200 reasons why you should snorkel in Malaysia
Some of the most diverse marine life is offered in Malaysian waters
With around 200 islands scattered in Malaysian waters divers and snorkelers will truly enjoy the rich, colourful and diverse marine life and ecosystems that reside within. Coral reefs and marine parks are abundant.
The East coast of peninsular Malaysia offers a virtual paradise for snorkelers who can enjoy the picturesque marine scenery without having the PADI certification that divers need.
Some of the best spots will be on Pulau Perhentian which has become quite popular over the years. Here just off Long Beach one can get perfect introduction to a plethora of different fishes and crustaceans. Bumphead parrotfish can be spotted just off the beach while green turtles can be seen in Pulau Besar and white tip sharks at Shark’s Point. Pulau Kapas also hosts some great snorkelling spots.
Pulau Pangkor especially Coral Bay on the island’s western extreme is the best place to head, along with a picturesque coral island just a quick swim from the beach. Here you can find angelfish and teardrop butterfly fish along with countless other species of tropical fish.
Pulau Payar on the western side of Langkawi is the likely hub of marine life where black tip sharks, jacks, barracudas, fusiliers and groupers are often seen.
Sabah’s Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is only 15 minutes from Kota Kinabalu by speedboat. Mayne Rock has large white boulders measuring seven to 15 metres and surrounded by a coral reef, making it a sought-after centre for snorkelling activities.