Miri has long been known for its exotic national parks and caves, its under water world is now gaining attention of scuba divers ever since the untouched coral reefs were discovered in recent years.
Divers, from beginners to those who have dived all the world famous spots, have nothing but praise for the reefs around Miri. The reefs here are all patch reefs with varying depths from 7 to 30 meters with average visibility of 10 to 30 meters.
The variety of corals and other marine life on the reefs rivals the best in the region. Hard and soft corals cover the entire reefs. Gorgonians, sea-whips, anemones, sponges and crinoids are abundant. Reef fish like the angel fish, butterfly fish, fusiliers, groupers, stingrays, trigger fish, parrot fish, wrasses are among the numerous species that can be seen. 40 species of nudibranchs have already been sighted.
The dive locations have next to no current most of the time and water temperature averages 30 degree Celsius. PADI trained divemaster or instructor is on hand during all boat dives to ensure a safe and pleasurable diving experience.
Seridan Mulu Tour & Travel is one of the regions major inbound land tour operators and now with Tropical Dives, their own Scuba Diving Division we are able to offer total adventure travel, on land and under water.
Co.Co.Dive (formerly known as Tropical Dives) is one of the few dive operator in Miri. Its founder - Mr Voo - is also the pioneer in diving exploration at Miri, who discovered most of the dive sites and gave the naming. With Co.Co.Dive, Scuba Diving Division of Minda Travel, total adventure travel, on land and under water is possible.
BorneoDiveNetwork (Majestic Leisure & Dive) is Miri’s newest dive school offering a full range of courses in English and Mandarin as well as daily dive trips for already certified divers.
Miri is a great place to dive. Even while becoming a more popular dive destination over the past few years. Borneo Travel Network believes strongly in giving the best customer service possible and aim to please every diver by the end of their trip.
Accomodation & diving arrangements :
Eve's Garden - 20 Minutes Journey
Anemone Garden - 35 Minutes Journey
Siwa Reef - 40 Minutes Journey
Sea Fan Garden - 30 Minutes Journey
Sunday Reef - 35 Minutes Journey
VHK Reef - 40 Minutes Journey
Tukau Drop-Off - 50 Minutes Journey
Batu Belais - 45 Minutes Journey
Grouper Patch - 60 Minutes Journey
Atago Maru Wreck - 20 Minutes Journey
Sri Gadong Wreck - 60 Minutes
Hamidah Orphanage Complex (Kompleks Kebajikan Hamidah) is an orphanage center primarily for Muslim children located at Taman Desa Indah 3, Permyjaya, Miri, Sarawak.
As of 2009, there were 92 children in the orphanage with the 16 staff providing assistance and guidance.
The complex consists of amenities such as separate hostels for boys and girls, prayer hall, dining hall, seminar room, study room, computer room and library and playing fields for orphans.
Before January 2008, this orphanage home is located a rented shop lot in Bumiko. This article is from the web site miriresortcity dot com - this sentence is here to prevent blatant plagarism. It has since been relocated to Permyjaya, due to the increase in number of children being taken care of and a need to have a larger space. This relocation, along with the majority of other contributions could be done largely due to the donations and kind gestures from members of the public.
Hamidah Orphanage Complex (Kompleks Kebajikan Hamidah)
Lot 2930, Blok 6, Kuala Baram Land District,
(Taman Desa Indah 3),
Phone +6085 - 408422
Fax +6085 - 407422
Ba Kelalan Apple Fest is a festival to commemorate the Apple harvest in the highland located near the foot of Mount Murud. The first Apple Fest was held on March, 2007 for the 38th Apple Harvest, but the villagers have been actively involved in growing apples since 1986, and had now enjoyed bountiful harvests and marketing these apples to Lawas, Miri and other nearby towns as far as Kota Kinabalu in Sabah.
Ba Kelalan is the only apple orchard in the country. The cold and serene area is located about 3,500 meters above ground level, environment suitable for the fruit.
The usual Apple species like Rome Beauty, Lady William, Apple Anna, Tropical Beauty, Michelle, Kwan Lin and Jonathan are grown here, but the local species known as Mana Lagi (translated "Where Else") locally cultivated from - where else - Ba Kelalan. The Mana Lagi type looks like the usual variety green apples found at supermarkets, but the differences is that they are sweet and crunchy.
Apples are just one fruit the people in Ba Kelalan got their hands on. They have also farming strawberry, and these are in the initial stages at the moment.
The Apple Fest is an annual event, and to reach Ba Kelalan, one has to travel by air. Regular flights by Twin Otters to Ba Kelalan are available from Miri Airport, and it is important to consider that flight schedules are affected weather, as with all other inland flights. So in order to visit one needs to plan accordingly and take into account possible weather-related delays.
Besides the Apple Fest, there are quite some interesting activities to be done at Ba Kelalan, such as trekkings to Mulu, Merarap Hot Spring, Bario and even to Indonesia. Accomodations in Ba Kelalan are homestay-style - the best way to learn about the rich culture and traditions of the Lun Bawang.
Borneo Jungle Safari Sdn. Bhd. arranges regular tours to Ba Kelalan and also operates Apple Lodge accomodation in the village.