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“Seek to find in Singapore backyard”
Review of Pulau Hantu

Pulau Hantu
Ranked #379 of 837 things to do in Singapore
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Owner description: A tiny picturesque island located off the south of Singapore, Pulau Hantu is home to lagoons, sheltered beaches and beautiful water, making it a popular haunt for fishing, swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving.
Reviewed 14 September 2016

In the little island of Singapore there are in fact some interesting dive sites you may find it worth trying, diving in Singapore requires certain buoyancy control as the visibility is rather challenging.
At best so far it is only 10m and 1 - 2m on a bad day, nevertheless it is full of treasures if one is to look close enough, with a strong enough hand held torch you will be able to discover all the wonders within.
Like its small island everything you may find here will be in mini size but many friends and buddies actually find them unique and interesting, long rash guard or full suit are advise as the corals around can be rather scratchy.

Thank Wayne T
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

One of several well known dive sites in Singapore. Despite the poor visibility, there are critters galore if one spends the time to look for them.

Thank Jeffrey L
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Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

Pulau Hantu remains the best option when you absolutely have to get underwater and you don't have a lot of spare time. Regular trips leave from the RSYC in Clementi on weekends. I've been a few times this year with vis ranging between 50cm and 3m. Not too much to see but you do get the odd sight of interest.

1  Thank KGB777
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Reviewed 7 December 2015

Singapore may be amidst the famous Coral Triangle but she is not herself a dive destination. In fact, on most weekends, most Singaporeans either flock north to Peninsula Malaysia or South to Batam and Bintan to dive. Ask Singaporean divers if they have dived Singapore waters and you are likely to hear them remark that there is no point diving Singapore because of the poor in-water visibility.The poor visibility is the result of a very busy little nation fully immersed in tireless economic activity and maximising her land space through coastal land reclamation in every possible way.

I dived Pulau Hantu West with GS-Diving Pte Ltd (see my other review of their services) on Sunday, 6 December 2015. The conditions were bright and calm with in-water visibility of about 2-3m. I am told that visibility can get better, to about 5m, if the conditions are right.

The island itself is charming and is a lovely place for a picnic or surface-interval. There are Brahmani Kites, White-bellied Sea Eagles and other avian creatures that should keep anyone occupied above water.

The dives are over hard coral reef slopes and rubble bottoms of between 3-15m. Although there is talk of a resident turtle(s) and some sharks, the marine fauna of interest (and which is seen) is typically macro in nature. Divers who know Singapore's reefs wax lyrical about the variety of nudibranchs present and the elusive sea-horses that seem to abound but are not always seen.

A typical dive profile would be to keep the reef slope either to the left or right depending on the current (if a current is running) and keeping the dive buddy close, very close. Expect to lose your dive buddy and/or group sometime during the dives, but trust your training, execute the lost buddy procedures and there is no reason why the dives would not be enjoyable. In my two dives, I was separated from my dive buddies on a few occasions as I was photographing macro-subjects, but always found them underwater without needing to surface to look for bubbles or regroup.

Pulau Hantu is for experienced, skilled divers or divers looking to develop their skills and gather dive experience. The poor visibility may be a put-off, but there certainly is a variety of marine life to occupy any naturalist's interest.

Poor visibility does not mean bad dives. It means that divers must have realistic expectations about what Pulau Hantu has to offer, and be willing to dive skillfully if not learn to dive skillfully to enjoy the macro-diversity of the sites.

4  Thank Spooky T
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Reviewed 12 August 2015

Was there with a couple of friends and family in June 2015. First time there and I really don't think I have a lot of things to say about the island (Some might think this is exactly the point of an idyllic island). Herewith in point form:
- the boat ride from West Coast Pier is a little of 2 extremes: we were transformed from the world of commerce what with the container terminals, view of the CBD, Jurong Island and other industrial areas to an idyllic island found south of the Singapore mainland.
- Upon disembarkation from the launch, we were greeted by a low tide. The lagoon itself literally is sucked of any water. Can't help it since its the act of Nature, but I observed that the seabed is full of rocks and some debris like discarded bottles and styrofoam boxes. Note there are two lagoons on the island and the one I am referring to is the one that faces Pulau Bukom Shell Refinery.
- Rubbish bins does not seem to have been cleared for a few days. The trash bags bore marks of scavenging by the lone resident macaque.
- Toilet facilities are not satisfactory: shower heads not working properly for a decent shower, water pressure is weak like a baby pissing.
- Waters are not clear at all - that day when I was there, visibility is probably a mere 1.0m tops.
- Ideal for a day excursion if you wanna get away from the city life for a couple of hours but nothing more.

Conclusion: Would not head there again

Thank sorksorkkallipok
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