I first started scuba diving in Miri, and I enjoyed it tremendously. I've been told that the reefs in Miri are probably amongst the best in Malaysia because the diving activity is not as heavily popularised as compared to Tioman or Redang and therefore the reefs are pretty undisturbed. Michael Aw (popular underwater photographer) published : “Underwater Miri is like a surrealistic seascape of boulders with tiny forest of red, black, white, green and brown whip corals among giant sea fans with an undergrowth of massive plate corals and sponges. It is much like those of the luxuriant reefs of PNG and the Maldives” (source from Sarawak tourism board)
There is only a handful of diveshops in Miri and they will have a few locations to bring you, depending on how many dives you want to go on. Some of the more popular reefs are Mike's Reef, Eve's Garden, Scubasa Reef, Scubasa Drop Off, Seafan Garden and there is shipwreck, the Atago Maru, a 110-metre Japanese merchant ship converted into a troop transport vessel, was sunk during World War II.
Dive trips leave by boat from Miri town and there is no shore dives. Expect to see exotic marine life such as blue spotted rays, white tip sharks, humphead wrasse, unicorn fish, turtles and batfish. Of course, a good dive depends a lot on the visibility. The best season to dive in Miri is March to September, when you can expect visibility of up to 30 metres. During the rest of the year, the monsoon can cause visibility to plummet to 10 metres or less.
This Temple is located in the Old Town section of Miri, at the junction where China Street meets Jalan Bendahara.
It is the oldest Chinese temple in Miri, being built in 1913 by Chinese migrants
It is interesting how this Temple came to be......According to local belief, Miri experienced a mysterious epidemic in 1913. The oil boom and population explosion, unmatched by improved sanitation, probably had something to do with this, but many locals believed that it was caused by evil spirits. A Buddhist monk was invited to perform a spirit pacifying ritual, and the epidemic subsided.
The Shrine was built as a thanks-offering.
Taman Awam Miri (Miri Public Park) is a public park located about 3 km from the town centre, along the road to the airport (Airport Road). Facilities and attractions available here include flora gardens, foodcourt, fountains, observatory platform, hanging bridge, souvenir centre, stone carving, sculptures, pavilions, jogging track and other sporting facilities. In line with Miri's status as an oil town, the observatory platform and hanging bridge were nicely designed based on the design of an oil rig.
Who in Miri doesn't know Mak Eton? She's a lovely 70+ year old Dutch/Malay lady who probably gives the best traditional massage I've ever had. After one session, I feel relaxed and better, especially after all the traveling and changing climates. If you have "wind" in your body, a massage by Mak Eton will help but bear in mind that it may hurt especially when you have ailments. She may be in her 70s but she's got fingers of steel! She's very thorough with the massage so it will take a while but it's worth it. Basically, the price is RM40 per hour but a massage will run at least two hours
Sorry guys, this is only for the ladies!
The Grand Old Lady is probably not what you expect!.................
It is Miri's NO 1 OIL WELL........
In the 1800s, Miri was an unknown fishing village of a few families trading occasionally with passing ships, then oil was discovered and Miri became the first oil town in Malaysia and was put on the road to progress!
Quote.........."the first cable-tool oil well in the country, a 'mother' who milked a poor country to a prosperous nation."
She is located on top of Canadian Hill, also located here is a Museum and Canada Hill has nice views over the city of Miri.
Taman Awam Miri is a huge family park with children’s playground, botanical garden, soft adventure activities, jogging trails, souvenir shop, canteen, observatory platform, stone carvings and sculptures, fountains and pavilions.
It is a very nice area, and best of all, it is FREE
Miri City Fan is a very nice park area situated in Miri. If you can view it from the air, then you will see that it is in the shape of a fan. T
There is a variety of theme gardens, including a Botanical Garden and an Islamic Garden. The Miri City Library, a Public Swimming Pool, and a large Amphitheatre where concerts are frequently held are nearby.
This park is a popular area with the locals, and we thought, one of the nicer spots in Miri.
