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Scuba diving day trips around Malaysia Borneo – Mayne Rock

A 30nm boat trip north of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysian Borneo, lays Mayne Rock, a nice shallow dive with amazing topography. What’s unique about this dive is the abundance of healthy soft corals covering the boulders making it an underwater paradise. The site is covered with marine life and some of the biggest barrel sponges I have ever seen. Shoals of fusiliers are in abundance here and its not uncommon to spot coral cat sharks or nurse sharks. Other marine life spotted during a typical dive here include Bat Fish, Lobsters, Sting rays, Trumpet Fish, Nudi Branches, Lion Fish and much more.

 

Have a look at some of our photos from previous trips.

Mayne Rock is an ideal dive site to be combined with a dive at the WW2 Rice Bowl Wreck. Its geographic location as well as its shallow depth make the two dives a perfect day out. Mayne Rock can sometimes have medium to strong current so it’s recommended for experience divers with 25dives or more or divers with drift dive experience.

If you would like to join us for one of our long distance day trips whether it be the Usukan Wrecks, Pulau Tiga or Mayne Rock then just contact the Borneo Dream Team.

Scuba diving day trips around Sabah, Malaysian Borneo – Rice Bowl Wreck & Mayne Wreck

WOW!!!! What an awesome day wreck diving off the north coast of Malaysian Borneo at the WW2 Rice Bowl Wreck followed by a dive at Mayne Rock….Amazing!

A group of four experienced divers joined us yesterday onboard Borneo Dream Betty for the 30nm trip north of KK. The trip took us just over an hour and provided us with probably the best view we could get of Mount Kinabalu. Conditions were great. We could pretty much see the wreck from the surface and apart from a bit of surface current once down the line everything was perfect.

With a planned bottom depth of 32m, we did our first dive on a nitrox mix of 32% so as to get as long as possible whilst recreational diving. Billy joined on his re-breather. Making our way down the line we were greeted by a school of curious batfish and then hit with the immense colours and textures of the soft corals covering the wreck. The wreck lies at between 26m at its shallowest and 40m at its deepest point. We dropped in on the starboard side of the wreck close to the bow and made our way around the ships layout. As we came around the stern of the boat, a family of Cobias swam underneath us. Really cool but unfortunately only one of our divers got a glimpse of them. Apart from all of the diverse marine life that is found on the wreck, many of the original features are still intact including, the propellers, engine, mast and we even came across some unused 50caliber shells. Pretty cool huh?

If only we all had re-breathers, we could have stayed down longer.

 

After a surface interval and a picnic of fresh fruits, cakes and soft drinks we entered the water for our second dive, Mayne Rock, a nice shallow dive with amazing topography. What’s unique about this dive is the abundance of healthy soft corals covering the boulders making it an underwater paradise. Whilst cruising around we came across a Nurse Shark hiding under a table coral, a descent sized lobster, a nice Ribbon Tail Ray and thanks for finding the Peacock Mantis Shrimp, my favorite.

All in all a great day was had by everyone and now we’re looking forward to our next trip back there. Who’s in?

If you would like to join us for one of our long distance day trips whether it be the Usukan Wrecks, Pulau Tiga or Mayne Rock then just contact one of us at  the Borneo Dream Team.

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.

Tiger Dive Club Come Diving with Borneo Dream from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Tiger Dive Club from Russia

Tiger Dive Club from Russia

Tiger Dive Club (Russia) Come Diving with Borneo Dream from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Valeriy from Russia, who runs Tiger Dive Club, recently ran a diving trip to Sabah for a group of experienced divers from his club. As part of their diving holiday, which included diving at world famous Sipadan, they joined Borneo Dream for a scuba diving trip from Kota Kinabalu to the Usukan Bay WW2 wrecks and Mayne Rock.

Wreck diving from Kota Kinabalu

Wreck diving from Kota Kinabalu

Valeriy, his wife and eight Tiger Dive Club divers wanted to dive somewhere special from Kota Kinabalu (a mix of Dive Instructors, PADI Rescue Divers and PADI Advanced Open Water Divers and all with at least 200 logged dives). Based on their scuba diving experience we suggested they join us for a dive on the WW2 Rice Bowl Wreck perfect for recreational diving on EANx30 at 25m – 40m in depth. They then joined us for a dive along the unusual landscape at nearby Mayne Rock. Both dive sites are located ~30nm north of Kota Kinabalu.

We ran a private boat charter for them on Borneo Dream 3 – our comfortable, spacious catamaran. We set off at 7:30am for a cruise north from Kota Kinabalu and were ready for starting our first dive on the Rice Bowl Wreck around 9am. There was a slight current and good vis for their first dive. They saw lots of fish life and dived over the wreck adorned with soft and hard corals.

Diving at Mayne Rock

Diving at Mayne Rock

After a surface interval they joined a shallower second, long dive (for diver safety reasons ensuring no-one went in to decompression) around the boulders at Mayne Rock. They explored around the boulders and surrounding coral reef and were suitable impressed by the quality of the corals and marine ,life on both dives. Not bad considering they’d just come from diving at Sipadan :)

On the journey back to Kota Kinabalu they enjoyed homemade chocolate fudge cake, chilled soft drinks and lots of other goodies from the cool box onboard Borneo Dream 3.

Diving at Mayne Rock

Diving at Mayne Rock

Back at Kota Kinabalu we said goodbye to Val and the Tiger Dive Club. We hope to see our Russian diving friends again in the future. Enjoy photos from their dives on the Rice Bowl Wreck & Mayne Rock.

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