Diving In Bintan
There are no deep dives here, as all sites are shallow, with some even lesser than ten meters.
Dive Resorts in Bintan
Bintan Agro Beach Resort
Bintan Agro Beach Resort lies along the stretch of Trikora Beach at the eastern coast of Bintan Island. Indulge in the panoramic view of a breathtaking seascape with clear turquoise waters and crystal white sands. You can choose from the wide array of their services and facilities from savoring a fresh catch from the sea Al fresco style to basking in the sun, to an exhilarating water activity and capping the day off with their soothing Oceanic Spa. Whether you prefer a quiet or adventurous holiday, Bintan Agro Beach Resort will let you experience one or both that will surely leave you wanting for more.
Bintan Cabana Beach Resort
Bintan Cabana Beach Resort provides relaxing sea view rooms and lodges surrounded by lush gardens with a majestic view of Trikora beach. It is the perfect setting to find some peace and solace. The rooms are clean and spacious with a price that’s suitable for those who are in a budget. While Bintan Agro Beach Resort has Oceanic Spa, Bintan Cabana Beach Resort offers “Spa on The Rocks” built by the seaside so you can relax while taking in the view of the sea. Once you get up in the morning, you will have a breathtaking view of the sun rising on the horizon just by looking outside your window.
Marine Life Highlights in Bintan
Dive Sites In Bintan
This dive site is usually the first one the diving masters recommend for beginners on their first dive. With an average depth of 6.9 metres, and a maximum depth of 10.1 metres, divers can explore the depths longer than other sites given the current is not that strong and visibility is at its best.
Usual sightings all year round are Eagle Ray, Manatee (dugong) and White tip reef shark. On certain occasions, divers can get a chance to spot dolphins (all year round), Hawksbill turtle (from March to December) and Stonefish (from January to April).
Nikoi is surrounded in stunning coral reefs and is part of the Sunda shelf, hence the seabed is relatively shallow and rarely exceeds 20 metres. Visibility is best during the months of March to November for diving these waters. The strong currents in the area makes it a difficult dive but is home to soft coral gardens which is its main attraction. Nikoi reefs are healthy and resilient standing against the effects of pollution. It has still enough of each species to pursue effort towards a total protection of its waters.
Due to its pristine hard coral gardens, Nikoi has a diversity of underwater habitat all with their unique plants and animals which includes fringing reefs, mangrove flats, sand flats, rubble patch, sea grass bed, soft coral garden, boulders with swim through and ledges. Regular sightings are turtles, bat fish, seahorses, stingrays, octopus, cuttlefish, and at some instances, puffer fish and starfish.
Penyusuk is consisted of granite rock piles combined with green trees which grows in between the rocks making the beach scenery majestic. Stretches at approximately 4 kilometers, it has two beaches. On the right side is a white sandy beach with granite stones, and on the left side is a typical beach, with larger granite structure that protects the beach area from waves making a natural sanctuary. Both sides are equally beautiful but one must take precaution as some granite stones are very slippery.
The diving experience here is advisable for both beginner and professional divers. Under the sea, there is a huge number of various aquatic species. With an average depth is 4.5 metres, it can reach a maximum depth of 10.1 metres. There are small colorful fishes hiding in its amazing corals. There are a number of water activities offered as well such as boating, kayaking, fishing, and swimming.
Pulau Maoi is located north of Bintan island near the resorts area of Pulau Sungbang, Lagoi and Pulau Manjin Besar. Known for its shallow reef fringes and extensive reef flats, coral growth completely covers the seafloor of this dive site with teeming Acroporas and small patches of sand. Distinct crests and short stretches of slope marks the reef environment of Pulau Maoi with a visibility of 3 to 6 metres and depths of 12-15 metres to a sand silt seafloor. Possible sightings in Pulau Maoi are Nudibranchs, large Jacks, Snappers and Blue-Ringed Angelfish.
