Diving in Malaysia

Known to have some of the best beaches and diving spots in the world, Malaysia famous for its islands and marine parks. Many of the islands here offer breathtaking dive sites imaginable with rich abundance of biodiversity found in the world. Located in the heart of the Indo-Pacific Basin area famed for the greatest marine biodiversity in the world, Malaysia gives an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful marine sights.

Located in the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin, Malaysia is in the heart of one of the world’s richest marine bio-diversity area, where scientists believe the marine life of the Pacific Ocean evolved.

Surrounded by 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.

Dive Information

Malaysia is fast becoming one of the leading dive destination of the world with the richest 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.

Climate & Temperature

Malaysia has an equatorial climate with fairly uniform temperatures ranging from 32 Celsius during the day to 22 Celsius at night.

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 is good to go.

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.

  • Avoid Touching The Coral
  • A single kick can break coral and destroy years of growth
  • Never stand on coral
  • Ensure that your body and fins do not touch the reef
  • Avoid finning close to the sea bed as this kicks up silt that can smother the coral
  • Scuba divers 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

Best Time to Dive

West Coast Peninsular Malaysia

Sabah – all year around

Sarawak – late March through November each year.

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

After completing your scuba course, get outfitted with the latest scuba equipment as all international brands are available from dive centres in Malaysia.

Dive Equipment Rental

After completing your scuba course, get outfitted with the latest scuba equipment as all international brands are available from dive centres in Malaysia. Almost all the islands in Malaysia cater to divers of all levels of experience – be it easy, shallow drift-diving, to advanced wreck-diving or technical diving.

Dive equipment is readily available for rent at almost all dive centres. But it would be wise to give prior notice to the operators, as sizes could be limited.


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