Diving in Malaysia is suitable for all levels of divers as waters are generally calm and reefs are protected and most dive sites can be accessed by speed boats without any need for a liveaboard vessel.
In the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, islands offer stretches of healthy coral reef to explore as well as some pinnacles and shipwrecks.
In east Malaysia, you can dive at the Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park, or go straight to Sabah to access world-class diving at Sipadan Island, Layang-Layang Island and macro dives at Mabul Island. Layang-Layang Island is an area for deep dives of up to 40m - perfect if you have the right certifications.
The east coast of Peninsular Malaysia can be dived from March to September while diving in East Malaysia is year-round. Water temperature is warm at 82-86°F (28-30°C).
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Fly into Kuala Lumpur and take connecting flights on Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Malindo Air and Firefly to the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia or to East Malaysia. It is also possible to fly directly to Sabah from places like Singapore, Taipei and Hong Kong. To get to Sipadan Island, you will need to take a local connecting flight from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau.