A Tropical Paradise
More Than 3000 Species of Marine Creatures
crystal clear waters surrounding beautiful islands with pure, white beaches. Imagine
palm trees swaying in balmy, tropical breezes, all set against a backdrop of
lush, green rainforest – this is Malaysia. For scuba divers, Malaysia's
biodiversity is nothing short of stunning. The country is divided into two
parts – Peninsular Malaysia, which shares a border with the southern end of
Thailand, and Malaysian Borneo, which encompasses the northern quarter of the
world’s third-largest island. The dive opportunities here are rivaled only by
the nation's cultural diversity.
the hundreds of tropical islands, you’ll find an incredible choice of dive
sites and undiscovered beaches. Pick from a variety of underwater landscapes
including sloping reefs, pinnacles and coral gardens for your deep, drift,
wreck, cavern and wall dives. World-renowned wall diving, featuring more than
3000 species of marine creatures, awaits you off of Borneo's Sipadan Island and
some of the best macro diving sites in the world off Mabul Island. From
Peninsular Malaysia, you can get to the Perhentian Islands with towering
pinnacles, and Redang Island with some of the world’s most developed coral
gardens. Tioman Island, off of the peninsula's east coast, has amazing coral
formations and nearby deep water home to many wrecks for technical divers.
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– Depending on the area and time
of year, visibility ranges from 10-40 metres/30-130 feet.
Temperature – Being close to the equator, you
can count on water temperatures from 26-30°C/80-85°F year-round.
– The weather throughout Malaysia
is tropical with air temperatures ranging from 21-32 ºC/ 70-90º F. The wet
season runs from November to March, which can effect dive conditions, but
diving is available all year.
Creatures – You'll see turtles and more
turtles just about everywhere. Reef sharks, schooling barracuda, trevallies,
bumphead parrotfish, Napoleon wrasse, rainbow runners, emperors, groupers,
batfish, mackerel, stingrays, boxfish, lionfish, garden eels and moray eels are
all likely to be seen. Common sightings also include angelfish, butterfly fish,
snapper, triggerfish, pufferfish, shrimp, nudibranchs, blue-ringed octopus,
mimic octopus, mandarinfish and seahorses.
Recommended Courses – Take the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy and PADI Deep Diver courses to help you hover effortlessly along Sipadan’s walls. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course is a must to capture the beauty of the place. Malaysia is becoming a technical diving destination, so look into PADI TecRec courses, including the PADI Rebreather Diver course, if interested.
– Bahasa Malaysia is the national
language but English is also widely spoken. Various Chinese dialects and Hindi
are also common.
– Malaysian Ringgit. Credit cards
are accepted in cities and many larger hotels, restaurants and shops.
Airports – There are also international
airports at Penang (Penang International Airport), Johor Bahru (Senai
International Airport), Kota Kinabalu (Kota Kinabalu International Airport ),
Kuching (Kuching International Airport) and Langkawi (Langkawi International
and Internet – 240 volts, 50 Hz. Internet is
available in cities and most resort areas.
Topside Attractions – Visit the world’s
tallest towers in Kuala Lumpur. Go to Sabah’s state parks and climb Mount
Kinabalu, see Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary near Sandakan, go caving in Gunung
Mulu National Park, experience ancient cultures in jungle villages, tour the
many monkey ridden temples around the country and ride an elephant in the
jungles of Borneo.Topside Attractions – Visit the world’s tallest towers in Kuala Lumpur. Go to Sabah’s state parks and climb Mount Kinabalu. See Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary near Sandakan. Go caving in Gunung Mulu National Park. Experience ancient cultures in jungle villages and tour the many monkey ridden temples around the country. Ride an elephant in the jungles of Borneo.
Locate a PADI Dive Shop in Malaysia