Diving in Malaysia is a great experience for new divers and experienced divers alike. The warm tropical waters mean a pleasant dive experience with exposure suits no more than 3mm. World-famous destinations like Sipadan, Layang Layang, top the list of dive destinations visited by tourists and divers all over the world. There are, however, many hidden gems in Sabah, Sarawak, and Peninsular Malaysia. Peninsular Malaysia, with her varied diving spots on various islands and in the closest proximity to the coast of Singapore, naturally makes for a good route selection.
Focusing our sights on Peninsular Malaysia, where traveling time is short and diving opportunities abound with pelagics and critters. The string of islands in Peninsular Malaysia has remained a favorite amongst local Malaysian divers because of the variety of dive sites that are available. The famed island of Redang, where it is propelled to fame by the success of the movie franchise and lesser-known counterparts to divers outside of Malaysia; Tenggol Island, Bidong Island, Gem Island. And of course, you have Tioman Island, where her reputation has stood uncontested for decades. There is, also, Pulau Dayang and Pulau Aur, two well-kept secrets only known by locals.
What could one expect from these dive spots, then? One can expect world-class reefs with a majestic underwater architecture of swim-throughs, varied species of soft an hard corals and tropical fishes. Did you know? Tenggol Island has the nickname, "Mini Sipadan." Did you also know that Pulau Bidong is a brand new dive spot that just opened up in 2017? In short, expect surprises.
3D2N / 4D3N / 5D4N
Starting from S$859
Tioman, Kuantan Wreck, Jubilee Shoal
Leisure Diving, Dive Courses, Technical Diving, Snorkeling
Dive Season in Malaysia
With a tropical climate, air temperatures in Malaysia range from 21-32º C/70-90º F and water temperatures from 27 - 30º C, one can expect a trul;y tropical getaway. The monsoon season runs from December to February, which can affect dive conditions. Apart from these short intervals, one can choose anytime to go from March until November.
Training & Certification
You only need to be Open Water Certified to dive on our Malaysia liveaboard trips from Singapore. No minimum number of dives required in general.
If you are a newly minted Open Water Diver, we recommend the SSI Advanced Adventurer course during your trip with us. If you are looking to hone your skills, we recommend the SSI Perfect Buoyancy Specialty.
Not interested to complete an Advanced Course? There are various specialties such as SSI Deep Specialty, SSI Wreck Specialty or SSI Night Specialty available on all trips.
Tioman Islands lie in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the South China Sea. Now a Marine Conservation area, Tioman Islands has been pretty successful in her conservation efforts. Tioman Island sits right on the edge of The Coral Triangle. There are a variety of dive sites in Tioman Island, making it such a popular choice for divers of all experiences.
Further dive sites such as Tiger Reef, Chebeh, Labas, Malang Rock, Bahara Rock, have proven to be centennial favorites among divers due to the underwater architecture such as drop-offs, swim-throughs, and good visibility. Tropical coral life and fish species are also abundant. Dive sites such as Sipadan Wreck, Marine Park, Renggis, have interesting wrecks that are suitable for divers of all experience levels. Seafans, Sponge Corals, Table Corals that can grow to a gigantic surface area, can be found interlacing the dive sites mentioned above.
Dayang Island has been a long-time favorite amongst Singaporean and Malaysian divers. Due to her petite size, there is only one resort on the island. Diving in Dayang was prohibited for a few years and there used to be an exorbitant amount of Marine Park Fees imposed by the local government to deter water activities. Shortly after, it was closed completely, only to reopen recently for freediving and snorkeling. The magic about Dayang Island is the pristine marine life that lies underneath, given the lack of water activities for a prolonged period of time.
Together with Pulau Lang, Aur, Pinang, Pemanggil, Pulau Dayang, made up the 5 islands in Johor Marine Park, where a wide variety of sites can be found here. Visibility at these dive sites often reaches up to 25 meters. In the right season, Whalesharks could be sighted in the area. With a liveaboard option available, diving in Dayang is now made readily accessible for everyone who would like to have a peek into her immense beauty.