Miri has an emblem, and that emblem is a SEA HORSE. On your wanders around the City, you are sure to find plenty of these sculptures. Probably, one of the more unusual sights, is the Lighthouse, as this is done like a giant Sea Horse.
Evidently, its location is meant to be the best place to see the sunset!
This is an award winning park cum public utilities complex designed for the use of Mirians.
The complex consist of a public library, a public swimming pool, a public hall and an open air arena for outdoor event. The main attraction is of course the park that has few themes - Islamic Park, Chinese Garden, Local Tribes Park and Health Park.
Why the name Miri City Fan? This is attributed to view of the entire complex from the air that looks like a giant hand fan.
Take a stroll along the Miri waterfront and have a peek at the firshermen's colony of Miri. Even though part of the waterfront has been developed with commercial centres and shop houses, the fishermen's colony still remain intact, giving a contrasting view of old and new. At night, the waterfront area is a popular seafood dining area as most of the seafood serve here are still fresh from the sea.
This is not really a tourist attraction per say but worth a visit if U have the time. In fact, it is included as one of the itinery in most of Miri city tour package.
Originaly located in the heart of Miri Town, Sarawak Shell was later moved to its present location in Pulau Melayu when business started to expand. Here, U can tour the compound of the complex - the staff quarters and the Sarawak Shell's office. There's also a golf course here for those who wanna tee off.
Canada Hill (originally called Bukit Kanaan) is the place to be for scenic view of the whole Miri city and its surrounding area. Have a better view of Miri from the observation deck within a park on top of the hill.
As Canada Hill is the place where Miri's first oil well was discovered, located on top of the hill is the it remain (a.k.a. the Grand Old Lady of Miri) that has now been gazzetted as a Historical Monument.
The Crocodile Farm is located at the outskirt of Miri, about 45 minutes drive from the city heading towards Brunei.
The main attraction is the various type of crocodiles on display in their natural habitat. However there are also some other animal species (snakes, birds and monkeys) in the farm making it more like a mini zoo then a crocodile farm.
Nevertheless, the crocodiles are the star attraction here with a crocodile statute welcoming the visitors and a mini information corner on almost everything about crocodiles; including story on Bujang Senang that wrack havoc on Rejang river some time ago.
If you like looking at cemeteries, (I do) then there is a huge chinese one here. I found it interesting, the headstones on lots were beautiful.
Its so big, you can easily see it when flying in.
Also, if you head to the older part of Mir, there is actually another cemetery located in the centre of a divided road.
Miri has a few open markets whereby the locals Mirians and the neighbouring Bruneians go to buy and sell local produces. One of the better known local market is called "Tamu Muhibbah".
This is where people of all races from the villages in and outskirts of Miri region go to sell and market their food stuffs. Here is where the Miri comes alive (especially on weekends) - in all the blaring noises of raised voices and car horns, the hustles and bustles of the marketers, sellers and buyers talking in all local languages and dialects. Here you can find different kinds of strange and weird things, colorful arrays of goods for sell.
You can find jungle produces such as terung iban (sour yellow round eggplants), jungle ferns (paku and midin), bamboo and palm shoots, hill-planted rices in various varieties and colors (bario rice, black glutonious rice, etc.), wild animal games (bats, snakes, wild boars, etc.), freshwater prawns and fishes, river crabs, native wooden sculptures/carvings and rattan weavings, and many many more. You can also find small farm produces; for example, kampung ayam (spring chicken), eggs, long-beans, kang-kong (morning glory), chilli padi (small superhot chilis), big and small cucumbers (different shapes and colors); then there are the many variety of common tropical fruits such as rambutans, bananas (pisang emas, pisang tanduk, pisang hijau), mangos, durians, jackfruits, pineapples, papayas, mangosteen, langsat (see more abt Langsat), etc.
Even if you're not buying anything, just go and visit this Tamu Muhibbah on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The place and its surrounding car parks will be packed with the locals trying to do their weekly shopping.