Malaysia is the one of the leading dive destinations of the world with its richest marine environments in the Indo-Pacific Basin. The incredible bio-diversity of marine life, coupled with beautiful islands and white sandy beaches keeps divers coming back from time to time.
The top dive sites around Malaysia include diverse underwater geography such as sloping reefs, coral blocks, wall dives, deep dives, drift dives and wreck dives. A dip below the warm sea’s surface guarantees you with an amazing experience, with a concentration of vibrant and exotic marine life which is rarely rivalled in the world. From schooling Hammerhead Sharks, to huge schools of barracudas and various species of turtles, to the bizarre Frogfish and Ghost Pipefish, there is always a surprise awaiting you. Dive centres in Malaysia are numerous, well equipped and certified by all the internationally recognised dive agencies like PADI, SSI and SSAC for maintaining their standards of safety and professionalism.
Naturally, all scuba diving courses in Malaysian waters are also endorsed by the certifying agencies. Almost all the islands in Malaysia cater to divers of all levels of experience – be it easy, shallow drift-diving, to advanced wreck-diving or technical diving.
If you plan to do some diving out here, you should try to book a package that would include diving, food and accommodation. The sea gets rough and murky during the east coast’s monsoon (November – March), So try not to visit within these period.
Pulau Redang – Sheltered within the Pulau Redang Marine Park, the coral reefs here are rich in marine life.
Lankayan Island – This tiny jungle-clad, tranquil island has earned a reputation as being one of the best dive sites in Asia.
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park – Comprising five beautiful islands with good facilities, beaches and snorkelling, just a 10-minute boat ride from the capital Kota Kinabalu.
Layang Layang Island – Unique reef topography out in the middle of the South China Sea near this island makes this a diver’s dream come true.
Pulau Tiga Marine Park – A park consisting of three islands and the crystal-clear surrounding sea beckon divers from around the world.
Tioman Island – The turtle-shaped Pulau Tioman is the largest and most impressive of the east coast islands.
Pantai Bisikan Bayu (Beach of Whispering Breeze) – Gentle breezes sweep in off the South China Sea along Kelantan’s longest stretch of beach.
Mabul Island – Luxury chalets on stilts and shallow reefs that offer world-class diving put this island resort in a class of its own.
Sipadan Island – This watery Garden of Eden is rightly billed as one of the world’s greatest diving destinations.
Pulau Kapas – If you’re looking for the perfect island getaway, then a visit to Pulau Kapas in Terengganu is a must.
Langkawi – This cluster of 99 islands offers beautiful beaches, world-class infrastructure, ultra-cheap duty-free shopping and fascinating legends.