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Dive Sites in Miri

Post Number:#1  Postby run » Sun May 05, 2013 2:38 pm

Just back from diving there.
Did 8 dives.
Average depth 10m.
yaa you might say "aper barang shallow dive" but for me mean longer bottom time without nitrox and no deco.
did the dive with Coco Dive runs by mat salleh Asst Mngr Ros Kelly, guides are racheal and Jack.

pros about coco dive
-guesthouse,restaurant,dive shop all in one building
-they tied a tank with reg at 5m depth for deep diving and more than 18m for them consider as deep diving
-they have oxygen tank on board purchase from DAN.
-they always think about safety
-very near to the mall but had to walk around 10min or so.Got starbucks, CBTL and cinema.

cons about coco dive
-15-20min ride in a van from guesthouse to the jetty
-more than 45min ride on speedboat to get to the deeper site. Make sure you go to toilet bfr getting on the boat. The boat dont have one.
-for peninsular divers might feel as if coco dive operating to slow and uncoordinate.
How slow? We peninsular diver prefer dive at 8am. The dive there start around 9.30am and when i say start dive is when we start to dive into the water
-they prefer divers to stay at the surface until all divers in the water. Imagine choppy waters. I really hate that.
-abort the dives due to bad wheather. Some of the MUWian has dived in miri and had experienced their trip been canceled at the last minute. After i dived there it
seems i understand why they did that. I dived in Padang before and diving Padang is a lot similiar to diving Miri the only different Padang has a lot of tiny island to
take refuge from the strong wind but in Miri there arent any. The place is not like tenggol,tioman, where many boats come and goes. If the sea is too choppy or the sky have lightning , they will cancel the trip or maybe they are just unexperience with the wheather?


Diving in Miri is like diving in the west coast of malaysia like langkawi,pulau sembilan,tukun perak. Its green with poor to mild viz for the shallow dive sites and good
for the deeper sites with blue visibility. U will be in bad luck if the town of Miri hit by rain cause the viz wil be very very poor like diving in Port Dickson.
Eventhough my dives there most of it should i say 5 out 8 with poor to mild viz , i just snap my camera away and thank god almost 400+ of pix made it to wonderful scenary but sorry couldn't share all of it in this link. i really admire the coral formation there.

for nudilover divers i can suggest Eve's garden. Those things just stand out with their vibrant colors.
I havent seen frogfish. They might be hiding somewhere. Another thing i dont think the dive center will be doing any night dives there unless
they are conducting LOB with bigger boats. im sure those frogfish come out at night
sunday reef
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siwa reef
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these pix taken at depth 15m. This site around 4km long. To the south of the reef deep till 17m reach sandy sand with lots of whipcorals.

Anemone Garden
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Atago Maru Wreck
Depth was only 13m with the top of the wreck around 7m. long around 100m. The viz was bad,bad coz after heavy rain.
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Eve's Garden
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Santak Reef
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The farther site. Viz blue. Manage to find a single bumphead tried to snap but it kinda swimaway. Found camel shrimp and glass shrimp on a big rock. Great Giant Seafan. I didnt wear any wetsuit. Thought it was as warm as those shallow site. Wrong!!. My DC drop 2degree over here. I showed the guide i was about 8min
to deco and guess what the guide signaled" wait till 5min to deco then we go up". Fuh i like.

Keyalang Oil Rig
This is actually a wreck of oil rig cut and then sank turn into an artifical reef.
Looks like an A form.
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Under the wreck

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the wreck from above

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pay attention to the algea on wreck and you can find lots of nudi.

Grace Ginger
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most of the dive sites with rocks will find these banded shrimps.

There are still alot of unexplore sites, Even when i was in the plane i could see from above patches of corals.
My total damage 8 dives with 3days of diving = RM850 include hostel dorm,food. Exclude gears.
AA flight = RM260
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Re: Dive Sites in Miri

Post Number:#2  Postby Narco » Sun May 05, 2013 2:59 pm

Good review Run.. any mermaids?
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Re: Dive Sites in Miri

