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When to go to Kota Kinabalu

The diving season lasts all year long, though the most favorable period for diving is from March to November. The average water temperature fluctuat between 25-30C/77-86F. Whale shark season is considered to be from December to March. Average visibility is about 15m/49ft.


What to see

Divers can see a variety of marine sea life including endangered sea creatures such as green and hawksbill turtles, napoleon wrasse, giant clams as well as countless species of sharks and schools of thousands of barracudas and jacks. 

Scuba diving in Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu (the capital of Sabah) is located on the west coast of Sabah. Kota Kinabalu international airport is located here. The area around Kota Kinabalu offers seasonal pelagics, micro diving, deep water caves and drift dives. Several interesting dive sites can be enjoyed nearby Kota Kinabalu. One of them is Usukan Bay situated near Pulau Mantanani, which is the World War II wreck dive site. Another is Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, with it’s five pristine islands off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, among which Sulug island is considered one of the best and Palau Tiga offers coral reef dives such as The Pinnacle and Barracuda Point . Kota Kinabalu is a midpoint to Sabah’s coast, peppered with fantastic dive spots, from Pom Pom island, Sipadan, Mabul and Lankayan through to Mantanani and Layang Layang.