Off the northwest of Sabah lies a group of islands including Pulau
Balambangan, Pulau Banggi, Pulau Jambongan, Pulau Molleangan, Pulau
Balak and Pulau Malawali. A number of wrecks and rarely dived reefs
have recently been discovered in this area and now a Kota Kinabalu
based company Sipadan-Mabul Regal Tours now have a live-aboard boat
regularly visiting the area.
The “Scuba Explorer” is a 70ft live-a-board motor yacht with comfortable
accommodation for 12 people and 6 crew. Designed for comfort and
effortless diving the Scuba Explorer covers the Kudat wrecks and
reef diving around the islands of north west Sabah.
Three wrecks have been discovered to date, all thought to be merchant
ships. Two are lying at 20m-25m and the other lying a little deeper
at 50m. All three wrecks resemble coral gardens being completely
covered in colorful sponge and soft corals. Marne life around the
wrecks includes schools of glassfish, lionfish, scorpionfish and
huge resident grouper. The surrounding islands have shallow fringing
reefs with all the regular reef fish such as the coral trout, butterflyfish,
angelfish and the occasional cuttlefish. These reefs have rarely
been dived and therefore new sites are being discovered on many
of the trips.