SABAH, Malaysian Borneo has several dive sites which are rated to be amongst the top ten in the world. The amazing wonders of the underwater world in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, enjoyed by divers from all over the world, are due to the pristine condition of the islands with sandy beaches, blue waters and magnificent coral reefs. In fact, there are still many more islands yet to be discovered and explored.
Divers from all over the world who come to Sabah, Malaysian Borneo are fascinated by the high concentration of rare and endangered marine-life in Sabah’s waters; it is the richest marine ecosystem in the world, with more than 3000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species. Sabah’s water is simply heaven for divers. Typical diving destinations in Sabah are; Sipadan, Lankayan,Mantanani, Layang Layang, Mabul, Kapalai, Mataking, (Boheydulang, Mantabuan, Sibuan, Maiga, Selakan, Sebangkat, Tetagan, Bodgaya) Gaia, Pandanan, Sibuan, Si-Amil, Bum Bum, Ligitan, Pom Pom, Timba Timba, etc.
Sabah, Malaysian Borneo is also gaining popularity amongst international divers for being a ‘muck diving’ paradise – a term used to describe diving enthusiasts who seek for rarities or bizarre marine-life such as pelagic fishes, fans and soft coral trees, mantis shrimp, mimic octopus, sea cucumber, blue moray eels,pipefish, seahorse, pegasus, scorpion fish, cuttlefish, mandarinfish, frogfish,nudibranchs and the list goes on.
The West Coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo is also popular as ‘Wreck Diving’ destination; there are four World War Two wrecks which have been identified and perfect for scuba diving. All of the wrecks are Japanese huge cargo ships and have been at the bottom of the sea for more than 65 years. Now they are covered with varieties of coral species and home to a wide range of tropical marine-life.
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