Malaysia

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“Diving in Malaysia is almost as diverse as its culture”

Whale sharks, sea turtles, frogfishes, schooling barracudas, hammerhead sharks, seahorses, WWII wrecks, world-renowned wall diving, coral gardens are just some features of diving in Malaysia.

If you are looking for a memorable tropical getaway blessed with white sandy beaches, warm bio-diverse, and equatorial seas, then Malaysia is an ideal choice. It is also a developed nation where English is widely spoken and where low-cost airlines abound, making it easier to travel.

Water temperature averages at a comfortable 29°C (84.2°F), which makes a 3mm wetsuit plentiful. Monsoon (wet and rainy) season typically runs from November to March, which can affect dive conditions, but diving is generally available all year round depending on location.

Malaysia comprises of two main geographical regions

West Malaysia (Peninsular)

East Malaysia (Sabah & Sararak)

Features at least 10 dive locations which are among the most beautiful in the world such as the famed Tioman Island being featured as ‘Bali Hai’ in the 1958 movie – South Pacific, or even to one of Peninsular’s best kept secret… Tenggol Island, hailed by some locals as Peninsular’s “mini Sipadan”.

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Nestled within the Coral Triangle and comprising over 15 locations with quite simply the best diving in the world such as the legendary Sipadan, or the muck diving mecca – Mabul Island. Remember the US hit series ‘Survivor’? Well, its first season was filmed on Pulau Tiga, famed for its pristine corals and banded sea snakes.

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Whatever type of warm water diving you are looking for, you will find it in Malaysia.

At a Glance

Climate: Tropical climate with typical temperatures around 29°C (84.2°F) for most of the year

Time Zone: UTC+08:00

Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)

Calling Code: +60

Electricity: 240V, 50Hz

Plug Type: C, G, M

Visa / Passport

Visitors must possess a valid passport for at least 6 months beyond the date of entry into Malaysia. Details on visa regulations are available at www.imi.gov.my

Kindly note that visitors entering or leaving Malaysia with cash and/or negotiable bearable instruments (e.g. traveller’s cheques, bearer cheques) exceeding an amount equivalent to USD10,000.00 must make a declaration to Customs.

Gentle Reminder

Please be mindful that Malaysia is a Muslim country, therefore local traditions customs and religion needs to be observed and respected. As with dress codes, when in doubt, dress conservatively.

Word of Caution

Drug trafficking carries a mandatory death penalty. Foreigners have been executed for possession of small amounts of drugs. Just don’t even think about it.

Tenggol Coral Beach Resort

Where is it: Tenggol Island, Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast

Type: Dive Resort

Affiliations / Distinction: PADI 5 Star Dive Resort

Languages Spoken: English, Malay, Mandarin

Borneo Dream Travel & Tours

Where is it: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (dive excursions to TARP, Tiga Island, Layang Layang Atoll, Mataking Island, Sipadan Island)

Type: Dive Centre

Affiliations / Distinction: PADI 5 Star Dive Resort Centre

Languages Spoken: English, Malay, Mandarin and Cantonese

B&J Diving Centre / Tioman Dive Resort

Where is it: Air Batang (a.k.a. ABC Bay) and Salang Bay, Tioman Island, Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast

Type: Dive Centre & Resort

Affiliations / Distinction: PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre, Tec Diver Centre, IANDT, DAN

Languages Spoken: English, Malay, German and French

Quiver Dive Team Perhentian

Where is it: Coral Bay, Perhentian (Kecil) Island, Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast

Type: Dive Centre

Affiliations / Distinction: PADI 5 Star Career and Instructor Development Centre

Languages Spoken: English, Malay, Mandarin, French, Spanish, Italian and German

Quiver Dive Team Lumut

Where is it: Lumut, Perak, Peninsular Malaysia’s West Coast (dive excursions to Sembilan Island and Jarak Island)

Type: Dive Centre (with guest house)

Affiliations / Distinction: PADI 5 Star Career and Instructor Development Centre

Languages Spoken: English, Malay, Mandarin

Quiver Dive Team Dungun

Where is it: Tanjong Jara Resort, Dungun, Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast (dive excursions to Tenggol Island)

Type: Dive Centre

Affiliations / Distinction: PADI 5 Star Career and Instructor Development Centre

Languages Spoken: English, Malay, Mandarin

Borneo Surfer’s Watersports Centre

Where is it: Tip of Borneo, Kudat, Sabah

Type: Dive Centre

Affiliations / Distinction: PADI

Languages Spoken: English, Malay, and Mandarin

Try Scuba Dive Centre Sdn Bhd

Where is it: Tiga (Survivor) Island, Sabah

Type: Dive Centre

Affiliations / Distinction: SDI (Scuba Diving International)

Languages Spoken: English, and Malay

Seaventures Dive Rig

Where is it: Mabul Island, Sabah (dive excursions to Mabul Island, Sipadan Island, Kapalai Island)

Type: Dive Resort

Affiliations / Distinction: PADI 5 Star IDC, PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, PADI 5 Star Dive Resort

Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin and Malay

Redang Beach Resort

Where is it: Redang Island

Type: Dive Resort

Affiliations / Distinction: PADI

Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin and Malay

Borneo Divers Mabul Resort

Where is it: Mabul Island, Sabah (dive excursions to Mabul Island, Sipadan Island, Kapalai Island)

Type: Dive Resort

Affiliations / Distinction: PADI 5 Star Dive Centre

Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin and Malay

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Scuba Genesis & Services

Where is it: Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Affiliations: PADI

Facilities: Swimming pool, classroom, cafe, WiFi

Languages Spoken: English, Malay, Mandarin

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Jess LAM

Primary Location: Tenggol Island, West Malaysia

Affiliations: PADI

Instructor ID: (OWSI)#366782

Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin, Cantonese

Fang Kyi LIM

Primary Location: Klang Valley, Malaysia

Affiliations: PADI

Instructor ID: (OWSI)#347188

Languages Spoken: English, Malay, Mandarin

Adlin Adriani

Primary Location: Klang Valley, Malaysia

Affiliations: PADI

Instructor ID: (OWSI)#384807

Languages Spoken: English and Malay

Kalani STONE

Primary Location: Stationed between Kota Kinabalu and Semporna

Affiliations: PADI

Instructor ID: (OWSI)#377685

Languages Spoken: English

Uwais Noor AZLI (West)

Primary Location: West Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam

Affiliations: PADI

Instructor ID: (MSDT)#355600

Languages Spoken: English and Malay

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