Most jumpers come to Sabah, Borneo to go plunging at world well known Sipadan on the south east shoreline of Sabah. What most visiting jumpers don’t understand is that there are likewise some scuba plunging diamonds along the west bank of Sabah. Inside 45 nautical miles of Kota Kinabalu, the capital city on the west shoreline of Sabah, find staggering coral reefs, plunging on WW2 wrecks and sludge jumping. With the west shoreline of Sabah framing part of the Coral Triangle you will likewise locate a captivating, and assorted, blend of marine life.
I have been jumping along the west shore of Sabah for a couple of years at this point, on a recreational premise and as a feature of maintaining my own scuba plunging business (Borneo Dream) situated in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. In view of this experience, and input from jumpers we have taken to the wide scope of plunge destinations we visit, I have given under a ‘Main 10’ plunge locales worth visiting when you pass by Kota Kinabalu. All are open from Kota Kinabalu and show the blend of jumping you can appreciate along the west coast. Our ‘Main 10’ plunge locales are recorded beneath and are in no specific request. Appreciate!
1 and 2. Clements Reef (close to Sapi) and Soft Coral Garden (close to Gaya), Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
We visit > 20 jump locales in TARP so picking our top choices was hard. Ultimately we settled on these two locales because of the lovely blend of Borneo Dream and hard corals. The two locales are situated inside Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TARP) – the most mainstream plunging area from Kota Kinabalu. Find tenderly inclining coral reefs from 8m – 25m, a mob of tones from a scope of hard corals, delicate corals, wipes and anemones and a shockingly wide scope of marine life so near city life.
3. Edgell Patches, only 20 minutes by boat from Kota Kinabaluâ¨
Edgell Patches is found only outside of TARP and home to more profound coral reefs. Plunge around huge coral shrouded stones in the shallows which at that point offer route to a slanting reef down to 35m. Loaded with fish life just as a decent assortment of nudibranches and different critters. At the point when we’ve had rebreather jumpers plunging the more profound slants of this reef they’ve detected the odd 1.5m – 2m Black Tip Shark. Cool!
4 and 5. The Pinnacle and Barracuda Point – Pulau Tiga (30nm south of Kota Kinabalu)
Pulau Tiga is found 30nm south of Kota Kinabalu. We visit 8 plunge locales close to Pulau Tiga and these our are two top picks. Plunge by enormous coral covered apexes, coral bombies and caught up with cleaning stations. The hard and delicate corals are amazing, including enormous falls of barrel wipes and Gorgonian fans. Overflowing with fish life (Barracuda, Fusiliers, Yellow Snapper), home to critters and a periodic mating cuttle fish. Appreciate being the main jumpers in the water.
6. Mayne Rock (30nm north of Kota Kinabalu)
Go plunging a novel submerged scene at Maybe Rock, situated in Usukan Bay, with huge white stones raising 7m – 25m, encompassed by reefs of fish and enhanced in hard and delicate corals. At that point plunge along a perfect undulating coral reef home to adolescent Sharks.
7. WW2 Rice Bowl Wreck (30nm north of Kota Kinabalu)
The Rice Bowl Wreck is purported on the grounds that a reserve of rice bowls was found in the bow when it was first jumped. The disaster area is ~150m long and lies between 25m – 40m. Home to Barracuda, Yellow Snapper, Fusiliers and Nurse Sharks. The corals covering the disaster area are shocking.
8. WW2 Upside-Down Wreck (30nm north of Kota Kinabalu)
An enormous WW2 wreck lying in a topsy turvy position. This disaster area lies marginally more profound to the Rice Bowl wreck. This disaster area has great swim-throughs and is useful for investigating. A well known decision with rebreather jumpers and specialized jumpers.
9. WW2 Usukan Wreck (30nm north of Kota Kinabalu)
This is the most profound of the three at 35m – 45m and thusly simply accessible to specialized jumpers. The disaster area is intriguing and has a marvelous whip coral inclusion that can give it an iced appearance in a specific light.
10. Pulau (Mantanani Island, 45nm north of Kota Kinabalu)
Mantanani is a tropical island found ~ 45nm north west of Kota Kinabalu, The shallow coral reefs encompassing the islands have bounty to bring to the table and have magnificent perceivability. Home to adolescent Turtles and some intriguing waste plunging. We run PADI Open Water Diver courses at Mantanani for bunches during the ‘Dry Season’ – a stunning spot to figure out how to jump.