Sabah (Malaysian Borneo) is regarded as Malaysia’s best diving. There is something for every level diver whatever your scuba preference is.
The world famous Sipadan should top most divers “to do” list for shark, turtle, barracuda and other big fish encounters. Mabul and Kapalai offer excellent muck diving just off the beach. Choose the Sipadan liveaboard for maximum Sipadna dive permits.
Visit Layang Layang at the right time of year and you are almost certain to see hammerhead sharks.
Fortunate divers can catch sight of whale sharks at Lankayan Island and wreck divers will love Labuan.
Off the east coast of the Malaysian peninsular the Perhentian Islands offer cheap diving and backpacker accommodation. Islands such as Tioman Island and Redang Island are laid back and less developed than other Asian tourist resort areas.
On the west coast Langkawi Island also has limited diving opportunities.
Malaysia is politically stable, has excellent transport links and health care facilities. The friendly Malaysians all speak English. Add to that the vast array of non diving activities such as climbing Mount Kinabalu or seeing orang utans at Sepilok and you begin to realise why more and more divers visit and dive Malaysia every year.
Malaysia is a great place to come with non diving partners who can relax on the beautiful beaches or luxury spa resorts. It is possible to dive many Malaysian dive destinations all year round although the best time of year is generally April to September.
Malaysia Dive Sites Info:
Land Temperate: Average 26°C with high humidity. Tropical climate.
Water Temperature: 24-29°C
When to go: Although most areas can be dived year round the best time to dive Sabah and the east coast of peninsular Malaysia is April-September with May-August being peak time. See dive site descriptions for specific details.
Wetsuit required: 3mm shorty wetsuit is usually sufficient.
Visibility: 5-50m. Sipadan and Layang Layang have superb visibility. Other areas are less predictable.
Diving types: Drop offs, reefs, caves, wrecks
Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced
Marine life: Whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, reef sharks, manta rays, turtles, barracuda, bumphead parrot fish, frog fish, leaf fish, jaw fish, mandarin fish…..this list could go on and on.
After diving: Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary, rainforest tours, Mount Kinabalu, Cameron Highlands, beaches, shopping etc etc.