Dive Site: Pyramid, Pulau Mamutik, Sabah

Orbicular Burrfish inside a coral sponge barrel diving Pyramid at Pulau Mamutik at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

Site Overview

Site Type: Sandy bottom muck dive start ending on shallow rocky reef
Depth: Top: 7MMedian: 12MBottom: 18M
Location: Just off the western shores of Pulau Mamutik

Description

Pyramid is a squat flat topped mount sitting on a sandy bottom at 18 m just off Pulau Mamutik. The terrain differs markedly across the site: areas of coral, some big stacks, and rocky areas where you’ll find all manner of stuff. It’s a dive that’ll give you the big and the small in stark juxtaposition..

Sponge tube modern art with coralfish diving Pyramid at Pulau Mamutik at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

The dive proceeds from the sand in an anticlockwise spiral up to the flat top at about 7m. It’s a dive that’ll give you the big and the small in stark juxtaposition. This Creamy Chromodoris was the first to catch my eye.

Creamy Chromdoris diving Pyramid at Pulau Mamutik at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

And then False Clown anemonefish who with their mock charges pitch all of their 9g of body weight against my 90 Kg!

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The Pearly Monocle Bream makes a change from the banded sea perch, which litter this and other adjacent sites.

Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia diving holiday travel planning for Pyramid at Pulau Mamutik - where, who and how

The landscape is not even, there are rocky stacks sheltering sweeps and home to feather-stars…

Stack with sweeps diving Pyramid at Pulau Mamutik at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

And feather duster worms aplenty.

Feather duster worm up close diving Pyramid at Pulau Mamutik at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

Also, in amongst the rocks and reef you’ll find more critters, small and big, like this tube anemone, ..

Tube anemone diving Pyramid at Pulau Mamutik at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

The little Banded coral shrimp, and …

Banded coral shrimp diving Pyramid at Pulau Mamutik at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

And pretty big Yellow margin Moray.

Yellow margin Moray diving Pyramid at Pulau Mamutik at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

As well as the amazingly shaped sponges, you’ll also find blue coral sheets in amazing good condition.

Blue coral with goldband fusiliers diving Pyramid at Pulau Mamutik at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

It’s nice to know that the people who dive here are looking after the reef.