KUCHING, 30 July 2021: When life returns to normal guess where divers will head to explore coral reefs or shipwrecks? After a long gap due to the Covid-19 pandemic when travel gets back to normal diving enthusiasts from around Asia will booking flights to Sarawak where they will revisit a fascinating underwater world. 

Kuching and Miri offer remarkable diving locations suitable for divers of all levels. Whether you are new to diving, your diving skills need some refreshing, or you are an experienced diver looking for a safe and local dive destination, there are operators providing scuba courses or guide services as well as rental of diving equipment to ensure you have an unforgettable underwater experience.  

The beautiful marine life of Sarawak’s waters 

Unlike Sabah and other islands off Peninsular Malaysia, diving is relatively new to Sarawak. However, the dive spots in Sarawak are becoming increasingly popular. And the good news is that unlike the islands off the peninsular, diving is possible all year round in Sarawak. 

Anyhow, the best times to dive are between March to November, as the monsoon brings substantial rain from November through February, causing the water to be a bit more choppy than the rest of the year.

The average daily air temperature ranges from 30-33°C, whilst the water temperature from 28-31°C. Visibility ranges from 5-20 metres which provide plenty of opportunities to see a variety of colourful fishes; and if you are diving in March or April, you may also come face to face with the Whale Sharks. These majestic, intimidating yet gentle monsters of the deep are often spotted around the wrecks but do take extra caution as the currents can be strong.  

Encountering Whale Sharks off the coast of Miri, Sarawak

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Photo credits: Clement Lee, Ross Kelly and Chris Hii.

Photo credit: https://www.theborneopost.com/2016/05/07/diving-seeing-whale-shark-in-miri-waters-great-joy-for-lee/ (Lee, in white cap, and his dive buddy excitedly photographing whale shark and cobia (rare fish around the whale shark).

To help you plan your underwater trip, here is a list of some of the most recommended diving spots in Kuching and Miri.

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