Malaysia is located in central Southeast Asia. It borders Thailand on the north, Singapore and Indonesia on the south and the Philippines on the east. It is composed of Peninsular Malaysia and the 2 states of Sabah and Sarawak on the northern part of Borneo island. It is one of the most pleasant and hassle-free places to visit in Southeast Asia. It offers great diving, sun-drenched beaches, enchanting islands, diverse flora and fauna, forest retreats and magnificent mountains.
The legendary Sipadan Island should be on every diver’s life list. Jacques Cousteau called it an “untouched piece of art”. The coral is pristine and the reef inhabitants are colorful, widely varied, and plentiful. The dramatic drop-offs nearly all the way around the island form breathtaking walls that are fed by a healthy current, carrying with it lots and lots of big fish. Tremendous schools of jack and barracuda, bumphead parrotfish, sharks, and turtles are virtually guaranteed. You can expect to see turtles on almost every dive, munching, napping, or curiously checking out divers.
Yes, Sipadan is the jewel in the crown of Malaysian diving, but it would be a shame to travel so far and not take a look at the other gems. A few minutes away are Kapalai Island, a critter haven of shallow coral communities and Mabul Island, one of the best “muck-diving” sites in the world! And then there are Layang Layang and Lankayan…..are you sure you don’t want to extend your stay?