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Reg
10-03-2007, 08:07
Has anyone got some sugguestion on dive locations in Malayasia? We are considering taking a trip to KL and would be interested to get some info from other who have dive in the area.

Reg
10-05-2007, 17:44
No Reponses hey....Well this is what attracted me.

pnevai
10-07-2007, 00:45
Terrific diving in Malaysia, You are entering the rainy season though for peninsula Malaysia. The rainy season ends in May. Sipadan is South or the monsoon belt but off of the Island of Borneo and nowhere near KL. But it is a spectacular dive destination. Comparitvely diving accomodations in Malaysia are still a bit rural, but if you do not need 5 Star luxury accomodations you will enjoy yourselves.

All of the good diving is on the east coast and I have gone diving on each of the out islands, all very nice destinations. Malaysia remains relatively inexpensive as dive destinations go.

Attached is a link you may wish to visit.

http://redang.org/index.htm
http://www.idcmalaysia.com/dive_aur_dayang.htm

I would reccomend Borneo Divers for Sipadan

http://www.borneodivers.info/

Reg
10-07-2007, 01:13
Thats great information. Thanks. We are happy to 'rough it' to get in some good diving. We have some done some diving in Vietnam and in Thailand, I expect it would be similar to Thailand...maybe a little more 'untouched'

Travelnsj
10-07-2007, 05:52
I am going to Layang Layang in April. I hear it is a great place for wall diving and big stuff. I did Sipadan in Sept of 08....Vis was about 30'....saw the wall of Barracuda once in 2 weeks...did not see much else other muck diving ....so you can guess my feeling about Sipadan.

pnevai
10-07-2007, 20:14
Although Sipadan is below much of the wet weather April is still a bit early in the year, Best vis on Sipadan is June through August of course that is also middle of summer and the high season.

Reg
12-08-2007, 22:34
We have booked out flights for KL in Malaysia for End of May/June 08, From here we plan to fly over to Tawau. Still trying to decied on who to dive with there..

Reg
12-10-2007, 02:35
I noticed a few people have recommended Borneo Divers, but has anyone tried any of the following:

Sipadan Island Diving | Scuba Junkie | Scuba Junkie (http://www.scuba-junkie.com/diving/)

Sabah Divers - Diving Paradise (http://www.sabahdivers.com)

Any comments would be helpful

namabiru
12-10-2007, 11:48
I am diving and staying with Scuba Junkie. T-minus 4 days until I leave Doha... I will return on the 29th, and post a report thereafter.

So far, though, they've been helpful and kind by e-mail.

Oh, and as long as you're going to KL, you can quite easily get to Tawau in a ridiculously cheap fashion. Do it do it do it do it. Sometimes the best adventures in life are the ones you'd normally never take.

Reg
12-11-2007, 05:35
Thanks, look forward to the report. The main diffrence i've read is that Scuba Junkies are on the mainland and do Day Trips out to Sipadan, which is a little bit longer than from the more expensive resorts..

How long can i leave it before i need to book? I heard you need to get in quick?

namabiru
12-11-2007, 10:01
Yeah, that's right. I dunno exactly how long in advance, as it's kind of a backpacking diver's joint as I got it. I certainly don't think you've already missed out... it's not so much the diving or the accommodation methinks, it's more the permit issue. They've got to know in advance so they can get you Sipadan diving permits.
I booked mine 2 weeks in advance and it worked out well. Ric had told me, though, that a few of the dates in my booking were already sold out on Sipadan permits.
They're in Semporna (mainland), so yeah, you've got to trek out. So it goes.
It all depends on what kind of accommodation you're seeking. Me, I'm on a bit of a smaller budget, so the backpacking-style accommodation is quite fine. But if you prefer a fancier schmancier place to rest your head, maybe look at one of the resorts.
BTW, if you're pricing in advance, you'd fly into Tawau with Air Asia.

Reg
12-12-2007, 03:14
Yeh AirAsia prices look good, that bit is sorted. I'm undecided to Splash-out on the resorts style accomodation or to day trips out. Pricing & Packages between the 'medium priced' resorts seem to be fairly similar so I guess it comes down to the little things

namabiru
12-12-2007, 07:34
Plus what's cool for you is you could go AA from Gold Coast to KL. Of course, that constitutes getting to Brisbane first...

Then again, you can probably get a good Quantas deal Sydney to Singapore. Bigger baggage allowance.
Then take AA to Tawau.
You'd have to fly Singapore to KL to Tawau. Or Singapore to Kota Kinabalu to Tawau.
Or else go over the border to Johor Bahru, then to KL, then to Tawau.
Or else check Sydney to Bangkok and do it that way. Bangkok to KL to Tawau.

