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9 Best Places To Scuba Dive in Malaysia

9 Best Places To Scuba Dive in Malaysia

Scuba divers like to visit new dive points, stunning underwater views and also catch the sight of amazing sea creatures while they are diving. You may grab them in just one visit. Where is it? Malaysia.

Checkout our travel tips to Malaysia and out things to do in Malaysia before going.

In Malaysia, you can head for some friendly and tame turtles, watch sharks, observe barracuda vortex.

Malaysia offers some great scuba dive sites. First of all, you can go to Sabah, the South East region to be exact.

I have found there is easier places to get to, like the east coast but the area is likely to be visited in monsoon season, which usually happens around October to March.

Quick Information On Malaysia

  • Currency: Ringgit (RM)
  • Language: Malaysian
  • Population: Over 32 million
  • Capital City: Kuala Lumpur
  • Best time to visit Malaysia: For visiting the east coast is from March to September since it is typically drier. For the west coast is from November to August.
  • How to get there: You can fly into Malaysia as there are flights to most major cities in Malaysia. Also You can enter by land through Thailand or via sea.

Best Places To Scuba Dive in Malaysia

To make things easier, we have made a list of the best places for scuba dive in Malaysia. We classify them based on their beauty, dive conditions and also the mixture of living creatures.

Here are the 9 best places to dive in Malaysia.

Visit Perhentian Island

It is the ultimate place in Malaysia for learning how to dive. The panoramas are miraculous for any level of divers even the advanced ones.

After the learning session, you can continue your own journey as the water is really calm and safe.

Fisherman Village on Perhentian Island
Fisherman Village on Perhentian Island

Shallow reefs near the island allow you to do snorkelling and enjoy the fish, turtles, underwater life and creatures. Moreover, it offers the lowest cost for learning to dive.

Are you a newbie scuba diver? No more words, you have to choose Perhentian Island. Fullstop!

Try Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

An absolute choice for diving as it provides countless dive points. You may find dive shops mostly in Kinabalu and several more on the islands.

It’s like Perhentian Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, that is a decent place to learn diving.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Go To Redang Island

It is located in the heart of the Terengganu Marine Park. As a dive site, Redang has flawless coral reefs and perfect dive surroundings. The cost of diving journey is reasonable enough, even for backpackers.

Note: You should pay attention, between October to March, once the monsoon season comes you cannot go to Redang.

Visit Sipadan Island and Mabul Island

Next, we have three gorgeous islands. They are Sipadan Island, Kapalai Island plus Mabul Island. In all probability, they top our list for diving sites around Malaysia.

Sipadan Island in Malaysia
Sipadan Island in Malaysia

Sipadan is our main recommendation to do scuba diving. Talking about Mabul, it is famous for the amazing diving circumstances. The next island, Kapalai, is more of a sand area.

Hence, it’s not a decent option for diving. Instead, you can identify high class resorts. Frankly speaking, the spotlight goes to Sipadan and Mabul.

Nevertheless, you have to visit all of them in one package. It is not allowed to leave one of them. That is the reason why we bring them together as a bundled option.

Go To Lankayan Island

Lankayan Island is located near Sandakan. It is just a small island and as a result, it has one high class resort. But if you go mainly for diving and relaxing, it will be a good decision.

Thus, they makes Lankayan stays right behind Sipadan when pointing out the best dive condition and spots available in Malaysia.

Visit Layang-Layang Island

Although the name is an “island”, in fact, it is not a tropical island. Layang-Layang Island has a landing strip from concrete completed with one resort. A marine base is also there and the island is located on big sand bank.

The remote area makes Layang-Layang Island is quiet safe. You can see virgin corals and watch big species plus big bunch of fish species.

Try Lang Tengah Island

Lang Tengah Island offers an amazing experience in diving. This island has several resorts. In Lang Tengah Island, there is some interesting stuff to see such as turtles, snappers, amazing rock formations, barramundi cods and wrasses.

Furthermore, it also presents lovely corals, cute rabbit fish, sharks (nurse and bamboo), shovel-nosed rays and butterfly fish.

Note: That Lang Tengah Island cannot be visited between October and March because of the monsoon season.

Go To Tenggol Island

The condition of the sea current makes Tenggol Island not a good choice for beginners. Its unpredictability makes it more suitable for advanced divers.

Tenggol Island in Malaysia
Tenggol Island in Malaysia

But, if you can make it, you will be rewarded a striking experience. There are comfortable and nice resorts on the island.

Note: That from October to March, people cannot visit Tenggol due to the monsoon season.

Visit Tioman Island

Scuba diving is not the only activity you can do here. You can also do snorkeling, kayaking and sunbathing. Tioman Island is included in the Mersing Marine Park area.

The cool thing is, you can find over 25 dive spots, which available for all level of divers.

The only problem is, you will meet difficulty to reach Tioman Island as other islands offer far easier access.

On the other hand, if your budget is sufficient, you can go for direct flight from KL to Tioman.


Wrapping Up

Finally, it is an unforgettable experience if you can make it to some of these places to dive. Our simple tip for you, if you have limited time and cash, you need to organize your scuba diving trip extremely well. Why?

They are all really tempting. You will believe in the term “time flies” after you landed there, literally. All of a sudden, your days are over and you have to go back home tonight.

And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this post on the best places for scuba dive in Malaysia was helpful to you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more sites to add.

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9 Best Places To Scuba Dive in Malaysia

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