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Brunei

A tiny state with pristine diving . . . . . but, shhhh, don't tell everyone . . . . .
Overview:

Brunei is a country located on the north coast of the island of Borneo, in Southeast Asia.  Here's the map.

The diving in Brunei is still unknown to most people from outside the region.  The 4500 hectares of coral reef and coastline form oases for rays, hammerhead sharks, grey tip sharks and many tropical fish and corals.  Surrounded by colourful coral pinnacles, shipwrecks and disused oil rig platforms, Brunei offers a vast selection of different diving types.

What to see:
  • Louisa Reef has immense underwater cliffs where the reef falls into the blue abyss. Sharks such as Hammerheads, White tips and Leopards are often seen.
  • Try rig diving - 50 metre long triangular oil rig jackets have been placed strategically on the seabed at Two Fathom Rock to encourage marine life. The result is an amazing spectacle of soft corals, rroupers, sponges, featherstars and other colourful organisms. Schnapper, Barracuda, Sweetlips and schools of Jacks live in these man made reefs. If you're lucky, you might spot a Whale shark!
Need to know:
  • Yellow fever vaccination is required if travelling from infected areas within the previous week.
  • The best period for diving in Brunei is from March to November, in the dry season. The lighter south-west monsoon means calmer seas.
  • Shark watching is best around Brunei Patches, Ampa Patches apnd Iron Duke Shoals. The closest coastal reef dive is just 10 minutes offshore from Brunei.
Useful stuff:
Language: Chinese, English and Malay
Currency: Brunei $
Time: GMT +8
Climate: Tropical, hot, humid, rainy
Natural hazards: Earthquakes, typhoons & severe flooding are rare
Diving season: Year round, best March - November
Water temperature: Jan to March - 28C/82F
June to October – 29C/824F
Hyperbaric chambers: The Royal Brunei Navy (RBN)

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