Diving at Kota Kinabalu
Calling Kota Kinabalu a paradise for divers won’t be an exaggeration. A budding destination for recreational divers though, technical divers can have some of the best diving experiences here. Dive shops in KK offer several packages for tourists who wish to relish the thrill of a scuba diving experience. Besides making it a spectacular adventure for their guests, service providers also make sure that it made safe for them.
There are several packages varying in duration and charges to choose from. And the marine life that one gets to see from such a close distance is a life-changing encounter. Some of the best destinations for scuba diving in Kota Kinabalu are:
Diving in Sipandan
An hour journey by boat will take enthusiasts of diving in Sipandan, one of the top five diving sites in the world to their destination. The only oceanic island of Malaysia has the best-in-class facilities for divers besides the unbelievable variety of underwater species that gets unravels while one dives. Colorful fishes, Moorish Idols, Unicorn Fish, Bannerfish, turtles, sharks, and barracudas are all to be seen here.
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
It is just a 20 minutes boat ride from KK and the ravishing white sandy beaches full of interesting marine life welcome people desirous of diving. A bunch of five islands and crystal clear shallow water of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is the best diving and snorkeling destination of KK. A fully guided adventure activity, it requires half day or one day trip charges of which include the entry fee to the park, equipment fee and lunch.
This destination is about 120km from KK hence calls for a one day trip for those desirous of diving here. One can either take a bus or pre-book a boat transfer with their travel agent to reach Paula Tiga. Explore the exotic underwater treasure while diving or go for snorkeling. Kayaking is another water-sport that visitors can get a chance to undertake on this island which is also famous for its snake inhabitation.
Diving around Perhentian Island
Half an hour of journey is what is required to reach Perhentian Island from Kota Kinabalu if one is riding a fast boat, else it may take an hour and a half at the maximum. The views of turquoise blue waters and palm-edged white sandy beach is absolutely marvelous. Many tour operators arrange for a one day trip for their clients who wish to have a good time diving at this charming destination. There is something for everyone, be they new diving aficionados or trained divers. The best part about being here is that guests can customize their visit in whatever way they feel like!
Scuba Diving in Layang Layang Island
Also sometimes known as Swallow Reef, this remote island is surrounded by water from all sides. This is the reason that it is endowed with an immensely rich under-water life making diving experience truly incomparable. Layang Layang is one of the finest unspoiled scuba diving spots in Kota Kinabalu.