Diving in Peninsular Malaysia

Go off the beaten path and explore Peninsular Malaysia, also known as West Malaysia. This region makes up 40% of the total area of the country and lies on the Strait of Malacca and the South China Sea. It covers the West Coast, East Coast, and South and is home to many nature reserves and beaches for tourists. Malaysia’s largest national park is located in this area. Some of its most essential dive sites include Tioman, Redang Island, and Langkawi, among others. Its marine life is diverse and includes species such as whales, sharks, hawksbill sea turtles, and unique native fish such as Mandarin Dragonet, Asian Arowana, Hampala Barb, and Green Tiger Loach, among others. Some WWII wrecks are available for exploration. From the most luxurious private island to the most budget-friendly resort, you will find many different options for your stay. The spectacular coral reefs and the high visibility of the crystalline waters make this a unique and preferred place for snorkeling and scuba diving. If you are looking for exclusivity, you can visit Rawa Island, a private coral island perfect for couples. Make sure you also visit The Perhentian Islands, two family-friendly islands with no museums or monuments, where the two main attractions are hiking and scuba diving.

Dive Sites in Peninsular Malaysia

Featured places to go in Peninsular Malaysia

Tioman Island

Tioman Island is the preferred destination for many snorkelers and divers offering various different dive sites to explore.

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Tenggol Island

Tenggol Island, located off the coast of Terengganu is one of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia and offers wide range of dive spots.

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Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands are a popular destination for families, snorkelers and divers and home to the green and hawksbill sea turtle.

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Redang Island

Redang is part of a marine sanctuary park and a perfect place for all levels of divers.

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Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago made of 99 islands in West Malaysia and provides habitat for a vast range of tropical life.

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Aquatic Life in Peninsular Malaysia

Warm crystal-clear water and tropical marine life are what characterizes Peninsular Malaysia. Some of its water covers the migratory routes for whale sharks, a slow-moving shark; sightings of this species can be expected mainly from March to May; however, optimum diving conditions can be found all year-round. Visibility is on average, 40 meters deep (131 feet). Big old turtles and reef sharks also nest frequently on the islands of Peninsular Malaysia. This region was an important location during World War II, which resulted in many wrecks setting base in these waters, which are open to exploration by all levels of divers.