Nikoi is ringed in stunning coral reefs and there are many opportunities to dive around the island or on neighbouring islands and reefs. Visibility varies greatly throughout the year and whilst the best conditions for diving will depend on many factors the months from March to November are usually the best for diving in these waters. Currents can be strong and only fit divers that are suitably qualified will be allowed to dive with us.
Several of our staff are qualified divers and are able to act as guides or dive buddies. Unfortunately the nature of our set up and the local diving conditions are not conducive to offering dive courses.
The area around Nikoi is part of the Sunda shelf, hence the seabed is relatively shallow and rarely exceeds 20 meters. The strong tidal flows that are typical of the area encourage the growth of soft coral gardens that are probably the best feature of the area.
You should not expect to see big schools of fish or giant pelagic like sharks or mantas. That said, the area has pristine hard coral gardens, and there are surprises for the careful observer. We regularly see turtles, stingrays, seahorses, cuttlefish, bat fish, octopus, sweet lips and occasionally unusual species of starfish and puffer fish.
There are different levels of diving possible, within a variety of different ecosystems. If divers focus on details rather than grand vistas, embrace the mood of the moment rather than expecting 30 meters of visibility then the experience becomes as good as anywhere, especially considering the proximity to Singapore.
For more information about diving and the marine life around Nikoi Island please view the images on our Facebook page or visit the excellent blog – Nikoi below the Surface, which is maintained by Michel Lippitsch, our marine conservation officer.