“The best cure for anything is salt water- Tears, sweat or the sea.” – Isak Dinesen
But let’s face it, we think out of the three options, the sea is the more ideal choice, don’t you think? Save your tears, and don’t sweat it! Opt for a much needed island getaway instead. Sink your toes into the warm sandy beach, and plunge into deep azure waters to cleanse yourself of all your troubles- Even if it’s just for a moment, it will be worth it. So why not head to Borneo where the sun soaked season is all year round?
If you didn’t already know, Sabah Borneo isn’t just about its amazing wildlife and incredible rainforests. Being dubbed as one of the most biodiverse places on earth, Sabah makes up part of Borneo as the third largest island in the world. And scattered around are smaller islands which are known to be great scuba diving hotspots and divine destinations to escape to. Decorated with beautiful coral gardens and abundant in marine life, its underwater realm is a whole new world to discover.
Be it scuba diving, snorkelling or just lying on the white sand beach to work on your tan, the islands will always make for the perfect getaway from life’s many stressful demands. Whether you’re recovering from your trekking escapade, escaping the noise and stress of the city, or remedying horrible jetlag, heading to one of Sabah’s many island destinations might just be what you need to heal and unwind. While you’re at it, don’t forget to savour in the moment as you enjoy Sabah’s mesmerizing horizon painted with the most beautiful sunsets!
What’s truly wonderful about these islands and dive sites is that most of them are situated within the protected marine parks around Sabah. There are a total of six protected marine parks in Sabah and they are the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Pulau Tiga, Turtle Island Park, Tun Sakaran Marine Park, Sipadan Island Park and Tun Mustapha Park. These marine parks have become significant locations, especially for research purposes and conservation of marine life.
Sipadan Island is an example of Sabah’s famous dive site, and is often rated as one of the world’s top diving destination because of its marine habitat that’s incredibly biodiverse, with thousands of fish species, numerous sharks and sting rays, as well as hawksbill and green sea turtles.
This wasn’t always the case though. At one point, the marine life in Sipadan was threatened by frequent human activity and in 2004, the government had to step in to change that. Night dives were banned, divers were limited to only 120 pax, and resorts on the island were told to move out and away. Such a move has helped to protect the sensitive and fragile marine area, and since then, the site has begun to flourish with aquatic life again.
Though there is generous amount of sunshine throughout the year, there’s also the fickle presence of showers here in Sabah, Borneo. So, the best time to visit the islands would be during the drier seasons between February and May. If you’re planning a trip to Borneo to experience its island vibes and diving scene, those months would be the most ideal compared to the wetter months of October to January.
If you feel that planning for a trip to Borneo to experience its phenomenal nature landscapes and biodiverse wonders is too much of a hassle, we will be more than happy to plan your holiday for you. Borneo Eco Tours also has a couple of diving tours to choose from, but if you’re not sure which destination is best suited to your interests, we can help with that too! Visit our website to check out our diving tours or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an inquiry today.
Read more about Borneo’s island getaways and more on our Wild Borneo “Fun in the Sun” issue here!