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Pulau Hantu, Singapore

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Pulau Hantu is located to the south of the main island of Singapore, off the Straits of Singapore. Pulau Hantu is actually made up of two islets: Pulau Hantu Besar (Big Ghost Island) and Pulau Hantu Kechil (Little Ghost Island), with a total area of 12.6 hectares. At low tide, it is possible to wade across the shallow lagoon between the two islands, but not at high tide.EtymologyThe name Pulau Hantu literally means "Ghost Island" in Malay.It may refer to the "disappearing" moment of the mid part of the island during the high tide. During the low tide, Pulau Hantu can be seen as one island with two large bays on the northern and southern side of the island. However, during the high tide, the water level in the bays would rise and the midsection of the island (which is geographically lower than other parts) would disappear under the tide and result in two smaller islands.LegendPulau Hantu was where Malay warriors once duelled to the death and their ghosts are said to wander the island.There were once two great warriors locked in a fierce battle at sea. Many people died and the blue seas slowly became polluted with human blood, upsetting the Jinns at the bottom of the ocean. In anger, one powerful Jinn created a whirlpool and sucked the two warriors into the deep sea to drown them. Not deterred, they continued their battle. Suddenly, the Jinn sprayed water on one of them. The other warrior, seeing his opponent blinded, thrust his sword into his abdomen. At the same time, the wounded warrior plunged his sword into the other man. Both collapsed and died.
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  • It has been quite a long time since I was last out diving in Singapore and so I decided to get back there again. And although the diving is mediocre by world standards, it's still a great way to spend...  more »
  • Reminds me of a pacific island. Good day trip for a picnic. Visit during low tide so you walk between two islands. Great spot for snorkeling when visibility good  more »
  • Was here over the weekend for over Nite camping with some light minded people. We joined a guy who organized hiking trip. Was well planned. He booked a bumboat from west coast pier, was a 30mins ride ...  more »
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  • Beneath our seas, a junk yard of trash - in particular plastic waste. To learn more, you can join Our Singapore Reefs for a clean up dive and get educated about marine life in Singapore waters.
  • Accessible by boat. Great place for diving, fishing and fresh coconuts. And no china people
  • "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. Source: “Wild Singapore” website
  • Someone caught a big grouper there recently at the boat jetty...
  • Loved it but some insect bit me, it's bite left a small red circle on the bit areas at first it didn't itch but soon it itches like crazy
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