Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia. It consists of thirteen states and three federal territories and has a total landmass of 329,847 square kilometres separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions, Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo.
There are over 300 diving sites around Malaysia scattered across many of the islands on the East Coast of the Peninsula and Sabah.
If you are looking for sea turtles, the Perhentian Islands is where you should go. It is the home of sea turtles and many sharks’ species. Moreover, there are great deals due to the high competition.
Pulau Tioman is a beautiful place with splendid coral, fish, turtles and reef sharks. It is located on the Malaysian East Coast.
Sipadan, in Malaysian Borneo is also a great dive spot with more than 3000 fish species such as sharks, barracudas, manta rays. There is also an underwater limestone cave with a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers.
If you prefer less touristy dive spot, Pulau Dayang is where you should dive. It is a good spot which can be reached by boat from Mersing.
After World War II, the Federated Malay States, Unfederated Malay States and the Straits Settlements of Malacca and Penang were federated to form a single British colony known as the “Malayan Union”. Malaya gained independence from the British in 1957. The first Malayan flag was raised in the Merdeka Square on midnight 31st August 1957.
Six years later, Malaysia was formed on 16 September 1963 through a merging of Malaya and Singapore, as well as the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak on the northern coast of Borneo, with Brunei deciding not to join. Singapore was expelled from the federation on 9 August 1965 after several bloody racial riots.
Malaysia has a multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multilingual society. The original culture of the area stemmed from indigenous tribes that inhabited it, along with the Malays who later moved there. Substantial influence exists from Chinese and Indian culture, dating back to when foreign trade began. Other cultural influences include the Persian, Arabic, and British cultures.
There are various beautiful national parks in Malaysia. If you enjoy visiting zoos with your children, there are several well-maintained zoos all over Malaysia that are worth a visit or two, most notably Taiping Zoo, Kuala Lumpur 's Zoo Negara and Malacca's Zoo. You should also see the Petronas Towers which were the tallest buildings in the world for 6 years. If you have time, you can visit the spectacular Batu Caves Indian temple in Kuala Lumpur.
Visit Malaysia Formula One track, white-water rafting in many Malaysia’s national park, Orang-utan encounter in Borneo Island.
The climate in Malaysia is tropical. The north-east monsoon, from October to February, deluges Borneo and the east coast in rain and often causes flooding. The milder south-west monsoon, from April to October, reverses the pattern. The southern parts of peninsular Malaysia are exposed to both but even during the rainy season, the showers tend to be intense but brief. Malaysia is close to the equator, therefore a warm weather is guaranteed.
National carrier Malaysia Airlines has extensive worldwide network coverage and regularly ranks high in airline quality assessments. Most international flights land at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
On a general note, while in Asia, please do not support Elephant abuse by riding Elephants or supporting Elephant performance.
You can help these magnificent animals by making your travel companions aware of what lies behind this industry; the main problem is a lack of awareness.
Dive Report is committed to raising awareness to the abuse suffered by Elephants used in the tourist industry. If you want to know more you can find out more here, here, here and here. Also see a PETA documentary video here.
Kota Kinabalu is located in separate Federal State of Malaysia in the north of the island of Borneo. Kota Kinabalu – KK more commonly – is the rapidly growing capital city of the state of Sabah. Modern, busy and fringed with resorts,...Go>
Located on the northwestern shore of Malaysia, Langkawi is situated just where the Indian Ocean narrows down into the Straights of Melaka. Against a backdrop of mountains are forests, waterfalls and beaches with warm temperatures throughout the year. Langkawi has many reefs, unusual...Go>
The islands of Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil are one of Malaysia’s top tourist attractions. They are surrounded by turquoise blue sea and lined with palm trees and white sand beaches providing an idyllic tropical island getaway. The Perhentian Islands...Go>
Pulau Tenggol along the east coast of Malaysia has been described as a forgotten gem in the South China Sea. With green forests, white powder beaches and plenty of reefs, this natural island is ideal for divers and snorkelers. Pulau tenggol...Go>
Crystal clear waters, abundant tropical fish just 50ft from white sandy beaches, Redang Island is one of largest Island off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. The visibility is 18 metre to 20 metre and the light can penetrated down to 30 metres where...Go>
The islands off Semporna are world famous for its abundant marine life and tiny islands offering white sandy beaches shaded by lush tropical vegetation. The gateway to those islands is the small seaside town of Semporna where many small hotels and...Go>
Turtles, Turtles and more Turtles everywhere! Pulau Sipadan is a dream dive location that is on every diver’s wish list! Sipadan is another island that was made famous by legendary Jacques Cousteau when he raved about the diving here and called it...Go>
The largest island on the East coast of the Malay Peninsula, Tioman is a wonderful holiday and diving destination offering a variety of underwater sites such as wrecks, sheltered bays and volcanic rocky pinnacles. The densely forested island is surrounded by numerous...Go>