Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Pulau Hantu


Pulau Hantu means 'island of ghosts' in Malay. Legend has it that two warriors had fought to their death here and their spirits still roam the island. Pulau Hantu is made up of two islets: Hantu Besar and Hantu Kechil. The islets were once smaller with fringing reefs surrounding each and a reef flat between them. Land reclamation took place on the island making the islets bigger and covering much of the original reefs. A swimming lagoon was also created by pouring sand over the reef flat between the islets. A rock bund  was also created, encircling the islets and its swimming lagoons.

Over time, life has started to return to the lagoons and many marine creatures like the Sand-sifting Sea Stars (Archaster typicus) and various species of crabs can be spotted. On the other side of this rock bund lie rich coral reefs that have attracted many divers and marine enthusiasts. For non-divers, exploring the area at low tide will also reveal many interesting marine life including various species of corals, nudibranchs, sea anemones and feather stars.

Located just half an hour from the mainland by fast boat, Pulau Hantu is also a popular destination for swimming, snorkeling, fishing and camping.

Getting there:

Private hired boats services from Marina South Pier or fast work boats from West Coast Pier.

Other Resources

Sentosa. Sisters’ Islands & Pulau Hantu. http://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/nature/southern-islands/sisters-islands-pulau-hantu/. (Accessed December 2011)

Tan, R. Pulau Hantu. http://www.wildsingapore.com/places/hantu.htm. (Accessed December 2011)


Chou, L.M., 2010. Anticipated Impacts of Climate Change on Marine Biodiversity: Using Field Situations that Simulate Climate Change in Singapore. Pp. 131-140. In: Sajise, P. E., M. V. Ticsay & G. C. Saguiguit, Jr. (editors), Moving Forward: Southeast Asian Perspectives on Climate Change and Biodiversity, ISEAS Publishing, Singapore, 259 pp.

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