Scuba-Diving from KL, Snorkelling in nearby Islands
Malaysia, with over 200 beautiful islands is a fantastic destination for diving and snorkelling. Its beaches are carpeted with soft golden sand, dotted with secluded bays and lit with spectacular tropical sunsets.
The diversity of the marine ecosystem around these islands make them superb for underwater explorations and also sports such as water-skiing, boating, cruising, swimming and also diving.
From Kuala Lumpur, it is easy and convenient to reach many of these diving destinations.
Langkawi is located in Kedah, and is perhaps Malaysia's most popular island, especially for duty-free shopping. An archipelago of 99 islands, Langkawi's landscape is clad in limestone hills and caves, rustic villages and scenic paddy fields with abundant flora and fauna. The island is rife with myths and legends, adding its appeal as a 'mystical' destination.
Great diving spots include the islands of Dayang Bunting, Beras, Singa Besar and Cenang. The waters around the islands offer a variety of fish, marine life and corals to explore. Also not to be missed is the Payar Island, located south of Langkawi. On record, the island supports the largest number of coral species in Malaysia. The waters are also crystal-clear and fantastic for swimming. You'll be amazed by the sheer number and variety of sea squirts, sea slugs, hermit crabs, feather starfish, sea anemone, lion fish, barracudas, rainbow runners, rock fish and ghost fish flocking around the waters to greet divers.
Pangkor Island is located off Lumut in Perak, which can be reached in a short time from Kuala Lumpur.
Well-known for its sandy beaches and clear waters, visitors can bask under the sun or swim and dive. There're also plenty of water-sports facilities available for you to jet-ski or take a speed boat round the island. The popular beaches include Nipah Bay, Pantai Pasir Bogak, Teluk Ketapang, Pantai Puteri Dewi and Emerald Bay.
Nipah Bay is, by far, the most popular beach with plenty of huts, chalets, resorts and restaurants. It is Pangkor's main spot for snorkelling and diving. Its waters are full of spectacular marine life and vast coral reefs. For snorkelling in shallow waters, head to Pantai Pasir Bogak; a crescent-shaped beach with rich natural beauty.
Visitors can also take a look at the traditional fishing villages and have a small meal at the many stalls along the streets. Walking through the villages will enable you to glimpse the culture of a Malay fishing village at its best. You must also try the local salted and dried delicacies of fish and shrimps from the sea such as 'Satay Fish'.
Redang Island is located off Kuala Terengganu, and is often regarded as Malaysia's premier marine paradise. This island has crystal clear waters and many dive sites. During the day, sunlight pierces through the depths of the sea to reveal reveal brilliant hues of coral, anemones and clams. Go even deeper, and you will find two historic shipwrecks - the H.M.S. Prince of Wales and H.M.S. Repulse which plunged to their watery graves at the start of World War II.
Redang's marine life is truly its most famous treasure. Barrel sponges and soft corals make up the sea floor, where fishes big and small, clothed in bright colours dance through the waters. However, diving isn't the only activity on the island. Redang is rich in flora and fauna, perfect for eco-adventures. Even being on the island is an experience itself as you can watch the sunrise from the beach, admire the multitudes of stars on a clear, night sky, snorkel, skin-dive or scuba dive to see the marine life, charter a boat round the island or go trekking. Then there's the customary relaxation on the warm, sandy beaches! Read More...
Tioman is the largest of a group of volcanic islands off Mersing in Johor State. At 39 km long and 12 km wide, it is one of the world's most beautiful islands, as quoted by Time magazine. There are many things to do here; primarily snorkelling and scuba diving. If you're into nature, then the island has some fascinating flora and fauna to discover.
The sandy bays and white sand make Tioman a place to relax for beach-bummers and families. The island's resorts are quite well-developed as tourism has become the main source of income for the island. Water-sports such as jet-skiing can be done at certain parts of the island. On the other hand, divers can expect to see a wide array of marine life in the waters. With a visibility to between 5-10 metres in the water, divers will be able to admire the beauty of its coral reefs, an underwater garden of colourful marine life.
Tioman is also a haven for bird-watchers; some 138 species of birds have been recorded on the island, including hill mynahs and swifts. Snakes in all sorts of colours such as the twin-barred and paradise tree snake slither among the trees. It is indeed an experience to walk through the jungles and discover Tioman's rich eco-system.