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Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia Capital - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Putrajaya : Federal Territory - Malaysia
Selangor : Central Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Terengganu : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Kelantan : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Pahang : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Johor / Johore : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Malacca / Melaka : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Negeri Sembilan / The Nine State : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Kedah (Langkawi) : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Penang / Pulau Pinang : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Perak : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Perlis : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Sabah : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Labuan (Federal Territory) : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Sarawak : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
 
 
 
SCUBA DIVING

Scuba Diving Facts & Marine Parks

 
 

SCUBA DIVING FACTS

 

Climate & Water Temperature

 

Malaysia has an equatorial climate with fairly uniform temperatures ranging from 32oC during the day to 22oC at night.  Humidity is about 85% to 95%. Water temperature is 27 - 28oC and during the dry months the temperature may rise to 31 - 31oC.  Divers will not require thick wet suits.  A wet suit between 1.5 to 3 millimeters is appropriate.

 
 
 

Best Times To Dive

 

West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia

December - May

 

East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia

March - October

 

The islands around Sabah & Sarawak are reasonably well-protected and can be dived all year round. However, water visibility is better during the months of April to August.

Scuba Diving in Malaysia - Important Diving Facts

 
 
 

Dive Equipment Rental

 

Dive equipment is readily available for rent at almost all dive centers. But it would be wise to give prior notice, as sizes could be limited.

 
 
 

Emergencies

 

The following are contacts for recompression chambers in Malaysia.

  • Labuan Naval Base : +6087-417 122

  • Lumut Naval base : +605-6837090 / 166 / 164 / 168

  • Kuantan Naval Base : +609-513 3333 / 557 2222

 
 
 

Conservation

 

The coral reefs are constantly under threat from global changes and they must be conserve. This has led to the establishment of numerous marine protected areas around Malaysia.  This marine protected areas will also encourage public understanding and awareness of the marine environment.  The Malaysian Government has initiated efforts to manage these areas so that the usage of the reefs is sustainable. Within Peninsular Malaysia and the Federal Territory of Labuan, the waters surrounding 38 islands that are grouped into 5 Marine Parks are now protected and managed by the Department of Fisheries Malaysia. While the East Malaysia, Sabah's land and sea areas are protected around Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Pulau Tiga and Turtle Islands Park by Sabah Parks.

Scuba Diving in Malaysia - Important Diving Facts

 
 
 
 

DO'S & DON'TS

Try to learn as much as you can about coral reefs and their inhabitants.  Tell others about the fragility and value of coral reefs.  Let's all be responsible for conserving our coral reefs.

 

Observing Proper Reef Etiquette

 

Coral reefs are home to many beautiful, fascinating creatures.  Snorkeling or diving is a great way to explore this spectacular undersea world but must be done carefully as reefs are very fragile and easily damaged. Underwater animals will try to evade your touch, so please respect this rule.  There is nothing to gain from touching marine life.  This apply to turtles, eels, rays and other animals that may appear within reach.  Often, animal attacks result out of fear or self-defense when they perceive a threat by humans.

 
 
 

Avoid Touching The Coral

 

A single kick can break coral and destroy years of growth.  Even a light touch can rub off the coral's protective mucus covering, leaving it vulnerable to infection and disease.

  • Never stand on coral.

  • Ensure that your body and fins do not touch the reef.

  • Avoid fining close to the sea bed as his kicks up silt that can smother the coral.

  • Scuba divers should maintain neutral buoyancy and secure gauges/octopus rigs so that they do not drag on the reef.

 
 
 

Avoid Harassing Reef Life

 

Reef animals are easily stressed so please be mindful about this.  Remember, you are the guest.  Harassing animals can disrupt feeding or mating patterns.  In the case of turtles, it can drive them away from a dive site altogether, depriving other divers of the pleasure of seeing them.

 
 
 

Avoid Collecting Souvenir

 

Even dead corals play an important role in the reef eco-system and should not be taken.

 
 
 

Avoid Littering

 

Besides spoiling the beautiful scenery, litter can endanger the lives of marine animals.  Many turtles has suffocated to death from empty plastic bags.  Cans, bottles and Styrofoam take decades or even centuries to degrade in their environment.  Throw litter in a bin or take it back with you after a dive trip.

