Saturday, June 13, 2015

Malaysia International Dive Expo 2015

Malaysia International Dive Expo 2015 Launching

The Malaysia International Dive Expo 2015 or MIDE 2015 takes place from 12-14 June at the Putra World Trade Centre or PWTC in Kuala Lumpur and this year is also the 10th anniversary for the dive expo here. The three day event was officiated by the Malaysian Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Nazri on the 12th June with other VIP's, officials, supporters and media representatives. 

At the MIDE 2015 launching, the minister spoke about scuba diving in Malaysia and how it has attracted many divers from around the world, especially to places like Sipadan Island which is noted as one of the top diving spots in the world. 

The dive expo is also the largest in Malaysia where over 100 booths were taken up by various dive companies, suppliers and operators from locally and also international. Many were seen promoting new diving products and a large number of diving photography equipment was also being sold. 

Malaysia Dive Expo
Visitors on the 1st day of MIDE 2015
Diving equipment came in all shapes and sizes and due to the high demand in this, many new fancy equipment in various colours were available. Prices of the dive equipment ranged from budget to luxury to suit the various markets. 

Apart from dive related products, there were also a number of non-profit organisations here like Reef Check Malaysia who conducts reef and marine surveys around Malaysia. They are also involved in the Green Fins Project where dive operators practise a 15-point code of conduct list for environmentally friendly diving standards. 

Malaysia International Dive Exhibition
Minister with VIP's, sponsors and officials during the MIDE 2015 Launching
Tourism bodies were also seen having booths here where they are promoting diving in their respective countries. Sabah Tourism, Tourism Malaysia and Philippines Depart of Tourism had extra large booths to promote their products. Other products sold here were popular dry bag brand HyperGear and RipCurl who were offering a special discount only for MIDE. 

For anyone who is a diver or interested in diving, the Malaysia International Dive Expo 2015 is the best place to start where you can get all the information you need to pursue this fascinating hobby. 

Below is a MIDE 2015 video taken on the 1st day to give you an overall view of what to expect here. 

MIDE 2015 Video

Many dive operators and resorts were seen at MIDE 2015 promoting unique destinations like Raja Ampat, Maldives, Manado and various other places. Among them, the only Dive Oil Rig Resort in the world called Seaventures was also there. Seaventures is located off the island of Mabul in Sabah which is just nearby to Sipadan and is one of the most popular dive destinations in Malaysia. 

Packages were seen being promoted by offering fantastic deals that can only be found during the event. As we walked around the expo, we noticed many local divers buying diving packages to islands around Malaysia and some even to overseas and we were tempted to buy a package too. 

Reef Check Malaysia
Reef Check Malaysia 
MIDE2015 Promotions
Some of the booths selling diving equipment
Nudi Fridge Magnets
Nudi Fridge Magnets on sale
Asia Dive Conference 2015
Customers checking out an underwater camera set up
The event also highlights ADCON 2015 or Asia Dive Conference 2015 which is in its 2nd instalment here. This is a recreational dive conference initiated  to cater for new divers and also professionals discussing diving information, technical advice, specialist lectures and most important, diver education. A number of local and international speakers are invited to cover a spectrum of topics for both novice divers and professionals who seek to enhance their knowledge and acquire new skills.

HyperGear MIDE
Popular brand HyperGear with their dry bag products at MIDE
Venue: PWTC (Putra World Trade Centre) KL
Time: 10am - 7pm
Admission: RM3 

This diving event and expo takes place yearly during the month of June or July and is Malaysia's premier diving expo with over 10,000 people visiting the event. In total after 10 years, there have been over 100,000 visitors to the expo which also provides great bargains and prices for all diving equipment and also dive packages. 

For anyone interested in scuba diving, I would highly recommend you pay a visit to the Malaysia International Dive Expo 2015 here at PWTC, Kuala Lumpur. 

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