Sabah Scuba Diving Statistics 2022

Sabah recorded 61,796 divers in 2022, bringing in an estimated RM222.8 million in revenue. The figure comprises 6,411 international divers and 55,384 domestic divers.

In 2019, Sabah registered 130,604 international and 7,145 domestic divers, earning tourism-related revenue of MYR21 million.

Sabah Scuba Diving Statistics 2022

Present were ADEX chief executive officer John Thet; Sabah Tourism Board chief executive officer Noredah Othman; Malaysia dive icon and ADEX diving ambassador Clement Lee; and ADEX Sabah team head Theresa Tham.

Sabah Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Environment cum Chairman of Sabah Tourism Board Datuk Joniston Bangkuai mentioned that Sabah is already a popular diving destination, and we are committed to the conservation and preservation of our marine ecosystem.

2023 ADEX Sabah Ocean Partnership Summit
The ADEX Sabah Ocean Partnership Summit 2023 will occur in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

The ADEX Ocean Partnership Summit will support the Sabah government’s ongoing initiatives in ocean conservation and sustainable development.

The state government has put in place a range of initiatives to protect the marine environment, including marine parks and sanctuaries, strict regulations on fishing and diving, and education programmes to raise awareness about marine conservation.

Joniston said he is also looking forward to welcoming the global ocean community, renowned speakers, professional diving fraternity and attendees, in general, to build a network while sharing ideas and knowledge on the best practice adaptation for the ocean, concluding that the event will bolster the state’s diving industry.

Statistics for Sabah Scuba Diving
Sabah is home to some fantastic underwater macro life.

Sabah Treasure Shark
A Treasure Shark was sighted at Pom Pom Island in Sabah.


Organised in partnership with the Sabah Tourism Board, the ADEX Ocean Partnership Summit will be held at the Sabah International Convention Centre from 18 to 20 August 2023.

ADEX Sabah Ocean Partnership Summit provides an excellent platform to showcase Sabah’s rich marine biodiversity and cultural diversity, allowing visitors to experience local culture and cuisine while taking advantage of diving opportunities.

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