Pulau Hantu is located to the south of the main island of Singapore, off the Straits of Singapore. The island is actually made up of two islets: Pulau Hantu Besar and Pulau Hantu Kechil, with a total area of 12.6 hectares. 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. One of the famous diving site is the Hantu Wreck site.
Hantu Wreck is a small wooden boat that could be a fishing or bunker vessel. Half of it has broken away and only the stern section is left. The top of the wreck is 15 metres with a max depth of 23 metres. The wooden beams are visible along with some of the other structures. It is only 15 metres long (what is left of it anyway). There is some of the bow section lying in the sand, but mostly all gone. It is worth a dive, but only with a small group of divers. It is only a few hundred metres off the coast of Hantu.
Legends of Pulau Hantu
"Hantu" is the Malay word for ghost and Pulau Hantu is aptly named as "island of ghosts". It was here that ancient Malay warriors once dueled to the death and their ghosts is said to wander the isle. Today, however, the island is a quiet and idyllic getaway. Complete with swaying palms, surrounded by white sands and rich reefs with tiny patch of mangroves.
One of the famous Southern islands in Singapore, Pulau Hantu is a perfect place for keen snorkellers and divers to explore the coral reefs and marine creatures beneath the waters. Are able to spot many pretty nudibranches and also some nice shrimps underwater as well.
Island is rich in marine life and coral, and if you’re fast enough, you might even be able to spot clownfish and angelfish in its seas.
Diving at Hantu is a thrilling experience. Although visibility can be a challenge on some days, the diversity of marine life here is startling. Dive among the sea fans, soft coral and anemone that have made this a sanctuary. Commonly spotted during Hantu dives are the anemone fish, hermit crabs, flower crabs, barracuda, nurse sharks, seahorse, spanish dancers, sea slugs, and resident turtles. Many different species of nudibranchs can also be found here.
To get here, you must charter a fast work boat from the West Coast Pier, while a permit from the Sentosa Leisure Group is also needed should you decide to camp overnight.