If Divers visit Kota Kinabalu the diving trip that all dive operators will promote you is in Diving Marine Park Local - Tunku Abdul Rahman (TARP). Transfer 30 minutes by boat from Kota Kinabalu and includes five islands - The marine park is located 15 Pulau Sapi, Gaya, Sulug, Mamutik and Manukan. There are about 20 different dive sites in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and some other dive sites near Edgell Patches (home deeper, healthier coral reefs). Diving around TARP is ideal for divers looking relaxed diving along beautiful coral reefs. It should also be experienced recreational diver training for the recycler. Dives to depths ranging from 5m to 35m and tend to have little or no current and good visibility. During the dives will give you a good coral cover quality and amazing variety of marine life to find - find a true diver since you are only 15 minutes by boat from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Further south of Kota Kinabalu, about 30 nautical miles south-west, Pulau Tiga is. Pulau Tiga is in a sense the Marine Park reefs are protected for conservation purposes by Sabah Parks. Pulau Tiga, there are about 8 dive sites (mainly south and west of the island). Here are some unexplored dive, enjoy unspoiled coral reefs and be the only divers in the water in general. Depths are between 6m - 20m, visibility is generally 5m - 20m ² with occasional strong currents on certain dive sites. This makes dive trips to Pulau Tiga for experienced recreational divers, some drift diving and underwater photography a lot! During a dive trip at Pulau Tiga you by large coral pinnacles covered coral bombies and busy cleaning stations diving. Hard and soft corals are breathtaking, including large colorful sponges with feather stars, Whip Coral, Coral table, gorgonians and more ornate. Attention to an amazing variety of marine life, including large beds of anemones and clownfish, large schools of fish and Miss Anthea, Fusliers biting, nudibranchs, Barracuda, Blue Spotted Rays, squid, lobster and school.
If you fancy diving somewhere unique along the west coast of Sabah, then look no further than a dive trip to the "white stone" near Mayne skirt. The unique underwater landscape creates a special diving experience. 25m, surrounded by large schools of fish and decorated with hard and soft corals - If you are going to dive Mayne Rock two rows of large white stones (approx. 100 m away), to increase seabed 7m. You also have the chance to have dive along a little more flat, hilly virgin coral reef. Divers, dive the coral reefs Mayne bneen rocks are often impressed by the visibility and health of reefs. Immerse yourself in Mayne balance sometimes get strong currents - which makes a diving trip for experienced recreational divers. In a dive trip to Mayne Rock you can expect a variety of marine life, including schools of fusiliers, barracudas, yellow snappers, batfish, young nurses sharks, lion fish, trumpet fish, nudibranchs, large puffer fish , lobster, anemone fish locally and more. Expect to find marine treasures on every corner, how to explore the big rocks and columns.
In the atmosphere of the underwater adventure? Then go wreck diving in one or more of three Japanese wrecks, large bay Usukan WWII. Wreck Diving on the "Wreck Usukan", "wreck upside" and "Wreck rice bowl" is a fantastic diving experience. All wrecks lay in 26m - 45m of water and may have moderate currents have small, one an adventure dive the wreck for experienced recreational divers (minimum PADI Advanced Open Water Diver) and technical divers doing. You can send a brief description of each wreck is below.
The wreck Rice Bowl
So called because the cache of rice bowls was found in the bow when it appears, it is a relatively long time ship is in a north-easterly direction, in the depths of 40m and 26m shallower. The superstructure is pierced in many places, so that the feasible and interesting exploration, metal working and is robust. The soft coral garden is memorable.
The wreck of Upside Down
The name gives the orientation of the ship to organize the wreck rice bowl in the same direction and with similar depth. It has good swim-through, but a torch is important and good to explore as well as a training center for wreck diver specialty.
The wreck Usukan
This is the lowest of three to 35m - 45m and therefore only the technical divers. We use recyclers, but also support twin-tanks/Trimix and decompression if necessary. The wreck is interesting and has a spectacular whip coral reports that there may be a frosted appearance in a certain light.
All wrecks are covered in beautiful coral gardens and hard corals, fish life-filled and contains an incredible amount of marine life. Find Barracuda school, nurse sharks, large groupers and large schools of yellow snappers and Fusiliers. The diversity of marine life makes diving wrecks a fantastic dive for experienced divers.
Finally, Pulau Mantanani (Mantanani island), approx. 40-nm-northwest of Kota Kinabalu, is the dive site further north along the west coast of Sabah. Home palm fringed beaches, clear tropical waters and shallow coral reefs, it is a day trip to paradise for divers and non-divers. Mantanani Iceland is a group of three isolated northwest of Kota Belud, Sabah, Borneo islands. Until recently, the islands were known only to the local population. Shallow coral reefs around the islands have much to offer for both beginners and experienced divers. Amazing - Visibility can be as high as 30 meters! Juvenile turtles are often seen at Pulau Mantanani. Many types of radiation in the waters around the island Mantanani, Sabah, Borneo was discovered - Marbled Stingray, Blue Spotted Ray and large schools of eagle rays. For macro photographers the "marine mud" is as good - if you're lucky, seahorses, imperial shrimps, pink-eye gobies, fish jaw, blue-ringed octopus, eel ribbon and many types of slugs found .
The best time to dive the dive sites along the west coast of Sabah is from April to September (with April to June usually offers the best diving conditions). Please note that you need flexibility in the day, you can go diving on Pulau Mantanani the sea state may, by exception this time too rough to cross to the islands.