Dream dives in Malaysia

By Chris Walker-Bush

WHY Malaysia makes sense as a scuba diving destination.

After years of diving all around the world, there are a few places that still call to me as a lover of scuba diving and the world beneath the waves that scuba gives us access to. Malaysia is at the very top of that list.

Diving on the Great Barrier Reef back in 2010 was a stunning introduction to the world below the surface. Pic: Chris Walker-Bush.

Diving on the Great Barrier Reef back in 2010 was a stunning introduction to the world below the surface. Pic: Chris Walker-Bush.

Made famous by Jacques Cousteau’s documentary on the area, Sipadan Island is a popular dive site renowned for its crystal clear waters, abundance of sea life, and the opportunity to do more advanced deep diving or drift diving. It’s definitely not one for first-time divers. Everything from sea turtles to whitetip sharks to brightly colored reef fish can be spotted here, making it a wonderful place for those wanting to see and experience it all.

The dives off Sipadan give you an excellent opportunity to get up close and personal with sea life. Pic: Chris Walker-Bush.

The dives off Sipadan give you an excellent opportunity to get up close and personal with sea life. Pic: Chris Walker-Bush.

If you’re a little newer to diving, Tioman Island offers a fantastic variety of dives to cater to the very new or the very experienced. The shallower waters can be accessed right off the beach, making it a good spot for first-time divers. Wrecks on site and deeper waters farther off shore open it up to more experienced divers as well.

Other fantastic sites along the Malaysian peninsula include Redang Island and the Perhentian Islands.

Perhaps Malaysia’s most famous dive site is the adrenaline charged Barracuda Point near Sipadan Island. The thrill of being caught up in a literal tornado of barracuda is something people travel from all around the world to see, and the mingling currents make for some thrilling moments as you’re pulled along in a fast paced drift dive. It’s not one for the faint of heart!

Barracuda Point brings you up close and personal with several thousand of these stunning fish. Pic: Tom Weilenmann, Flickr.

Barracuda Point brings you up close and personal with several thousand of these stunning fish. Pic: Tom Weilenmann, Flickr.

Malaysia’s many beaches and reefs offer an abundance of breathtaking dive sites, a trip to Malaysia opens up a whole new world of underwater experience.

 If you enjoyed this article and would like to find out more about travelling to Malaysia, please visit the Tourism Malaysia website

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About the author…

Chris Walker-Bush
Chris Walker-Bush is an Australian born and raised ESL teacher and travel blogger at Aussie on the Road. While he has spent most of the past five years living and working in South Korea and China, he still calls Australia home and gets home wherever he can. A keen diver, he has dived in South Korea, Fiji, and Australia and hopes to add China and Malaysia to his dive log real soon. You can also follow him on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/aussieontheroad) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/aussieontheroad).