This article is intended to provide the already qualified scuba diver with information which will help to plan dives in the waters of Brunei, whether as a local resident or a visitor. Information is provided without prejudice, and is not guaranteed accurate or complete. Use it at your own risk.
Brunei offers some great diving, and is one of the best places in SE Asia for macro photography.
Marine life and features: — In addition to coral and fish, there are several shipwrecks and many species of nudibranch.
Conditions: — Water temperature is generally around 30°C and visibility is usually in the 10 to 30 meter range, although this can reduce during the monsoon season. As diving in Brunei is not overly developed, the sites, and especially the coral reefs, are unspoiled and in pristine condition.
Popular dive sites include:
- The Blue Water Wreck, a 80 m trawler that gets her nickname from the blue water around her and is still completely intact.
- Cement Wreck, a 2,687 ton Japanese freighter that hit a sandbank in 1980 while carrying cement. She has a length of 92 m and a 15 m beam. Easy to penetrate, the freighter lies upright on the bottom at 30 m.
- Australian Wreck. In 1949 while on a voyage to Manila it struck a mine off Brunei and sank. The wreck lies in 33 m of water and is roughly 85 m long. Experienced divers will enjoy exploring the interior of the wreck.
- Rig Reef, a decommissioned oil rig. There are 9 structures to be explored, each seeming to be home to one dominant group of fish.
Prices average about $35–45 per dive depending on how many dives you do and whether you bring your own gear.