Dive the emerald waters of Perak
Located near the sleepy town of Lumut (Perak), Sembilan Island, (literally: “nine islands”), is an archipelago of 9 uninhabited islands on the Straits of Malacca. Sembilan Island is about 15 nautical miles off the southern coast of Pangkor Island, a popular (non-diving) vacation spot in Malaysia, for both locals and tourists alike.
Sembilan Island is not (yet) a popular dive destination, as it cannot boast of the white sandy beaches, blue waters typically found on East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
However, if you want to experience diving in emerald waters and getting your first taste of “muck diving”, Sembilan Island may just be right up your alley.
Beneath the surface
Common findings include seahorses of all shapes and sizes, mimic octopi, nudibranchs, and long nose shrimps. Looking for something bigger? You may be greeted with schools of chevron barracudas, golden trevallies, angelfishes, Moorish idols or even juvenile bamboo sharks.
A word of caution
Amateur divers may be better off selecting a clear sunny day when diving around Sembilan Island as currents here can get strong (especially during the full/new moon), which makes it for a challenging but exhilarating drift dive.
Nonetheless, Sembilan Island is recommended if you wish to extend your scuba diving experience and getting put through your paces – a great way to test your diving mettle.
What’s above the surface?
Accommodation is typically based on the mainland of Lumut (along the Marina – with access to local seafood restaurants around town), or the resorts on Pangkor Island. Not only that, Lumut is located 5 to 10minutes away to nearby towns (Manjung, Sitiawan), opening up your options to food and lodging.
Oh, did we not mention diving all year round?
Unlike the other dive locations along the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Sembilan Island is not affected by the monsoon season, which means diving year round diving! It is becoming popular with local divers looking to getting a quick diving fix given its shorter distance from the capital, Kuala Lumpur.
It might be a little premature to call Sembilan Island the answer to Peninsular Malaysia’s top “muck” diving destination, but the (undiscovered) potential is definitely there! For more information on Sembilan Island, click here.