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The Best Places to Snorkel in Malaysia

A surreal vacation is what you're in for

By Rhea SAPublished 4 years ago 5 min read

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful regions in the world, Malaysia has attracted tourists across geographical and physical borders. Tourists from across the globe are seen making their way to the region, excited to truly soak in what it has to offer.

Malaysia has a plethora of varied and distinct attractions that tourists can be a part of, all the way through. When it comes to fun and adventure, you can most definitely count on Malaysia to pave your way for you. Regardless of whether you’re looking for a laid back vacation, looking to do something fun, adventurous or maybe even daring; Malaysia has just what you need.

On the other hand, what most tourists do not know, remains the fact that Malaysia is also an amazing snorkelling hub. The Malaysian islands are just about the perfect place for those of you, wanting to experience the snorkelling vacation of their life.

The exquisite beauty of the reefs that lie below, truly cannot be aptly described in words. Tourists are in for the treat of their lives, as they explore the exceptional marine beauty in the region. If you’re a snorkelling enthusiast or would love to try your shot at it, Malaysia is just the place you!

Tourists are sure to be mesmerized by the amazing corals and sheer beauty of the diverse marine life.

The reefs themselves are said to be home to about, three hundred and fifty unique coral species. A major part of the island popularly referred to as the ‘Sabah,’ accounts for most of the reefs. Tourists who would love to go on exploration can hop onboard and venture out on a snorkel experience, unlike any other.

When to go snorkelling Malaysia?

The entire region of Malaysia witnesses tropical weather, all year round. This means that it can be both hot and rainy, throughout the year. Tourists looking to travel here should most definitely keep the weather conditions in mind before scheduling your travel plans.

When it comes to rainfall, Malaysia witnesses the maximum rainfall during the months of ‘April to October,’ and ‘October to February.’ These are the months that are considered to be the wettest months of the year.

For those of you looking to try your hand at snorkelling, then the months of ‘January/February,’ alongside the Western coast and the months of ‘June/July,’ on the East coast; work the best.

Best Places to Snorkel in Malaysia

Find some of the most talked-about and sought after snorkelling spots in Malaysia, below. We’ve listed destinations you’re sure to love and have also given you a brief about each one of them. Make sure to read through the blog to find everything and more.

Sipadan Island

The ‘Sipadan Island,’ is one of the most surreal places for tourists looking to explore the underwater world. It is believed that this is the only island to have ever been built, right on top of a volcanic seamount. This makes the island unique and distinguished from every other island in the world.

Tourists making their way to the island are in store for a spectacular sight. At a depth of about five hundred meters, the waters of the island are home to some of the most beautiful marine life.

The colourful corals and long stretch of reefs make the island something like a paradise. Tourists can dive into the waters and explore the island alongside some of the rarest underwater sea life one can find.

Langkawi Island

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The ‘Langkawi Island,’ is well known and much recognised for its amazing waters and has always been a popular snorkelling destination. Tourists are seen travelling great distances, just to charter the waters of this island and make the most of their stay here.

If you’re on the island, snorkelling has got to be on your to-do lists. There are a number of varied destinations that one can choose from while choosing the location of your snorkel. The ‘Datai Bay Beach,’ and the ‘Chabang Island,’ have remained the snorkelling hotspot, over the years.

Redang Island

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If you’re holidaying in the ‘Redang Island,’ you’re sure to be surrounded by a number of resorts that most definitely offer snorkelling as an experience. Tourists can go ahead and rent their snorkelling gear, as they buckle up to explore the island.

If you’re travelling to the island for the very first time, fret not! Almost every resort on the island offers tourists with guides, that provide guidance with every step of the way. Tourists could explore the ‘Shark Bay,’ one of the most popular snorkelling spots on the island. So if you’re looking for that one place to make your snorkelling adventure come to life, this has got to be it.

Tioman Island

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The ‘Tioman Island,’ is yet another much talked about and sought after snorkelling destination in Malaysia. Tourists can avail the varied slots available to them and rent their respective gear, as they get ready to begin their snorkel.

The prices of the snorkelling equipment vary with time and are most definitely subject to change. Tourists can witness exceptional views of the underworld life, as they snorkel through the crystal clear waters of the island.

Perhentian Island

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If there’s one island that undoubtedly has got to be on your must-visit list, the ‘Perhentian Island,’ has got to be just that. If you’re truly looking to make the most of your snorkelling adventure, we certainly recommend that you go ahead and try your shot at the ‘PADI Open Water Diver course.’ This is one of the best snorkelling courses available to tourists on the island and is certified by the ‘Anti-Gravity Divers Dive School.’ The entire course comes at a price and it differs from time to time.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

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The ‘Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park,’ has got to be your go to marine paradise for an amazing vacation. The snorkelling scenes in the island are regarded to be one of the best that you can find and is sure to leave you longing for more.

Tourists could also take it one step ahead and book a couple of trips to the ‘Downbelow’s PADI 5 Star IDC Dive.’ The ‘Adventure Centre at Gaya Island,’ is yet another amazing place that you could head over to and enjoy. There are a wide array of options that tourists can choose from, the ‘Advanced Open Water Diver,’ the ‘Open Water Diver,’ being just some of them.

Layang Layang Island

The ‘ Layang Layang Island,’ has been widely recognised for it’s unbelievable underwater marine scenes. Tourists from across the globe are seen making their way to this stunning island, all pumped up and ready to explore the unknown. The island in itself is believed to be home to about thirteen coral walls. This adds up to the exquisite beauty and stellar views of the island underwater marine life.

So pack your bags right away and book your Malaysia honeymoon package, right away. To help you with the best options, you can rely on travel companies like Pickyourtrail, who will ensure that your itinerary is crafted as per your interests and requirements. What could be better than a travel itinerary crafted to perfection, right? So what’s stopping you? Begin planning your dream vacation today!


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