Poni Divers, Brunei’s leading local diving company, is set to make history with the world’s first underwater lion dance at open sea (as far as we’ve researched, there hasn’t been any other underwater lion dance at open sea, there have been a series of underwater lion dance at indoor aquariums in Malaysia and Thailand). The event took place on Monday, 23rd January and featured a team of expert divers dressed in the traditional lion dance costume performing an underwater choreography along with other local dive enthusiasts to celebrate the Chinese New Year from underwater Brunei. The event kicked off with a lion dance performance by local professionals on land at our dive center at Serasa Beach to usher in the New Year before the divers departed to Pelong Rock about 35 mins out to sea for their exciting Chinese New Year dive.
A total of 14 divers, 10 snorkelers and a freediver witnessed the feat. And to commemorate this event, Poni Divers was awarded the First Underwater Lion Dance in Brunei from the Brunei Book of Records and also received a honorary certificate from representatives from the Brunei Book of Records.
The lion dance is a traditional Chinese performance that symbolizes good luck and fortune, and is typically performed on land during festivals and celebrations. Poni Divers is excited to bring this cultural tradition to the underwater world, showcasing the beauty and diversity of marine life while also celebrating the Chinese New Year and adding an innovative spin to this cultural tradition. This Lunar New Year is the Year of the Water Rabbit, ushering in a time of change and hope.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring this unique and exciting experience to our divers and to the public,” said Mohd Tahsin Wong, the CEO of Poni Divers. “Not only will this be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our divers to see a lion dance underwater at the open sea, but it will also showcase the importance of marine conservation and the need to protect our oceans, putting Brunei on the map as a diving pioneer of exciting underwater diving community events.”