Diving in Malaysia
Malaysia is blessed with everything a visitor might want to experience: Friendly and hospitable people from diversed cultural and ethnic backgrounds, modern infrastructure, variety of food to satisfy the every needs, a tropical climate and an ecosystem that is unique in its richness and diversity
Malaysia is situated just north of the equator in central South East Asia. It is made up of Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah and Sarawak. Its neighbouring countries are Thailand in the north, Singapore at its southern tip. The Sabah and Sarawak are located on the north and northwest coast of the island of Borneo in the South China Sea, with the Kalimantan region of Indonesia to the south.
Diving in Malaysia started 20 to 25 years ago where divers have to camp on the beach, bringing along boat loads of tanks or compressors, food and other essentials. This all changed with Jacques Cousteau's Ghost of the Sea Turtles in 1989 where he filmed the breathtaking beauty of Pulau Sipadan. It was considered by many to be one of the best dive destinations in the world! Pulau Sipadan in Malaysia, flourished itself as the destination of coice for many overseas divers overnight.
Surrounded by the South China Sea and the Sulawesi Sea, Malaysia's spectacular tropical reefs attracts unique macro animals and large pelagic within a single destination.
Diving season in th East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia is from March to October, is eagerly awaited by the dive community and from November to February can see many divers making trips to the West Coast for a dose of compressed air.
Climate & Water temperature
Malaysia has an equatorial climate with fairly uniform temperatures ranging from 31 Celsius during the day to 23 Celsius at night. Humidity is about 85 to 95%. Water temperature is 28 - 29 Celsius.Divers will not require thick wet suits. Anything between 0.5 to 3 millimeter wet suit is sufficient.
West coast Peninsular Malaysia - November - May
East coast Peninsular Malaysia - March - October
The islands of East Malaysia are reasonably well protected and are diveable all year round. However, water visibility is best during the months of April to August
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