Malaysia is an excellent scuba diving destination. Superb visibility allows for perfect training conditions, as well as allowing divers to experience a diversity of marine life that is found in few other places. From sharks, to turtles, and tiny critters - the abundance of fish will take the most experienced diver’s breath away. Malaysian diving includes dramatic deep walls, picturesque coral reefs, interesting pinnacles, and atmospheric caves.
Malaysia consists of Peninsula Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo; they are two land regions divided by the South China Sea, in South-east Asia. Thailand, Indonesia, and Brunei share direct borders with Malaysia; whilst Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines have maritime borders.
Malaysia's birds, reptiles, frogs, insects, and mammals collectively account for nearly 20% of the world's animals.
The climate in Malaysia can be characterized as hot and humid, with a large amount of rainfall during the annual rainy seasons. The two distinct monsoon seasons are from April-October (in the southwest) and October-February (in the northeast). It is best to plan your vacation during the dry season for each area - visibility will generally be clearer; it can reach up to 60 meters on perfect days. Air temperatures range from 25-32 Celsius, depending on the time of year and geographical location. Water temperatures average between 26-30 Celsius.
Underwater, divers are treated to a profusion of marine and coral species. Malaysia sits on the edge of the Coral Triangle, which has been named as the global center of marine biodiversity, and is considered as a top priority marine conservation area.
Sipidanhas pristine coral and an outstanding reputation for varied marine life. Leopard sharks, reef sharks, turtles, and manta rays are some of the amazing pelagic encounters that divers have. Diving is restricted here to protect the reef, and due to the large numbers of visitors - do book in advance! Visibility can reach up to 40 meters and most of the dive sites have little current. An exception isBarracuda Point, where thousands of schooling barracuda hang out in the very strong current. Turtle Tomb andTurtle Cavernare interesting cavern systems, but only correctly qualified divers are allowed to dive these sites.
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在沙巴,Mab的岛屿ul and Kapalai, famed for their muck diving delights. Creatures such as the mimic octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, and giant frogfish allow frequent macro photo opportunities for the avid critter hunter. Nudibranchs abound, and lucky divers will find ornate ghost pipefish. On Kapalai Island, night divers are rewarded with the spectacle of mating Mandarin fish at Mandarin Valley. The depth in this area averages 15 meters, with little current; boat or unlimited shore diving is available.
The Perhentian Islands, part of the Terengganu Marine Park, have around 20 dive sites with a selection of wrecks to explore, such asSugar Wreck。电流趋于平缓在这方面，与8-20米之间的范围内的知名度。踏空劳特是一个很好的潜水地点 - 这是在最大新金沙线上19米的珊瑚镶嵌巅峰和礁石系统。蚰，海龟和鲨鱼是常见的，与所有的热带珊瑚鱼一起。热浪岛，稍微再往南，有健康的珊瑚礁稍好的知名度。
Both Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo have a large choice of dive operators. The majority are PADI Dive Resorts and Centers, with a good amount of highly regarded PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centers. Malaysian and international instructors work in these centers, offering PADI courses and guided diving in many languages. Enriched Air Nitrox is widely available. There are a number of large liveaboard boats that offer dive vacations, mainly in the Malaysian Borneo region.
Technical diving is available at a few dive centers:Quiver Dive Team上停泊Kecil，B＆J潜水中心在刁曼岛，并且Sipadan Scubain Sabah all offer DSAT TecRec courses from Tec 40 through to Tec Trimix. PADI Specialty courses are popular; for example Night Diver, Cave or Cavern Diver.HMS浅水湾and Seven Skies are awesome Tec dives by Tioman Island.The Drop Off, in Sipadan, reaches depths of 600 meters, allowing for a nice deep Tec dive.
Sipidan Scuba是PADI五星级IDC中心在仙本那，沙巴（马来西亚婆罗洲）。该中心拥有一个屡获殊荣的声誉，是一个PADI国家地理潜水中心。新金沙线上多国团队提供PADI课程从初学者到专业水平，以及Tec的潜水和专业课程。对于洞穴和洞穴潜水课程是为那些想参观惊人Turtle Tomb洞穴系统。引导有趣的潜水和浮潜之旅每天运行于所有在仙本那海洋公园的网站;这包括著名的Sipidan，马布，卡帕莱和离岛西里伯斯海。
Sipdan: A divers heavenby Timur is a good ready on the logistics of getting to Sipadan and how to go about Diving there.
Quiver Dive Team, based on Perhentian Kecil (Peninsular Malaysia) is another highly regarded PADI 5 Star IDC Center that has been accredited with the PADI National Geographic Dive Center status. They have two dive centers - one at Coral Bay and one at Long Beach. Malaysian owned and operated, they have won PADI awards for being an Outstanding Dive Center. The team of international instructors offers the full range of PADI courses up to professional levels - including technical diving and specialties. Daily-guided diving boat trips visit the 30 sites around the Perhentians.
B＆J潜水中心/Dive Tioman has two dive centers on Tioman Island, with a third in Johor Bahru. They are a Malay/German/Swiss operated PADI 5 Star IDC Center, and a DSAT and IANTD Technical Diving Training Facility. A team of Malaysian and international staff teach the certification courses from beginner to PADI Pro. Two custom dive boats take divers on daily guided fun diving trips around Salang Bay and ABC beach.
The main international airports serving Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, and Sarawak are: Kuala Lumpur (KUL), Kota Kinabula (BKI), and Kuching (KCH). There are many smaller airports throughout the two regions with limited international and widespread domestic flights. Malaysian Airlines and Air Asia have frequent internal flights. Flights from Europe and the UK take around 12 hours, and usually have a stopover in Singapore, Doha, or Dubai.
The infrastructure of the country is well developed; buses provide a convenient service throughout; rental vehicles are available; and there is always the option to travel by train on Peninsular Malaysia. Visitors can travel directly by bus or train from Thailand and Singapore.
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The SMART resorts, especially the water village part is magnificent - one of the most beautiful hotels I've seen in all my travels. Mabul Island is also the most convenient place to live if you want to dive Sipadan Island aswell. Good team and clean run operation.