The seas around Malaysia's peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak, are known for having some of the best diving spots. The waters are cold enough to support a prolific underwater ecosystem of amazing coral reefs, kelp beds, sea turtles and giant mollusks. An equally impressive quantity of shiny tropical fish give the underwater world an explosion of color. Of a pure kind of beauty, Tioman is a magical place, and so is Redang island. Both have beautiful coral reefs, where divers can slide through underwater caves, cracks and passages. Of all diving spots, Sipadam island is worth highlighting, with its deep waters, coral reefs and great variety of species of the deep ocean. Sipadam was acknowledged as an underwater paradise by Jacques Cousteau, ocean explorer par excellence. Another place worth mentioning in Sabah is Pulau Layang-Layang (Swallow island). This island has great potential for ecotourism. However diving in this island is not recommended during the monsoon months, November to January, due to the strong currents of the South China Sea.
Malaysia is a country in the Asian southeast and it's physically divided it two parts, separated by the South China Sea. Peninsular Malaysia is continental, limited to the north by Thailand and to the south by Singapore. Malaysian Borneo is insular, in the Borneo island, is limited by Indonesia from west to east. The Malaysian climate is hot and humid, like many southeast Asian countries, characterized by monsoons, tropical winds that alternate during the seasons. The Malaysian terrain is formed by planes and mountains. Two of Southeast Asia's highest points are in Malaysia. Wonderful caves and waterfalls can be found in its mountains.
To travel to Malaysia you must have a valid passport or an internationally recognized document, valid for at least six months from the time you enter the country. Depending on the country of origin, you may need to request a visa before entering Malaysia through the Malaysian Embassy representative in your country. Visas can also be given at the entrance to qualified tourists, but only in Malaysian international airports and Kupang Tajung in Johor. If unsure about any question regarding travelling documents, please contact your travel agent or the Malaysian Consulate our Embassy in your town.
Dengue fever, malaria and other mosquito-transmitted diseases (including chikungunya fever) occur in Malaysia. Dengue fever is spread everywhere, and there are serious outbreaks from time to time. There are no vaccines against this, but there are preventive measures that you can take, including the daily use of mosquito repellents. If you experience a sudden fever with aches and lethargy, seek medical attention immediately. Aspirin and ibuprofen should not be used until dengue fever has been ruled out. For more informations, please contact your doctor.
Malaysia has one time zone: MST (UTC +8). DST in the summer.
As for communications, Malaysia has a modern network of telecommunications, like public phones, cellphones of Maxis, Celcom and Digi networks. You can buy a prepaid card or use your country's roaming service. There is also internet available in coffee shops, bars, hotels and libraries.
Electricity in Malaysia is 230 volts by 50 Hz. The plugs and sockets are the UK type, with three flat pins.
Malaysia treats drug offences severely. The death penalty is mandatory for those convicted of trafficking, manufacturing, importing or exporting illegal drugs, and possession of these is all that is needed for you to be convicted. For unauthorized consumption of drugs, there is a maximum of 10 years' jail or very heavy fine, or both. Seeing as this is a Muslim country, please abstain from public demonstrations of affection.
Which are the best scuba diving locations in Malaysia? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Malaysia, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.
Which locations in Malaysia have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Malaysia and for each location a list of underwater photos.
Which marine species can I observe in Malaysia? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.
Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Malaysia? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Malaysia.
Which liveaboard can I dive with in Malaysia? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Malaysia. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.