Sarawak Diving Packages

Diving Packages in Sarawak

Sarawak has always had diving spots which have not been popularized but recently, Tourism Malaysia introduced six scuba diving packages to help make Sarawak the next diving haven. The "Sarawak Adventure Dive" 2014/15 package was launched at the Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia Travel Fair at Mid Valley shopping centre on the weekend of 8, 9 and 10 August 2014. 

Tourism Malaysia has also collaborated with four local tour agencies to produce the dive packages. They consist of the Borneo Exploration Tours & Travel Services and CPH Travel Agencies in Kuching; and Minda Nusantara Tour & Travel Agencies and Planet Borneo Tours & Travel Services in Miri. The six Sarawak dive packages that are being offered until December 2015 are:-
  • Sarawak Wreck Dives (Kuching) - A 4D/3N package from RM1,860 - RM2,400 per person (a minimum of four people without equipment)
  • Sarawak Dive Package 1 (Kuching) - A 3D/2N package, starting from RM719 per person
  • Sarawak Dive Package 2 (Kuching) - A 4D/3N package, starting from RM1,132 per person
  • Miri Dive Packages - A 4D/3N package, starting from RM850 - RM1,350 per person (minimum two people)
  • Miri Dive Holidays - A 5D/4N package, starting from RM1,080 - RM1,450 per person
  • Miri Dive and Stay Package @cocohouse - A 4D/3N package, starting from RM748 per person
Diving around Kuching - Photo by David ST Loh
Diving around Kuching - Photo by David ST Loh
Dive spots in Kuching

One of the popular and favourite dive spots is a World War 2 shipwreck near Santubong which is suitable for local and international diving enthusiasts, who revel in the chance to explore the remnants of Japanese warships, such as the Katori Maru, Hisyoshi Maru and Sagiri.

Wreck diving Kuching, Sarawak
The remnants of the warships also play an important role in the marine ecosystem, because they act as shelters and artificial habitats for the local marine life. The shipwrecks are about 22 metres below the water's surface, which is considered an easy depth for divers to explore. This includes beginner divers with their open water licenses. 

Aside from diving, there are plenty of other tourist activities, such as a visit to the Sarawak Cultural Village, the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, Bako National Park, or even an exploration of Gua Sireh and Gua Sebayan in Bau.

Dive Spots in Miri

Diving around Miri
Miri Diving
Miri is among the earliest places that have been designated as a diving destination for many years now. There are more than 30 dive sites around Miri's waters, with a visibility of 10 to 30 metres. The best season to dive in Miri is from March to September or November, depending on the weather.

Aside from its natural dive spots, Miri also has 5 shipwreck dive spots. Among the most beautiful of them are the artificial reefs named the Kenyalang Wreck, which was a joint development by Shell and Petronas from 7 years ago. Other areas to explore include the Anemone Garden, Siwa Reef and Hawa Reef. All being out in sea and takes about minimum 20 minutes one way to the dive sites. Popular dive company running these dive tours is also Coco Dive who in return works hand in hand with pioneer tour company Planet Borneo Tours.
Beautiful dive sites around Miri, Sarawak
Some of the beautiful dive sites around Miri, Sarawak 
Nudibranch taken at Miri dive sites - Photo CoCo Dive 
Dive Sites for Miri
                                     Diving around Miri and some of the dive sites - photos from Coco Dive Miri

The effort to develop the "Sarawak Adventure Dive" 2014/15 package is a continuation of the ‘Product Introduction & Packaging - Kuching Adventure Dive' programme which was organised by Tourism Malaysia Sarawak on May 2013 in Kuching, Sarawak.

The programme received the attention of the Sarawak Tourism Minister, YB Datuk Amar Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari, who visited the Katori Maru Wreck dive site in Santubong on 25 May 2014. Since diving has escalated in tourism over the recent years, many divers have shown interest apart from visiting Sabah in Borneo. You can also contact new Malaysia online dive and travel store Explorer Lifestyle which offers various dive packages around Malaysia, Borneo and also Sarawak Diving Packages. 

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