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More Scuba Diving Destinations from Kota Kinabalu – Pulau Tiga, Mayne Rock, Wreck Diving

Diving at Pulau Tiga

Diving at Pulau Tiga

More Scuba Diving Destinations from Kota Kinabalu with Borneo Dream – Pulau Tiga, Mayne Rock, Wreck Diving

It’s that time of year, as we enter the ‘Dry Season’ in Sabah, when Borneo Dream starts offering our long distance diving trips from Kota Kinabalu for certified divers. Alongside chilled out diving on coral reefs in nearby Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park we also now offer the choice of go scuba diving at Pulau Tiga, Mayne Rock and wreck diving. We run our long distance diving trips from April – October subject to divers wanting to go (we need min. 4 divers per trip) and lovely weather.

Find out more about each of these scuba diving destinations which are just 1 hour from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on our speedy RIB.

 

Rice Bowl Wreck - image by Scubazoo

Rice Bowl Wreck – image by Scubazoo

Pulau Tiga, famous for hosting the first series of Survivor Island USA, is 30 nautical miles (nm) south of Kota Kinabalu. Home to fringing shallow reefs and some hidden gems with diving sites south of the main island. What makes Pulau Tiga special is the vivid colours from the many soft corals and sponges and typically large schools of fish life. A good choice for min. PADI Open Water Divers who are confident with their diving skills.

 

Mayne Rock - Image by Scubazoo

Mayne Rock – Image by Scubazoo

Diving the World War 2 Rice Bowl Wreck is a popular choice for experience divers. The wreck was a WW2 Japanese cargo ship and is ~ 150m in length. The Rice Bowl Wreck lies between 25m – 40m and is home to stunning coral formations and fantastic fish life. Ideal for min. PADI Advanced Open Water Diver with plenty of logged dives and confident diving in current / drift diving.

Then we come to Mayne Rock. Mayne Rock is a hidden gem located 30nm north of Kota Kinabalu. Mayne Rock is home to two long series of large granite boulders which are between 5m – 20m and covered in soft corals, Gorgonian Fans and surrounded by fringing coral reefs. Once divers have been here they want to go back again! Suitable for competent divers from min. PADI Open Water level.

If you would like to join us for a scuba diving trip during your holiday in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah – whether it be TARP, Pulau Tiga, Mayne Rock, Usukan Bay wrecks – then just contact the Borneo Dream Team.

Scuba Diving Trip to Pulau Tiga from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Scuba Diving Trip to Pulau Tiga

Scuba Diving Trip to Pulau Tiga

Scuba Diving Trip to Pulau Tiga from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

We ran a scuba diving trip to Pulau Tiga a few days ago. Pulau Tiga is an island located ~30 nautical miles south west of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The island is famous for being the location of the first USA Survivor TV series.

The few days previous to the trip we had experienced some thunderstorms earlier in the day than was typical. We were all waiting for the day itself hoping the sea state and weather would be in our favour. As Pulau Tiga involves a 1 – 1.5 hour boat transfer across open waters it’s important for diver safety, and comfort, that the sea state is calm on the day. We had no need to worry! We woke up on the morning of the trip to beautiful blue seas and just a very gentle swell. Off we went with our scuba diving guests for a couple of dives at Pulau Tiga.

Rebreather Diver with Barracuda at Pulau Tiga

Rebreather Diver with Barracuda at Pulau Tiga

We dived two coral reef dive sites around 2 nautical miles south of Pulau Tiga, just outside Pulau Tiga Marine Park. Both coral reefs are relatively shallow (7m – 18m) with a lovely mix of soft corals, hard corals, bombies, Sponges and Black Corals. As we approached our first dive site there was a large school of Bat Fish swimming near the surface of the sea. As we descended the shot line we were greeted by slowly circling Barracuda.  Continue reading

Scuba Diving at Pulau Tiga, Sabah, Borneo

Diving at Pulau Tiga

Diving at Pulau Tiga

Scuba Diving at Pulau Tiga, Sabah, Borneo

Well the Dry Season has started in Sabah, Borneo which means that Borneo Dream is running it’s long distance scuba diving trips from Kota Kinabalu to Mayne Rock, Pulau Tiga and the WW2 Usukan Wrecks.

