The waters in Malaysia, i.e. Peninsula Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak, are renowned for having the top diving sites in the world! Being in the tropics, Malaysia is bestowed with a constant warm temperature throughout the year, thus making it it very welcoming to dive in Malaysian seas.
Here, the clear blue waters coupled with the comfortable warm weather provides and sustains the abundant 'millions-of-year-old' marine life. It would be very surprising for divers in Malaysian sites if they do not encounter breathtaking picturesque coral reefs, sea turtles, reef sharks, manta rays and sea horses. The quantity and variety of flora and fauna found in these waters are believed to surpass even those found in the Islands of the Pacific.
The diverse coral reef structure, even at shallow depths, supports more than 500 species of corals and 3,000 classes of fishes. The truly magnificent tropical reefs, which essentially 'amalgamates' the different types of life-forms here, displays many numerous attractions for the divers, presenting the macro-fauna and large pelagic predators all in the same region. This is genuinely unique in nature as only a handful of destinations in the world can boast of this marvel. From schools of barracudas, jacks, and sharks to the solitary giant turtle, frogfish, and scorpion fish, and to the multicoloured fan and whip gorgonians, there will always be a touch of bewilderment and wonder which will mesmerize any diver.
The most popular dive sites around Malaysia include diving along gentle sloping reefs in Tioman Island, Perhentian Island and Redang Island; while the impressive vertical wall dives rising directly from the darkest abyss of Sipadan Island, the Layang-Layang Atoll and Mabul Island, not forgetting the drift dives and wreck dives, are among the amazement that will be encountered underwater here.
Beyond doubt, Tioman and Redang Islands are truly beautiful. The underwater panorama encircling the islands boast of grand formations of abundant and diverse coral reefs, stunning underwater caves and passages, and of course enigmatic and exquisite wrecks. Of all the dive spots, there is one that stands on its own - Sipadan Island, East of Borneo. With its breathtaking vertical dives, and vast array of deep ocean species, Sipadan was recognized as an underwater haven by Jacques Cousteau, the veteran in 'exploration of the wonders of the deep'. Another such beauty in Sabah is Layang-layang Island (Island of the Swallows). Situated in the heart of the Indo-Pacific area, this island has the richest wildlife and greatest marine biodiversity in the world.
More information on these famous dive destinations is detailed below:-
a) Sipadan Island
b) Layang-Layang Islang
c) Tioman Island
d) Redang Island
e) Perhentian Island
f) Payar Island
Other Favourite Dive/Holiday Spots:-
a) Bali, INDONESIA
For more details on the actual dive sites of Sipadan Island, Mabul and Kapalai Islands, and Layang-Layang Island, click on Dive Sites to Remember.
For international flight details and/or bookings to Malaysia, click on Malaysia Airlines, and for internal flights within Malaysia, click also Malaysia Airlines or AirAsia.
HAVE A SAFE AND FUN DIVE!