Most divers come to Sabah, Borneo to move diving at global famous Sipadan on the south east coast of Sabah. What most travelling divers do no longer realize is that there are also some scuba diving gems alongside the west coast of Sabah. Within forty five nautical miles of Kota Kinabalu, the capital town at the west coast of Sabah, find lovely coral reefs, diving on WW2 wrecks and muck diving. With the west coast of Sabah forming a part of the Coral Triangle you’ll additionally discover a captivating, and numerous, blend of marine life.
I had been diving along the west coast of Sabah for a few years now, on a recreational basis and as part of jogging my personal scuba diving enterprise (Borneo Dream) based totally in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Based on this enjoy, and feedback from divers we’ve taken to the extensive variety of dive websites we visit, I actually have provided under a ‘Top 10’ dive web sites well worth journeying whilst you skip by means of Kota Kinabalu. All are reachable from Kota Kinabalu and display the mix of diving you may revel in along the west coast. Our ‘Top 10’ dive web sites are indexed below and are in no specific order. Enjoy!
1 & 2. Clements Reef (close to Sapi) & Soft Coral Garden (close to Gaya), Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
We visit > 20 dive websites in TARP so selecting our favourites changed into difficult. Eventually we determined on these sites because of the lovely blend of smooth and hard corals. Both web sites are placed inside Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TARP) – the maximum popular diving region from Kota Kinabalu. Find lightly sloping coral reefs from 8m – 25m, a revolt of colors from quite a number difficult corals, tender corals, sponges and anemones and a tremendously huge range of marine existence so close to city lifestyles.
3. Edgell Patches, just 20 mins by way of boat from Kota Kinabalu
Edgell Patches is positioned simply out of doors of TARP and domestic to deeper coral reefs. Dive round large coral included boulders within the shallows which then supply manner to a sloping reef down to 35m. Full of fish existence as well as a very good form of nudibranches and other critters. When we’ve had rebreather divers diving the deeper slopes of this reef they’ve spotted the peculiar 1.5m – 2m Black Tip Shark. Cool!
Four & five. The Pinnacle & Barracuda Point – Pulau Tiga (30nm south of Kota Kinabalu)
Pulau Tiga is placed 30nm south of Kota Kinabalu. We visit 8 dive sites close to Pulau Tiga and those our are favourites. Dive by way of big coral protected pinnacles, coral bombies and busy cleansing stations. The difficult and smooth corals are breath taking, including big cascades of barrel sponges and Gorgonian lovers. Teeming with fish lifestyles (Barracuda, Fusiliers, Yellow Snapper), home to critters and the occasional mating cuttle fish. Enjoy being the best divers inside the water.