Malaysia

Malaysia

Malaysia Dive Map Locations

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.

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

Malaysia Comprises Of Two Main Geographical Regions

Sabah Malaysia Overunder

East Malaysia (Sabah & Sarawak)

 

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.

Sea turtle malaysia

West Malaysia (Peninsular)

 

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”.

&nbspAt A Glance

CLIMATE :
Tropical climate with average temperatures around 29°C (84.2°F) for most of the year.
TIME ZONE :
UTC+08:00
CURRENCY :
Malaysian Ringgit (MYR), which is denoted as RM
CALLING CODE :
+60
ELECTRICITY :
240V, 50Hz
PLUG TYPE :
C, G, M (Primarily the British three rectangular prong type)

&nbspLanguage

Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) is the national language, but English is widely spoken. Malaysians also speak various languages and dialects.

&nbspTipping

Tipping is not customary in Malaysia. However, if you have the means to do so, tipping can be a small token of thanks for good service which could brighten someone’s day.

&nbspScuba Cylinder Tank Valve

Yoke

&nbspMeasurement System

Metric

&nbspVisa / 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 awww.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.

&nbspGentle 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.

&nbspWord 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.

&nbspCredit Cards

Most commonly accepted credit cards are the VISA and Mastercard, however major charge cards like the American Express is widely accepted too.

&nbspWorking Days

Most states observe Monday to Friday as working days while Saturday and Sunday are rest days. In the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, working days are from Sunday to Thursday; Friday and Saturday are observed as rest days.

&nbspBanking Hours

In most states, banks are open from Monday to Friday tyically from 9am till 4pm. In Kelantan and Terengganu, banks are closed on Friday and Saturday. While ATMs are commonly available 24-hours. Kindly check the websites of the relevant banks for details on operating hours and rest days.

&nbspDecompression Chamber Hotline

Kota Kinabalu Naval Base :
+6088 482 000
Labuan Recompression Chamber :
+6087 412 122
Lumut Naval Base :
+605 681 8491/8498/8494
Kuantan Naval Base :
+609 583 3601 (ext. 2146/2122)

&nbspEmergency Numbers

Police :
999 (Landline)
Ambulance :
999 (Landline)
Fire Department :
994 (Landline)
General :
112 (Mobile phone)

Note: It is always advisable to have the telephone number and the address of your embassy or consulate with you.

Price reference based on 4D3N or day trip diving packages

  • Sepanggar Island, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

    Mari Mari Sepanggar

    Packages from RM340

    A “secluded” resort with a private white sandy beach front. Dive and relax in total peace, and you’d soon forget you are just 10 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu city.


  • Mantanani Island, Kuala Abai, Sabah

    Mari Mari Backpackers Lodge

    Packages from RM520

    Picturesque scenery, cool breezes, and a serene environment. Escape the city to this little slice of paradise. Day trips and overnight packages available.


  • Swallow Reef, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

    Layang Layang Island Resort

    Packages from RM8,100

    Explore the “Jewel of Borneo Banks” in total privacy while getting pampered with the resort’s outstanding service quality. As the only resort in the area, Layang Layang offers a truly unprecedented “One Island One Resort” exclusive experience.


  • Sandakan, Sabah

    Lankayan Island Resort

    Packages from RM4,370

    One exquisite resort on a tiny jewel-like island, making this an ideal destination if you are seeking tranquility and relaxation in a virgin natural setting.


  • Kapalai Island, Semporna, Sabah

    Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort

    Packages from RM4,181

    Exquisite water chalets on stilts above the shallow sandbanks of Ligitan Reef that spans almost a mile long stretching into the horizon offering the purest image of natural serenity.


  • Mataking Island, Semporna, Sabah

    Mataking (The Reef) Dive Resort

    Packages from RM3,465

    An exclusive romantic destination right in the heart of what most calls it the “Maldives” of Malaysia. Luxury, tranquility, and sheer beauty await you at Mataking (The Reef) Dive Resort.


  • Bum Bum Island, Semporna, Sabah

    ND Divers

    Packages from RM1,450

    Dive with the locals, that is their motto. A simple homestay styled dive center with its private house reef offering the best local experience around Semporna.


  • Mabul Island, Semporna, Sabah

    Seaventures Dive Rig

    Packages from RM3,600

    Looking for something unique? Seaventures is the world’s first oil rig module converted into a dive resort with a PADI 5 Star accreditation to its name with outstanding service and dive quality. Sipadan permits can be guaranteed with minimum stays of 3 nights.


  • The Tip of Borneo, Kudat, Sabah

    Blue Fin Surf & Dive

    Packages from RM1,320

    Located right at the heart of the Tip of Borneo, Kudat, Blue Fin is a no-frills establishment to cater to your diving and surfing needs. Daily trips and overnight packages are available.


  • Mabul Island, Semporna, Sabah

    Borneo Divers Mabul Resort

    Packages from RM2,940

    Founded in 1984, Borneo Divers is the pioneer of Sipadan and the first PADI 5 Star Resort in Mabul Island. Your best choice for dive travelers who seeks the best Sabah has to offer.


  • Tioman Island, Pahang, Malaysia

    B&J Tioman

    Packages from RM1,090

    Dive with the award-winning 5-star PADI IDC center in Tioman. All PADI courses, GoPro, technical diving, daily dive trips, environmentally friendly and a 100% safety track record is what makes B&J your choice for diving in Tioman.


  • Mengkabar Bay, Kota Belud, Sabah

    BigFin Divers

    Packages from RM1,170

    Looking to dive off the beaten path? BigFin is a rustic resort tucked away from the crowds where you can appreciate the natural beauty of Borneo both above and below the surface.


  • Tenggol Island, Dungun, Terengganu

    Tenggol Coral Beach Resort

    Packages from RM1,500

    A PADI 5 star resort situated in the heart of Tenggol Island, with full board packages for both divers and beachgoers.


  • Redang Island, Terengganu

    Redang Beach Resort

    Packages from RM1,119

    Your perfect holiday getaway in Redang Island surrounded by white sandy beaches. Packages are all full board so you’ve got everything covered. Come relax, unwind, and party at Redang Beach Resort.


  • Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

    Sea Tango

    Packages from RM295

    Top notch dive services with arguably the best dive fleets in Kota Kinabalu, well-equipped catamarans with facilities to make you comfortable during your trip. Everything is more fun when you are out with a jolly bunch of people!


  • Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

    Dive Borneo Bah

    Packages from RM350

    A new dive center, led by industry titans. Dive with Dive Borneo Bah to feel the difference, a team that prides themselves on bringing you closer to nature and making you a better diver.


  • Perhentian Besar (Big) Island, Terengganu

    Flora Bay Perhentian

    Packages from RM1,120

    Located in the heart of Perhentian Besar, Flora Bay offers a relaxing beach vacation with its own beachfront, resort-based restaurant, and top-notch diving services.


  • Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

    Borneo Dream Travel & Tours

    Packages from RM318

    A 5 Star PADI Center, and one of the premier dive centers in Kota Kinabalu with a focus on 3 qualities: Safety, Quality, and Enjoyment. Backed by their “dream team”, all courses and trips are under the supervision of qualified dive professionals.


  • Miri, Sarawak

    Co.Co. Dive

    Packages from RM920

    Sarawak’s first and only PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center. Let the crew from Co.Co. show you the best Miri has to offer.


  • Lumut, Perak

    Quiver Lumut

    Packages from RM1,570

    Dive Sembilan Island with a multi-award-winning team and Malaysia’s first PADI 5 Star CDC. You are sure to get great fun, great service, and top quality professional guidance.


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