Small-yet-vibrant Malaysia comes in toward the top of the list because of a similar level of biodiversity to its neighbors. From whale sharks to great whites, huge whales to small nudibranchs, the nation split between a peninsula and the island of Borneo has much to offer for the adventurer.
April through December
Malay, Chinese, Tamil, English
It’s recommended to carry cash and only use credit cards in major businesses, as the plastic system is new and easily exploited. Most water in Malaysia is drinkable. In case of emergency, Malaysia has a comparatively good healthcare system for the region.
Public restrooms cost money in most places. This isn’t a scam, it’s merely the norm. Even dive sites in the middle of nowhere might require small change for restrooms.
A bit more than Indonesia, but certainly not nearly as expensive as Singapore. Malaysia has something for every diver’s budget.