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Malaysia is a scuba diver’s dream located in one of the best diving areas this world has to offer, the legendary Coral Triangle. South East Asia is a fantastic area to visit for an abundance of reasons, from interesting cultural experiences to exotic foods, beautiful beaches and lush forests, and Malaysia lies is in the heart of all this excitement. The Coral Triangle is considered to be the centre for marine biodiversity and as such is a protected area that boasts an abundance of marine life. By land, Malaysia borders with Indonesia, Thailand and Brunei and by sea it borders Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines, so it is extremely well-connected with the other diving hot spots in that part of the world. The two land regions of Malaysia are Malaysian Borneo and Peninsula Malaysia and these are separated by the South China Sea.

Malaysia boasts a high level of diversity both above and below the water’s surface. On land, Malaysia is rich in all sorts of animals including exotic reptiles, birds, frogs and bugs and actually accounts for nearly 20% of all animals in the world. The mountainous region of Malaysia is covered in dense forest and boasts magnificent green hills and valleys that extend far along onto beautiful coastal plains. Malaysia is also famed for hosting the largest cave system known to man, the Mulu Caves in Sarawak, Borneo. These caves were originally just igneous and granite rocks and have been shaped by the courses of many rivers to now be a system of caves visited by millions of tourists.

Underwater Pictures of Malaysia

Many endemic species of fauna and flora can be found in the region, with a great deal to explore on foot before heading to the depths of the warm waters. Once in the water, an abundance of different fish species will astound you and add an extra splash of colour to an already-colourful and interesting underwater landscape. Malaysia is a destination famed for its fantastic scuba diving opportunities. The diving here is sure to surpass all expectations with warm waters, phenomenal visibility and a rich variety of underwater life. The underwater topography is hugely varied here, with pinnacles, caves and dramatic walls all within close reach of each other, not to mention pristine coral reefs teaming with unique underwater life. Turtles and sharks are often seen and critter diving is also on offer in some locations.

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Malaysia Dive Map

Best Diving Destinations in Malaysia

Malaysian Borneo easily earns a nomination in the contest for the world’s best scuba diving destination. It boasts a plethora of coral species in immaculate condition thanks to well-protected environments. It is also home to a large number of pelagic species and a diverse range of marine creatures that thrive in the nutrient-rich waters. Schools of fish, turtles, manta rays and a number of shark species are often amongst the highlights seen in Malaysian Borneo.

In the Sabah Province, Layang Layang and Sipadan Islands are known hot-spots for hammerhead sharks and reef sharks specifically. Hammerheads often school in the depths of these waters during the months of April through to August, which is when many visitors flock to the area. The strong currents still allow for excellent visibility and the conditions are often only suited to advanced divers.

Sipadan is another area that is famed for unbelievable variety in marine creatures, especially some of the large and highly sought-after pelagic encounters. Visibility is off the charts in Sipadan and is often in the region of 40 metres with very little current to speak of. The main exception to these mild currents is Barracuda Point, a popular dive site where barracuda in their thousands can be seen swimming as schools in the area’s strong currents. Aside from the barracudas, another highlight is the regular reef shark and leopard shark sightings in the waters surrounding Sipadan. The reefs are well-protected by enforced diving restrictions, so divers are recommended to book in advance, especially during peak season. If you hold the correct certification (which can be obtained whilst in Malaysia), enjoy exploring the cavern systems in Turtle Cavern and Turtle Tomb nearby.

Muck diving enthusiasts won’t be missing out when visiting magnificent Malaysia either as there are plenty of muck diving opportunities too! Many sites can be visited from the shore and are relatively shallow shore dives in the region of 15 metres. The currents are mostly insignificant in the area, and with a number of sites located off shore, these mild currents make for an easy boat ride out. Conditions are often ideal for underwater macro photography opportunities and divers are likely to see a number of colourful nudibranchs only too willing to be a great subject for a memorable picture. Odd-looking creatures including the giant frogfish, mimic octopus and flamboyant cuttlefish can all be seen around the islands of Kapalai and Mabul in the State of Sabah (Malaysian Borneo). Sunset dives on Kapalai island is very popular thanks to the vibrant Mandarin fish mating ritual done near Mandarin Valley. As if that wasn’t enough excitement, a number of elusive ghost pipefish have been spotted in the area too.

