Malaysia

Malaysia

Malaysia is separated into two areas: peninsular Malaysia extending from Thailand down to Singapore, and Malaysian Borneo, occupying the north and west coasts of Borneo. The best diving can be found in Sabah, which is located at the tip of Borneo, and there are four main diving regions covering everything from macro to pelagic animals and novice to experienced divers. The region is known for its biodiversity, and the sheer numbers of species here will astound you.

On the land, Malaysia has a very interesting culture and history. Sabah is a true melting pot, where Chinese, Indian, Malay and local people all live together. All the associated religious festivals are observed, which means that Sabah has 20 public holidays a year! You may find yourself celebrating the Muslim Hari Raya Haji one day, and two weeks later celebrating Indian Deepavali (and if you lived in Kelantan, you’d also have two days in between for the Sultan’s birthday). The natural environment of Malaysia is diverse and beautiful, from towering mountains to long rivers to coral reefs.
 
Malaysia

DIVE DESTINATIONS

Sipidan & Mabul
Sandakan
Layang Layang
Kota Kinabalu
Malaysia Liveaboards

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Entry Requirements

Australian passport holders require validity for six months beyond your intended stay. Visas are not required for Australian citizens, who will be issued visitor permit valid for 90 days. Visitor permits issued in one Malaysian state are not automatically valid for entry into another so if visiting both Sabah and Kuala Lumpur, you will complete immigration twice. For more information and for holders of other passports, please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for the latest travel advice.

Money

The Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) is the unit of currency. One Australian dollar buys approximately 3 MYR.

Language

Bahasa Malay is the national language, and many local dialects are also spoken. English is widely spoken in tourist areas.

Electricity

220-240V and uses the British plug type.

Time Zone

GMT+8 (2 hours behind Sydney)

Clothing

Light, casual clothing is recommended. Women should dress modestly in public places.

Climate

Although near the equator, Malaysia does not suffer extremes of heat. Days are sunny and humid, the nights balmy. Monsoon weather affects most of the country during the winter and so Sabah can be very wet between November and January. The best time to visit is March to October.

Water Temperature

Ranges from 26°C in July to 29°C in December.

Departure Tax

None at 1 July 2012

Tipping

Tipping is not a frequent practice in Malaysia.

 

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