Sabah-based dive operator Scuba Junkie wins global diving award

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah-based dive operator Scuba Junkie, has won Dive Magazine's “Best Scuba Diving Dive Centre or Resort in the World for 2020” in it's annual travel awards.

Scuba Junkie began in Pulau Sipadan in 2004, going on to open centres in Mabul Beach Resort and Kota Kinabalu before branching out further to Komodo, Sangalaki and Nusa Penida in Indonesia.

“We are honoured to have won this award, It has been a difficult year for everyone, so it’s heartening to have the ongoing support from our guests in this way.” said Scuba Junkie founder and director Richard Owen on Friday (Nov 20).

He added that Scuba Junkie aims to give the perfect blend of incredible underwater experiences with care and love for the marine environment, which he said is important when diving at places like Pulau Sipadan.

“Conservation of the local environment, both above and below the waves, has been at the heart of Scuba Junkie's ethos right from our inception, ” said Owen.

“We believe that as divers and snorkellers we are fortunate to experience the joy and beauty of the underwater world and with this comes a duty to protect and conserve, ” he added.

The Travel Awards are chosen by votes from readers worldwide, with Scuba Junkie topping a poll that involved more than 1,000 operators from all over the globe, the company said in a statement.

Additionally, Malaysia was ranked Number 3 for "Best Destination" in the world for diving, an improvement on last year’s placement outside of the Top 10, reflecting Malaysia’s growth in popularity with divers.

Although Sipadan and Mabul are world-renowned destinations, Pulau Tioman and the Perhentian Islands are also becoming more popular for diving holidays.

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