Getting to Malaysia

Malaysia is well-connected internationally with major airports in Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabula. From these airports, visitors are able to reach the diving hubs of Sabah, Sarawak and the Peninsular of Malaysia. To reach Malaysia from the UK and Europe takes around 12 hours with many visitors choosing to stopover in Dubai, Doha or Singapore. For domestic connections, there are a number of smaller airports offering internal flights to a variety of destinations spread widely throughout the two regions. Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines and Malindo run many of these frequent flights.

Malaysia also boasts a well-developed road transport system, with trains and busses available from Singapore and Thailand and good internal bus connections within the country too. Rental cars are a popular option and are freely available in a number of locations.

Where to Stay in Malaysia

Many divers opt to advance their qualifications in the ideal conditions found in Malaysia and with great training centres scattered all over the region, it is easy enough to do. Speciality courses, technical diving courses and all levels of recreational diver training are possible in Malaysia. The Turtle Tomb cave system is well-worth exploring and many visitors opt to receive the cave and cavern dive training whilst on holiday in Malaysia.

A few dive centers have achieved 5 star status from PADI and are reputable ventures associated with industry giants such as the National Geographic. Good options include those centers that run daily tours to Semporna Marine Park, where visitors are treated with visits to the world-famous areas of Sipadan, Kapalai and Mabul.

Peninsular Malaysia is also a popular choice amongst divers, especially when you consider that the 30 sites around the area are easily accessible by guided boat trips. These boat trips run daily and can be arranged directly with the many highly-acclaimed dive operators in the region.

A number of dive centers are available on Tioman Island, serving the sites around Salang Bay and the ABC beach as well as offering training opportunities and daily guided trips.

When to Visit Malaysia

Malaysia has two distinct rainy seasons, one from April to October for the south-west region, and one from October to February for the north-east region. Aside from these annual rainy seasons, Malaysia is generally humid and experiences high air temperatures in the range of 25-32°C. Water temperatures are very pleasant throughout the year and can be between 26-30°C. The dry season boasts better underwater visibility which can reach an impressive 60 metres.

Travel tips

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Dive Destination Reviews in Malaysia

Sipadan Barracuda Tornado

Big Pelagics! Extensive marine life with lots of fishes everywhere… Big corals and turtles.

Scuba Diving in Layang Layang

Layang-Layang boasts an abundance of wonderful marine life including manta rays, hawksbill turtles, barracuda and tuna, however the main attraction ...

Scuba Diving in Sabah

Diving in Sabah is great.

Scuba Diving in Mabul

An abundance of interesting macro life can be found lurking in Mabul, and for this reason it is known as ...

Scuba Diving in Siamil

Diving in Siamil is excellent for macro critters and an alternative to Mabul and Kapalai.

Diving in Kapalai

Highly ranked as one of the world’s best macro diving locations, Kapalai in Malaysia is not to be missed. This ...

Mataking Underwater Post Office

Aside from the magnificent clear waters and interesting underwater plant life, Mataking Island is home to an impressive range of ...

Borneo is an area that is made of parts of Malaysia, Brunei, Sabah, and Indonesia, and it lies in the ...

Wreck Diving in Labuan

Labuan wreck diving is great.

Scuba Diving in Pom Pom Island

Paradise island perfect for honeymoons and weddings along with diving in the Tun Sakaran Marine Park. Note that the resort ...

Liveaboard Reviews in Malaysia

MV Celebes Explorer is the best option if you really want to enjoy the Sipadan area, being not only the ...

Goes to the Similan Islands and also south in Tioman, Igara Wreck and Anambas Island (Indonesia).

