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Visit Sabah for some Kota Kinabalu diving | Borneo Dream

Borneo Dream offers a wide range of Kota Kinabalu diving day trips from Kota Kinabalu for certified divers looking for a day, or two, of underwater adventure during their holiday in Sabah. For a relaxing day of scuba diving in tropical waters join our scuba diving trip to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TARP) during your holiday in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia.

Explore some top Kota Kinabalu diving around Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TARP) it is an ideal dive trip location for scuba divers looking for chilled out diving along pretty coral reefs. Suitable for beginners through to experienced leisure divers, scuba diving around Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is a good choice for your diving trip or holiday to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Koto Kinabalu diving day trips | Fun dives with Borneo Dream

During your Kota Kinabalu diving trip in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park we will take you to some of the ~20 dive sites we have identified around the five idyllic islands in the Marine Park – Pulau Gaya, Sapi, Mamutik, Manukan and Sulug. We also go diving the deeper, beautiful coral reefs at Edgell Patches. The dives range in depths from 5m to 25m and tend to have little or no current and good visibility (during most of the year).

Borneo Dream Travel & Tours were awarded PADI Dive Centre of the Month December 2011 ‘World Wide’ for its outstanding achievements and contributions to the Kota Kinabalu diving and snorkelling.

Kota Kinabalu diving | Daily diving trips to a range of scuba diving destinations from Jesselton Point, Sabah.

During the Dry Season (April – October) we offer diving trips to a broader range of scuba diving destinations from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah – wreck diving in Usukan Bay, Pulau Tiga and Mayne Rocks. Our long-distance diving trips are subject to weather and minimum numbers.

Kota Kinabalu Diving? | Take a look at this video showing some of our great diving and snorkelling spots around KK.

During your dives you will find good quality coral coverage and a surprisingly wide variety of marine life – real divers find considering you are only 15 minutes by boat from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Watch shoals of Fusilier’s dart through the water, schooling Barracuda, Puffer Fish peek out from under Table Corals, a Hawksbill or Green Turtle resting under a coral pinnacle and find every species of Anemone Fish (including Nemo!). That’s not mentioning the surprisingly rich muck diving including various Nudibranch species, Banded Pipefish, Cuttlefish, Seahorses and Ornate Ghost Pipefish.

Amazing marelife of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah | Diving day trips in Kota Kinabalu

Enjoy a Kota Kinabalu diving day trip with Borneo Dream today!

Please contact the Borneo Dream team to book a place on our Sabah diving trip during your holiday in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. We’ll show you a high quality, safe and enjoyable Kota Kinabalu diving trip experience!

  • Where can I dive in Borneo?

    In Borneo most of the scuba diving locations are to be found in Sabah, northern Borneo. Sabah is home to a range of popular diving locations including the following:-

    • For World famous dive locations choose Sipadan or Layang Layang. Both offer diving along drop offs, sightings of pelagics and regularly feature in the top diving locations in the World.
    • Muck diving at Mabul – Mabul may not have the stunning reef diving offered by neighbouring Sipadan, but it is compensated by offering some really cool muck diving being home a wide variety of unusual critters including nudibranchs, mandarinfish, frogfish and lots more.
    • The most accessible diving is offered at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park – the Marine Park is easy to visit from Kota Kinabalu and offers calm, sheltered coral reef dive sites suitable for beginners as well as offering chilled out diving for more experienced divers.
    • For idyllic island resort diving check out Lankayan Island or Pulau Mataking. Both have just one Resort located offering a secluded stay, white sand beaches and diving along the reefs fringing the island. 

    If you are into wreck diving then check out the wrecks located in the waters near Labuan – the American Wreck, Australian Wreck, Cement Wreck and the Blue Water Wreck. Dive Centre(s) in Brunei typically offer diving trips to the wrecks.

  • Where can I see whale sharks in Borneo?

    The whale shark is considered the largest fish in the world and is often on the bucket list of divers for their dream sightings on a dive. The whale shark inhabits tropical and warm-temperate seas and we are lucky to have a Whale Shark migration season on the west and east coast of Sabah, Borneo although possible sightings are quite small in number. If you don’t get to see a Whale Shark during your holiday to Borneo, don’t worry. The tropical waters off Sabah are located in the Coral Triangle making them home to an amazing variety of marine life waiting to be seen. The following are locations in Sabah offer the chance to see Whale Sharks during the Whale Shark migration season (if luck is on your side):-

    Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Kota Kinabalu

    Whale sharks come to feed on the plankton during the cooler months typically between November and February. Most years we have had a handful of Whale Shark sightings during a Borneo Dream snorkeling and scuba diving trip within the Marine Park.

    Lankayan Island, accessible by boat via Sandakan

    Whale shark sightings on Lankayan Island off the east coast of Sabah, Borneo are far from guaranteed. The whale shark season runs from March-May, when the sharks are migrating through the Sulu Sea, often passing close to the island to feed near the drop-offs.

    Layang Layang, accessible by flight via Kota Kinabalu

    Layang Layang is an atoll located 300 kilometres north-west of Kota Kinabalu. The island offers world-class diving along its drop-offs with regular sightings of pelagics in its waters. The diving season at Layang Layan is from

    March to August and divers, of they are lucky, may also encounter whale sharks during their migration season.

    For guaranteed sightings of Whale Sharks, we recommend you visit more famous locations in the world-renowned for Whale Shark sightings such as Ningaloo Reef in Australia. Find out more about the distribution of Whale Sharks.

  • Will we still go diving if it is raining?

    The quick answer is “yes”. Sabah has a tropical climate and as part of this, we will typically have some tropical rain later in the day on most days. This rain is warm, often a welcome relief and for most activities does not stop play. Specifically for our scuba diving and snorkeling activities from Kota Kinabalu:-

    • It is still safe to snorkel and dive when it’s raining.
    • You won’t get cold if it rains as the sea temperature, for most of the year, is a toasty 28C – 30C. We also provide all our divers and snorkeling customers with 3mm tropical wet suits for thermal protection.
    • The tropical marine life will still be there to see as you enjoy your scuba diving or snorkeling activity.

    Whilst Sabah’s tropical climate means there’s a good chance it will rain at some point during your holiday, it’s this climate that also supports the rainforest, and it’s inhabitants, found here. Most days in Sabah, especially during the Dry Season, start off with blue sky, sunshine and a calm breeze with a chance of rain typically later in the day, evening or night time. As long as you come on holiday prepared for a hot, humid and sometimes wet tropical climate you will have a great time! Find to more about Sabah, and Sabah’s climate, on Sabah Tourism’s web site.

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