East Malaysia (Sabah & Sarawak)

Sabah and Sarawak

East Malaysia Sabah Sarawak Dive Location Map Scubahive

Featuring over 15 dive locations with quite simply some of the best diving in the world such as the legendary Sipadan Island, the muck diving mecca – Mabul Island. It’s also one of the few places in the world where you can spot massive schools of hammerhead sharks at Layang Layang. Love corals? How about seeing the precious black coral at Mantabuan Island? Remember the US hit series survivor? Well, its first season was filmed on Pulau Tiga (a.k.a Survivor Island), famed for its pristine coral reefs and banded sea snakes.

Sabah is also nestled within the area scientists call the Coral Triangle, a triangular area of tropical marine waters recognized as the global center of marine biodiversity and a global priority for conservation.

East Malaysia dive locations are fantastic for its ease of accessibility with (most) sites being close to the mainland, which offers a host of other land-based activities. When you consider the ease of travel, affordability, and variety of activities, your only problem will be how to add extra days to your holiday!

&nbspAt A Glance

Tropical climate with average temperatures around 29°C (84.2°F) for most of the year.
All year round for most parts of the region
Malaysian Ringgit (MYR), which is denoted as RM
240V, 50Hz
C, G, M (Primarily the British three rectangular prong type)
Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) is the national languge, but English is widely spoken
Optional, but it can be a small token of thanks for good service and brighten up someone’s day 🙂

&nbspGetting There

• Fly into Sabah via it’s capital – Kota Kinabalu, or Sandakan, Tawau, Kudat, Labuan

• Fly into Sarawak via its capital Kuching, or Miri, Bintulu, Sibu

&nbspDecompression Chamber Hotline

Kota Kinabalu Naval Base :
+6088 482 000
Labuan Recompression Chamber :
+6087 412 122

&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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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