seas around Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, and Sarawak are acknowledged to have
some of the best diving spots.
The waters are cool enough to support a prolific
underwater ecosystem of magnificent coral reefs, alga beds, sea turtles, and
An equally impressive variety of bright fascinating tropical fishes
give the underwater world a burst of rainbow colors.
The variety of fishes,
corals, and shells found in these waters are said to outshine even those found
in the Pacific Islands.
Picture blue sunny skies,
emerald green waters, and tiny coral islands dotting the distant horizon;
enchanting blue lagoons, secluded bays and coves guarding secrets within their
encircling fold; shimmering emerald waters gradually darkening to deeper blue
depths that beckons the unsuspecting diver.
below the glassy surface, magnificent coral reefs fringe the shoreline in a
seemingly unending line. Within these reefs, lie an exciting underwater world
with some of the most delicate corals in various shades of pastel.
like Tubastrea and delicate sea fan are equally fascinating. There is also the
alyconarian, a magnificent study in pink- like glass art of a tree in full
Further out in the deep blue
depths are some of the larger species such as groupers, hammerhead sharks, Manta
rays, and barracudas to name a few. If you are lucky, you may even chance upon
the green and hawksbill turtle on their way to shore to nest amidst the soft
For sheer beauty, Pulau Tioman
is a magical spot, as is Redang
Both locations boast coral reefs of breathtaking majesty, and divers
can glide through underwater caves, rifts, and passages of brilliant scenery.
all the dive spots, there is one that stands on its own - Sipadan Island, off Sabah. With its deep waters, lush coral reefs, and vast array of deep ocean
species, Sipadan was recognized as an underwater haven by none other than
Jacques Cousteau, ocean explorer per excellence.
Another such beauty in Sabah is
Pulau Layang-layang (Island of the Swallows). This island has great potential
Take note, however, that diving in this region is not
recommended during the monsoon months of November to January, as the South China
Sea can be rather rough.