Man, do I sound like a travel agent or what? Perhaps I missed my calling...

Reg
12-13-2007, 03:02
I know!, so many options But i got a $380 return (inc Tax) to KL with Jetstar so I'm happy about that...1 more flight to book and when I finally choose a place to stay/dive I'll be done.

Reg
12-24-2007, 18:48
Another Question, should i do 2 weeks in Sipadan or break it up and speak 1 week in Layang Layang?

Travelnsj
12-24-2007, 20:21
I would split it up. I spent 2 weeks in Sept 04 in Sipadan had about 30' vis the whole time...saw much of nothing but Turtles.....headed for Layang layang in April.

Reg
12-27-2007, 02:41
Thanks, I will go with the split...Is there anything else (outside of diving) that is a 'must do' in Borneo?

pains
12-27-2007, 07:31
Thanks, I will go with the split...Is there anything else (outside of diving) that is a 'must do' in Borneo?

You can enjoy jungle life and orangutan at Sepilok.

About Sepilok (http://www.sepilok.com/index.html)

Reg
02-11-2008, 06:06
Are there any any Stingers in these area?..I'm not talking about one or two but large populations. I've been to Northern Queensland and they have stingers in abundance at different times of the year.

KGNickl
02-11-2008, 12:01
When I hear the word/country Malaysia I can't help but have the movie Zoolander jump into my head :smilie39:

Travelnsj
02-15-2008, 21:19
Are there any any Stingers in these area?..I'm not talking about one or two but large populations. I've been to Northern Queensland and they have stingers in abundance at different times of the year.

When I was in Sipadan in Sept there was either sea lice or bits of Jellyfish in the water...or perhaps both...probably why vis was so poor....I wear a short wetsuit and my arms and legs were pretty well bitten or stung.

gbrdiver
02-16-2008, 22:18
In KK, the 'stinger season' sign is always on display. I asked when the season finished and was told it doesn't. I used a 3mm body suit in KK and Sipadan but still got the occasional sting on any part not covered. Don't know that affected vis though...Sipadan itself was 30-50m last month.

Reg
02-26-2008, 05:18
Thanks for all your comments. We've Booked Layang Layang for 6 days followed by 5 days with Borneo Divers in May/June 2008. Its going to be great leaving Sydney in Winter and arriving to 28 Degree water.

Travelnsj
03-03-2008, 22:05
Thanks for all your comments. We've Booked Layang Layang for 6 days followed by 5 days with Borneo Divers in May/June 2008. Its going to be great leaving Sydney in Winter and arriving to 28 Degree water.

I am headed to Layang Layang next month...I am hearing 26-27 degree water....I hope you are right.

Reg
03-04-2008, 02:28
you'll be there before me....how long you going for?

Travelnsj
03-04-2008, 09:46
I'll be there for 12 days of diving...takes 3 days just to get there.

Reg
03-06-2008, 03:06
Looks like you go quite often. Do you normally take a 3mm or 5mm? I guess this question sorta depends what temp's you used to diving in.

Travelnsj
03-06-2008, 09:40
3 or 5mm??...no way...I dive in a 1-2 mm shorty....may have to change that for Layang Layang!

deepdiver47
03-10-2008, 18:51
3 or 5mm??...no way...I dive in a 1-2 mm shorty....may have to change that for Layang Layang!


1-2 mm shorty? your kidding me right? In Palau I was in a full 3mm suit.
At 140 lbs, I have no body fat. Just like the Japanese

Travelnsj
03-10-2008, 19:10
3 or 5mm??...no way...I dive in a 1-2 mm shorty....may have to change that for Layang Layang!


1-2 mm shorty? your kidding me right? In Palau I was in a full 3mm suit.
At 140 lbs, I have no body fat. Just like the Japanese

Kidding you NO!!!!...LOL...last time I wore a 3mm fullsuit was in the Galapagos in 05 (and that was the only time in the last 8 years!)....I wear only a shorty....when I was in Wakatobi in October they said the water temps were going to be 82 to 84.....It was 78 to 81...I froze my butt off as all they had to rent were 5mm....which I will not wear....now I did recently get a neoprene cap from ST....If I ever encounter cool water like that again!

chinacat46
03-11-2008, 08:27
Scott,

That is probably why you go thru your air so quick. Your using your air up generating heat. L0L!

