Diving In Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park-SIC

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day tour

Tour Level: Advanced

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: Morning

tour highlights

  • Dive below to see the pristine patch reefs of Miri
  • Choose 2 dives to take in Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park
  • See a variety of coral
  • leather, elephant ear, sponge & more
  • Swim with clown fish, marble rays, clams, barracudas & leopard sharks

tour details

Miri is a popular dive destination due to its abundance of pristine patch reefs. The Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park is where you’ll choose 2 dive sites to explore. Eve’s Garden holds leather corals & elephant’s ear sponges as well as giant anemones & clown fish. At the Anemone Garden you’ll admire anemones, clown fish, bubble corals, feather stars, giant clams & schooling yellow tails. Batu Belais is home to pelagic sea fans, large gorgonian fans & white whip corals. You’ll also observe angel fish, butterfly fish, lizardfish, batfish, cleaner wrasse & shrimps. In Siwa Reef you’ll find leopard sharks, huge marble rays & orange clown fish in purple anemones. Tukau Drop-Off is another option for you to see schooling jacks, barracudas, napoleon wrasses, large groupers, sharks & trumpet fish.

tour description

07:30 hrs. - Pick-up from your hotel in Miri and transfer to Marina Bay Jetty with en-route stop at the dive centre for briefing.
Miri has become a popular dive destination due to an abundance of pristine patch reefs. The Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park, lying at depths ranging from 7 metres to 30 metres, has an average visibility of 10 metres to 30 metres. Water temperature at the start of the season is normally 26-27'baC, but can be as low as 23'baC at depth, as the NE monsoon still brings in cold water from the Northern Pacific. By May the water temperature reaches the more normal 29-30'baC.
The diversity and accessibility of corals and other marine life on the reefs is amongst the best in the region. Here are some of them:
Eve's Garden (10 minutes from jetty):
This shallow reef just 7 metres to 2 metres deep is carpeted with soft corals such as leather corals, elephant's ear sponges and sees whips. Giant anemones and clown fishes are all over the reef. This reef is also characterised by the schooling yellow tail fusiliers and angelfishes.
Anemone Garden (20 minutes from jetty):
In terms of flora and fauna composition, this is one of the most interesting reefs with depth ranging from 10 metres to 16 metres. Both hard and soft corals thrive in splendid diversity. Anemones and their symbiotic clown fishes are found in abundance. So are bubble corals, stag horn corals and the colourful dendronepthya soft corals. Other surprises are feather stars, giant clams and nudibranchs, with schooling yellow tails also found in exaggerated numbers.
Batu Belais (45 minutes from jetty):
This site is like an open zoo in the sea: the pelagic sea fans, large gorgonian fans of over 4 metre span, yellow coral trees, as well as red, orange and white whip corals are found in their own concentration, spread over an area of 19,000 square metres. Along the 'walkways' are angelfishes, butterfly fishes, sea perch, lizardfish, and nudibranchs. Jacks and yellow snappers are found in abundance. Batfishes are also common among the long swaying sea whips or hovering blithesomely over outcrops whilst being serviced by entourage of cleaner wrasse and shrimps. Reef top is at about 15 metres and the site is absolutely a photographer's heaven.
Siwa Reef (25 minutes from jetty):
With a length of about 800 metres and a depth range from 8 metres to 18 metres, this is the largest amongst the reefs in Miri. The most interesting section of this reef is along the lower reef slope where leopard sharks and huge marble rays hang out during the day. This site is full of surprises in small packages: orange clownfish in purple anemones to several species of nudibranch.


Tukau Drop-Off (50 minutes from jetty):
An exciting drop-off reef (20-40 metres) with a vertical wall. Schooling jacks, barracudas, napoleon wrasses, yellowtail fusiliers and large groupers are always present, and sharks and trumpet fish are occasionally seen here.
After 2 boat dives, return to Marina Bay Jetty for lunch at the canteen.
Transfer back to your hotel.

includes

  • Transfer from/to Hotel Included: Yes

excludes

  • Meals: Local Lunch

notes

  • Guests need to be certified divers. Full name and certification number have to be provided upon booking.
  • The tour includes 2 boat dives. The dive sites will be chosen by the dive-master according to sea conditions and level of experience of divers on board.
  • Use of weights, belts and compressed air is included. Prescriptive mask and dive gear is not included, but can be rented at a surcharge:
    * Full set-mask set, regulator, BCD, fins and rash guard top: MYR 54.00 per person
    If equipment rental is required, please provide guest's BCD and fin sizes upon booking.
  • Please be aware that travellers who took the anti-malaria drug called 'Lariam' (mefloquine) are not allowed to take part in scuba diving, as this prophylaxis has side effects that can
    imitate and worsen symptoms of decompression illness!!!
Tour code: MYYDSDIMJT

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