Poni Divers, a local diving company in Brunei, held the world’s first underwater lion dance in the open sea last week to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
The event took place on Monday, January 23rd and featured a team of divers dressed in the traditional lion dance costume performing an underwater choreography along with other local dive enthusiasts to celebrate the New Year underwater off the coast of Brunei.
The event kicked off with a lion dance performance by local professionals on land at Doni Divers’ dive center at Serasa Beach to usher in the New Year before the divers departed to Pelong Rock about 35 minutes out to sea for the Lunar New Year dive.
A total of 14 divers, 10 snorkelers and a freediver witnessed the feat. Additionally, to commemorate this event, Poni Divers was awarded the “First Underwater Lion Dance in Brunei” certificate from the Brunei Book of Records.
According to Mohd Tahsin Wong, the CEO of Poni Divers:
“We are thrilled to be able to bring this unique and exciting experience to our divers and to the public. 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.”