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Scuba Diving in Malaysia

Updated on June 20, 2012

Dive Beautiful Coral Reefs

Diving in Malaysia is awesome! It boasts some of the most beautiful coral head reefs in the world with truly exotic sea life, fishes and marine animals.

Malaysia is quickly becoming one of the leading dive destinations of the world with some of the richest marine environments in the Indo-Pacific Basin. The incredible bio diversity of marine life along with beautiful islands sporting white sandy beaches and clear warm waters keep the divers coming back year after year.

If you like to explore the world in search of unique and exciting places to dive, then do not miss out on the dive opportunities that Malaysia brings, you will not be disappointed. Explore and enjoy its beauty.

Diver at Barracuda Point, Sipadan, Malaysia
Diver at Barracuda Point, Sipadan, Malaysia | Source
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Dive Spots

Some of the more popular areas to dive in the region are off Eastern Malaysia/Borneo and within the Celebes Sea. The area encompasses many coral reef islands that are tailored made for an exciting underwater adventure.

Some islands and reefs of note include:

  1. Sipadan
  2. Sibuan
  3. Sabangkat
  4. Pom Pom
  5. Mantabuan
  6. Mabul
  7. Mataking
  8. Kapalai
  9. Timba Timba
  10. Semporna Straits

Diving Coral Reefs of Malaysia

Malaysia's coral reef ecosystem is reported to support aquatic organism numbering more than 50 genera of coral and more than 250 species of fish. As they do more studies and each time a marine diversity survey is conducted in the Malaysian tropical sea, the species list continually increases.

Scuba Diving Malaysia - Pom Pom Island Resort

Sipadan Island One of the World's Best Spots

If you could only choose one island or set of reefs to dive during your trip to the Malaysia or Celebes Sea region, you may want to consider the island of Sipadan. It is widely regarded as one of the top dive sites in the world. This premiere destination is off of the east coast of Sabah and is situated on top of a volcanic island that is long extinct. Over many thousands of years, an abundance of living coral reefs grew and created one of nature's wonders. The area is full of all types of sea life and marine creatures. Make sure your underwater cameras are loaded, charged and ready to go.

When planning your trip there are several points of interest around Sibadan. Some of the places where you may want to dive include:

  • Barracuda Point
  • Turtle Cave
  • Mid Reef
  • Hanging Garden
  • White-Tip Avenue
  • Turtle Patch
  • South Point
  • Lobster Lair
  • Staghorn Crest
  • Drop-Off

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