Malaysia Diving Holidays: An Overview

Malaysia is often over-looked at the holiday planning stage, but here at Original Diving we believe it to be one of the most alluring destinations in Asia. Kuala Lumpur is no Bangkok, admittedly, but in Borneo and Langkawi, Malaysia boasts two of the continents very finest destinations. Add to that a vibrant and distinctive blend of Malay, Indian and Chinese cultures (and the resulting excellent cuisine) and this is a place well worth considering.

Neill and Louisa are here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Sipadan is a world-renowned dive spot on every diver's bucket list
  • Wonderful combinations for those wanting to explore on land and under the waves
  • Turtles everywhere!

Our Guide to Malaysia Diving Holidays

Malaysian Borneo has to be one of the most original destinations on the planet. This is an island where scientists have discovered 52 completely new species since 2005 alone. Original Diving consultants have travelled extensively throughout the Malay provinces of Sabah and Sarawak in the north of the island, visiting the best beaches, researching rainforest lodges in tribal regions, watching the incredible wildlife (including the endangered orang-utan) and diving some of Asia's finest reefs. Mt Kinabalu is a trekkers' paradise, and Borneo also has some of South-East Asia's finest family hotels. Off the west coast of mainland Malaysia, Langkawi is a lush island just south of the Thai border and Phuket, and the luxurious hotels here - including long-term favourite the Datai and a new Four Seasons - are every bit as good as their Thai rivals.

For marine wildlife, the island of Lankayan has some of the best dive sites in the region, and Selingan Island is a favourite nesting place for giant turtles that travel hundreds of miles to lay their eggs on the same beach they were hatched on years before. And then there is the island of Sipadan, which offers some of the very best diving on the planet. This oceanic island rises as a pristine coral mount from the floor of the Sulawesi Sea to give awesome 2000 foot wall dives, just 50 feet from the shore. Lying five degrees north of the equator off the mainland of Borneo; Sipadan Island is covered with a luxuriant, untouched rain forest surrounded by pristine sandy beaches.

Altogether, it would be difficult to overstate the attraction of Borneo for anyone with a passion for the natural world.


Original Highlight

A nature lover’s dream, the islands are home to an array of tropical flora and fauna, and there are some amazing canopy walkways to view it all from.

Carrie, Original Diver

Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 31°C / 87°F
  • Rainfall — 16cm / 6.5 inches



Malaysian Ringgit

Visa Requirements

Not required



Food & Drink

Hot milk tea called the tari is Malaysia’s national drink

What to pack

lightweight clothing and insect repellent

Flight from London

12:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +8 hrs

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