Best Diving Sites in Malaysia

  

Diving Sites in Malaysia

Looking for the best diving destinations? Malaysia has been named one of the most popular countries and there is a variety of diving sites suitable for divers of any level. Here are some recommendations.

Pulau Tioman
Tioman is a well-known diving site due to its crystal-clear water and rich abundance of coral reefs. Located on the East coast of Malaysia, Tioman is easily accessible from Johor Bahru. The marine areas around Tioman have been also been conserved hence making it a rich natural site that is untouched by excessive human activities. Some interesting dive sites in Tioman are Labas Island, Tiger Reef, Sawadee Wrecks, Salang Renggis Island and Chebeh Island.
The best time for diving in Tioman is between March to October. The periods between end of October to the beginning of March are monsoon season when waves are too strong for diving.
Pulau Perhentian
Perhentian is well-known for its calm waves and easy dive condition, it makes an ideal site for beginners who are new to diving. There is also plenty of marine life such as green turtles, manta rays, parrotfish that will make your dive trip comes to live. The clear waters will also help you navigate through your first dive trip with ease.
It is also important to note that there are two parts to the marine park: Perhentian which has more budget accommodation and more popular with backpackers, and Perhentian Besar which appeals more to family and couples on vacation.
The best time for diving in Perhentian is during the dry season between March to November. There are little activities going on during the other months due to the rainy season.
Pulau Redang
Redang is one of the most popular dive sites in Malaysia. Located on the East coast of Malaysia, it has been attracting international divers from near and far. It is surrounded by a large bed of coral reefs, cuttlefish, sand rays, baby sharks, jellyfish, sea turtles and many amazing marine creatures that make this place a haven for divers. Whether you are a beginner to diving or a seasoned diver with years of experience, Redang offers different sites that are suitable for divers of any level.
The best time for diving in Redang is between March to October. The periods between the end of October to the beginning of March are monsoon season when waves and wind too strong for diving.
Pulau Sipadan
Sipadan, once voted the “Top 5” diving destination in the world, is located off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia's eastern most state. With a prehistoric volcano rising 600m from the ocean floor, this dive spot is reputed to be a diver's paradise, offering the spectacular experience to witness the rarer form of marine life ranging from barracuda, dogtooth tuna, devil rays, grey tipped sharks and hammerheads.
One important thing to note while planning a trip to Sipadan is the daily limit placed on the number of divers permitted in the area. The restriction was put into place for the protection of the fragile marine ecosystem in the area. Divers are always advised to plan their trips in advance to avoid disappointment.
Much like the other dive spots in Malaysia, the best time for diving in Sipadang is during the dry season between March to October.

 

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