Diving In Malaysia
Diving in Malaysia General information:
Malaysia is made up of two main landmasses, Peninsular Malaysia which is connected to Thailand and Singapore by road and Malaysian Borneo on its own. They are separated by the South China Sea. Travels into and within the country is very accessible with its vast domestic airline and internal bus routes.
Diving in Peninsular Malaysia starts in March to October where all the resorts are open. Outside this period, most of the resorts are closed and high waves makes travelling into some islands difficult. In the Sabah province, diving is available all year-round with good weather conditions from March to October. Diving in Malaysia is very much like the other South East Asia countries where you can enjoy warm sunny weather.
Water temperature: 26 to 30 Degrees Celsius
Scuba diving locations:
Within Peninsular Malaysia, Perhentians islands, Redang, Tenggol and Lang Tengah offers great diving. You might even be able to organise island hopping between theses islands. Pulau Tioman is very close to Singapore and sees lots of divers during the weekend. In fact, most of the scuba divers in Singapore gets their training in Tioman. All these islands offer a very laid back vibe and you can find a wide variety of marine lives including occasional whale shark sightings.
In the Sabah province, Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai offers some of the best diving in the world. You can dive all the dive sites in one trip where you will encounter anything from pelagic to macro marine life. Schools of barracudas, bumphead parrotfish, and turtles are common sightings are these locations. A daily diving permit is required for Sipadan and staying overnight is not allowed.
Diving courses available:
All levels of scuba diving courses are available in Malaysia.If Sipadan is on your dream list, a Deep Diver or Advanced Adventure course is definitely required. Night dives are also highly recommended at many of the dive locations.
Technical Diving: Tech diving is still relatively new in Malaysia but is catching on fast. You can located TDI centers spread throughout the country. Entry level Tech, Rebreather and Cave training can all be found in Malaysia.
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