World War II ships sank due to mines or torpedoes sat at the bottom of our waters created the sense of peace in their final resting place. Diving here will give the divers the feeling of going back in time with history.
Brunei showcase some of the most fantastic dive sites to be found in the region with many shipwrecks and pristine coral reefs.
The reefs are untouched and diving community here is small making your diving experience feeling like an explorer diving into sites not much dove.
Muck diving giving avid photographers the opportunity to capture images of nudi branch, frog fishes, blemies, gobies, cowries, crab and shrimps. Photographer and divers will be able to capture the behavior of the critters here as they do not recognize divers and will go along doing their daily routine.
Shipwrecks with historic value are found in the waters. World War II ships sank due to mines or torpedoes sat at the bottom of our waters created the sense of peace in their final resting place. Diving here will give the divers the feeling of going back in time with history.
The weather in Brunei is pretty much unpredictable making diving available whole year round with occasional tails of typhoon blowing past. Basically, month from March till November shows more stable weather with the challenging Dec till February month facing some winds but visibility at these period can be very amazing.
The USS Salute AM 294, Admirable Class Minesweeper lies broken in half on a sandy bottom at 30m after hitting a Japanese mine on the 8th June 1945, during pre-invasion sweeps of the Brunei Bay, with the loss of nine lives.
The Australian Wreck
“Australian Wreck” lies on her port side at a 50-degree angle and is slowly collapsing into the sand at 33m. Some uncertainty surrounded the origins of this wreck. It gets its name from the fact it was thought to be an Australian ship or that it was Japanese and had been sunk by an Australian torpedo bomber. Both theories have been proven incorrect.
Blue Water Wreck
Located 35km offshore the wreck of the 80m-long, 12m-wide Philippine stern trawler the “Mabini Padre” lies on her portside in 35m of water. She sank on 13 November 1981 while under tow while fighting a fire on board. Apparently the amount of water used to dowse the flames caused her to sink.
Owner: Brunei government
Built in 1955 by Cheoy Lee, Hong Kong Yard No: 649
Date of completion: 14 September 1955
Accommodation for 6 First Class and 70 day passengers.
Powered by two diesel engines producing 202 B.H.P. at 600 R.P.M.
Fate: Scuttled by the Royal Brunei Navy in 1992. Reason for scuttling is that no vessel bearing the Brunei royal name is allowed to be sold for scrap.
Resting in an upright position, the 92m-long, 2654-Ton Japanese cargo ship the M.V. Tung Hwang sank on the 15th Sept 1980 after having hit the Samarang Bank en route to Brunei. She was carrying cement for use in construction of the Sultan’s palace.
Sponsored by SHELL a decommissioned oil rig was cut up to 9 jackets and put down off Berakas at 19 meters depth. Here is where divers will find large schooling group of Chevron Barracudas and jacks.