5 Reasons Why Bintan is the Perfect Dive Spot for your Open Water Diver Course

So you are thinking to finally sign up for your Open Water Diver course? I’m sure you have been thinking about this for a while and deciding on where to complete your first course is a major area for thought. With so many places to dive, prices to compare and other options to consider, you are probably thinking that selecting where to do your course is not easy.
Worry not, it is actually easier than you thought. We’ve narrowed down the top dive spots in Asia and here’s one of our best picks for beginner divers – Bintan, Indonesia. Bintan is the largest island in the province of Riau, lining up with a coast of 105 km and is located just south of Singapore.
Bintan is one of Asia’s best learn-to-dive destinations as it provides a great deal in terms of accessibility, ease, visibility, value for money, and of course, quality and experience.
Not convinced? Here’s why you should take your Open Water Diver Course in Bintan and why you need to do it real soon.

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1.Get worry-free access and transportation when diving in Bintan

Bintan diving is good for short travels especially if you are coming from Singapore. A 45-minute ferry boat ride is usually the best access option through Bandar Bentan Ferry Telani Ferry Terminal, though air travel option is also offered. Due to its close proximity from Singapore, we think Bintan is the best place for a short diving getaway. Now you can already forget the hassle of long hours travel just to get under the water.

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2.Bintan diving is good for beginners and unexperienced divers

Since you are just about to take up your Open Water Diver Course, I understand that you want it easy and basic but still with a worthwhile first-time diving experience. The best part is that the areas and dive sites around Bintan are mostly shallow, making them perfect for those who are not yet confident in the waters. And the water visibility? It is crystal clear with with an average of 5 to 10m for most of its dive sites.

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3.Year-round diving in Bintan

No need to take a week-long vacation away from the hustle of urban life because diving in Bintan is available year-round. Yes, you’ve heard it right! Now you can just pick the most convenient weekend for your open sea dive and without knowing it, you are already a certified diver over the weekend. Beginners can enjoy it year-round although during the months December to February, the water currents are a bit challenging but still manageable. Trust me, that’s not really to worry about.

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4.Bintan is home for a variety of marine life

We know how it feels doing it the first time. For first-time divers and students, it is just normal to expect a picture-perfect experience. If you have chosen to take your Open Water Diver course in Bintan, you can get lucky to witness vibrant fishes, eye-catching corals and spell-binding reefs. With more than 10 dive sites just around Bintan, a variety of marine life will surely surprise you. Some require a keen eye as Bintan is known for macro-life. Anemones, Clownfishes, and Nudibranches are abundant, among others.

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5.Value for money at its best

The fun doesn’t stop there. Bintan is not only known for diving, but for a lot of exciting activities you can never miss.
Accomodations in Bintan, like Bintan Agro Beach Resort, provide picturesque shorelines and white-sand beaches for the perfect weekend getaway. It also provides amazing facilities and activities like sea sports, golf, kayaking, snorkeling, and their popular oceanic spa. So go ahead and take the relaxation you always deserve after a deep dive.

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Truly, with Bintan’s untouched beaches and dive spots, your Open Water Dive will be an experience you will never forget. Though you can explore other new dive destinations later on, still, you will never get to forget the first time you witnessed the enthralling world of the sea.
And yes, if you are thinking to take the first step to your scuba adventure, go start it today.
What else are you waiting for?
Get on the adventure that you’ve always wanted. After all, scuba diving is more than just an activity. It is a lifestyle. And all the things you are considering to get started are solved for you – easy access, flexibility of diving schedule, beginner-friendliness, and value for money.
It only takes a action today.

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