Poni open it’s doors to its latest branch in Kuala Belait on Sunday 12 May 2019. In line with Poni expansion plans, the branch marks a key location for the company, offering diving, watersports, team building events, guest room accommodations, storage facilities, boat charters, commercial diving and marine engineering to serve the KB area and also support the growing oil & gas and maritime industries in the region.

Sunday morning saw 15 divers be part of the inaugural dive out of their KB branch, diving at Porter Patch and Porter West and were handsomely rewarded with good weather and great visibility. This was followed by an afternoon of watersports at the beach just minutes from the branch and in the spirit of Ramadan, a sungkai BBQ feast was enjoyed by many to officiate the soft launch. The Poni KB official launch is slated for sometime the start of dive season 2020 following the completion of its wooden deck, swimming pool, and engineering workshop facilities.

Poni, a PADI five-star Instructor Development Centre offers a full range of courses from beginner all the way to the instructor. The company was also appointed as a ComMAC centre last year, one of only ten dive centres in the world which is approved by the Ministry of Defence UK and more recently became a BSAC centre. With the new location they plan to work together with the BSAC Club at Panaga and Miri dive centres to promote diving as an active lifestyle for locals and tourists.

Poni also aim to tie up with local schools in the area and are in discussions with Panaga International School to roll out a dive club for their students. Last year over 50 students from Sayyidina Ali Secondary School (Sekolah Menengah Sayyidina Ali – SMSA), Kuala Belait took part in a snorkelling session at Pelong Rock and marine conservation seminar. It was a return visit for SMSA, a co-educational school located in Kampong Pandan, a suburban village in Kuala Belait and this only is likely to grow with their presence in the Belait district.

The launch was attended by Tourism Officers, Department of Museum Officers, Local Business, Divers and the expats and local community. Wong Thye Sing, Managing Director of Poni Divers quoted ‘This is a historic day for Poni as we soft launch our second branch in Kuala Belait, a long awaited milestone for us. Having a branch in KB gives us access to many more wrecks and reefs, quite notably Yuho Maru, a World War II wreck, measuring at 121m in length, with a bottom depth of 55 metres and Pacific Boxer 63 m, just an hour by boat.  These are important shipwrecks, as under Poni, Brunei is rapidly becoming established as technical diving destination.’ These wrecks like many others were precisely located by Shell‘s Topographic Department in 1970. With over 30 wrecks in Brunei alone, it is fast becoming a hot spot for diving and wreck enthusiasts.

Poni Launches 2nd Local Branch in Kuala Belait

Poni also aim to tie up with local schools in the area and are in discussions with Panaga school to roll out a dive club for their students. Last year over 50 students from Sayyidina Ali Secondary School (Sekolah Menengah Sayyidina Ali – SMSA), Kuala Belait took part in a snorkelling session at Pelong Rock and marine conservation seminar. It was a return visit for SMSA, a co-educational school located in Kampong Pandan, a suburban village in Kuala Belait and this only is likely to grow wit their presence in the Belait district.

The launch was attended by Tourism Officers, Department of Museum Officers, Local Business, Divers and the expats and local community. Wong Thye Sing, Managing Director of Poni Divers quoted ‘This is a historic day for Poni as we launch our second branch in Kuala Belait, a long awaited milestone for us. Having a branch in KB gives us access to the many more wrecks and reefs, quite notably Yuho Maru, a World War II wreck, measuring at 121m with a bottom depth of 55 metres and Pacific Boxer 63 m, just an hour by boat.  These are important shipwrecks, as under Poni, Brunei is rapidly becoming established as technical diving destination.’ These wrecks like many other were precisely located by Shell‘s Topographic Department in 1970. With over 30 wrecks in Brunei alone, its fast becoming a hot spot for diving and wreck enthusiasts.