7 major diving islands in Malaysia

Malaysia has numerous islands, with blue skies and seas, and it is home to the world's largest and most diverse marine ecosystem. It is acclaimed as the "diving paradise of the world" with enchanting and dreamlike scenery hidden beneath the deep blue sea. Embark on a romantic diving adventure in Malaysia and discover your own ocean style.

Baya Island

Langkawi's "Great Barrier Reef" - Pulau Payar, a paradise for diving enthusiasts. It is located at the southern end of Langkawi Island, where you can see groups of colorful tropical fish swimming in the shallow water before you even start diving. Diving enthusiasts can take a speedboat to deeper waters and dive to a depth of 20 meters, where they can see jellyfish, sea turtles, starfish, corals, and even have the chance to encounter sharks while swimming with the fish.


Semporna is located in the Sabah province of Western Malaysia, one of the world's most famous diving destinations and Malaysia's most famous dive site. There are many dive sites near Semporna, among which Sipadan is a dream destination for any diver.

Lanka Yang

Lankayan, also located in Sabah, is a small island in the Sulu Sea that is often overlooked by Chinese tourists. This tropical island is located in the northeast of Sabah and some of its surrounding islands have been designated as national marine parks. The underwater wildlife is dominated by small creatures, including ghost pipefish and frogfish. Two sunken ships are also a unique feature, with creatures such as octopus, squid, batfish, and jackfish living near them.

Heatwave Island

Yan went north along the east coast of Malaysia all the way to the Tanjung Jara jetty. It only takes about 1 hour by ferry to get to Redang Island, which has famous white sand beaches and is the location for the popular movie "Summer Holiday". Snorkeling around the island gives you the chance to see sharks. Some recommended diving spots include Tanjung Gua Kawah and Tunnel Point. Coral conservation is well protected here compared to other areas of Malaysia, and you can find common tropical fish, sea fans, turtles, parrotfish, and even sharks.

Isle of Man

Tioman Island is located in the east of Malaysia, and is the largest volcanic archipelago consisting of 64 small islands. It takes 55 minutes by flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tioman Island, or you can take a ferry from the mainland to reach it. The underwater resources here are abundant, and famous creatures include sea wolves, blacktip sharks, and triggerfish. There are many dive sites, including Tiger Reef, Seven Skies, etc., suitable for divers of all levels from beginners to advanced.

Anchorage Island

Perhentian Island, with different sizes, belongs to the National Marine Park of Malaysia and is renowned for its beautiful underwater world. It is very convenient to take a boat from Kuala Besut Jetty to Perhentian Island, with many trips available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. every day. Suger Wreck, a sunken cargo ship from 2000, is home to barracudas, jacks, reef sharks, and lionfish, with some cabins accessible for diving.

Pull the seedlings, pull the seedlings

Labuan is a small island located north of Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah. It is considered one of the gems of the South China Sea, with rich underwater resources and diverse species. In 2004, the Malaysian government built a marine observation station on the island. The Swallow Reef is the most famous diving spot. Due to its distance from human activity, there is only one hotel operating on the island, making the local water environment closest to its original state, providing a unique experience for visitors to explore the coral reef and fish population.

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