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Why You'll Love Diving In Borneo!

  • A wonderfully diverse island of spectacular mountains, tropical rainforests, and deserted coral beaches
  • A magnet for pelagics with magnificent walls rising 2000 meters from the sea bed
  • Great visibility and a vast array of dive sites

Diving Holidays In Borneo

Borneo lies 200 miles from the Malaysian peninsula across the South China Sea. This is a wonderfully diverse island of spectacular mountains, tropical rainforests, and deserted coral beaches. Beyond the beaches you will find some of Malaysia's finest diving. Off Borneo's west coast are the Borneo Banks which are a magnet for pelagics with magnificent walls rising 2000 meters from the seabed. The coral islands perched off the coast of Borneo are each fringed by shallow reefs and an incredible diversity of macro-life. 

Topside Malaysian Borneo boasts primal forests, ranging from shoreline mangrove to mountaintop oak. Rainforest covers almost three-quarters of the land, an area equivalent to almost the entire United Kingdom. One can walk for hundreds of miles in Malaysia under a continuous canopy of green, marvelling at an abundance of plant and animal species. A single half-kilometre plot of land in Borneo's lowland dipterocarp forest, can contain more than eight hundred different species of tree alone, not to mention a profusion of flowers, birds, ferns, and insects.

Diving Season In Borneo

Borneo enjoys a sunny tropical climate year-round with temperatures generally between 25ºC and 35ºC. The rainy season is November to February but is somewhat unpredictable as tropical showers rarely last for any length of time. Light clothing is advisable as the climate is generally warm and humid. Women are asked to dress modestly inland in keeping with the local customs. The coolest time is September to March with an average 27 degrees Celsius. The warmest is April to August with an average 29 degrees Celsius. The wettest is November to March. Borneo can be dived whole year round. Heavier rains can be felt only during typhoons around the region but diving conditions are still acceptable.

Diving In Borneo

Borneo's offshore islands are of legendary beauty. In many places, you can get 100 + feet of visibility. Also, the country has become increasingly aware of the biological and economic importance of its marine heritage, and each year brings better access to and protection for the unique marine life. Because of the hundreds of islands, there are many dive options.

The Resort

Sabah (Malaysian Borneo) sits north on the island of Borneo, which is the third largest island in the world. This is the home to thousands of species of trees, flowers and plants, wild animals, some of which are rare and others found only in Sabah. Most diving areas are in the north-eastern state of Sabah, a largely mountainous state with lush tropical rainforests, a long coastline dotted with powdery white beaches and some of the most spectacular coral reefs and marine life in the world. It was named 'The Land Below the Wind' by the maritime traders of old as it lies below the typhoon belt, making diving possible all year round. The peoples of Sabah are a melting pot of not less than 32 ethnic communities, making up a culturally diverse population of about 2.3 million. The multi-racial Sabahans who speak their many dialects and still maintain their ethnic traditions, giving the place a most enchanting character.

Other Activities

One of the main attractions of Borneo, aside from the world class diving, is the host of adventurous tours on offer. At the very least we recommend a visit to the orangutan sanctuary at Sepilok. Other fantastic trips include rainforest trekking, white water rafting, mountain trekking and river canoe safaris. Borneo is a paradise for naturalists, botanists, bird watchers, divers, mountaineers or just about anyone who wants to be close to nature.

The Nightlife

Nightlife is very low key except for the main city of Kota Kinabalu where there are excellent bars, restaurants and evening entertainment for all tastes.

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See What Our Clients Say

We have just arrived back from our trip which was absolutely fabulous, thanks for organizing it, the company out there were brilliant and we had some great diving in layang layang and saw hammerheads! Lankayan was absolutely beautiful but the diving wasn't quite as good as we had hoped though the island well and truly made up for it. Anyway brilliant holiday, we will look to use you guys again when booking our next trip!


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