Brunei is famous for some of the best macro diving and wreck diving experiences. The coral reefs are mostly pure and untouched, and you’ll find no shortage of magnificent sea life in your travels here – from leopard shrimps, barracudas and octopuses to lionfishes, moray eels and seahorses; if you’re lucky enough, you might even get to spot a whale shark or a dolphin idly passing by. Scattered between Brunei and the Malaysian island of Labuan, you’ll also find a glorious collection of wrecks, each laced with its own tale and history to tell – including several World War II (WWII) wrecks such as the infamous Aussie wreck. We recommend diving between March and October and if possible, between May and mid-July to make the most out of all these incredible sites.
Local Dive Operators & Club
- Poni Divers
- Oceanic Quest
- Panaga Sub Aqua Club
Top Reefs Around Brunei
- Abana Reef – colourful reef with warm waters and a visibility of up to 20 metres; perfect for beginners or advanced divers
- Pelong Rocks – massive reef surrounding island with shallow waters, ranging from 1 metre to a maximum of 18 metres
- Oil Rig Reef – oil rig jackets designed as an artificial reef, holding numerous types of hard and soft coral with a shallow depth of 19 metres; another ideal spot for beginners
- Brunei Patches – Rocks in this 8-metre-deep reef are adorned with colourful seaweed, soft and hard corals such as cabbage corals, barrel sponge, whip corals and big mushroom corals. There are good chances of gliding into yellow tails, pipefish and the large spiky sea cucumber ‘Ananas’.
- Jerudong Barge – Safely guarded by schools of sawtooth barracudas and jacks, this pontoon at the depth of 20 to 24 metres is usually in murky waters but during peak diving months, the water becomes clear enough to spot schools of northern yellowtail scads.
Top Wrecks Around Brunei
- Australian Wreck – century-old passenger and cargo ship sunk during WWII with a maximum depth of 34 metres; best suited for advanced divers
- American Wreck – U.S. WWII minesweeper sunk during a pre-invasion sweep of Brunei Bay in 1945, with a depth of 32 metres; recommended for advanced divers
- Bolkiah Wreck – At a depth of 18 to 24 metres, this wreck is about 34 metres long, weighs 200 tonnes and offers fun,for divers of all experience. This wreck is a sanctuary for young barracudas, yellowtails, nudibranchs, lionfish and the occasional frogfish
- Blue Water Wreck – This wreck gets its name from its position being so far offshore that it is in the ‘blue waters’. Despite its inconvenient location, divers still vote this as the best wreck to explore among all in Brunei for its excellent visibility and abundance of marine life