Labuan Island

Dive Map Labuan Sabah

Description :
The little island of Labuan has long been a military base as well as an offshore financial center for the Malaysian Federal Government. If you’re into wreck diving, Labuan should be in your bucket list. For the history buffs, there are two WWII wrecks available, and if you enjoy prolific marine life, the underwater oasis formed by the “Cement Wreck” and “Blue Water Wreck” are not to be missed. To top things off, Labuan is also a duty-free zone. Oh happy days!
Where is it :
West Coast, Sabah
Number of dive sites :
Type of Diving :
Guided – boat, deep, wreck
Skill Level :
Intermediate to advanced
Main Diving Attraction :
Wrecks, wrecks, and wrecks!
Average Water Temperature :
29°C (84.2°F) to 31°C (87.8°F)
Seasonality :
All year round. Generally best to avoid the wet season towards the end of the year.
Typical Visibility :
5m (16ft) to 20m (65ft)
General Current Conditions :
Mild to moderate
Family / Non-Diver Friendly :
Availability of Other Leisure Activities :
Sport fishing, snorkelling, sailing, kayaking, horse riding, river cruise.
Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau :
Availability of Medical Facility :
Cement Wreck :
Sitting at a depth of 31m, Cement Wreck was a Japanese freighter sunk in 1980. Visility here is not as good as the other sites, nonetheless she will astound you with its soft corals and feather stars.
Blue Water Wreck :
She is a Philippine trawler which sunk in 1981, resting at 35m. The corals here are somewhat sparse, but a rich number of residents more than makes up for it. You will find plenty of cardinalfishes, sweetlips, lionfish and even batfish. Within the hull itself, you will likely have an encounter with large snappers and groupers.
American Wreck :
Sunk in WWII in 1945, the American wreck rests in reasonably shallow waters at 30m. It is penetrable but only for those possessing a wreck-diver specialty certification. The site is memorable for its variety of marine life that resides in and around the broken hull. Schools of batfish will escort you, while barracudas, snappers and small sharks lurk inside.
Australian Wreck :
She is actually a Dutch Steamship which sank during WWII in 1944. Resting at a depth of 33m, your diving in Labuan will probably be the most satisfying here as the broken hull exposes a bevy of fish and fauna. Take a look around the wreck and you will see barracudas, groupers, and batfish encircling. Inside, you will join a host of smaller fish including the hawkfish, angelfish and lion fish. Octopus and turtles have been spotted from time to time as well.
There are two main ways to get into Labuan Island:
By Sea :
There are daily ferry services from Kota Kinabalu to Labuan International Ferry Terminal, which is a 3 hour journey.
By Air :
This is the most common travelling route, by taking a short 30min flight from Kota Kinabalu International Airport (IATA: BKI) to Labuan Airport (IATA: LBU); or a 2.5hr flight from Kuala Lumpur (IATA: KUL).
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