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Country: Singapore  Area: Singapore

Water Temp: 28 - 31°C (82 - 88°F)

Visibility: 3 - 25m (10 - 82 ft)

Depth Range: 5 - 30m (16 - 98 ft)

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Officially the Republic of Singapore, this Southeast Asian island city-state is located off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, 137 kilometres north of the equator.

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As an island country made up of 63 islands, the Republic is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia's Riau Islands by the Singapore Strait to its south.

The country is highly urbanised with very little rainforest remaining, although more land is being created for development through land reclamation.

Cuttlefish at Pulau Hantu, Credit

Climate

Located so near to the equator Singapore has a tropical climate but shows little signs of season, with a steady temperature and similar rainfall year round.

Expect sunshine and rainfall most days. The rain will come in short heavy showers that rarely last longer than an hour. 

The water temperature sits on average around 29.5°C / 85.2°Fbut can range from 28.3°C / 82.9°F  to 30.6°C / 87.0°F. 

The air temperature in Singapore can range between 24°C (76°F) and 31°C (89°F) as it has cooler periods, though not regulated by seasons.

Marine Conservation

As many Singapore dive sites are outside of their waters they rely on the conservation from other countries such as Malaysia, but there are programs in place keeping the reefs clean and repairing damage done in the past.

 
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The Diving

Singapore has access to a multitude of scuba diving sites, though many are not located in Singaporean waters themselves. 

Pulau Hantu is one of the most popular areas sporting turtles, nurse sharks and barracuda.  Most of the diving here is reef diving as this is one of the largest in Singapore. 

Sudong wreck is increasingly popular, located approximately 500m north of the island sitting in the middle of the Singapore southern islands. 

Also the wreck of the HMS Goodwill is a well-known dive, a World War II British freighter sunk here during the war.  Now partially covered by sand and ravaged by the strong currents, the wreck is showing signs of its age.  Caution as this is a busy shipping area, so do not drift too far from the wreck.

Dragon Dance Nudibranch, Credit

Pulau Hantu is very close to the refinery plants and often has poor visibility, it is often 2 to 3 metres, or 5 metres in a good day. However, Pulau Hantu is well-known for the great diversity of marine life and abundance of coral reefs.

Mushroom corals, seahorses, nudibranchs of various shapes and colours, anemonefish, damsel fishes, wrasses and angelfish and sometimes sea turtles can be found here.

Clown fish at Pulau Hantu, Credit

Hantu alone offers a sample of  75% of the world's coral species.

Take note, as with all Singapore diving, visibility is unpredictable and the currents here can be strong!  

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Getting there

Changi is the main arrival and departure point for any visit to Singapore as there are little to no boats. The other way to enter is by road from Malaysia located to the North.

False Scorpion fish, Credit

Once you have arrived in Singapore the public transport system (MRT) is exceptional, covering all parts of the city this London style over/underground is affordable and easy to use.

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Going out

An upscale city has everything, from food courts to rooftop bars.

You should know the latest time anyone in Singapore can purchase alcohol is 10.30pm and drinking on transport or the streets (certain locations and times) is not permitted.

You should also know that the MRT (public transport system) stops running between midnight and 1am, with the busses following close behind. So if you stay out and drink past 1.30 or 2 you will be required to take a Taxi (easy to find but not so cheap)

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Other activities

As you would imagine there is a lot to do in Singapore, it has everything from mini-golf to rock climbing walls.

As the city is highly developed and so easy to get around, all activities are at your fingertips and the locals are always happy to point you in the right direction.

Singapore sky line, Credit

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Voted on of the safest cities in the world with activities for all ages, Singapore is great for singles, couples and families.

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Tips

You should know the latest time anyone in Singapore can purchase alcohol is 10.30pm and drinking on transport or the streets (certain locations and times) is not permitted.

You should also know that the MRT (public transport system) stops running between midnight and 1am, with the busses following close behind. So if you stay out and drink past 1.30 or 2 you will be required to take a Taxi (easy to find but not so cheap).

Also, chewing gum is banned in Singapore. You are not even allowed to bring it in with you.

No chewing gum! Credit

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I am going to be in Singapore for a cruise the beginning of October - the reports I've read are not that complimentary about the dive sites - is it worth taking the time to dive there or wait for Cambodia, Thailand or Vietnam?

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tom

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Morgan Bennett

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Personally I would wait and go to Thailand.. depends what you want to see though.

tomdive

Thomas Dawson

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thanks, we will be in Leam Cahbang (Bangkok) and Ko Samui (Thailand) either of these worthwhile?

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Thomas Dawson

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sorry Laem Chabang :}

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