 
 
 

Avoid Anchoring On The Reef

 

Anchors smash coral, damaging large areas of the reef.  Ensure that your boat uses a mooring buoy instead.

 
 
 

Insure Yourself

 

Despite all precautions, accidents do happen in all water sports.  In diving, the cost of medical treatment, particularly if it is an emergency, is very high.  Thus, take up dive insurance which is not expensive at all.

 
 
 

Conservation

 

Coral reefs are home to many beautiful and fascinating creatures.  Snorkeling or diving are great ways to explore this spectacular undersea world but must be done carefully as reefs are very fragile and easily damaged. You too can do your part by observing basic rules when diving.  Firstly, do not touch, break off or scrape coral reefs.  The thin membranes covering these animals (yes, that is what they are) ensure their survival.  It is highly recommended to keep your self-pressure gauges secured onto or strapped within your BCD.  Having them dangle below you whilst diving may pose a hazard to corals. Secondly, check and maintain positive buoyancy throughout your dive in order to prevent snagging or brushing against the corals.  Even the flapping of fins poses a threat that often goes unnoticed by divers themselves.

 
 
 

Report Abuse

 

Please observe these rules and report suspected abuse to the nearest marine park officials.

 
 
 

MALAYSIA MARINE PARKS

Marine Parks in Malaysian waters preserve and protect the prolific underwater ecosystem for the enjoyment of all. The most well preserve Marine Parks in Malaysia is the islands of Terengganu. All the island in Terengganu are gazette as a Marine Parks (Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Lang Tengah, Pulau Redang, Pulau Bidong, Pulau Kapas, Pulau Tenggol and others

small island in Terengganu).

 

Malaysia is situated at the epicentre of the world?s coral diversity. The extensive coral reefs found off the country?s coastline teem with a staggering variety of fascinating marine life. They are arguably among the richest environments on earth, rivalling the tropical rainforests in diversity. Coral reefs are vital breeding as well as feeding grounds and provide sanctuary for over 4,000 species of fish. Uniquely exquisite, they are well-protected and preserved in numerous marine parks located throughout the country. Dive into our waters and explore the hidden depths, which abound with wondrous underwater gems. The multihued and vibrant colours of the reef as well as its inhabitants ? some beautiful, others bizarre ? have never failed to fascinate.

 

Permitted  activities that are encourage in Marine Parks are those which do not destroy the coral reef environment.  These activities will expose the visitor to the beauty and wonder of the underwater world.  Some of these activities are:

  • SCUBA Diving.

  • Snorkeling.

  • Underwater Photography.

  • Swimming.

  • Observation and appreciation of aquatic flora and fauna.

  • Non-Motorised boating e.g. sailing, kayaking.

  • Fish Feeding.

  • Hill or nature walks on the islands.

 

Under the Fisheries Act 1985, all activities that destroy and damage coral reefs and marine ecosystems are prohibited and are an offence under the law.  Among them are:

  • Fishing or killing fish.

  • Spear fishing or sling fishing.

  • Collecting Coral, shells and other marine organisms.

  • Collecting sand, dead coral and dead shells.

  • Polluting and littering.

  • Anchoring on reefs.

  • Building or erecting any type of structure on the water.

 

Marine Park centres operate as a base for educational and enforcement efforts.  Visitors can obtain information about coral reefs and the marine environment at these designated centres.

 

Visitors to the Marine Parks will be required to pay conservation charges:

  • RM5.00 /adult

  • RM2.50 /children

 

 

Fast Facts

 

Climate

Mean annual temperature is between 21oC and 33oC and the water temperature is around 25oC.  The dry season for islands on the west coast of the Peninsula is from November to march.  The islands on the east coast experience occasional torrential showers between November to February.  However, selected established resorts continue to operate during this season.

 

Getting Around

In most places, car, motorcycles or bicycles can be hired to move around.  For foreigners, an international driving license is required.  Certain islands have no paved roads and offer boat rides as the main mode of transport.

 

Banks

Before embarking on the island trip, visitors are advised to make prior financial arrangements on the mainland.  However, well-developed islands such as Langkawi and Pangkor have banks.  Foreign currency can be changed at selected resorts, banks and airports.

 

Medical Facilities

Most islands have clinics which operate from 8:15am to 4:45pm.  Selected resorts have resident doctors.

 
 
 
 
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