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After extensively investigating this fascinating coastal region, testing all the dive sites and hotels, we have selected the very best diving resorts on the East Coast Peninsula of Malaysia and Borneo for you to choose from.

Each resort has its own unique attraction depending on whether you are looking for secluded luxury or an action packed adventure - just contact us with your requirements and we will construct the perfect diving holiday itinerary to suit your specific needs both above and below the waves.

The area has much to offer on land and we highly recommend adding some or all of our excursions to your holiday. Malaysia is home to some of the worlds most endangered wildlife, including the Orang utan (Sepilok), Proboscis Monkey (Sukau) and tiger (Taman Negara). For the more adventurous there is also the opportunity to climb Mount Kinabalu or white water raft along the renowned Padas and Kiulu Rivers.

East Coast Peninsula

The East Coast Peninsula is geographically cut off by the mountainous Main Range and thus has retained its traditional customs, arts and crafts, coconut plantations and unique traditional houses. The off shore islands (Pulau) offer superb diving, with colourful hard, soft, whip coral and abundant fish life. The coral is in an excellent condition due to the existence of a conservation program overseen by the Fisheries Department and not being exposed to a huge number of divers.The unhurried pace of life makes it an ideal destination for a relaxing holiday far from the maddening crowd.

The rainforest at Taman Negara National Park is easily accessable, with a train journey through the mountains, to the central highlands with its old colonial hill stations established by tea planters, a little bit of 'Ol Blightly' in the depths of South East Asia.

Diving

The diving at the islands along the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia is one of Asia’s best kept secrets. From June to October the waters are guaranteed flat calm, visibility is good to great. Several of the islands have turtle preservation projects and we have seen mating leatherback turtles at Pulau Redang.

Diving depths are anywhere between 5 and 35 meters on reefs, pinnacles and even a few wrecks. Reef fish are prolific on all sites with a good variation of species. Macro critters are in abundance as well and there are several promising muckdives that beg to be explored. Shark wise the area offers blacktip-, bamboo- and zebra sharks and even on occasion a whaleshark or manta ray.

Pulau Perhentian

Comprising of eight islands, of which only two are inhabited, 'Besar' (Big) and 'Kecil' (Small), they are about 20 kilometres from the main land.The islands are very bohemian with a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere. The hotel is located on Besar around a small bay, fringed by palms and a white sandy beach.

Pulau Redang

Located 45 km off the coast Redang is the largest group of islands dotting the South China Sea. Sheltered within a marine park the island offers diving in crystal clear waters with accommodation and facilities of an international standard.

  • The Taaras Resort - 152 room resort with international standards inc pools and a range of restaurants.

Pulau Tenggol

This island is very tranquil indeed, it's very hard to do anything at all, activities include reading, eating and sleeping!! The waters around Tenggol are among the deepest in the east coast with most dive sites bottoming out at 30 metres.

  • Coral Beach Resort - The private beach is shared with mischevious monkeys and scampering monitor lizards complimenting the 'Robinson Crusoe' feeling.

Pulau Tioman

The largest in a group of 64 volcanic islands situated 80 km from the peninsula. Said to be the final resting place of a fabled dragon princess who had turned herself into an island, Tioman is truly one of the most beautiful islands in the region. Often while your sunning yourself on the beach the jagged mountain peaks behind are shrouded in cloud, giving a mystical look.

  • Berjaya Resort - An ideal family hotel with a range of accommodation and facilities inc golf course.

Borneo

Most diving areas are in the northeastern state of Sabah, a largely mountainous state with lush tropical rainforests, a long coastline dotted with powdery white beaches and some of the most spectacular coral reefs and marine life in the world. It was named 'The Land Below the Wind' by the maritme traders of old as it lies below the typhoon belt, making diving possible all year round.

The people of Sabah comprise over 30 indigenous groups, each with their own distinctive customs and festivals. The most popular festival in Sabah is the Kaamatan Festival where the Kadazan/Dusan community pay homage to the rice spirits for a successful harvest. Held annually in May, it is celebrated with much pomp and splendour.

A paradise for naturalists, botanists, bird watchers, divers, mountaineers or just about anyone who wants to be close to nature.

Diving

Malaysia's offshore islands are of legendary beauty. Remote dive Island resorts such as Pulau Sipadan, a small oceanic island off the eastern shore of Borneo, rises in a sheer column more than six hundred meters from the seabed. Completely encircled by sheer drop-offs and walls, Sipadan is one of the world's foremost dive sites.
The tropical waters off both Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo offer some of the world's best scuba diving. This is a place endowed with some of the sport's best possibilities: you can dive with whale sharks, hover around immense coral gardens and walls, or dive on ominous and hulking WWII shipwrecks. In many places, you can get 100 + feet of visibility. Also, the country has become increasingly aware of the biological and economic importance of its marine heritage, and each year brings better access to and protection for the unique marine life. Because of the hundreds of islands, there are many dive options.

Pulau Kapalai

Between Sipadan and Mabul Island lies a sandbar that sits on the reef known as the Ligitan Reefs. The reef, a very extensive stretch bordering the deep and vast Celebes Sea, is Pulau Kapalai.

  • Sipidan-Kapalai Dive Resort - A water village with no land insight but still has 2 miles of walkway for those who enjoy their morning jog!

Pulau Lankayan

A jewel- like tiny island in the Sulu Sea and hour and a half boat ride's north of Sandakan, Lankayan is soon to be declared part of an immense Marine Protected Area. Unpopulated and covered by think tropical island vegetation on its topside, this peaceful, untouched tittle bit of paradise is ringed by an endless pure white sandy beach.

  • Lankayan Island Dive Resort - Offering simple elegant and exquisite accommodation in a handful of wooden, roomy and perfectly appointed seafront chalets.

Pulau Layang Layang

Translated from Malay, Layang Layang means 'Swallows Reef'. This oceanic atoll is situated in the South China Sea about 300 kilometres north west of Kota Kinabalu. The reef topography is essentially made up of a rich growth of hard corals; some are shallow that they break surface during low tides, but most begin at depths of about 5 metres and the wall plunges to about 2000 metres to the ocean floor. The deep-water attracts numerous pelagics and offers some exciting encounters off the wall.

  • Layang Layang - 76 rooms & 10 suites in a traditional longhouse style.

Pulau Mabul

Mabul is a macro heaven for its diversity of tiny marine life. It is an ideal base for divers and underwater photographers wishing to see and capture what Semporna Marine Park has to offer. The island offers the widest range of accommodation and therefore all budgets. There is also a village on the island giving you that little bit of local culture that the other islands lack.

  • Mabul Water Bungalows - 15 rooms on stilts offering the best accommodation on the island
  • Mabul Beach Resort - 24 rooms and a 10 bed dormitory offering the best accommodation for those on a budget

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