is fast becoming one of the leadingdive destinations of the
world with therichest marine environment in the Indo-Pacific
Basin. The incredible bio-diversity of marine life coupled
with beautiful islands with white sandy beaches and clear
warm waters keep the divers coming back for more. From schooling
hammerhead sharks, huge schools of barracudas and various
turtles to the bizarre frogfish or ghost pipefish, there is
always something to fascinate the diver. In Malaysia, the
coral reef ecosystem is reported to support aquatic organism
numbering more than 50 genera of coral and more than 200 species
of fish. Each time a marine bio-diversity survey is conducted
in the Malaysian tropical sea, the species list increases.
Dive centers in Malaysia are well equipped and are certified
by relevant agencies for maintaining their standards of safety
and professionalism. Scuba diving courses endorsed by certifying
agencies like PADI, NAUI, SSI and BSAC. Some of the courses
available include the initial 'Open Water Course', 'Diving
Instructor Course' or even a 'Re-breather Course'. Upon completion
of your scuba course you can be outfitted with the latest
scuba equipment of most international brands available from
dive centers in Malaysia.
Almost all the islands in Malaysia cater for divers of all
levels of experience - be it easy shore diving to advance
wreck diving or technical diving. Operators engaged with technical
diving are well equipped with portable emergency oxygen kits,
special tank refilling equipment and other necessary facilities.
Top dive sites around Malaysia include diving along gentle
sloping reefs, submerged reefs, coral blocks, wall dives,
deep dives, drift dives and wreck dives. Dive operators, like
any other around the world, will insist on seeing your certification
for the type of diving that you wish to do and to undergo
a check-out dive. To advance your skills in scuba diving,
dive centers are able to offer further scuba courses at competitive
and affordable rates.
THE STILL UNEXPLORED SEABED'S
Malaysia's tropical forests and seas are the ancient homes
to a staggering diversity of animal and plant life that has
evolved through the years. The rainforests are reputed to
be among the oldest in the region, estimated to be about 130
million years old. A trek into the rainforest is an encounter
with diverse animal life. Similarly, a dip below the warm
sea's surface guarantees an astounding experience with a spectrum
of marine life, rivaling anything found in the forests.
Malaysia's spectacular tropical
reefs boast of encounters with unique macro animals and large
pelagic within a single destination. Macro animal life is
scarce in areas where larger predators are present
for obvious reasons. Only a handful of diving sites in the
world can offer both these sights in one diving holiday.
of the Peninsular Malaysia and the states of Sabah and Sarawak,
Malaysia rests on the continental shelf of Southeast Asia,
with the western coast of the Peninsular Malaysia separated
from Sumatra by the Straits of Malacca. The South China Sea
separates the peninsular Malaysia from Sabah and Sarawak.
Along the western Peninsular Malaysia coast, the diversity
of marine life around the waters of Pulau Pangkor and Pulau
Payar differ from those observed in the waters of the eastern
coast of the Peninsular Malaysia. Pulau Perhentian, Pulau
Lang Tengah, Pulau Redang, Pulau Kapas, Pulau Tenggol and
the Pulau Tioman group of islands feature good coral growth
and abundant fish life.
Surrounded by the nutrient-rich South China Sea and the Sulawesi
Sea, the state of Sabah are the true oceanic depths of 600
meters to more than 1000 meters, different from the waters
of Peninsular Malaysia islands. Located some 300 nautical
miles from mainland Kota Kinabalu, Pulau Layang Layang is
blessed with the best water visibility from 20 to 50 meters.
The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park islands are popular for training
and easy dives, whereas to fully savour Pulau Sipadan one
should be an advance diver. Pulau Lankayan, Pulau Mabul and
Pulau Kapalai are famous for their 'muck dives' (that is diving
in the coral rubble areas seeking out macro animals).
Pulau Talang Talang and Turtle Rock off Sarawak feature reef
diving and further away from the mainland, divers can engage
in wreck diving Katori Maru (a World War ll Japanese troop
Malaysia located in the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin is
in the heart of one of the world's richest marine bio-diversity
area, where scientists believe the marine life of the pacific
DO'S & DON'TS
Observing Proper Reef Etiquette Coral
reefs are home to many beautiful, fascinating creatures. Snorkeling
or diving is a great way to explore this spectacular undersea
world but must be done carefully as reefs are very fragile
and easily damaged.
Touching The Coral A
single kick can break coral and destroy years of growth. Even
a light touch can rub off the coral's protective mucus covering,
leaving it vulnerable to infection and disease.
stand on coral.
your body and fins do not touch the reef.
close to the sea bed as this kicks up silt that can smother
should maintain neutral buoyancy and secure gauges/octopus
rigs so that they do not drag on the reef.
Avoid Harassing Reef Life
Reef animals are easily stressed and harassing
them can disrupt feeding or mating.
Avoid Collecting Souvenirs
Even dead coral plays an important role in the
reef ecosystem and should not be taken.
Avoid Littering Litter endangers marine life
and spoils the reefs natural beauty. Throw litter in a bin
or take it back with you.
Avoid Anchoring on the Reef Anchors
smash coral, damaging large areas of the reef.
Ensure that your boat uses a mooring buoy instead.
Try to learn as much as you can about coral reefs and their
inhabitants. Tell others about the fragility and value of
coral reefs. Let's all be responsible for conserving our coral
Climate & Water Temperature
has an equatorial climate with fairly uniform temperatures
ranging from 32 Celsius during the day to 22 Celsius at night.
Humidity is about 85 to 95 per cent.
Water temperature is 27 - 28 Celsius and during the dry months
the temperature may rise to 30 - 31 Celsius.
Divers will not require thick wet suits. Anything between
1.5 to 3 millimeter wet suit
Best Time to Dive
West coast Peninsular Malaysia
• December - May
East coast Peninsular Malaysia
• March - October
The islands of east Malaysia are reasonably well protected
and are diveable all year round. However, water visibility
is better during the months of April to August.
Dive Equipment Rental
Dive equipment is readily available for rent at almost all
dive centers. But it would be wise to give prior notice to
the operators, as sizes could be limited.
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