Kapalai Island

An alternative to the more popular Mabul and Sipadan Island, you visit this island for the same diving reasons as the former and the latter. However, if you’re considering something more romantic, this island has to be it. There’s a water bungalow for accommodation here.

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The icing on the cake here is – you’ll find the white sandy beaches during the low tide, which also happens to form romantic paths for you lovebirds. Reefs and marine life aplenty. Just as stunning as Mabul and Sipadan, this island is no flop.

Season
It’s open all year round, so hop in now!

Miri City

Who says you need an island as the natural setting for your diving trip? And who says the water in Miri is polluted by the oil and gas industry? Folks, one trip is all we need to prove you wrong. The water off the coast of Miri boasts both nature and wrecks for divers who craves both.

Access
Miri is easily accessible from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore as there are direct flights from the former and the latter’s international airport. Make your way to Marina Bay Jetty of Miri and you will have access to the dive sites from there.

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Jump into the sea with no sights of shore and island. As far as we are concerned, divers usually flock to other more well-known islands like Perhentian and Sipadan. However, dive sites here could be a sunken oil rig, or a giant rock 50m in depth under the sea. Corals here are also one of the healthiest in the world. Come over now and witness it for yourself, we will prove you wrong.

Gemia Island

It’s more fair to say, this paradise is a new born tourism spot. This tiny little island is blessed with a coral garden and a very colourful marine life.

Access
It’s situated only 800m off Pulau Kapas, which is accessible via the town of Marang. As of now, this island is still less known to tourist. If you’re a good swimmer, you can even swim around the island as it’s only 9 acres of size. Birdwatching is the main draw on this island, as sightings of eagles are common here. Wildlife just thrives on this small piece of rock here.

Season
The same thing applies, no visit during rainy season.

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To date, there’s only one resort on the island. However, the same cannot be said for the future as the number of tourists is raising.Before it gets crowded, now’s the best time to enjoy this hidden gem.

Semporna Town

Similar to Kota Kinabalu, this city serves as a stopover and a departing point to the islands by the shores of Borneo in Celebes Sea. One way or the other, this city attracts youthful travellers from around the world. They have come to experience the unique Borneo culture and most of all, to hop onto the number one diving spot in the world, Sipadan Island. Tun Sankaran Marine Park can be a refreshing stopover spot before one moves on to the one of the many islands out there.

Access
The city is just an hour’s drive away from Tawau Airport, Sabah. Sibuan, Kapalai, Mataking, Sipadan, and so on are all paradise like islands which you should highly consider during your stay in the city.

Mataking Island

This island possesses areas which are becoming to be one of the most famous diving spots off the east coast of Sabah.

Access
This paradise is accessible via Semporna Jetty. Marine life encounter and sightings are as common as it gets, while divers can expect a combination of slope and wall diving.

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Wildlife conservation is also a big thing here. Be vigilant you fellow divers. The island is open 365 days a year, we welcome all. Swim over now!

Payar Island

One of the finest dive spots in the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, this water around this island boasts a protected marine park with a variety of fishes for the appreciation of divers and snorkelers alike.

Access
Finding your way to this island is simple. Pulau Payar is just a speed boat away from Langkawi Island.

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As stated above, this area is protected marine park. Be it scuba diving or snorkelling, expect to find plenty of reef and fish here. This region is beginner friendly, so first timers are welcome! Also, there’s no monsoon interruption in this part of the world. If you’re already feeling bored with the commercialized atmosphere of Langkawi, speed off on your speed boat to Payar Island, instantly!

Bidong Island

Need a dive buddy? Not to worry as turtles or Big Eye Snappers and many more reef fishes will happily accompany you around! The water is clear with visibility of more than 15 meters and many of the areas are untouched or under-publicised in comparison to other dive sites in Terengganu. Pulau Bidong and its six neigbouring islands like Pulau Karah, Pulau Gelok and Pulau Tengkorak have numerous notable dive areas. The average depth of these sites are from 10 to 20 meters with the deepest being the one near Pulau Tengkorak at about 27 meters. The last is said to be one of the best sites available.

Access
To get to the island, it takes 40 to 50 minutes by boat from Kuala Terengganu or Merang town.

Long Beach

Pasir Panjang (Long Beach) is a wide fine sand beach with snorkel opportunities right of the beach along the rocks at the northern and southern end and the peninsula in the middle. 

The water is extremely crystal clear. During the day, the beach is buzzing with a hive of beach activities. There are at least 3 or 4 beach volleyball courts stretching along the shoreline. Occasionally, you can also find the tourists and locals playing beach soccer or futsal. 

The mid-section of Pasir Panjang Beach is devoid of any coral growth, providing sun-worshippers with an excellent swimming area. You will be amazed by the colour of the ocean that ranges from deep blue to light milky blue especially during a sunny day.

For avid snorkelers, there is a family of baby sharks roaming around on the far left-end of the beach in a snorkeling spot called Tanjung Tengah. There is 90% chance of you spotting them, so this is an opportunity not to be missed! Otherwise, on the far right hand side is a decent snorkeling spot called Tanjung Mak Cantik.

Subang Jaya City

Subang Jaya is a suburban city in Petaling District, Selangor, Malaysia. It comprises the southern third district of Petaling. Subang Jaya town makeup consists of neighbourhoods like Sections SS12 to SS19 and PJS7/PJS9/PJS11 or Bandar Sunway which are also partially or fully jurisdictional within Petaling Jaya under the MBPJ, UEP Subang Jaya (USJ), Putra Heights and Batu Tiga.

Access
Subang Jaya's public transport system is highly developed, boasting 2 light metro (LRT) lines, 1 KTM commuter line, 1 BRT line, bus and taxi services. Since 30 June 2016, many new LRT stations of the extended Kelana Jaya Line have opened, connecting various areas in Subang Jaya with Kuala Lumpur city centre and Petaling Jaya.
On the other hand, public bus transportation is provided by two companies, RapidKL and Metrobus. These buses provide access around the town and also to Kuala Lumpur. Alternatively, there is a BRT line connecting the Setia Jaya KTM Station through Bandar Sunway to the USJ7 LRT Station.

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Subang Parade, Empire Subang, Sunway Pyramid, and the hypermarket chain, Aeon Big Subang, serve as the main shopping attractions around the Subang Jaya town centre. In adjacent township of Bandar Sunway, there is Sunway Lagoon, an amusement water theme park which is a popular tourist landmark across the nation.

Mamutik Island

Mamutik Island Kota Kinabalu is a less crowded island, then the rest of the lot and approximately 3 kilometers away from the main city of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. The Pulau is about 15 acres in size. 

Mamutik Island Kota Kinabalu also has a long 200 meter stretch of white sandy beaches that offer privacy due to less tourist activities. The tourist generally prefers Sapi Island & Manukan Island as both are well developed and offer rich marine life experience.