Stefania July 18, 2017


I would like to ask you a price proposal for stay at Pulau Aur:

2 adults – 2 night
check in 18/08 – check out 20/08

The previous night (17/08) we will be on Tioman Island, so we won’t need the transfer form Singapore.
Could you organize a boat trasfer directly from Tioman Island to your resort od do we need to go back to Mersing?

We would like the entry level room.



Estella July 27, 2017

Please advise the quotation for the 3D2N snorkelling in Pulau Aur for 2 paxs on 08.09.17-10.09.17


Phun July 31, 2017

Hi, May i know is there any snorkeling or divind package in Pulau Aur for 4D3N? So far we have 8 people, and how much is the packages? Which resort we will staying ?


Liyana August 01, 2017

We are a travel agent based in Selangor with a branch office in Johor. We would like to cooperate with you. It is a pleasure to receive a cooperation from you.


Nikki August 14, 2017

Any diving options available from Aug 31 – Sep 3? I am travelling there alone and would like to dive 3 or 4 times.


Lin August 28, 2017

Hi! Is there space to do an advanced PADI cert or leisure diving from this Friday, and how much will it cost?



chantelle September 06, 2017

Good Morning

How are you?

I have some clients keen on coming to Brunei early next year and I want to put some packages together for them. Pls could you send me your rates for accommodation, transfers, dives, meals etc and pls advise the commission.

I look forward to a speedy reply. I am a south african dive tour operator


Afiqah September 13, 2017

Hi can you send the quotation price for snorkeling trip 6-8/10/17 for 4 person?
Thank you 🙂


Issey September 13, 2017

Me and my Sister are from Singapore and we will like to go Pulau Satang Besar for snorkelling over this weekend 16th or 17th Sept 2017. Just snorkelling for both of us, no diving. We will be staying at one of the hotels in Kuching town centre. Please let me know the details, terms and conditions.



Rachid November 03, 2017


Am rachid from Morocco a rescue diver am looking to be a Dive master and for that am looking for internship. I do speak several languages : Arabic , Moroccan, French and English and a bit of Malay and a bit of Spanish. I have 32 dives logged so far, I would love to know how it’s work if I wanna get internship at your Dive centre, am a very active person, open minded l, have experience in different fields and most important one that I can handle costumers and please them.
Hope to hear from you soon and feel free if you need more information about me



Bonnie November 15, 2017

can you quote the price for Open Water Diver course on Jan18?


Melvin November 27, 2017

Hi, I would like to participate in scuba diving/ reef net clearing. Would december is a good time to dive in Miri? I am looking at 6-10 Dec.


Cyril February 04, 2018

Hi Redmokey,

I’ll stay few days in Miri in 2 weeks and I’d like to know if I can make 1 (maybe 2) dive with you, the 14th of February.

I’m a 3 stars CMAS diver (from French federation).

Thank you for your answer.

Best regards,


Harm February 09, 2018

Hi guys,

My girlfriend and I will arrive in Miri tomorrow and just saw “Diving Spot” on our map. Googling, we found you. Would it be possible to dive with you guys some time in the next couple of days? And if so, how much would that cost us?




Vincent February 16, 2018


I’d like to know your diving and accomodation package rates.
I’ll come to Miri from april 30th to May 4th.

Thanks in advance for answer.


nina June 22, 2018

hi may i know the rate for 3 fun dives? Plan to dive in July

Thank you


Roman July 03, 2018

Dear sirs
I’ll arrive tomorrow in Miri.
I would be interested in a double or triple dive.
What is the price?
As well what is the price for the emergency efr cours?
Kind regards


Joseph July 11, 2018

Hello, do you have any availability this Saturday? I will be in Miri and would like to dive if you have any availability


Robert July 13, 2018

Hey there!
I would love to go diving with you tomorrow. Will there be a possibility? I would go for either two or three dives tomorrow. I will get to Miri tonight so I have to sort the options out before. Thank you!


