Many people are quick to dismiss Singapore as a city with mega shopping centres offering big-name brands from around the world, buzzing nightlife with clubs and bars perched on the rooftop of every building, flourishing culinary scene seeing the entry of numerous Michelin star restaurants, and not much else.

Nature lovers might struggle with finding anything to do besides hiking, wake boarding and rock climbing, there’s not much to offer nature lovers.

While there are schools offering PADI courses in the Lion City, avid divers living in Singapore would travel to the Philippines, surrounding islands of Malaysia, Indonesia or Thailand. However, here’s a fact you may not know: Singapore’s surrounding waters are actually home to an ecosystem inhabited by rare and endangered species of seahorses, clams, sponges, and other marine life. In fact, more than 250 species of hard corals can be found in Singapore’s waters out of over 500 species within the region.

You can dive in Singapore itself, or take a boat to Batam and Bintan Islands. Whatever you choose, you don’t have to wait until your next vacation to be able to dive again. Here are spots around or near Singapore where you can dive. All you need is your PADI certification and your gear.