Post Number:#3  Postby run » Sun May 05, 2013 4:34 pm

with all the fishes there, who wants mermaids? or do u mean dugong?
i am very very happy cause when your groups are the only divers there , fishes really dont care that much with your presence.
When i dive at kenyalang, santak, grace ginger imagine only me, the buddy(who i didnt really get to know that much) and the guides.
No one go up due to low on air or giving any problems.
Having the baracudas swirling around me was amazing. The jacks modelling in front of me was spectacular.
Having these less than 15m depth was a bonus and really grateful.
I am very happy with the things i found. The anemone florish unimaginable by me.
my expectation with Miri before i dived there was just moderate but after diving there was hyper amazing.
i dont know about others who has dived in Miri. I am easily facinated with many things underwater.
I really had fun with the nemo there. They are shy, timid and didnt even bite or get agitated like the one in peninsular.
to all nemo lovers out there. Happy Diving
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shy nemo


-- Sun May 05, 2013 5:29 pm --

the building just beside Dynasty Hotel
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other than our package simple buffet dinner, we could also order other menu of course this one not include in package
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simple dinner sorry the pix a bit blur but normally we had 2 vege, 2 main meals meat and chicken, and drinks from cordial but
in one of the lunch we get to drink pandan coconut. So nice! as for breakfast normally bread with butter and kaya, fried beehoon/mee/rice,
red beans and hotdogs.
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the storage
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the facilities inside the guesthouse. Our room was dorm style. They have also for twins. Our bunk beds even have a curtains.
really nice. i just pull the curtain and see no more of the other 3 divers complete with a small lamp and small locker at my bed.
Shower with hot and cold
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they have small fridge, aircond in every room, microwave. These are all on 2nd floor the same floor as the dorms.

a place to hang dry your clothes on the top flooor/roof
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Just click on the thumbnails images to get a bigger view.

-- Mon May 06, 2013 9:11 am --

run wrote:cons about coco dive
-for peninsular divers might feel as if coco dive operating to slow and uncoordinate.
How slow? We peninsular diver prefer dive at 8am. The dive there start around 9.30am and when i say start dive is when we start to dive into the water


i think i need to add something about this remark. I'm sure u guys think 9.30am is still acceptable but for me Sabah & sarawak, the sun come out very very early. 9.30am the sun is already halfway to noon. When i dive, i move according to the sun location :d
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Re: Dive Sites in Miri

Post Number:#4  Postby Narco » Mon May 06, 2013 11:21 am

Hehe.. Run, Miri mermaid.. Seems like a good dive u had there. Talking about biting Nemo, encountered a fierce one during my Tioman lob recently. Fierce in defending his fort.
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Re: Dive Sites in Miri

Post Number:#5  Postby toodus » Mon May 06, 2013 8:36 pm

Run,

Your nudi in Kenyalang Oil Rig is a Hypselodoris Emma.
I didn't even rujuk the buku..... biso dok? hehe
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Re: Dive Sites in Miri

Post Number:#6  Postby run » Mon May 06, 2013 10:28 pm

you mean this?
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hahaha close but incorrect. It's hypelesodoris sp.
just so u guys know, i do not poke the nudi. I just holding down the algea to get a clearer picture of the nudi.

Toodus, I was asking about the flatworm at Eve's Garden. This one
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sorry for the not so clear picture.
it look similiar like
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though i'm not to sure. If anyone in the forum know , please tell me.

my highlight was the baby mantis. 1st time ever for me.
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baby mantis
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Re: Dive Sites in Miri

Post Number:#7  Postby toodus » Tue May 07, 2013 9:33 am

Run,

That is a Hypselodoris Emma.

The other one is a Elysia Ornata.....
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Re: Dive Sites in Miri

Post Number:#8  Postby run » Tue May 07, 2013 11:31 am

toodus wrote:Run,
The other one is a Elysia Ornata.....


Thanks toodus for the help :d !!!
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Re: Dive Sites in Miri

Post Number:#9  Postby Mathias » Thu May 30, 2013 4:51 pm

Hey Run

Thanks for the review, this is Ross I just hijacked my DMT's account. Hopefully see you again soon!!! we have a nudi specialist divemaster thats just flown in, so you must come dive with him and take some more pictures.
Hopefully see you soon.

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Re: Dive Sites in Miri

Post Number:#10  Postby run » Thu May 30, 2013 5:26 pm

hahaha HI Ross glad to see you hijacked ur DMT account.
I dont know if you remembered me or not but next time when i dive with you again ,can i wait for you underwater during choppy water. Me and choppy water dont quite get along.
Nudi specialist DM! now that interesting.
Toodus are you not tempted with this info???
Anyhow i am looking forward to dive miri again with u guys. Deep dive and not so deep dive.
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