We ran a scuba diving day trip to Pulau Tiga at the weekend, more famously known as ‘Survivor Island’ (as the first series of USA Survivor was held at Pulau Tiga). We were joined by Augusta, Charlie, Emma, Richard, Tom, Mike, Dan and Wyn as we set off at 8am from Jesselton Point Jetty in central Kota Kinabalu. The sea was calm, the sky blue – a great day of diving lay ahead of us.

Diving at Pulau Tiga

Diving at Pulau Tiga

We cruised down to Pulau Tiga on Borneo Dream 3 , our comfortable and spacious catamaran. We arrived and kitted up for our first dive at The Pinnacle dive site. The current was slight and visibility was ~20m. We jumped in and started our first dive of the day. We dived around large boulders and coral bombies covered in corals and teaming with fish life. We had a school of Barracuda circle around us before diving through a forest of Black Coral. After a one hour dived we surfaced and opened up the cool box for some surface interval treats (fruit cake mmmm).

Our second dive was at a coral reef 2nm south of Pulau Tiga. The reef was 12m – 20m with mild current and visibility ranging ~15m. We saw large Lobsters, Blue Spotted Rays, various Nudibranches, Batfish, large Puffer Fish and lots more. The dive was so enjoyable it just flew by in time.

Fast RIB Rides in Kota Kinabalu

Fast RIB Rides in Kota Kinabalu

After a two very chilled out, beautiful dives we set back on cruise speed to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. As we neared Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Billy greeted us on our RIB and treated some of the divers to a fast RIB ride – a fun way to end the scuba diving trip!

If you fancy joining Borneo Dream for a scuba diving trip to Pulau Tiga during your holiday in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo just contact our Team. Borneo Dream – the best range of high quality scuba diving trips from KK, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

The Best Range of Scuba Diving Trips from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo

Mayne Rock, photo by Jason Isley of Scubazoo

Mayne Rock, photo by Jason Isley of Scubazoo

Long Distance Scuba Diving Trips with Borneo Dream from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo

As we move into the ‘Dry Season’, and calmer sea states, in Sabah, Borneo it is time to start our long distance scuba diving day trips again. At Borneo Dream we are proud to offer visiting certified divers to KK, Kota Kinabalu the widest range of scuba diving day trips including diving at Pulau Tiga, Mayne Rock, Usukan Wrecks, Gaya Wreck and more.

From next week Borneo Dream will be offering again our full range of scuba diving day trips from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah for visiting divers to choose from. We already have scheduled the following long distance diving trips:-

  • 27th March = Mayne Rock
  • 8th April = Wreck & Mayne Rock
  • 17th April = Wreck & Mayne Rock
  • 28th April = Pulau Tiga
  • 30th June = Wreck & Mayne Rock
  • 1st July = Gaya Wreck
Go Diving at Pulau Tiga

Go Diving at Pulau Tiga

Our long distance scuba diving day trips from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah help to show divers the best diving opportunities off the west coast of Sabah. Alongside these diving trips we continue to run our daily diving and snorkeling trips to nearby Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

For more information on joining our scuba diving day trips during your holiday in KK, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah just contact the Borneo Dream team. Borneo Dream – helping you experience the best scuba diving opportunities along the west coast of Sabah.

Diving at Pulau Tiga, AKA Survivor Island

 

Diving at Pulau Tiga

Diving at Pulau Tiga

Scuba Diving at Pulau Tiga from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

We ran our first diving trip for April to Pulau Tiga yesterday. We collected our divers from Jesselton Point jetty in central Kota Kinabalu at 8am and set off in our RIB. Cruising at 30 knots heading in a south westerly direction we reached Pulau Tiga for 9am. The sea was calm, the sky was blue with the odd white cloud and the current was slight – perfect! After a dive briefing we were ready for starting our first dive of the day.

Our first dive of the day was the The Pinnacle dive site – one of my favourite dive sites along the west coast of Sabah. It’s a relatively shallow dive site with depths ranging from 7m – 18m. The dive site is covered in coral covered boulders and bombies and interspersed with hard corals, black coral, whip coral, barrel sponges, anemonies, soft corals, gorgonian fans. The colours are beautiful. The reef is alive with fish life. At the start of our dive we had a school of Trevally pass us by several times and darting schools of Fusiliers. I enjoyed a 75 minute dive with my buddy Mike and we surfaced with 100 bar with the RIB waiting to collect us. Continue reading