A Tropical Paradise
More Than 3000 Species of Marine Creatures
Imagine crystal clear waters surrounding beautiful islands with pure, white beaches and 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 projects from 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. Around 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. Some 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 with many wrecks for technical divers.
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Visibility – Depending on the area and time of year, visibility ranges from 10-40 metres/30-130 feet.
Water Temperature – Being close to the equator, you can count on water temperatures from 26-30°C/80-85°F year-round.
Weather – The weather throughout Malaysia is tropical with air temperatures range from 21-32 ºC/ 70-90º F. The wet season runs from November to March, which could effect dive conditions, but diving is available all year.
Featured 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. 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.
Language – Bahasa Malaysia is the national language but English is also widely spoken. Various Chinese dialects and Hindi are also common.
Currency – Malaysian Ringgit. Credit cards are accepted in cities and many larger hotels, restaurants and shops.
Major 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 Airport).
Electricity 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 and tour the many monkey ridden temples around the country. Ride an elephant in the jungles of Borneo.
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