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<span style=”font-weight: 400″>Diving in Malaysia has been largely concentrated in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia and the west coast of Sabah, in East Malaysia. With the discovery of Sipadan Island, off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia became an international diving destination with throngs of divers flocking to the island from all over the world. There is something to offer divers of all experience levels. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400″>
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</span><span style=”font-weight: 400″>In the east coast of Malaysia, the islands of Pulau Tioman, Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Redang, are well-known locally and regionally. Pulau Tenggol, Pulau Aur, Pulau Dayang, through the years of development, have become internationally known diving destinations in Malaysia too. The diversity of marine life and its rate of growth are prolific in this area. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400″>
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</span><span style=”font-weight: 400″>Malaysia has two main seasons: the dry and the wet season. Due to the South-west Monsoon, Western Malaysia enjoys dry season between November and March, while the wet season happens between April and October. The East Coast, however, affected by the Northeast Monsoon, enjoys dry season between April and October, and the wet season from November to March. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400″>
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</span><span style=”font-weight: 400″>On Sabah’s eastern coast, Sipadan, is comfortable to dive all-year round. Layang Layang, is the best from April to September. </span>

<span style=”font-weight: 400″>Most of Peninsular Malaysia is covered with tropical rainforests. This area has more than 8000 species of flowering plants, while the island of Borneo has more than 11 000. There are around 200 species of mammals, including the Asiatic Elephant, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Leopards and Clouded Leopards. More than 450 species of birds, 250 species of reptiles 15 000 species of insects can be found in Malaysia. </span>

<span style=”font-weight: 400″>The climate is warm, tropical and humid all year round, except on high grounds. Temperatures are usually at 28 to 30 Degree Celsius in the day. Although the monsoon winds affect the climate, strong winds are uncommon and typhoons usually miss the country by several hundred kilometres. The East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia usually closes her gates to offshore tourism and fishing during the monsoon period.</span>

<span style=”font-weight: 400″>By air: Peninsular Malaysia’s main gateway is Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), which serves international flights and acts as the transit gateway to other domestic destinations in Malaysia. It is also accessible easily by roads as long-distance express buses link major towns and cities in Malaysia, Singapore and some destinations in Thailand.</span>

<span style=”font-weight: 400″>A certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is necessary for visitors coming from endemic zones. Vaccinations against Hepatitis-A, Tetanus, Typhoid and Polio are advised. Malaysia has modern medical facilities, but they are not in remote areas. It is recommended that you get medical insurance. Consult your local travel clinic or your doctor for more information and advice for the most up-to-date information on this issue. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400″>
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</span><span style=”font-weight: 400″>For travellers based and setting out from Singapore, you can contact Tan Tock Seng Traveller’s Clinic. </span>

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Diving In Sipadan

<span style=”font-weight: 400″>Diving in Sipadan offers all possible diving adventures, from drift diving, to deep diving, or if you are trained for it, penetrating the Turtle Cavern. The deep walls at Sipadan have exciting pelagics, huge barrel sponges, large gorgonian sea fans, shoals of Jack, Barracuda, and Rainbow Runner, while the shallow reef crest is a field of colorful stony corals, soft corals and sponges. Sipadan is a Turtle sanctuary. There are turtles everywhere. North and west of Sipadan are islands for muck diving, macro-photographers will love it there. </span>

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Diving In Layang Layang

<span style=”font-weight: 400″>The most well-known international diving destinations will have to be Layang Layang and Sipadan. Layang Layang is in the contested area amongst The Spratlys, which is a huge area of reefs, shoals and islands spread across the South China Sea from Borneo to Vietnam. Exciting pelagics such as the Hammerheads frequent the area between March to May. Visibility here can reach up to 40 metres. Dive sites are available for macro diving enthusiasts and macro photography enthusiasts.</span>

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Diving In Tenggol

<span style=”font-weight: 400″>A little jewel on Peninsular Malaysia, it is often overlooked because of her petite size as compared to her famous neighbours, Pulau Redang, Pulau Perhentian. 45 minutes away from Dungun Jetty, in the south of Terengganu, the island is only 3km long and 2km wide. There are </span><span style=”font-weight: 400″>more than 20 stunning dive sites here at Tenggol. Diving in Tenggol offers a mesmerizing plethora of dive sites with various characteristics to satisfy divers with ranging interest and levels of diving proficiency. Calm coral gardens with colourful marine life provide an unforgettable experience for beginning divers. For more experienced divers, there are more challenging dive sites where strong currents, deeper waters and pelagics prevail. Visibility here reaches up to 30 metres.</span>

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Diving In Tioman

<span style=”font-weight: 400″>Diving in Tioman is made easy with well-arranged and well-organized departures from Singapore, if you happen to be here. There are many smaller islands in Tioman that are well-developed, and populated with dive centres and diving resorts. It is best for a short weekend getaway. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400″>
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</span><span style=”font-weight: 400″>The underwater terrain here generally consists of large boulders that are stacked on top of one another and lead down to sand. They are carpeted with stony corals, soft corals, sponges and gorgonian sea fans, soft tree corals, Harp corals and Black corals. There are swim-throughs and small caves that harbour coral growth, which offers shelter to shoals of fish. </span>

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<td style=”width: 40%”>Currency:</td>
<td style=”width: 60%”><span style=”font-weight: 400″>Malaysian Ringgit (RM), (MYR) </span></td>
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<td style=”width: 40%”>Language:</td>
<td style=”width: 60%”><span style=”font-weight: 400″>Bahasa Melayu</span></td>
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<td style=”width: 40%”>Capital:</td>
<td style=”width: 60%”><span style=”font-weight: 400″>Kuala Lumpur</span></td>
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<td style=”width: 40%”>Electricity:</td>
<td style=”width: 60%”><span style=”font-weight: 400″>Three-Square UK Plug </span></td>
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<td style=”width: 40%”>Government:</td>
<td style=”width: 60%”>Federal Government of Malaysia</td>
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<td style=”width: 40%”>Timezone:</td>
<td style=”width: 60%”> <span style=”font-weight: 400″>UTC +8</span><span style=”font-weight: 400″>
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<td style=”width: 40%”>Calling Code:</td>
<td style=”width: 60%”> +60</td>
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<td style=”width: 40%”>Network Providers:</td>
<td style=”width: 60%”>Celcom, Maxis, DiGi, UMobile, TuneTalk</td>
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<td style=”width: 40%”>National Airline:</td>
<td style=”width: 60%”>Malaysia Airlines</td>
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