Incredible bio-diversity, picturesque islands, white sandy beaches and clear warm waters make Malaysia a top diving destination. Malaysia has hundreds of islands, covering over 3,000 species of marine life and the list keeps on growing after each new bio-diversity survey is conducted. Overall, water temperature ranges from 27°C to 30°C (81°F/85°F) on average year round and the visibility is great; often beyond 25+ meters.
There are various good dive sites off the coast of Peninsular Malaysia but the best place for diving is Borneo, with Sipadan as its jewel in the crown. Jacques Cousteau said 25 years ago: “I have seen other places like Sipadan, 45 years ago, but now no more. Now we have found an untouched piece of art”.
Close to Sipadan is Mabul, a famous macro destination. See ‘Where to go’ for the specifics of Malaysia’s regions.