Diving in Sarawak’s waters
Sarawak is blessed with natural beauty and resources. It boasts a large collection of flora and fauna that is endemic to the island of Borneo but many are unaware of the treasures Sarawak possesses under the sea. Take a dive into the mesmerising world that is hidden under Sarawak’s waters.
Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park
The Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park is located in Miri, Sarawak. It is famous for its pristine reefs and is a top diving destination. It has a fine sandy beach which attracts most visitors but its true treasures can be found under its clear waters. This underwater haven has plenty of natural coral reefs with an average diving depth of 7 to 30 metres and the clear water provides visibility of 10 to 30 metres. The best time to dive is from April till October.
Eve’s Garden is located 15 minutes from the jetty. It is a shallow reef with a depth of 7 to 12 metres. It is carpeted with various soft corals such as leather corals, orange elephant ear sponge and sea whips. This reef is home to giant anemones and clownfish species. You can also see schools of yellow tail fusiliers and angel fishes.
Located approximately 30 minutes from the Jetty is the anemone garden. It has an average water depth of 0 to 10 metres, giving visitors an interesting and unique diving experience. Many types of flora and fauna grow wild here, alongside colourful and diverse soft and hard corals. As its name implies, the garden is home to an abundance of sea anemones and smaller fish, including the popular clown fish.
The Belais Reef, 30 minutes from the jetty, is likened to an underwater zoo. The clear water allows you to see the pelagic sea fans and giant gorgonians fans spanning over four metres. There are also red, orange and white whip corals and yellow coral trees. Various types of aquatic animals such as angelfish, butterfly fish, sea perch, lizardfish and nudibranchs inhabit this reef.
Venture deeper as you explore the Takau drop off. This area – located approximately 50 minutes from the jetty – has a reef with a depth of 20 metres but it features a sudden drop-off measuring 40 metres deep. Plenty of larger fish such as jacks, barracudas, napolean wrasse and yellowtail fusiliers frequent this area.
Santak Point is well-known for its blue sea and giant sea fans. The depth of the reef measures up to 35 metres, and the quality of the water is particularly clear at 21 metres, with visibility exceeding 30 metres. Giant sea fans and gorgonians can be seen easily up to 2 to 3 meters away. It is located 45 minutes from the jetty.
Barracudas are feared for their aggressiveness and voracity but you will be stunned by their beauty when you witness them in a school numbering more than 300 individuals swimming in unison. Barracuda Point, located 45 minutes from the jetty, is a reef within a reef. There is a coral reef surrounded by a rock, where the school of barracudas call home.
No dive is complete without exploring a shipwreck. The Sri Gadong wreck is a 30-metre-long freighter that sank to the sea floor, becoming home to various species of fish. Divers will have to travel 1 hour and 10 minutes from the jetty to reach this dive site.
Do not worry if you are an inexperienced diver. The local diving company can provide training for you. A coach will be on hand to guide you through your diving journey and diving certificates will be issued upon completion of the diving course.