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Dive Sites


DIVE 40 SITES

IN THE MIRI SIBUTI CORAL REEFS NATIONAL PARK

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Dive Sites


DIVE 40 SITES

IN THE MIRI SIBUTI CORAL REEFS NATIONAL PARK

PRISTINE REEFS, WRECKS and RIGS!

Miri has long been known for the rain-forests, caves and exotic wildlife in the surrounding area, but it is the underwater realm that is now gaining the world's attention. The very first untouched reefs in the region were discovered offshore in the late 90's and the government has moved quickly to protect the area. In 2007, the Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park was gazetted protecting 186,930 hectares of the South China Sea , an area equivalent to 350,000 American Football fields

Located in the maritime boundary between Bintulu town and Miri City, Miri-Sibuti is the largest offshore national park created in Sarawak and in this vast expanse almost 40 dive sites have already been identified. Most of these are absolutely pristine patch reefs, but there is also the opportunity to dive the coral encrusted oil rigs and even WWII wrecks. 

The variety of corals and other marine life on the reefs rivals the best in the region and has been compared to those in Papua New Guinea and the Maldives. Miri-Sibuti is the breeding ground for 800 species of hard and soft corals and over 40 species of nudibranchs have been sighted. Gorgonians, anemones, sponges, giant clams, and crinoids are abundant. Fish species commonly sighted include trigger fish, parrot fish, clown fish, fusiliers, angelfish, butterfly fish, sea perch, lizardfish, batfish, barracudas,wrasses, groupers, stingrays, and sharks.

Conditions for diving really couldn't be better, with all our dive sites at depths ranging from from 7 to 30 meters, with average visibility of between 10 to 30 meters. There is virtually no current for most dives and water temperatures average around 30° Celsius. 


DIVE SITES MAP (CLICK MARKERS FOR MORE INFO)

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Miri, Sarawak


Miri - RESORT CITYYOUR GATEWAY TO NORTHERN SARAWAK AND THE REST OF BORNEO

Miri, Sarawak


Miri - RESORT CITYYOUR GATEWAY TO NORTHERN SARAWAK AND THE REST OF BORNEO

GETTING HERE

 

Miri International Airport (MYY)  is a significant hub for central Borneo. From Peninsular Malaysia there are frequent flights from Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru on Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia. The airport is also connected to all major destinations in Malaysian Borneo, including Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. There are also international flights to Singapore from Miri. 

  • To/From Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia Airlines flies six times daily (except Sundays) between Kuala Lumpur and Miri, with one stopping over at Kuching; Malaysia Airlines operates five flights between Kuala Lumpur and Miri on Sundays, with one stopping over at Kuching. AirAsia also flies direct non-stop four times daily.
  • To/From Johor Bahru: AirAsia flies on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
  • To/From Penang: AirAsia flies on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • To/From Kuching: Malaysia Airlines flies four flights daily, except on Saturdays, where it serves three flights. AirAsia flies two to three times daily.
  • To/From Kota Kinabalu: AirAsia has one to two flights daily. MASWings flies several times daily between Kota Kinabalu via Labuan. It also serves several direct flights daily.
  • To/From Singapore: Malaysia Airlines operates daily flights between Singapore and Miri via Kuching. On the other hand, AirAsia flies direct on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

 

 
 
 

STAYING HERE

 

CO.CO. LODGE 

Coco House is the new well-build, stylish with fully air condition room,which offer reasonable prices in the heart of Miri center. It is situated 10 mins away from Bintang Mega Mall and next to Dynasty Hotel and very close to China Market & Handicraft Centre. Only 10 minute work from the main bus stop in town to our guesthouse.

Coco House has three type of room available: Family Room come with one double and one single beds,private toilet, hot showers and room with air conditioning unit. Private Room will be double/twin room come with a double bed/two single beds. Have their own toilet with hot shower and also room with air conditioning unit. Three dorm style- 4beds, 4beds and 8beds.

Bed sheets and linen are provided and all dorm rooms come with security lockers, reading light and shared bathroom(male and female separated) with hot showers. All room are equipped with air-conditioning units including the living room. 

Our team comprises of naturalists, dive experts, national park rangers, professional guides, friendly front desk / cafe staffs. We all share an enthusiasm towards tourism, and it's our wish to see each and every guests leaving Miri with a smile on their face.

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ALTERNATIVE ACCOMODATION 

Miri isn't known as the resort city without good reason. There are more than 25 hotels, with over 1700 reviews on Trip Advisor in the city. Check out your options over on the Trip Advisor page here. 

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More to Explore


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In the world's oldest rainforests

More to Explore


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In the world's oldest rainforests

NATIONAL PARKS

Northern Sarawak’s national parks feature a wide range of natural habitats and contain some of the region’s leading visitor attractions. The national parks listed below are all open to visitors and offer accommodation, reasonable ease of access, and useful visitor facilities including well marked trekking trails. Four other National Parks - Gunung Buda, Bukit Tiban, Usun Apau and Pulong Tau - are either not yet open to visitors, or do not yet have visitor facilities. 

