Malaysia’s coral-fringed Perhentian Islands along the northeast coast offers some of the country’s best and most affordable diving courses. Here are our favourite dive schools in the Perhentian Islands for new divers, the experienced and aspiring masters.
Sat next to Coral Bay’s Jetty, Sea Voice Divers provides PADI certification scuba courses in a central location. The small dive centre offers packages and classes to individuals and groups throughout the year. Expect a family-like atmosphere with well-trained instructors catering to every soon-to-be diver’s needs. Apart from PADI, Sea Voice has master level and emergency response courses as well as educating about conservation activities. Compared to the other dive schools in the Perhentian Islands, this is one of the cheapest and best value for money.
Flora Bay Divers provides a selection of PADI and snorkelling courses from entry to master level. With an emphasis on quality, this is among the best dive schools in the Perhentian Islands for first-timers. All classes have no more than four students to one instructor and as much one-on-one time as you want. Expect the highest standards and the latest equipment with a full-time PADI Course Director to oversee the training. Flora offers courses in several languages and has access to over 40 dive sites.
Located on Perhentian Besar overlooking the South China Sea, this award-winning dive school caters to everyone from the novice to the expert. All instructors have a deep understanding of the environment and marine activities. Courses range from beginner PADI Open Water to Divemaster and PADI Rescue Courses. For the novice, we recommend the one-day Discovery Dive under the supervision of experienced instructors to get a flavour of diving in the Perhentian Islands. But the highlight of Universal Diver are their mastery of underwater photography and videography. Students can use the state of the art video editing facilities at the school.
Offering no less than eight scuba diving courses from one-day classes to six-week Divemasters, Turtle Bay Divers consistently feature among the best dive schools in the Perhentian Islands. The school has branches on both Besar and Kecil Islands, with regular day trips to nearby dive sites and shipwrecks. Instructors take care of students in a friendly and sociable environment to help develop skills and build confidence. Scuba courses start at less than RM1,000 ($250 USD). Turtle Bay often gets rated among the best value for money schools in southeast Asia.
We recommend Angel Diver as one of the best dive schools in the Perhentian Islands for an all-inclusive experience. Apart from offering a variety of PADI courses from beginner to advanced, they also provide accommodation and meals. Expert instructors with years of experience take students to multiple sites and give lots of hands-on training. And by choosing this dive school, you’ll have the chance to meet and socialise with the other divers.