Corinne July 26, 2018


My boyfeiend and i are intrested in one dive. For the 28th of july in the afternoon. We are by bus at 10 maybe. Do you have a spot for us open. And what are the costs?
Thank you dor a reply.



Amelia August 08, 2018

Hi there, my sister and I will be arriving on October 1st and we would like to dive on OCtober 2nd and 3rd. How much is the cost for 2 people and do you have any specials going on right now? Also, what is typically the condition to dive the first week in October in Miri? I know it’s close to moonsoon season.

Thank you!


CHUN August 15, 2018

I’d like to dive on 26th Aug, is that possible? I’m alone


Eugene August 23, 2018

Hi, I would like to visit Pulau Aur on 14-16Sep2018 with a group of people at 6pax. Please advice your room availability for twin sharing at x3 for 6persons. Please share me your quotation.

Thanks, Eugene


Cheah August 24, 2018

Hi, may I know if there is available hotel for Pulau Aur/Dayang on 14-17 September?


Wei August 24, 2018

Hi, may i know if there is room for 2 on 14-17 September?


omar August 29, 2018

Hi there,
I’m Omar, an Italian PADI Divemaster, and I’m looking for a dive center where to do my IDC. As I’m interested in your program I’d like to have some info about it:
Will you run IDC courses on late January/February 2019?
How much is the final cost (including materials, fees, etc.)?
Are food and/or accommodation included?
Is the equipment provided?
Do you offer internship to reduce the formation costs and how long are they?

About me:
I’m 30;
Divemaster since June 2016;
300+ logged dives including guided dives and DSDs;
I speak Italian, English, Spanish, French and learning German and Portuguese;
I dove in the Philippines, where I started on 2014, Malaysia, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, Spain, Italy and Croatia, where I had my last dive last May;
I’ve been working as Divemaster (guiding dives and conducting DSDs) in Dominican Republic, Spain and Italy since 2016.

As I mentioned above I’ll be available from mid January next year so we have plenty of time to organise everything with no rush. Let me know if you need any other information about me.

I hope to hear from you soon and I thank you in advance for your kind attention.

Best regards



Nazrin September 05, 2018

Hi there,

My name Nazrin Arif from Chemsain Kosultant Sdn Bhd Kuching and we are currently conducting a study on Marine Activities within the Exclusive Economic Zone. This falls within the waters of Miri and Bintulu. I would like to ask you several questions regarding diving activities in the area.

It would be great if you could provide a contact email or phone number to establish communication.

Thank you for your attention. Your cooperation is deeply appreciated.


li September 05, 2018

do you have accept the beginner divers?


Richi October 05, 2018


I am interested to sign up for the openwater course. Can I confirm the price of the course? I would be coming in around March-April 2019 period.




lee January 16, 2019

Hi, we are visiting to Miri on 7th March 2019. Please share available diving package. TQ


Moon February 17, 2019

Hi we are a group of 6-8 people would like to inquire on the 4D3N package on 22-25 march. we would like to do snorkeling. can u provide price and details pls.



Abu Hanifa March 01, 2019

Hi, just want to ask about basic training for dive for open water. How much tuan?


kai March 13, 2019

hi.may i know if u do provide any diving package for single diver? thanks.


Christian March 21, 2019

Hello, what is the price of your advanced diving programme?


Liew March 28, 2019

Good day to you,
This is Shy Teng from GAD – Go Asia Diving, travel agency from Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia.
As title, we would like to seek for business opportunities and collaborate with Atlantis Bay Resort.
Appreciate if you can share us the rates on:
1. Accommodation
2. Snorkeling
3. Leisure dive (if available)
4. Other add on activities (fishing, jungle trekking etc.)
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.


anne March 31, 2019

HI I am Anne and I am looking into an option to do my dive instructor course on Borneo.

Regarding the course as I did my DM 1,5 years ago and haven’t been diving a lot since than I was wondering if there is a package where I can dive with you maybe 2-3 weeks before starting the IDC?