 

GUNUNG MULU NATIONAL PARK

Gunung Mulu is Sarawak’s largest national park (544 sq km), and also Malaysia’s first World Heritage Area, a status it was awarded in 2000. It is most famous for its limestone cave systems, including the world’s largest natural chamber (the Sarawak Chamber), the world’s largest cave passage (Deer Cave) and the longest cave in Southeast Asia (Clearwater Cave). The park’s main attractions are the four show caves, all readily accessible by wooden walkways and paths. Other fascinating sights and activities include; a bat observatory; a rainforest canopy skywalk; adventure caving trips to some of Mulu’s less accessible caves; the challenging Mulu Summit climb, the spectacular Pinnacles trail, and the historic Headhunter’s trail through remote rainforest scenery. Situated 100 km from the coast, the park is dominated by three mountains - Gunung Mulu (2,376m), Gunung Api (1,750m) and Gunung Benarat (1,585m). Gunung Mulu is sandstone, whilst Gunung Api and Gunung Benarat are formed from limestone and therefore have different geographical features. The summit of Gunung Mulu is covered by moss forests and stunted montane vegetation, whilst razor-sharp limestone pinnacles, some as high as 50 metres, are found on the upper 90 91 slopes of Gunung Api. The park’s forest ecosystems include peatswamp, heath, mixed dipterocarp, moss forest and montane vegetation – home to thousands of species of ferns, fungi, mosses and flowering plants, including 170 species of orchid and 10 species of pitcher plants, an impressive variety of mammals, birds (including 8 species of hornbill), frogs, fish and insects. Mulu’s wildlife is often heard but not seen, but visitors are almost certain to encounter bats, swiftlets, cave dwelling insects, snakes, lizards, tree frogs and an abundance of beautiful butterflies.

 

NIAH NATIONAL PARK

Niah National Park provides some interesting and impressive sights. The area was a major centre of human settlement as early as 40,000 years ago, and features one of the world’s largest cave entrances, Palaeolithic and Neolithic burial sites, and iron-age cave paintings. The surrounding area is covered in dense primary rain forest and is home to many species of plants and wildlife. Even today, the caves remain important for local communities, with birds nest and guano collection providing valuable employment and income. Niah Caves is a very pleasant place to spend a few days, although most of the major attractions are accessible to the day visitor. The park was nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2010 and is currently awaiting approval.

 

LAMBIR HILLS NATIONAL PARK

Lambir Hills National Park is probably the world’s most complex and diverse forest ecosystem. Its 6,952 hectares of lowland dipterocarp and heath forests rise to a height of 450m and produce the greatest known level of plant biodiversity on the planet. This provides a home for 237 different species of birds, flying squirrels, wild pigs, gibbons, many different types of monkey, various species of deer, and untold insects and other invertebrates, as well as dozens of international research scientists who are permanently stationed in the park. Lambir also offers fascinating trekking trails leading to sparkling waterfalls and bathing pools scattered about the rainforest, all within 40 minutes drive of downtown Miri.

 

SIMILAJAU NATIONAL PARK

Similajau National Park showcases the unique geographical features of the Sarawak coastline north of Bintulu - a chain of golden sandy beaches, punctuated by small rocky headlands and jungle streams, and bordered by dense green forest. The 8,996 hectare park is at its best during the dry season (approximately February to October) when the emerald green waters are crystal clear and ideal for swimming. The park is very popular with locals at weekends. If you want to avoid the crowds, visit during the week when you are likely to have the park all to yourself.

 

LOAGAN BUNUT NATIONAL PARK

Loagan Bunut features a unique ecosystem based on Sarawak’s largest natural lake (65 ha). The shallow lake usually drains completely when the water in the nearby Tinjar river is low (normally February and late May or early June/July). As the water level subsides, huge flocks of wading birds gorge themselves on fish and other aquatic creatures trapped in the mud. When the lake is dry, plants sprout from the mud and are eaten by insect larvae. When the rains come and the lake fills up, returning fish feed on the larvae, breed in the lake, and the whole cycle starts again.

Fishermen from the local Berawan tribe have developed a unique method only found at Loagan Bunut, known as Selambau. They use huge scoop nets mounted on large rafts to catch migrating fish, which are kept alive in submerged bamboo cages until they can be transported to market.

The surrounding terrain features a variety of forest types, ranging from mixed peatswamp forest with huge stilt-rooted trees at the water’s edge, to towering Alam forest with a canopy height of over 60 m, and helps to make Loagan Bunut a birdwatcher’s paradise. Permanent residents include eagles, swallows, malkohas, stork-billed kingfishers, magpies, robins, doves, bulbuls, racket-tailed drongos, pied hornbills and kites, while darters, egrets, herons, bitterns, storks and broadbill arrive during dry spells to feed on the trapped fish. Other animals found in the park include barking deer, bearded pigs, sambar deer, long-tail macaques, black banded langurs, lesser mouse deer, small-tooth palm civets, giant squirrels, provost squirrels, Bornean gibbons, many species of frogs and small lizards, dogheaded water snakes and a variety of tree snakes. Estuarine crocodiles are occasionally sighted.