In September, two dive trails will be opened at Sisters' Island Marine Park. This was announced by Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee at the Festival of Biodiversity yesterday.
These two circular dive trails, known as the Shallow Dive Trail (4m to 6m deep) and Deep Dive Trail (10m to 16m deep), will be outfitted with activity station signboards that divers can interact with by participating in the NParks' Citizen Science programme. This provides each diver with a dive trail guide that can be used to mark down observations. Such data will be collected and is freely accessible on the marine park's website.
Away from the textbooks and into the depth of Singapore waters, these dive trails will be a great way to educate scuba divers on Singapore's interesting marine biodiversity. It will also be a platform where recreational divers can work together with scientists and establishments such as NParks to enhance research done in Singapore.
A deeper appreciation for Singapore's biodiversity, an increase in data and knowledge for all to enjoy, I do hope that Singaporeans that full advantage of this new "attraction", one that with proper handle and care, would be a great and fruitful idea of a weekend outing!