The Sabah Government is planning to add two more Marine Protected Areas by 2023, one to the east of the state and one to the west. The Permanent Secretary Datuk William Baya said that “The fisheries sector is worth 2.8 per cent of the State’s GDP, while the tourism sector contributes 10 per cent”.
You can dive around Sabah all year round. The best time to dive the west coast (Layang Layang or Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park for example) is between March and May. For the east coast the most settled weather is from April to December. The water is always warm and between 27 oC and 31 oC.