranging from SGD$ 120 to SGD$ 180.00. No guides and equipment are not included in the package. Due to the price structure of the local boat operators and the limited capacity of the boats, engaging good local spotters or guides can cost you between SGD$ 120 to SGD$ 180.00, and these fees can be split amongst the number of divers.

If you choose to engage a local guide, please note that they are not part of Orpheus Dive crew. They are outsourced to the divers who do frequent diving in local waters. At this moment of time, all our dive crew are focusing on 1 to 1 bespoke PADI Courses only. 

LOCAL DIVING ITINERARY KNOWN BOATS 

dolphin explorer – TRIP 1

Saturday / Sunday
0700hrs : Meeting Point
0730hrs : Boat departs for Pulau Hantu
0800hrs : Dive 1
1000hrs : Dive 2
1100hrs : Boat departs from Pulau Hantu
1130hrs : Back Arrival Back at Pier

Meeting Point : 52 West Coast Ferry Road, Singapore SG, 126887

dolphin explorer – TRIP 2

Saturday / Sunday
1100hrs : Meeting Point
1130hrs : Boat departs for Pulau Hantu
1200hrs : Dive 1
1400hrs : Dive 2
1500hrs : Boat departs from Pulau Hantu
1530hrs : Back Arrival Back at Pier

Meeting Point : 52 West Coast Ferry Road, Singapore SG, 126887

 dolphin explorer – TRIP 3

Saturday / Sunday
1500hrs : Meeting Point
1530hrs : Boat departs for Pulau Hantu
1545hrs : Dive 1 & 2
1700hrs : Boat departs from Pulau Hantu
1730hrs : BackArrival Back at Pier

Meeting Point : 52 West Coast Ferry Road, Singapore SG, 126887

LEEWAY – TRIP 1

Saturday / Sunday
0800hrs : Meeting Point
0830hrs : Boat departs for Pulau Hantu
0900hrs : Dive 1
1115hrs : Dive 2
1215hrs : Boat departs from Pulau Hantu
1400hrs : Back Arrival Back at Pier

Meeting Point : West Coast Pier, 60 W Coast Ferry Rd, Singapore 126979

LEEWAY – TRIP 2

Saturday / Sunday
1500hrs : Meeting Point
1530hrs : Boat departs for Pulau Hantu
1600hrs : Dive 1
1800hrs : Dive 2
1930hrs : Boat departs from Pulau Hantu
2000hrs : Back Arrival Back at Pier

Meeting Point : West Coast Pier, 60 W Coast Ferry Rd, Singapore 126979

HOW BAD CAN THE VISIBILITY GET?

We have experienced bad visibility that is almost pitch dark. And even with an underwater penetration light, the visibility was no more than half a meter.

DO YOU NEED TO BE REALLY EXPERIENCED TO DIVE IN LOCAL WATERS

Good buoyancy is crucial and some experience in diving within limited visibility is a good thing to have.

CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT INSTEAD OF USING MY OWN

Of course, you can. You can view our rental rates on our website for our daily rates.

WHY ARE THE RATES FOR INDEPENDENT GUIDES SO EXPENSIVE

The boat operator charges per diver at this moment of time. The fees are to cover the additional dive guide and also his fees.

HOW GOOD CAN THE VISIBILITY BE THEN?

Well, in all fair honesty, we have seen 5 to 8 metres in local diving before as well. The visibility really has a lot to do with the tide and moon calendar.

WHAT IS THE WATER TEMPERATURE IN LOCAL DIVING?

It is generally warm, between the temperature of 28°C to 30°C. But donning a full suit is a good idea nevertheless.

ARE THE GUIDES CERTIFIED DIVEMASTERS?

Not all of them are. And again, we have to stress that we are not associated with any local guides. This is just an additional service we are rendering.

CAN I DIVE ALONE OR WITH A BUDDY?

Yes, you can dive alone as long as you are trained with the right certification. Else, you will need to sign up in a pair or we can buddy you up if there is another diver.

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