Malaysia List of Dive Location

Malaysian Dive Location click on the pix to get clearer image

Malaysia has a lot to offer when It comes to dive sites.
We have lots of corals, fishes and marine diversity. Though it is not easy
Trying to achieve and to be among the most famous dive sites in the world.
We have Philippine, Indonesia, and Thailand to compete with. Now Philippine
Has the most top dive sites to explore, with it clear crystal water every photographer dream off. Mother nature is unpredictable, so we as human/scuba diver in this case, have to learn how To live with it through good viz and bad viz .

In this post I will brag and comment about some of the dive sites I had dives and touch briefly about The dive sites I haven’t been too base on friend’s experiences.
I will try to avoid commenting about where to stay and which dive operators to look for cause I am not The person who go for 3days 2nights dive trip and try all the Dive operators on the island but I will Advise which dive operator I know who are actively promoting for certain dive sites example like Bidong island. I know only 1 dive operator doing Bidong Island.

Those I have dived, you can search in my blog for pictures and info.
Places I have gone to :1,2,4,6,7,8,11,14,17,18,19
Places I wish to go to: 3,5,9,10,12,13,15,16,21,22,23,24,25

West Coast Of Malaysia

Dive location 1: Pulau Payar (Payar Island), Kedah, West Coast Malaysia
Average Visibility : 10m-15m
Color of the water: Green emerald
Attraction : Sharks, whale shark migration route, reef fishes.
How to get there: Can access from Pulau Pinang(Penang) and Langkawi Island.
Can stay on the island: No accomodation provided on the island
Comments :The dive operators charter a big ferry and have all the scuba divers and snorkelers in 1 ferry. Only available day trip. NO overnite stay.
Lunch is pack ready by the operators. More info just search for “Pulau Payar” . Do search for length of the journey from penang/langkawi to Pulau Payar

Dive Site 22 : Tukun Perak, Perak
Average Visibility :30m+
Color of the water: Blue
Attraction : whale shark migration route, mantaray, pelagic
How to get there : Live On Board(LOB)
Can stay on the island: No accomodation provided on the island, only LOB
Comments :This dive site is not so easy access like the other dive sites of malaysia. Often scuba diver/spherefishers will update on their facebook wall and
Check for buddies who are interested to go. The on boat journey from the main island can max to 8 hours depend on the speed of the boat. This site also famous among anglers.

Dive Site 23 : Pulau Sembilan (sembilan island), Perak
Average Visibility :20m
Color of the water: Green emerald
Attraction : pelagic
How to get there : Live On Board(LOB)
Can stay on the island: No accomodation provided on the island, only LOB
Comments : Same like Tukun Perak , this dive site is not so easy access. Often scuba diver/spherefishers will update on their facebook wall and
Check for buddies who are interested to go. Also famous among anglers.

Dive Location 20 : Blue Lagoon ,Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Average Visibility :5m-8m
Color of the water: Green
Attraction : Coral Reef and coral fishes
How to get there : By car drive to Blue lagoon/train/express bus to Port Dickson and then take the local taxi to Blue Lagoon.
Can stay on the island: Lots of hotels, budget chalets at Port Dickson
Comments : Only have 1 dive operator Mdg scuba. You cannot walk in. You have to call and make appointment because MDG scuba will bring the tank from Seremban to Port Dickson.
http://mdgscubadiving.blogspot.jp/. The dives will be consider as shore dives and shallow dives. Less than 14m.

East Coast Malaysia
Dive Location 2 : Perhentian Island, terengganu
Average Visibility :20m
Color of the water: Blue – green
Attraction : pelagic, swimtru, nudibranch, wrecks, coral reef
How to get there : By air/Train to Kota Bahru and take taxi to Kuala Besut. By car/bus express to Kuala Besut.
Can stay on the island: Lots of chalets, resorts on the island.
Comments : Only 30min by speedboat from Kuala Besut jetty. You have to buy the boat tickets. Try asking any of the agents/shop at the jetty or you can call the chalet where you stay to book the tickets for you.
There are 2 islands. Perhentian Besar(Big island) and Perhentian Kecil(small island). Both islands can give you
Full access to any of the dive sites around perhentian islands.

Dive Location 3 : Lang Island, terengganu
Average Visibility :20m-30m
Color of the water: Blue
Attraction :nudibranch, coral reef & fishes, resort and spa
How to get there : By air/Train to Kuala Terengganu and take taxi to Merang jetty. By car/bus express to Merang Jetty.
Can stay on the island: 3 resorts available.
Comments : Havent been there cause the cost for the resort too expensive for me. More about Lang tengah http://www.wonderfulmalaysia.com/lang-tengah-island-malaysia.htm

Dive Location 4 : Redang Island, Terengganu
Average Visibility :20m-30m
Color of the water: Blue
Attraction :nudibranch, coral reef & fishes, bumphead, wrecks, drift dive, macro, pelagic
How to get there : By air/Train to Kuala Terengganu and take taxi to Merang jetty. By car/bus express to Merang Jetty. Or catch the public ferry from Shah Bandar Jetty.
Can stay on the island: Lots of budget to resorts .
Comments : more about redang http://www.wonderfulmalaysia.com/redang-island-malaysia.htm.
Don’t follow the chalets/resorts describe on the site. There are other budget chalets you can search for.

