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Roughly 1-week in Malaysia for scuba diving. Suggestions?

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Roughly 1-week in Malaysia for scuba diving. Suggestions?

Hey everyone. Thanks for all your advice in advance!

I am thinking of a week long trip to Malaysia in January. My main focus would be scuba diving and sightseeing.

Which airport should I fly into?

What are the top islands to visit for sightseeing and scuba diving?

Thank you!

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1. Re: Roughly 1-week in Malaysia for scuba diving. Suggestions?

The best diving site is in Sipadan Island, infact it is in CNNGo Top 10 Scuba sites in the world.

Fly into Tawau airport, take a transfer to Semporna and board the boat to Mabul Island for accommodation. There is no resort operating in Sipadan. The islands of Mabul. Kapalai and Sipadan are great for sight seeing too.

Only snag, it might be rainy season in January. If you can defer your plans to March, it would be better,

Edited: 24 September 2012, 14:10
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2. Re: Roughly 1-week in Malaysia for scuba diving. Suggestions?

Hi

You would need to fly into Kuala Lumpur, unless you use another local hub, like Bangkok, Sinapore, Hong Kong etc.

The better diving is normally in Sabah, and the areas around Kota Kinabalu are worth checking out.

Sabah has some wonderful sights, and some of the best diving in the world.

Have a look at downbelow diving http://www.divedownbelow.com/

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3. Re: Roughly 1-week in Malaysia for scuba diving. Suggestions?

The best place for scuba diving is sipadan. I stayed at sipadan water village resort, resort builds on shallow waters of mabul island extended out from the beach, so it's a like a floating resort. We saw turtle one evening from our balcony!

Fly to tawau and d resort will arrange transport to port and speed boat to d resort. Package includes diving trips. Hotel is overpriced but worth the trip. Bear in mind there are locals living on the beach of that island and being a local I'm shocked at their living conditions. Some kids float on mini boat near the hotel and one approach us when we take pic of them. There are other resorts on the beach and will be cheaper if cost is an issue.

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4. Re: Roughly 1-week in Malaysia for scuba diving. Suggestions?

If January is the only month you can go, then you might wanna consider Thailand instead! Its likely to have way better weather that time of year.

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