Also when would the next IDC course start?

Hope to hear from you soon,



Sharlene April 06, 2019

Hi, I am traveling to Miri on 18th to 21st April. I am a newly open water certified diver from SSI (last 0ct) and am interested to dive in Miri during this trip. There are afew things I would like to enquire:

1) Does your diving centre provides any leisure/fun diving packages for NON PADI open water certified divers.

If so, may I enquire more details such as the prices and package available? I am looking at 1 day fun dives / 2d1n diving packages.

2) I will be traveling alone for this coming trip. Would like to check if there are any additional cost I have to pay?

Thank you for your time in reading my enquires and I’m looking forward to hear from you!


Fabienne April 24, 2019

Hello, I have seen your diving package in Pulau Aur, Malaysia on your website and am interested in booking the trip for the upcoming weekend (26.4.-28.4.).
Is there a place free? Can you please provide me with further information and how much it will cost?
I need full equipment as I have nothing with me.
Thank you in advance for your fastest answer!
Best wishes, Fabienne


Yen April 25, 2019

Hi, we are a group of 4. We would like to travel from 31 May – 2 Jun 19.

Please let me know if rooms are available, and how much is the package for snorkeling holiday? Thank you.

Yen Ling


Wu April 26, 2019

Hi, dear friend,

We, 3 AOW certificated divers want to have 3-4 days diving in MIRI from 29th Apr to 2nd May, we will arrive Miri at 13:45 by MH2574 on the date 28th Apr, the accommodation is Pullman Hotel.

Do you have availability on the above date? Please kindly check and reply.

Thank you very much!


Wing May 06, 2019

I am planning a trip to Miri on August.
Do you have any fun dive day tour or some dive package to me?
Thanks !


Syafiqa May 21, 2019


I will come to Miri this coming June. What is the price range for excursion/fun dives?



Gaurav June 13, 2019

I would like to visit Pulau Aur from 9 Aug to 12 Aug – How do i book?


Yen Yin June 18, 2019

Hi, would like to check the 3d2n snorkeling package. thanks!


Cathy July 24, 2019

I would like to book 2 days diving the wrecks at labuan can you help me?


sanju August 07, 2019

I would like to check availability in Pulau Aur for:
10 Aug -12 Aug, or
16 Aug – 18 aug


Tuan August 07, 2019

We would like to booking for diving in 2 days ( Friday and Saturday) this week. Please give advises


Ng Guo Liang September 03, 2019

Schedules & Prices for Diver’s Package in Pulau Aur.


Kevin September 24, 2019

Hey there,

My girlfriend and I (2 Person) have an interest in your course (PADI Open water diver and possibly advanced water diver). We plan to do it in October. Could we get some information regarding the course, its duration, date slots and price?

Would there happen to be any packages or say e-learning for the theory? We happen to be Malaysian if that helps.

Yours sincerely,


Coralie October 04, 2019


I have some questions:
Is there still a room free on Pulau Aur from 26th to 28th October?
How do I get to Palau Aur from Singapore? How much does the room and the travel cost?
I’m interested in snorkelling…Is it possible to rent snorkelling equipment?

Best regards,


Jolly October 14, 2019

I would like do the open water ,how much is it ?
I come in Borneo with my girlfriend in november


Ken December 02, 2019

Hi, my family will be visiting Miri from 30th Jan 2020 to 4th Feb. Thinking of snorkelling in Miri. Is there any snorkelling tour?


Que December 27, 2019

Hello there.

Do your dive shop have battery replacement kit for Suunto D4i?

How much it cost?

Does it include pressure test?



Carl February 05, 2020

Are you diving at the moment?
What’s the general vis? I understand it’s monsoon.
What are your prices for 2 or 4 divers?
There is two of us, not rescue (padi) from UK and we have just arrived.


Wong February 24, 2020

Pls advise the price for basic scuba diving & date available


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