Travelnsj
03-11-2008, 10:08
Maybe that cap will resolve my problems...I hope?...LOL...They only have 80's in LL.:smiley13:

Reg
03-12-2008, 03:41
Only 80's?????.... thats not good does Sipadan have the same?

Reg
03-12-2008, 06:03
3 or 5mm??...no way...I dive in a 1-2 mm shorty....may have to change that for Layang Layang!


1-2 mm shorty? your kidding me right? In Palau I was in a full 3mm suit.
At 140 lbs, I have no body fat. Just like the Japanese

Kidding you NO!!!!...LOL...last time I wore a 3mm fullsuit was in the Galapagos in 05 (and that was the only time in the last 8 years!)....I wear only a shorty....when I was in Wakatobi in October they said the water temps were going to be 82 to 84.....It was 78 to 81...I froze my butt off as all they had to rent were 5mm....which I will not wear....now I did recently get a neoprene cap from ST....If I ever encounter cool water like that again!

Considering we are used to doing double dives in a 5mm in 68 degress fahrenheit I think we can handle a 3mm full in 78 degree water

mobeeno
04-14-2008, 22:52
Sipadan is the best in my opinion. I think Layang layang is great too but I have never been there. Labuan has shipwrecks. All three is in east Malaysia

Travelnsj
04-15-2008, 00:08
Sipadan is the best in my opinion. I think Layang layang is great too but I have never been there. Labuan has shipwrecks. All three is in east Malaysia

I've been in Sipadan before...perhaps a free trip I would go back....I heard LL was the best...I'm in LL now 10 dives...I can count the number of large stuff I've seen on both hands....Not impressed with Malaysian diving at all....and I gave up my annual trip to Palau to come here....hope it gets better...25 more dives to go...

mobeeno
04-15-2008, 22:23
Sipadan is the best in my opinion. I think Layang layang is great too but I have never been there. Labuan has shipwrecks. All three is in east Malaysia

I've been in Sipadan before...perhaps a free trip I would go back....I heard LL was the best...I'm in LL now 10 dives...I can count the number of large stuff I've seen on both hands....Not impressed with Malaysian diving at all....and I gave up my annual trip to Palau to come here....hope it gets better...25 more dives to go...
Lucky You, that you have dived the best of the best.

mobeeno
04-15-2008, 22:27
Although Sipadan is below much of the wet weather April is still a bit early in the year, Best vis on Sipadan is June through August of course that is also middle of summer and the high season.
You are right, I was there in June had 120' vis days. It rained one day and the vis went down to 80'..big difference.

Reg
02-13-2009, 02:40
Had a great time in Malayasia so we are heading back. Just booked another flight to KL for Nov. This is just outside monsoon season so hopefully its not too bad. Can't complain for $170AUD Return Flight : )

I might use KL as a base and head to the Maldives. Any suggestions about this as i haven't heard much about the Maldives recently.

Quero
02-14-2009, 01:20
Had a great time in Malayasia so we are heading back. Just booked another flight to KL for Nov. This is just outside monsoon season so hopefully its not too bad. Can't complain for $170AUD Return Flight : )

I might use KJ as a base and head to the Maldives. Any suggestions about this as i haven't heard much about the Maldives recently.

Where in Malaysia are you planning to dive? By November the whole east coast will be pretty much shut down. However, you can still go dive at Sipadan/Mabul/Kapalai.

There are non-stop flights from KUL to Male (Maldives capital), but on the return you have to transit through Colombo. It's a 4 hour flight over and a 6 hour flight back (last time I went to Maldives I was living in KL).

Alternatively, you could come to Thailand :smiley20: November is when our dive season opens.

Q.

Reg
02-14-2009, 02:13
Last year we went to Sipadan and Layang Layang....We are tempted to return but are forcing ourselves to think about other diving destinations...hence the question about the Maldives. What about Redang? Considering the above would it be worth it.

Ahh..so many choices. Thailand was my first diving holiday 2 years and i think the 40m vis is what got me hooked. We have done the day trips from Phuket in the past, what would you recommend this time round?

Quero
02-14-2009, 09:11
Last year we went to Sipadan and Layang Layang....We are tempted to return but are forcing ourselves to think about other diving destinations...hence the question about the Maldives. What about Redang? Considering the above would it be worth it.

Ahh..so many choices. Thailand was my first diving holiday 2 years and i think the 40m vis is what got me hooked. We have done the day trips from Phuket in the past, what would you recommend this time round?

I don't think you should count on Redang in November. Everything will be shut down by then because of the northeast monsoon.

For Thailand, I'd recommend a liveaboard to the Similans and Surins. In November you won't get the 40 meter viz yet (that comes later in the season), but the water will be blue by then, and the boats will be going out.

