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.

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Wildlife 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.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sharks
Blacktip Reef Shark
Nurse Shark
Rays
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Turtles
Green Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Ribbon Moray Eel (Ghost Eel)
Jackfishes
Panther Moray Eel (Dragon Eel)
Scorpionfishes
Parrotfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Box Fish
Bannerfish
Emperors
Molluscs
Octopus
Squid
Cuttlefish
  Jan - Mar Apr - Jun Jul - Sep Oct - Dec
Sharks
Blacktip Reef Shark
Nurse Shark
Rays
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Turtles
Green Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Ribbon Moray Eel (Ghost Eel)
Jackfishes
Panther Moray Eel (Dragon Eel)
Scorpionfishes
Parrotfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Box Fish
Bannerfish
Emperors
Molluscs
Octopus
Squid
Cuttlefish

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