Despite being located close to petrochemical plants on Pulau Bukom, there are amazing rich reefs on Pulau Hantu! As well as seagrass meadows and mangroves too!
Although best known as a dive site, there are rich reefs on Pulau Hantu's intertidal too. No need to swim, no need to dive to have a glimpse of them during super low spring tide!
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Visiting Pulau Hantu
You can join volunteers of the Hantu Bloggers who conduct regular guided dives at Pulau Hantu. Check out their flickr album for photos of the awesome encounters diving Pulau Hantu. Here's their album of a dive in March 2018.
Unfortunately, Pulau Hantu is currently closed to intertidal visits due to the presence of asbestos. Once it reopens though, you need to charter your own transport to visit. You can charter via Singapore Island Cruise or check with any of the boat operators at West Coast Pier.
The Singapore Blue Plan 2018
Pulau Semakau and nearby islands and submerged reefs have been recommended by the Singapore Blue Plan 2018 for Immediate Conservation Priority.
The Blue Plan recommends the intertidal and subtidal marine areas of Pulau Semakau and adjacent Pulau Hantu, and Pulau Jong to be designated Marine Reserve.
The Blue Plan highlights that Pulau Semakau and its associated patch reefs comprise many ecosystems: coral reefs, mangrove areas, intertidal sandflats, seagrass meadows, and coral reefs. The subtidal area of Pulau Jong is larger than the terrestrial area. Pulau Hantu is a popular dive site has seen increasing interest in the past decade due to biodiversity awareness. If protection is accorded to these three islands, zonation plans for use can be implemented to manage tourism and human impacts.
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This article first appeared on the wild shores of singapore blog.