For the Maldives, I would recommend only a land-based resort. The whole thing about the way they fill tanks on the dive dhonis and the contaminated air that resulted in a whole boat getting carbon monoxide poisoning (along with one death) is scary, and the procedures have not changed. so for me persoanlly, a return to liveaboard diving in the Maldives will have to wait until the safety standards are tightened up, and I won't recommend liveaboards there to my clients, either. Shame, that, since the very best way to dive there is by liveaboard.

If you're seriously interested in Thailand, let me know.

Q.

gbrdiver
02-14-2009, 18:38
Sipadan is the best in my opinion. I think Layang layang is great too but I have never been there. Labuan has shipwrecks. All three is in east Malaysia

I almost did the 4 wrecks ex Labuan last year with this mob Borneo Star Dive (http://borneostardive.com/index.html) They cancelled just before I left KK for unexplained reasons. From what I can work out, they are pretty much the last operator left ex Labuan to offer the wrecks. Scuba-tech ex Brunei will take their cat out if they have the numbers Scuba-Tech International Pte Ltd - Home (http://www.divebrunei.com/)

Reg
02-20-2009, 21:52
Last year we went to Sipadan and Layang Layang....We are tempted to return but are forcing ourselves to think about other diving destinations...hence the question about the Maldives. What about Redang? Considering the above would it be worth it.

Ahh..so many choices. Thailand was my first diving holiday 2 years and i think the 40m vis is what got me hooked. We have done the day trips from Phuket in the past, what would you recommend this time round?

I don't think you should count on Redang in November. Everything will be shut down by then because of the northeast monsoon.

For Thailand, I'd recommend a liveaboard to the Similans and Surins. In November you won't get the 40 meter viz yet (that comes later in the season), but the water will be blue by then, and the boats will be going out.

For the Maldives, I would recommend only a land-based resort. The whole thing about the way they fill tanks on the dive dhonis and the contaminated air that resulted in a whole boat getting carbon monoxide poisoning (along with one death) is scary, and the procedures have not changed. so for me persoanlly, a return to liveaboard diving in the Maldives will have to wait until the safety standards are tightened up, and I won't recommend liveaboards there to my clients, either. Shame, that, since the very best way to dive there is by liveaboard.

If you're seriously interested in Thailand, let me know.

Q.

What are dive dhonis? And does every liveaboard have them? I've read a bit about the horrific accident. Did you feel un-safe when you were there originally (before accident)?

Quero
02-21-2009, 00:23
What are dive dhonis? And does every liveaboard have them? I've read a bit about the horrific accident. Did you feel un-safe when you were there originally (before accident)?

A dhoni is the traditional fishing boat of the Maldives, and a dive dhoni is one of these boats that has been adapted for diving, with tank racks and benches for divers, and a ladder to facilitate boarding the boat from the water. They accompany liveaboard dive boats. When it's time to go diving the dhoni pulls alongside the LOB and divers switch boats. The dhoni takes the divers to the dive site and remains there to pick them up when the dive is finished. All equipment, tanks, and compressor machinery is kept on board the dhoni. The compressors are diesel-generated as there is no electrical generator on board the dhonis that can power the compressor.

As far as I know, all Maldives liveaboards function in this way. Land-based ops fill tanks on land, and the compressors are powered electrically. Did I feel safe when I was on board my boat? Yes, but I was ignorant at the time. Since then, the boat has been destroyed by fire, so obviously there were risks I was unaware of. The boat was called Giulia.

fanatique
03-28-2009, 16:58
There are so many areas to dive in Malaysia, from Tioman to Redang to Perhantian. All at relatively low costs too. Google these specific islands/areas for more information.

onz87
11-24-2009, 23:59
Hi i'm really interested to do diving in sipadan....

Hi my name is Darindra, I am a student in Multimedia University Cyberjaya, Malaysia. Currently I am doing a research for my final year project about Sipadan Island.

IF you have been to Sipadan Island, I would ask you to help me to fill in this 2 surveys.

Sipadan Island (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JKZ8GGX)

and

Sipadan Island Part 2 (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J8LTK7X)

I really appreciate your kindness and your time.
Thank you.

* If you never been to Sipadan, just ignore the message and the survey.

lionsaur
02-19-2010, 01:47
See if you would be interested to dive at the Anambas Islands / Indonesia whereby you can explore the 7 skies wreck and Igara wreck.

Not many people go to those places except liveaboards from Singapore. So the dive site is relatively untouched. Great place for technical divers too!