Crystal clear waters adorned with colorful wooden boats await you in Borneo. There are plenty of dive operators dotting the circumference of the island that can take you out to the variety of dive sites to be found offshore.
One of the most unique dives in Borneo can be found off Mabul Island in Malaysia. The sandy bottoms surrounding the island hosts color changing cuttlefish, octopi, and the endangered ghost pipefish are encountered here. Expect bright and colorful creatures wherever you go in the area.
Another great spot is the turtle sanctuary, just past the mangroves of Kuching to small Satang Island. The area is a dedicated turtle sanctuary, and is available for divers to explore.
Turtles, massive reefs, bustling anemones and more await you in Borneo. The warm waters brings in troves of plankton, which in turn brings in macro marine life. You can see whale sharks, dolphins, and whales on a dive in these crystal clear waters. In the calm shallows you might come across yellow rays with vibrant blue spots as they glide across the sandy bottom.
Keep a keen eye on the coral reefs, where tiny creatures like nudibranchs and eels hide in crevices.
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Comprised of three countries, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei, Borneo is the third largest island in the world. This gorgeous island, boasts beautiful beaches and one of the oldest rainforests in the world.
For thousands of years Borneo has been a trading hub for those traveling through these fertile seas. As time progressed, superpowers saw all that Borneo had to offer, and fought for power. Things had been tumultuous for years, but then WWII came, and Japan controlled and occupied the island. Many of the resources of the islands were destroyed, and thousands of people were killed. More recently in the 1960’s, Malaysia and Indonesia were at odds.
Today, relations are much more amicable, and getting around the island is no longer an issue.
There are things to do all throughout the interior of Borneo, no matter which country you find yourself in. One of the most compelling places to visit while on the Indonesian side is the Tanjung Putting National Park. Here you can see wild orangutans in their native habitat. Stop at the many markets to indulge in the fresh fruits and vegetables, and don’t miss out on the many museums, giving you a fuller appreciation of this unique destination.
Flying in to Borneo is an excellent option, though there is the option to take the ferry from the mainland of Malaysia. While on the island there are only slight restrictions when you are crossing borders, and taking a taxi or bus is a solid bet.