Which resort would you stay at if you wanted to see orangutans and Bornean sun bears being rehabilitated for their release back into the wild?
D. Sepilok Nature Resort
The river-front Sepilok Nature Resort combines rich traditional style with contemporary luxury and is a haven for nature lovers. The Resort has 23 comfortable, individual air conditioned timber chalets featuring a private balcony with views over the river or jungle.
At the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre you are able to enter the jungle on a guided basis to observe the feeding of the orangutans under rehabilitation. Adjacent to the world’s first Orangutan Sanctuary is the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre where you can observe the world’s smallest bear. The orangutans and sun bears are either orphaned due to habitat loss, injury or hunting or rescued from captivity.
How many permits are allocated per day for visitors including divers to visit Sipadan Island?
Sipadan Island is world renowned as one of the best dive destinations in the world. It has been officially declared a part of an immense Marine Protected Area. From 1 January 2005, no overnight accommodation is available on the island and it is only accessible during the day between 8am and 3pm to divers and day trippers. The closest dive resorts are on Kapalai and Mabul islands.
Sipadan Entry Permit Approval
Anyone planning to visit Sipadan Island now requires an approved entry permit issued by Sabah Parks, a government agency of Sabah Government. The total daily entry quota is 120 permits per day. This initiative has been made by the Malaysian Government in an attempt to minimise the stress to the reefs and marine life at Sipadan Island. Unfortunately, this also means that diving at Sipadan is no longer guaranteed. You should plan for at least a 4-5 night stay in the area to ensure a minimum of 1 day diving at Sipadan Island. The announcement of the Sipadan Entry Permit Approval list is only available 1-3 days before the actual diving date and payment for the permit/s is made locally.
From which island in Malaysia-Borneo are you most likely to see schooling scalloped hammerhead sharks between March and May?
C. Layang Layang
Layang Layang is a wall diving mecca. The combination of deep water, pristine walls and coral gardens ensures you’ll see varied marine life from pelagics to colourful tropical fish, anemones and nudibranchs. The atoll rises 2,000 metres from the ocean’s depths.
A highlight of diving at Layang Layang is the possibility of seeing the schooling scalloped hammerhead sharks which perform their mating rituals in these waters between March to May. Manta rays are often spotted as are schools of jacks, giant trevally, tuna, trigger fish and bait fish.
Avillion Layang Layang Resort and Dive Centre opens for the dive season which is generally March through August. There is also a bird sanctuary, a small Malaysian Naval base and a 1,400 metre runway on the island.
What area of Borneo is believed to be where the term “muck diving” was invented?
Mabul is a macro diver’s paradise, often considered as one of the world’s best “muck diving” sites. Amongst the sand and coral rubble bottom around Mabul Island, divers can find an amazing amount and variety of small and exotic marine life.
A sample of what you can find includes: flamboyant cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopus, mimic octopus, bobtail squid; spider, boxer and porcelain crabs; sea stars, harlequin shrimp, mantis shrimp, giant painted and clown frogfish, moray eels, snake eels, scorpion fish, crocodile fish; different types of gobies such as the spike-fin, black sail-fin, the metallic shrimp goby; an assortment of nudibranchs; pipefish, pygmy seahorse, mandarin fish.
The remains of what marine life can be found in Turtle Cave at Sipadan in Borneo?
A. Turtle and dolphin
Turtle Cavern at Sipadan Island is a true overhead cave penetration dive. Whilst not deep (the dive site lies between 17 – 23 metres) it does require specialist training, equipment and an experienced guide. There is a maze of small tunnels leading off the main cavern and chambers. In the large first chamber you’ll see the first of the turtle skeletons. Descending down a bell-shaped vertical tunnel will take you to the lower sandy silt bottom chamber and a tunnel leading to Turtle Tomb where there are more turtle skeletons, intact shells and skulls. Also sitting on a ledge in the sloping tunnel is the complete remains of a dolphin.
It is believed that the turtles and dolphin entered the cavern system to rest or hide from predators. Once inside they became disoriented and lost in the dark, unable to find the exit and drown. Their remains float to the roof of the cave system as they decompose, finally coming to rest on the cave floor after all the natural gasses have escaped.
Where is the deepest postbox in Malaysia and at what depth does it sit?
B. Pulau Layang-Layang at 40 metres
The deepest post box in Malaysia was launched on 7 August 2015 at Pulau Layang-Layang, 300km off the coast of Sabah. Sitting on the seabed, 40 metres below sea level and weighing about 500kg, the environmentally friendly underwater postbox is made of fibreglass while the frame is made of galvanised steel. A special 88005 post code was also launched for Pulau Layang-Layang.
Avillion Layang-Layang Resort has been appointed as the postal agent on the island. Divers can post waterproof postcards stamped with a special hammerhead postmark and Malaysia Book of Records logo to share their diving experiences.
Pos Malaysia and MCMC are planning to register with the Guinness World Records for the Pulau Layang-Layang underwater postbox to be the new world’s deepest postbox. Currently, the record is held by Susami in Wakayama, Japan; the postbox there is 10 metres deep. The highest postbox in Malaysia is located at Pendant Hut on Laban Rata rock slab on Mount Kinabalu at 3,289 metres above sea level.