Guest Post: Why Diving Enthusiasts Do Not Want To Miss Out On A Diving Borneo Experience

 

Borneo is not among the most renowned scuba diving┬ádestinations in Malaysia and the rest of the world. It is, in fact, the world’s third largest island and is situated in Maritime Southeast Asia, right at the centre. Although only part of the island is in East Malaysia, but its offshore islands are fabulously beautiful. Borneo is well-known as the perfect destination for scruba diving, wall diving, wreck diving, as well as for the macro life and pelagics in the clear warm waters surrounding it. Borneo has even been voted as the world’s number one diving locations since it is home to some of the most renowned dive Island resorts, such as Pulau Mabul, Pulau Sipadan, Kapalai Island, and Layang Layang Island among others.

 

Mabul Island

Unlike most other diving locations, a different world of opportunities is offered by the island of Mabul. It is a macro diving paradise where it is quite common for divers to come across rare macroworld inhabitants. Pulau Mabul is one of the best macro diving sites in the world and the international scuba diving community is well-aware of this. The island also offers muck diving opportunities in the coral reef, where the pelagic life and the reef itself can be easily spotted since visibility is almost limitless.

 

Mabul Island

 

Pulau Mabul is a great diving location for macro photographers as well.

 

Sipadan Island

In the crown of diving Borneo, Pulau Sipadan is definitely the most prominent jewel. The waters surrounding this tiny oceanic island are rich with food that attracts a large part of the marine food chain, including sharks and turtles as well. The island is surrounded by dive sites and dive resorts, and it takes merely a short speedboat ride from them to get to those sites. In the past, the island has been declared an “untouched piece of art.” Barracuda Point is one of the leading attractions at Palau Sipadan where divers can dive among a spiraling vortex of barracudas.

 

Sipadan Island

 

Kapalai Island

It can take merely a couple of minutes to get to Kapalai Island from Palau Sipadan if riding in a speedboat. It is more of spectacular reef with the deep and rich Celebs Sea bordering it. Even Palau Sipadan is so nearby, however, a completely different scuba diving experience is offered at Kapalai. Like Palau Mabul, Kapalai is another marco diving paradise. The start attractions in the water include blue-ringed octopus, cuttlefish, frogfish, harlequin ghostpipefish, mandarinfish, mantis shrimp and sea moths. Divers, especially those who are less experienced, can enjoy gentle and nice dives in the relatively shallow, warm water. Straight off the jetty is the placed where most divers tend to join since it is quite convenient and fun to dive there among the gobbies, crocodilefish, leaf scorpionfish, lionfish and various species of shrimps.

 

Kapalai Island

 

Layang Layang Island

Layang Layang lies at the north of Borneo and it takes a short flight to get there. This tiny resort island is another gem among the diving sites in Borneo and is surrounded by clear water, superb diving opportunities and untouched reefs. Since the coral reef is located by deep waters, some of the most amazing opportunities to enjoy wall diving and come across pelagic species like hammerhead sharks become available to divers. The area is definitely beautiful both above and below water, and diving there can be quite challenging.

 

Layang Layang Island

 

It must be quite apparent by now there is a splendid selection of beaches and tropic islands in Borneo, along with fantastic coral reefs and a vast array of marine life. This makes it the best destination for anyone who wants to enjoy a beach holiday and experience the excitement of diving in Asia.

 

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