Tourism board launches diving package launched to showcase Sarawak as potential diving heaven

MIRI, Sept 30 — Tourism Malaysia has launched the Sarawak Adventure Dive Package that will end in December next year to tap the unexplored potential of the diving industry in the state.

Tourism Malaysia Domestic Marketing Division Director Datuk Musa Yusof said there are six packages being offered at a price of RM748 per person to RM2,400 per person for four days and three nights diving adventure in Kuching and Miri.

“Sarawak has more than 40 dive sites that suit such activities,”he said at the launching of the dive package here today.

Musa said for example Kuching City had Pulau Satang Besar, Pulau Satang Kecil and Pulau Sempadi that can be explored by profesional divers.

He said for Miri City divers can experience natural underwater beauty at Miri Coast and Luconia Shoals.

 “Sarawak is blessed by another interesting feature that is a World War II Japanese shipwreck as a historical site for technical diving,”he said.

He said the dive packages had been formulated with for local tourism agencies — Borneo Exploration Tours and Travel Services, CPH Travel Agencies,Minda Nusantara Tour and Travel Agencies and Planet Borneo Tours and Travel Services.

He was confident that Sarawak can emulate Sabah’s success in the diving industry as Sabah generated RM260 million in 2012 for the diving industry alone.

He said diving industry has started to be a growing industry in the country with figures obtained from the Marine Parks Department showing that 40 per cent of the visitors to the marine parks in 2013 were divers.

“We do hope that the travel agents will take the initiative to come up with many packages such as mix between diving and nature, like diving and caving, diving and sport. — Bernama

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