Tourism Malaysia’s newest campaign, Visit Malaysia 2020, is aligned with the World Tourism Organization’s message, “Travel.Enjoy.Respect”, which encourages tourists to show consideration for the destinations they visit. In light of this, observe the following guidelines:
Many marine animals like turtles, eels and rays typically avoid contact with divers. Often, attacks arise out of fear, so refrain from touching any animals even though they may be within reach. As reef creatures are easily stressed, attempts to touch animals can also disrupt feeding or mating patterns and drive them away from certain sites.
Snorkelling or diving must be done very carefully as reefs are fragile and easily damaged. Avoid brushing or scraping corals so as not to disturb the thin membranes that protect them and ensure their survival. If chartering a boat, make sure that the operator does not anchor within marine park perimeters, as anchors cause serious damage to reefs. Refrain from littering and do not take home dead corals, as they still play an important role in the ecosystem.
In general, casual, light cotton clothing like T-shirts and shorts are recommended.
Nudity is prohibited. No formal wear is expected in restaurants. Be properly attired when visiting villages, towns and religious sites.