12 Fascinating "Secret Spots"
Diving the Rice Bowl
This open-ocean wreck in Malaysia’s state of Sabah is keeping divers hungry for more
The most popular of Sabah’s many wrecks is the “Rice Bowl wreck,” so called because divers who dived it for the first time discovered a cache of rice bowls in the bow. The site, which can be accessed from Kota Kinabalu, isn’t for beginners. It’s long — 131 feet at its deepest and 87 feet at its shallowest — and best dived at slack tide to avoid strong currents. But it’s bathed in clear waters, the superstructure is open in many places for penetration (for certified divers only), and it’s covered in luscious soft corals and thronged by marine life, including snappers and a resident eagle ray.
Text and Photography by Jason Isley/Scubazoo
Every dive can be a magical mystery tour, but never more so than when you find yourself in a part of the underwater world where few have gone before, a true secret spot. Take a look at this dramatic dozen from the pages of Scuba Diving magazine, and let yourself dream of the day when you will experience too.