Joanne Cotterill

Joanne Cotterill

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About me:

Originally from England I enjoyed a 15 year career in Financial Services where I got to travel around Europe and live in the Seychelles. I am also passionate about scuba diving and have travelled around the world for great diving. I now live in Sabah running Borneo Dream with my partner.

Living in:

Malaysia Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia


January 2011

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  • +2 rating

    Any recommendations for diving spots in Sabah

    Hi Steve, I live in Sabah and run a diving business here. My advice is based on my experience of diving conditions in February in Sabah and I hope it helps you choose the best diving location in Sabah to meet your needs. Sabah is not impacted by the 'North East monsoons' during February. It is still the 'West Season' here but we can still enjoy some very pleasant tropical weather during this time. The best conditions for diving in Sabah at the start of February are on the south east coast - Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai. This coast line is more protected from the north east trade winds. There are dive sites to meet all levels of experience here. If you get permits to dive at Sipadan you need to be aware the dives are often drift divers here along a drop off so the novice divers in your group need to be comfortable at diving and confident in managing their buoyancy. There is also diving in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park near Kota Kinabalu during this period too. The diving here is more protected so easier diving for newer divers. But obviously less pelagics here ;). If you want a location that offers a choice of activities to do then Kota Kinabalu is a good choice. Maybe you do both locations . . . . Hope this helps. Have a great holiday! about 10 years ago

  • +1 rating

    Is Kota Kinabalu safe inspite of the kidnappings in Sabah?

    Hi, I live in Sabah (Kota Kinabalu) and we run a Dive business here. So I have personal, and business, experience on safety here for tourists. Firstly, whichever country you are travelling to you should always view the travel advice from your country's Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) - as advised by Steve. There was a kidnapping incident from Sipadan several years a go (early 2000's). Sipadan is on the south east coast of Sabah. Since then there have been increased security measures in place with regular, daily navy patrols (boat & plane) and navy stationed on Sipadan, Mabul & Kapalai. There have been no reported security incidents since. Kota Kinabalu is on the west coast of Sabah and I am not aware of any security incidents or security threats for the capital city. It is a relatively, a safe place to visit and stay in Asia. You just need to apply common sense when visiting any foreign country / city (e.g. don't walk down dark alley's late at night on your own). You need to make your own personal decision about your safety when visiting any country in the world. However, Sabah is generally a safe place if you follow advice from your FCO and visit areas recommended for tourists. Enjoy your holiday in Kota Kinabalu! Joanne almost 10 years ago

  • 0 rating

    Is Kota Kinabalu safe inspite of the kidnappings in Sabah?

    Hi Phil, Nice to hear from you. I'm pleased you appreciated the travel advice I shared. Our company is called Borneo Dream ( If you need feedback / travel information about Sabah, Borneo you can contact me via Stay safe ;) Joanne almost 10 years ago