Minister of the Tourism, arts and culture ministry (Motac) Nancy Shukri has identified a ‘Blue Ring Hole’ at the Tingkayu Reef, Teluk Darvel, Sabah as Malaysia’s newest tourism product.
According to Shukri, it is believed that there are only 10 Blue Ring Hole sites in the world, each with a blue hole structure. The Tingkayu Reef is unique because it has two marine sinkholes. It has a depth of about 15 meters or 45 feet.
She said, “Our visit to the Blue Ring Hole today was to assist in promoting this new tourism product. As we gradually recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, we’re searching for new tourism products for the country. Domestic or international tourists who wish to enjoy a holiday with a difference, away from busy urban areas, can come here.”
The Blue Ring Hole in Sabah, more commonly known as Takat Tenggiri among local fishermen, is located approximately 20km from Lahad Datu town. It takes around 30 minutes by speedboat to reach the spot. Scuba diving and snorkelling are some tourism activities that can be carried out here.
📍Blue Ring Reef, Lahad Datu Sabah.
Located in the Tingkayu Reef, just 30 minutes by boat from Darvel Bay. The “Blue Hole” at Tingkayu Reef, it has a depth of about 15 meters or 45 feet. This blue rings reef is the one and only that you can find in Malaysia .
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What is a Blue Ring Hole?
Also known as a Blue Hole, a Blue Ring Hole is a large marine cavern or sinkhole that has been developed in a bank or island composed of a carbonate bedrock such as limestone or coral reef.
According to Wikipedia, “blue holes typically contain tidally influenced water of fresh, marine, or mixed chemistry. They extend below sea level for most of their depth and may provide access to submerged cave passages.”
The overall largest blue hole, taking into account depth and width, is The Great Blue Hole, located 100 kilometers from the coast of Belize, spanning a massive 300 meters wide and 125 meters deep.
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