Known to host one of the popular wreck dives – Igara wreck, Mapur Island is the biggest offshore island in the Bintan group. Accessible via Liveaboards from Singapore, this dive site boasts of pristine environment of forested island with sculpted rock formations with healthy coral reefs and colorful Nudibranchs. A whole day is required for this dive trip as currents can be strong in the area with a visibility of 10 to 20 metres and depths of up to 30 metres.
As Mapur Island has a plethora of marine life, divers will be rewarded with sightings of Batfish, Giant Cuttlefish, Juvenile Sweetlips, Spanish Mackerel, Large Blue-Spotted Rays, and White-tip Reef Sharks. Schools of Trevallies and Bump head Parrotfish are also residents to Mapur Island with large Table corals and other massive hard corals decorating its waters.
Stingray Point is a dive site located between Pulau Maoi and Pulu Sumpat at the north coast of Bintan Island. According to a study, compared to its neighboring islands of Tanjung Tondang, Pulau Rawa, Pulau Maoi and Pulau Sumpat, it has the greatest hard coral cover on all the sites. An abundance of soft corals, sponges, and other fauna were recorded in this site. Aside from its namesake, the most number of fish species in Stingray point is Ambassis sp, which is one fourth of all the fish surveyed in the area. Visibility is low in the area with an average of 3 metres and depths of 10 metres.
As the name itself states, Sandy Bay is enclosed with sand dunes and protected from winds that makes it a natural beauty away from the crowds. This dive spot is fairly an easy dive where Intermediate scuba divers usually warm up. With a flat sandy bottom, various marine species can easily be spotted at 10 metres as Sandy bay has good visibility. Schools of Lionfish, Grouper, Butterfly fish, Damselfish roam on its waters and huge clams dot the seabed of this magnificent dive site.
Diving In Bintan
Situated just south of Singapore, Bintan is one of the nearest destination for diving. With close proximity from Tanah Merah Ferry terminal via a forty-five minute ferry ride, one can easily experience its pristine diving sites. On the northern part of the island are high end resorts that offer extensive watersports and diving courses while the Trikora strip by the eastern side has quite untouched beaches and resorts complete with fishing facilities. It is considered the largest island of the Riau Archipelago with its capital at Tanjung Pinang which serves as a trading port and houses historical monuments located at the south.
Climate in Bintan is mostly tropical as it is very near the Equator, with an average temperature of 26 degrees celsius. Dry season with sunny days is usually from March to early November and winter season is from late November to March. Visibility is restricted to 3 – 8 metres but on certain weekends, it can go up to 10 metres. All sites are shallow which is perfect for beginners but during the months of December to February when currents are strong, it is more suitable for experienced divers.
With the advances on infrastructure, resorts development and diving programs developed by Singaporeans, Bintan is eyed as the next tourist destination after Bali. As Bintan diving sites are perfect for beginners, they are also an attraction for advanced divers, especially those who are fascinated by macro-life. Imagine 60 – 70 minutes each dive with no decompression stops needed giving more time to explore underwater. The shallow fringing reefs are full of hard corals with creatures that require a keen diver’s eye.
Aside from hard corals that abound the shallow waters of Bintan, Nudibranchs and Flatworms are a sight to behold. Anemones and Clownfish are abundant and the elusive crustaceans that occasionally come out of their lairs for a scuttle or scavenge. On rare occurrences, tiger shrimps, hawksbill turtles, green turtles and octopi can also be sighted. The dive centre is located in the resort and within the vicinity of dive sites, with most of them ten to fifteen minutes away.
|Best Diving Season:||March-November|
|Weather:||Sunny day: March-November & Winter Season: Late November-March|
|Marine Animal Highlights:||Nudibranch, Flatworms, Anemones and Clownfish|
|Recommended Thermal Protection:||–|
|Water Visibility:|| 3m-10m
|Transportation:||-Tanah Merah Ferry|