Diving Overview for Malaysia
Malaysia has a long and extensive coastline and the scuba diving is good along both coasts and superb around Borneo and the islands.
The main land of Malaysia has all year round diving as one side of the coast is dry and the other has monsoon rains. The islands along the east coast are popular locations with many travelers coming up from Singapore. The west coast of the main land is Langkawi which is just north of Penang which is a good spot for snorkelling and divers, the marine park has 17 dive sites too.
Layang Layang is a popular site, around 300km from the Borneo coast, is an island and 13 reefs, the dive season stretches from March to September but most divers go in July for the best chance of seeing the hammerhead sharks that patrol this little island. Here you will find pristine corals, huge groups or barracuda and turtles not to mention an abundance of tropical fish.
Sabah is the renowned dive location of Sipdan Island (sometimes Sipadan island) that is normally ranked as one of the best diving locations in Asia. Previously you could stay on Sipdan but recently the government has banned overnight stays and now you will need to stay on the nearby resorts however it is still worth the trip to Sabah. Sipdan is an oceanic island which means it raises from the ocean bed, you can walk off the beach and then dive a 600m wall dive ric in marine life due to the deep nutrient-rich waters that support this ecosystem.
Other islands nearby are worth a visit with some good muck diving at Mabul, where you can dive at a old oil rig which has many frog fish and large moral eels too.
Diving in Malaysia is good for all levels, currently are usually gentle, waters warm and visibility good.
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