Starting From Home: Pulau Hantu

Singapore is known for being a home to a diversity of people but what about animals?

Contrary to popular belief, Singapore is also home to a diversity of animals ranging from land to marine and even in the skies.

Most Singaporeans would brush it off, “cockroaches and pigeons aren’t wildlife.”

Fact is, Singapore has many wildlife living amongst us in our concrete jungle. Most of them prefer to hide out and wait for night to fall before they come out for food.

More then just the land creatures like Pangolins and cute Otters, we also have marine life!

Yes, from Pulau Hantu to Sister’s Island, Pulau Ubin and even the mangrove walk in Paris Ris Park has reported to have sightings of animals we don’t see or hear about everyday.

 

What’s a better place then home to start of a brand new adventure, a new journey?

Most new divers that start out with us will start their journey to either Tioman or Bintan, our training grounds for Open Water Diver students.

Every year when the monsoon slowly rains down on us, most of the South East Asia diving areas like Tioman and sometimes, Bintan will be closed off for safety reasons.. BUT that doesn’t mean our adventures have to take a pause together with the seasons!

Many divers will proudly say that they had been to Maldives, Malapascua or even more exotic places to dive but yet have never experienced diving in our own waters.

Why? Because most people, divers and non divers, don’t believe that there is anything to “see” in Singapore.. But they are wrong!

Here are some photos of the marine life in Singapore waters taken by our divers!

      

Here are my top 5 reasons why you should dive in singapore !

1- Because it is Singapore! We should be proud that our tiny island is not only wealthy in the finance section but also in our wildlife. Shouldn’t we at least know what we have at home before we go out to explore the world?

2- Convenience! No more 6 hour bus journeys, no more last minute changing of currencies! No more over packing 5 days of clothes for a 2 day trip, no more exhausting travelling time, no more feeling dreaded or tired!

3- Visas and passports! For the non locals, there is no need to apply for visa to go to Pulau Hantu, for the forgetful locals (like myself) who had to rush last minute to renew the  passport, and when it is finally renewed, you don’t have to rush at the 11th hour to locate that important little book hidden under piles of clothes.

4- Location!  No more calling for baby sitters or asking your friends for favours to take care of your pets. With the pier just located at West Coast, we are all able to return back to our comfy beds and cuddley pets after a great day of diving.

5- Flexibility! Held on most Saturdays and Sundays, applying leave from work is not needed. You can even make it home in time for dinner! Diving on Saturday and going home on Saturday. Diving on Sunday and still returning home on Sunday! Whats more to ask for?

To sum it up, diving in Pulau Hantu is a great experience and with my top 5 reasons why you should dive there, what are you waiting for?!

Read HERE why you should be a diver!

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