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.
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