Diving Guide > Malaysia Scuba Diving Guide
Malaysia lies entirely within the tropics and has 2 main geographical areas,
Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia. There are 13 states and Kulau Lumpur (in
state Selangor) is the capital of this country.
Being in the tropical belt, water temperatures here mostly lies between 22
degree Celsius to 31 degree Celsius. There are 2 distinct seasons in Malaysia,
the southwest monsoon and the northeast monsoon. The southwest monsoon starts
from May and ends in October. The northeast monsoon starts from November and
ends in February.
This country has good collections healthy coral reefs both in Peninsular
Malaysia and East Malaysia. Visibility can vary from medium to good.
In Peninsular Malaysia, the east coast faces South China Sea while the west
coast embraces the Andaman Sea. During the northeast monsoon, the east coast
will be hit by heavy rain. As such, the best time to dive here is from March to
September. Conversely, southwest monsoon will bring rain to west coast. Thus
best time to dive in the west coast is from November to April. Generally,
diving in the east coast is of a higher standard than its counterpart in the
In East Malaysia, the east coast faces Sulu Sea and Celebes Sea, while the west
coast faces the South China Sea. The northeast monsoon will bring rain to East
Malaysia. Therefore, like the east coast in Peninsular Malaysia, best time to
dive here is from March to September. The highlight of diving in East Malaysia
must be the world class wall diving in Pulau Sipadan.
Kedah State (Best time to go - November to April)
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