Underwater paradise revealed with some of the world’s most beautiful diving spots.
Some of the world’s most majestic, mysterious and uncharted underwater worlds can be found in and around the coast of Malaysia. Housing multitudes of local sea life and colour, its pristine waters offer up a wealth of treasure for scuba diving enthusiasts of every ability, including some spectacular reefs and shipwrecks, and the many dive spots around the country are quickly becoming a favourite with tourists from all around the globe.
Here are our top six Malaysian dive sites.
Not the typical tropical Island you’d expect to find in Malaysia, Layang-Layang comprises just one marine-based resort, located on a sprawling sand bank just below sea level. Home to some of Malaysia’s most pristine diving conditions, it’s location in such a remote area means under water conditions surrounding the island have been little affected by human beings. Offering up an unparalleled mix of coral reefs and spectacular sea life, prepare to be amazed by large schools of fish and dramatic coral forests.
Lang Tengah Island
Located between the popular islands of Redang and Perhentian, the modest island of Lang Tengah offers great diving opportunities for both the experienced and the novice diver. Home to a large array of sea life including turtles, schools of fish and coral, Lang Tengah is best visited between April and September during its peak season.
With light currents and an abundance of sea life, the island of Tioman offers up much more than just great diving. With excellent snorkeling and kayaking opportunities available, not to its picturesque beaches, Tioman is one of the most sought-after Islands in Malaysia. Although tricky to reach – the island is only accessible via a chartered flight from KL to Tioman operated by Berjaya Air – it is definitely worth a visit for those looking to escape the daily grind for a week or so.
If you want to learn how to scuba dive, this is the island for you. The diving conditions off Perhentian are splendid for beginners, and with many different diving spots to explore, it is easy to see why this island is a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike. Expect to see an abundance of marine life – large and small, shallow reefs and clear waters when diving or snorkeling along the coastal line of Perhentian Island.
A favourite dive spot for local and international diving enthusiasts, Santubong near Kuching is one of the best places to explore the remnants of Japan’s World War II warships, including the Katori Maru, Hisyoshi Maru and Sagiri. The dramatic and spectacular shipwrecks play an important role in the marine ecosystem, acting as shelters and artificial habitats for a myriad of local marine life. Situated at just 22m below the water’s surface, they are also easily accessible to divers, making them an ideal starting point for relative beginners.
One of the earliest sites to be designated as an official diving designation in Malaysia, Miri is also deservedly one of the country’s most popular, featuring more than 30 dive sites its pristine waters. With visibility ranging from10m to 30m, diving is possible all year round, but experts and locals consider March through to September when the weather is at its best, as the ideal time to visit.
Aside from its natural dive spots, Miri is also home to 5 shipwrecks. Among the most beautiful of these are the artificial reefs created the Kenyalang Wreck, a joint development by Shell and Petronas scuttled in the mid 2000s but other areas worth exploring include the Anemone Garden, Siwa Reef and Hawa Reef.