Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia consisting of thirteen states and three Federal Territories, with a total landmass of 127,354 square miles. Made of a peninsula and the northern part of Borneo island, Malaysia is a multifaceted country. Malaysia, which celebrated 50 years of independence in 2007, is one of the rising stars of South-East Asian tourism, a nation looking to the future while cherishing the ways of the past.
Bahasa Melayu is the national and official language, but English is widely spoken.
Over 50% of the population is Muslim. Followed by Buddhists (17%), Taoists (8%), Christians (8%) and Hindus (8%). During Islamic events such as the months of Ramadan (please contact us to find out when this will be happening) shop hours are shorter and some hotel facilities or excursions may be limited or unavailable. Please respect local customs and dress appropriately.
GMT + 7 (GMT + 6 from the last Friday in April to last Thursday in September)
Weather & Water Temperature:
220-240 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are generally used. We highly recommend that you take a surge adaptor with you if using expensive and valuable appliances. If you have a specific electrical requirement please contact one of the Scuba Team who can discuss this with you and advise you accordingly.
The currency in Malaysia is the Malaysian Ringgit, however major credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted.
10 % service charge and 5% governmental taxes are included in hotel and restaurant rates. In Malaysia, tipping is not common practice. However, you are welcome to tip someone for service that is particularly good. If you are unsure what to give please do hesitate to speak with the local dive guide or contact us.
UK passport holder will not require a visa for stays of upto 3 months. Non UK passport holders can contact the Malaysian embassy on +44 (0)207 235 8033.
Food & Drink:
The biggest form of health problems with divers and tourists alike is being dehydrated. Please drink plenty of water before and after a dive as well as throughout the day. We also advise that you don’t drink the local water and only drink bottle water and wash all fruit beforehand. Chopsticks are customary in Chinese restaurants. Indian and Malay food is traditionally eaten with the fingers, but western cutlery is generally used.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office Travel Advice:
For up to date advice on foreign travel please visit http://www.fco.gov.uk.
Health & Vaccinations:
Requirements vary from country to country, your own GP is the best person to speak to regarding relevant requirements. Make your GP aware that you will be scuba diving, as some medication is not recommended for Scuba divers.Clothing: Lightweight clothes are worn throughout the year. Waterproofing is advisable all year. It is regarded inappropriate to wear brief clothes anywhere other than at tourist areas. Nudity is strictly prohibited and not accepted in public places, including beaches. Women should observe the dress code in Muslim areas that requires shoulders and legs to be kept covered. Towels are provided in the rooms / cabins but we recommend you pack a beach towel for after diving. More importantly take lots of sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses as the weather is nearly always sunny.
Passports much be valid for at least 6 months on your return to the UK.