Dive Location 24 : Bidong Island, terengganu
Average Visibility :20m
Color of the water: Blue
Attraction :nudibranch, coral reef & fishes, common with UMT students for studies.
How to get there : By air/Train to Kuala Terengganu and take taxi to Merang. By car/bus express to Merang.
Can stay on the island: No accomodation provided on the island.
Comments : Only 1 dive operator operates there http://www.seamonkeydiver.com/pulau-bidong-dive-sites.html
http://pulaubidong.org/pulau-bidong-island/

Dive Location 5 : Pulau Kapas, terengganu
Average Visibility :20m
Color of the water: Blue- Green
Attraction :nudibranch, coral reef & fishes,
How to get there : By air/Train to Kuala Terengganu and take taxi to Marang jetty. By car/bus express to Marang Jetty.(remember NOT MErang. It is MArang)
Can stay on the island: more info http://www.wonderfulmalaysia.com/kapas-island-malaysia.htm
Comments : Havent been there cause too near with the mainland. Only 1 dive operator operates there. http://www.aquasportdiver.com.my/

Dive Location 6: Tenggol Island, Terengganu
Average Visibility :20m-30m
Color of the water: Blue
Attraction :nudibranch, coral reef & fishes, wrecks, drift dive, deep dive, macro, pelagic, whale shark sighting
How to get there : By car/bus express to Kuala Dungun or Dungun Town.
Can stay on the island: There 3 resorts with basic accomodation. Tenggol Resort, Tenggol Island Beach Resort and Tenggol Aqua Resort (also known as Tenggol Island Resort)
Comments : Have to book in advance with the resort. They will include in the package by boat from Kuala Dungun to Tenggol. http://www.wonderfulmalaysia.com/tenggol-island-malaysia.htm
I am not sure about the MrDive Malaysia. Best you try to contact with Discovery Divers ,Scuba explorers, Siputz scuba.

Dive Location 21: Kuantan, Pahang
Average Visibility :10m
Color of the water: Green
Attraction :nudibranch, coral reef & fishes, wrecks,
How to get there : By car/bus express to Kuantan and take taxi to balok
Can stay on the island:No island. Dive sites are access from the mainland. Many budget hotels and resorts
Comments : Try contact via facebook for the dive operator https://www.facebook.com/divingbalokdotcom

Dive Location 7: Tioman Island, Pahang
Average Visibility :20m-30
Color of the water: Blue
Attraction :nudibranch, coral reef & fishes, wrecks, Deep Dive, Drift Dive, swimtru
How to get there : By car/bus express to Mersing jetty or Tanjong Gemok Jetty. By air using berjaya air.
Can stay on the island: Lots of chalets, budget hotels and resort
Comments : Tioman island is a large island and have many main villages. Best to describe about tioman will be this site http://www.tioman.com.my/
Most budget travellers will opt for using the ferry but I have to tell you, the ferry services very poor. They don’t follow the schedule at all.
If by chance you travel to mersing via express bus, it is best that you take the earliest ferry from tioman. For example your bus ticket at 5pm depart from mersing.
You better take the 6am ferry from tioman. LOB also operates in the island but you have to get a group of divers to fully accommodate the Boat.

Dive Location 8: Aur/dayang Island, Pahang
Average Visibility :20m-30
Color of the water: Blue
Attraction :nudibranch, coral reef & fishes, wrecks, Deep Dive, Drift Dive, swimtru
How to get there : By car/bus express to Mersing jetty.
Can stay on the island: See my post about Dayang island
Comments: See my post about Dayang island

Sabah Coast (Borneo)
Dive Location such as Layang-layang, Sipadan, mabul, mataking, lankayan,mantani, pulau tiga, have no need for eloboration. It seems that it is very easy to get all the correct
Information about these dive location.

Dive Location 11: Tunku Abdul rahman park
Average Visibility :10-15m
Color of the water: Blue-Green
Attraction : coral reef & fishes, macro
How to get there : by air to Kota Kinabalu.
Can stay on the island:No island. Dive sites are access from the mainland.
Comments: The scenario diving at this area is the same as you dive in Pulau Payar. Too many snorkellers. You can read my post about diving here in my blog

Dive Location 13: Labuan, Sabah
Average Visibility :10-15m
Color of the water: Blue-Green
Attraction : Wrecks
How to get there : by air to labuan.
Can stay on the island:No island. Dive sites are access from the mainland.
Comments: Havent been there. Most of the wrecks located deeper than 40m so it is beyond recreational limit. There has been some confusion about Labuan dive sites whereby the dive operators from Brunei often
give away dive packages which include labuan dive sites. This is because Brunei and Labuan is very close to each other. The Dive Operator in Labuan not very happy about this. I am here to promote
malaysian dive operator and so you can check for https://www.facebook.com/pages/Borneo-Star-Dive-Sdn-Bhd/137016392987195

Dive Location 25: Lahad Datu
Average Visibility :15m
Color of the water: Blue-Green
Attraction : coral reef & fishes, macro
How to get there : by air to tawau and take taxi to Lahad Datu.
Can stay on the island:No island. Dive sites are access from the mainland.
Comments: I only know 1 dive center operates there. It also accomadate budget chalet. Hammerhead Dive Lodge. Can try to contact with Ms Ruby https://www.facebook.com/rosmina.lagoon

Dive Location 26: Bohey Dulang, Sabah
Average Visibility :30m
Color of the water: Blue
Attraction : coral reef & fishes, I was told not so many pelagic
How to get there : by air to tawau and take taxi to sempoarna. I havent been to bohey dulang but perhaps more inside can read from this blogger http://thatsofarah.com/bohey-dulang-mantabuan-tatagan-island/
Can stay on the island: just read farah blog
Comments: just read farah blog

Sarawak Coast
Dive Location 14: Miri, Sarawak
Average Visibility :10m-20m
Color of the water: Blue
Attraction :nudibranch, coral reef & fishes, wrecks,
How to get there : By air to Miri.
Can stay on the island: No island. Dive sites are access from the mainland
Comments: See my post about Miri dives.

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