Diving in Malaysia
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Located in the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin where scientist believe the marine life of the pacific ocean evolved, Malaysia is one of the leading dive destinations of the world. From schooling hammerhead sharks, huge schools of barracudas and various turtles to the bizarre frogfish or ghost pipefish, there is always something to fascinate the diver. The variety of fishes, corals, and shells found in these waters are said to outshine even those found in the Pacific Islands. The diversity of the marine ecosystem here makes it an ideal location for underwater explorations.
For sheer beauty, Tioman is a magical spot, as is Redang Island. Both locations boast coral reefs of breathtaking majesty, and divers can glide through underwater caves, rifts, and passages of brilliant scenery. Of all the dive spots, there is one that stands on its own – Sipadan Island, off Sabah. With its deep waters, lush coral reefs, and vast array of deep ocean species, Sipadan was recognized as an underwater haven by none other than Jacques Cousteau, ocean explorer per excellence. Another such beauty in Sabah is Pulau Layang-layang (Island of the Swallows).
Dive centers in Malaysia are well equipped and are certified by relevant agencies for maintaining their standards of safety and professionalism. Scuba diving courses endorsed by certifying agencies like PADI, NAUI, SSI and BSAC. Some of the courses available include the initial ‘Open Water Course’, ‘Diving Instructor Course’ or even a ‘Re-breather Course’. Upon completion of your scuba course you can be outfitted with the latest scuba equipment of most international brands available from dive centers in Malaysia.
Almost all the islands in Malaysia cater for divers of all levels of experience – be it easy shore diving to advance wreck diving or technical diving. Operators engaged with technical diving are well equipped with portable emergency oxygen kits, special tank refilling equipment and other necessary facilities.