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Malaysia International Dive Expo MIDE Review

Malaysia MIDE Expo
The Malaysia International Dive Expo or MIDE will be on it's 6th year and held at the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC) Hall 3 in Kuala Lumpur from 1st to 3rd July, 2011.

As last year's event drew lots of interested people and divers from around the region, this year promises of an even better exhibition.

A stunning fact that there are also 120,000 certified divers in Malaysia from ages 8 till 40+ while the number is growing rapidly.

Logo for MIDE
Mide Logo
Malaysia International Dive Expo Review

As I visited last years MIDE 2010, I met a lot of diver friends there and if you are in the circle, you are bound to bump into instructors and die hard enthusiast at the expo.

I noticed quite a number of well known brands being sold with promotions while many dive centers and resorts had booths promoting diving packages of all sorts.

International diving destinations were also seen being promoted in packages and also live on board boats. There will also be about 200 booths participating at this years Malaysia International Dive Expo 2011.

MIDE Malaysia
The crowd attending the dive expo
I was initially quite surprised with the turnout of the crowd as there was a record attendance of over 10,000 visitors throughout the dive expo here in KL.

Many professionals, students and even families were seen exploring the place. Diving shows no boundaries to age or race and you could see all walks of life here. 

Crowd at MIDE Malaysia
One of the exhibitors selling diving equipment

While many of the diving companies, agents and distributors were seen selling equipment, some even had sales and promotions on dive gear.

If you have been waiting to buy that regulator or wetsuit, it would be a good time to do so this July.

Snorkels, fins, wet suits and even dive computers were seen sold at offer prices at some of the booths. A total of 13 countries will be participating this year too. 

MIDE Kids Scuba
Kids Scuba booth at MIDE

There was even a Kids Scuba booth for children interested in diving. Classes and packages offered were a steal at the expo so if you want to introduce your kid to diving, you can come here to find out more information.

You can be assured of some great kids diving packages here. Overall, for anyone who is interested, the Malaysia Dive Expo is the place to start.

Among the exhibitors profile are;
  • Dive Operator
  • Dive Professional
  • Commercial Diver
  • Military Divers
  • Dive Association / Institutions
  • Island / Resorts
  • Dive & Water Sports Equipment
  • Manufacturers / Distributors / Importers
  • Wholesalers / Retailer
  • Marina Services Providers
  • Dive & Adventure Travel Retailer & Agents
  • Boat Builders & Boat Charter Operators
  • Live aboard Dive Operators
  • Dive Accessory’s Manufacturers / Retailer
  • Water Sports & Dive Insurance Provider
  • Vacation Clubs
  • Diving & Water Sports Apparel
  • Manufacture / Retailers / Wholesaler
  • Dive Media
  • Tourism Boards
  • Government Organization & others related to dive industry

MIDE Planet Scuba
Planet Scuba booth at MIDE

MIDE Tusa Booth
 TUSA dive equipment at MIDE

Among the many activities available during this expo will be a photography contest, diving photography workshops, kids coloring contest, workshops and training programs, auction of underwater paintings and many more.

One of the highlights are the Dive Divas Fan Club where women divers can meet up, plan or socialize with other female divers in the industry.

Another thing to lookout for are the Diving Packages at MIDE as there will be quite a few interesting ones on sale or promotion. 

MIDE 2011
Date: 1st - 3rd July 2011 (Friday to Sunday)
Venue: Hall 3, Putra World Trade Center PWTC, Kuala Lumpur
Time: 10.00 AM till 7.00PM
Official Website: MIDE

More details about the dive expo, you can also contact;

50-1, Jalan Kuchai Maju 6, Kuchai Business Park,
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama, 58200 KUALA LUMPUR.
Telephone 603 7980 9902
Fax 603 7980 4902

How to go to MIDE?
  • Self drive there and park around the PWTC area, Hentian Putra or any of the open car parks in the vicinity of the area.
  • You can also drive up to the Seri Pacific Hotel (old Pan Pacific Hotel) entrance and give your car to the valet parking which cost about RM15 to RM20 for the entire day.
  • Another place would be to park across at The Mall Shopping Center Sunway Putra Mall and walk over.
  • Avoid parking along the road illegally as you are bound to get summoned by the police, or even get your car towed away.
By Taxi or Ride Sharing Service: 
  • Hop into any taxi and tell the driver - Putra World Trade Center or PWTC Kuala Lumpur.
  • You can also use Grabcar to get here.
By Bus:
  • An Intrakota Bus stops just outside the Jukebox Shoe Shop opposite the Puduraya Bus Station and this bus goes to Hentian Putra which is opposite PWTC. It will cost approximately RM1.20 (US$0.40) one way.
By Train:
  • STAR LRT stops at the PWTC Station and is a short walk to the Matta Fair.
  • PUTRA LINE LRT stops at Masjid Jamek Station and you change with STAR LRT.
Malaysia Wet Suits MIDE
Wet suits on sale at MIDE

Malaysia is one of the best places in the world to do scuba diving, with so many unique islands and dives sites that will amaze any scuba diver.

You can also find out more information about the other scuba diving expos in Malaysia which are held twice a year in Kuala Lumpur.

For the curious out there, if you want to find out more about scuba diving or if you are interested in this sport or have recently started diving, you should visit the Malaysia International Dive Expo MIDE, and I hope you liked my review on this. 


Scott - Quirky Travel Guy said...

I have yet to do any diving. This event would be a great way to learn about it.

Wilson Ng said...

Will be visiting it definitely. Thanks for info.

Malaysia Asia said...

Scott - It's awesome! I think everyone should at least learn to experience it once.

Wilson - See you at the MIDE 2011. Hopefully I'm in KL then.

Grace said...

I love diving. What are good spots to dive in Malaysia, David?

Malaysia Asia said...

Grace, thanks and depends on your level too. For beginners, Perhentian Islands are one of the top, then Redang Island and the best of all are located in Sabah Borneo. Sipadan Island and Lankayan. Another place is Layang Layang Island off Sabah in the South China Sea.