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Amazing Tourism Malaysia . Diving in Malaysia

Diving is one of the most popular highlight of tourism Malaysia. Blessed with a number of wonderful well-preserved islands, experienced divers from all over the world are giving great testimonials on their diving experiences in Malaysia.

Most of the diving operators in Malaysia are certified associates of PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), offering scuba diving services and courses at competitive and affordable price range.

 

Sipadan Island (Pulau Sipadan), Sabah

One of the most recognized diving destinations in Malaysia, is the Sipadan Island. In fact, Sipadan is also known as one of the best diving destinations in the world. The island is situated about 35 km off the East Coast of Borneo and is near the Indonesian border. Only 12 hectares in size, a 25-minute walk is all that is required to circle the island on foot. The tiny jungle-covered island is bordered by snow white sandy beaches that rises up out of the turquoise-blue sea. Sipadan was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct undersea volcano. With its surrounding coral reef the island rises in form of a slim rocky needle 600m from the seabed.

Sipadan is famous for it's large population of green turtles.The turtles are there year-round, but the highest concentration is during the month of August (with a whole lot of mating going on). You will probably get to see at least ten turtles on every dive, either sleeping on the corals or swimming by.

Layang Layang Island (Pulau Layang Layang), Sabah

Northwest of Kota Kinabalu Sabah, the Layang Layang Island is an isolated atoll-like ring of 13 connected reefs in a 14 sq km area. The whole island is only 7.5 km long and 2 km wide. With its peaceful and breathtaking seascapes, pristine corals and clear water are the area's trademarks. Divers can expect to see the Gorgonian Forest, red sea whips and shark caves littered with white tip and nurse sharks. The diving season starts from March to September. Best time to go from our view point is from April- May.

Aur Island (Pulau Aur), Johor

Aur Island is situated approximately 71Km away from Mersing. It is another beautiful island with secluded lagoons and offshore pools perfect for bathing and adventure activities especially scuba diving. There are about 20 dive sites in Aur. The popular ones are Rayners Rock, Lang Island, Turtle bay, Pinang Island and the Pinnacles. Napolean Wrasse and Barracuda are commonly found in Aur.

Kapalai Island (Pulau Kapalai), Sabah

Kapalai Island is geographically near to the Sipadan Island, and its structure is nothing more than a triangle shaped white sand bar that appears during low tide. Erosion has taken its toll and now the "island" sits on top of the reef known as the Ligitan Reefs, a very extensive stretch bordering the deep and vast Celebes Sea. The underwater scene is completely different compared to Sipadan's. Diving is exceedingly easy and shallow but quite spectacular: The sandy bottom and the sparse coral heads host an amazing array of small, often yet-to-be-classified, colourful subjects. Here, the frequently seen creatures such as the crocodilefish, lionfish and scorpionfish are almost ignored as being too common!

Mabul Island (Pulau Mabul), Sabah

Mabul Island, another wonderful island which first became popular due to its close proximity to Sipadan. In recent years, Mabul Island has been recognized as one of the best muck-diving sites in the world. The island is surrounded by sandy beaches and perched on the northwest corner of a larger 200-hectare reef. This reef is on the edge of the continental shelf and the seabed surrounding the reef slopes out to 25 -30m deep. Flamboyant cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopus, mimic octopus and bobtail squids are just a few of the numerous types of cephalopods found.

Kapas Island (Pulau Kapas), Terengganu

Kapas Island is located 5km offshore in the state of Terengganu, east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. From Kuala Terengganu airport, a leisurely 30 minutes drive will take you to Marang jetty and a further 10 minutes boat-ride is all it takes to reach Kapas Island Resort. Where a myriad of corals, shell fish and turtles flourish in the waters. The waters around the quiet and secluded beaches offer ideal spots for snorkeling and scuba diving. Basic but comfortable accommodation is available. However, Kapas Island is not recommended for visiting during the monsoon season between November to March.

Redang Island (Pulau Redang), Terengganu

With its crystal clear waters, prolific coral formations and an array of marine life, Redand Island is little wonder then that Redang has earned for itself the enviable reputation as one of the best marine parks in the world. The reefs of the Redang archipelago are home to over 55 genera of corals and 100 species of fish. Redang island offers the marine sports enthusiast unrivalled opportunities for scuba diving, snorkeling, wind surfing, fishing and lots of sand and sun.