The breathtaking natural wonders of Malaysia offer boundless opportunities for exciting recreational activities, from scuba diving to jungle trekking to mountain climbing; and much of Malaysia tourism centres on thrilling explorations on land and under the sea.
One of the fastest growing dive destinations in the world, Malaysia’s islands lure scuba enthusiasts with breathtaking underwater adventures ranging from reef to wall to wreck dives, vibrant with exotic sea life. Certified dive centres offer guided excursions to such amazing sites as legendary marine-life mecca Sidapan Island; macro-diving paradise Mabul; and shallow-reef-ringed Kapalai. Little Lankayan offers a triple diving treat with wreck, macro and reef dives; while Layang Layang offers incredible deep reef wall dives and plentiful hammerhead sightings.
Trekking holidays are popular with adventure tourists yearning to explore dense jungle and soaring mountain ranges. Gorgeous Taman Negara, Peninsular Malaysia’s largest national park, features jungle camping treks and a night-time canopy walk high atop the primeval rainforest. Malaysian Borneo is home to some of the oldest rainforests in the world, including preserves at Danum Valley and Tabin Wildlife Park on Sabah; and Sarawak’s Gunung Mulu is famous for its massive and labyrinthine network of caves. Experienced trekkers will relish the challenge of the seven-day hike to the summit of Gunung Tahan in Panang.
Climbers flock to Sabah’s magnificent Kinabalu National Park, where highest Malaysian peak Mount Kinabalu soars skyward, with trails and climbs suitable for beginners to advanced climbers. Packages are available on all routes and include meals and an overnight hut stay. Traverse the Torq Trail or Via Ferrata to highest point Low’s Peak. More advanced tours include descent by rappelling down sheer rock faces.