Sharon Gourlay

Sharon Gourlay

Founder of Dive Into Malaysia

Expertise Malaysia travel, travel planning, travel booking

Education Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from Griffith University, Certificate III in International Travel Sales from AFTA Education and Training, Graduate Diploma of Education from Monash University



  • Featured in many publications including USA Today, Qantas, Families Magazine Australia, Daily Mail and more
  • Speaker at numerous travel blogging conferences including Travel Blog Exchange (Tbex), Travel Blogging Summit and Travel Massive and is well known in the travel blogging community
  • Holds a BA in Asian studies including the Malay language, teaching and travel agent qualifications


Sharon first fell in love with Malaysia in 2004 when she travelled up the west coast, eating everything available. This was further affirmed in 2015 when Sharon and her family, including two young kids, moved to Penang for a year. She doesn’t think anywhere could be better to live.

Sharon has travelled to 98 countries and spent many years of her life exploring the globe. This has lead to many skills from quickly working out the best way to travel from A to B to finding the best hotel. These days she primarily travels with her 3 children currently aged from 7 – 13 years old so she also has many family travel kid wrangling skills!

Sharon completed an arts degree majoring in Asian Studies at Griffith University. This included studying the Malay language and she loves learning more about the history and culture in this part of the world.

Her favourite part of Malaysia is Penang, closely followed by East Malaysia or Borneo as it’s often called.

When not writing for this site, Sharon is out exploring the world and everything Malaysia.


Sharon’s educational background enables her to share and teach you how to plan your own trip to Malaysia as easily as possible. Her travel qualification enables her to work as a qualified travel agent and has meant she has learned many tips and tricks for booking travel. Her teaching qualification helps her explain it all to you here.

Her humanities degree has helped her love of everything history, language and culture and grown her appreciation for this part of the world.

You can read more about Sharon and her family here.

Sharon’s Guides To Malaysia

Miri from Canada Hill

EXACTLY How To Get From Miri To Bintulu [2024]

Exploring Sarawak and wondering how to go from Miri to Bintulu? We can help! Both these places should be on…

Tabin Wildlife Resort

Tabin Wildlife Reserve And Resort: Everything You Need To Know [2024]

Ready to experience everything nature and wildlife Sabah has to offer? Consider visiting Tabin Wildlife Reserve and Resort! Located about…

Sandakan Central Bus Station

EXACTLY How To Go From Sandakan To Lahad Datu [2024]

Exploring Borneo and want to know how to go from Sandakan to Lahad Datu? We can help! While Lahad Datu…

Tawau Sabah Malaysia

Top 10 Best Hotels In Tawau 2024 [Book Them Now]

Heading to Tawau?  Lucky you! It’s a great part of the world with great seafood, nature and accommodation options. The…

Pavilion KL

Best Hotel Near Pavilion KL For All Budgets [2024]

If you are looking for a hotel near Pavilion KL, you are in luck. There are many great options for…

Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark Tidal Wave Beach

Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark: Everything You Need To Know [2024]

Looking for the most fun place to be on the Desaru Coast? Look no further! This is it! The Desaru…

Laguna Redang Island Resort Kuala Terengganu beach

Top Picks For The Best Beach Resort In Malaysia [2024]

Malaysia has some fabulous beaches. It also has some fabulous resorts. What’s the best way to enjoy all this fabulousness?…

Kota Kinabalu to Brunei Bus

EXACTLY How To Get From Kota Kinabalu To Brunei✅[2024]

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the Sabah state of Malaysia found on the island of Borneo. It’s famous for…

Best Pulau Tioman Package [2024 Options]

Best Pulau Tioman Package [2024 Options]

If you’re planning a trip to Pulau Tioman, you are in for a real treat! Now you’ve made the decision…

Tioman Dive Resort

Tioman Dive Resort + Discount Code On Package Rates [2024]

Heading to Tioman Island, want to dive or learn to dive and looking for great accommodation? We, along with Tioman…

ABC Beach Tioman cycling

Top 19 Best Things To Do In Tioman Island [2024]

If you are looking for paradise, Tioman could be it! Located in the South China Sea off the east coast…

Mersing Harbour Centre

EXACTLY How To Get From Singapore To Tioman Island [2024]

You’re ready for some perfect beach time surrounded by jungle… You’ve narrowed down your choices to Tioman… And now you…

Tioman Island Ferry at Salang

EXACTLY How To Go From Mersing To Tioman: Ferry And All! [2024]

Heading to Tioman Island? Lucky you! It’s a beautiful island that is tons of fun to both explore and just…

Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque Kuala Terengganu

Top 19 Best Things To Do In Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia [2024]

The east coast of Malaysia is great to explore. However, with all the beautiful tropical islands, it can be easy…

Mulu Caves Lang Cave

Mulu Caves: Everything You Need To Know [2024]

Located inside the Gunung Mulu World Heritage Area, the Mulu Caves boast an extensive network of caves renowned for their…

Klotok boat, Camp Leakey in Tanjung Puting National Park Borneo

Top 14 Best Things To Do In Borneo [2024]

Planning your next trip and want to know the top things to do in Borneo? Or maybe you are wondering…

Bus stop at KLIA2 for the free bus

How To Get From KLIA To KLIA2 (Or KLIA2 To KLIA) Using The Free Shuttle Bus, Train Or Taxi [2024]

Kuala Lumpur International Airport, KL’s main airport and called KLIA for short, is home to two massive terminals, the older…

Tebah Batang Village, Lahad Datu Sabah

EXACTLY How To Go From Tawau To Lahad Datu [2024]

Exploring the hot spots in Sabah and wondering how to go from Tawau to Lahad Datu? We can help! Both…

hotel near KLCC Convention Centre

Best Hotels Near KLCC Convention Centre For All Budgets [2024]

Looking for the best hotel near KLCC Convention Centre? You are in the right place! All the options for hotels…

Sibu bus station

EXACTLY How To Go From Sibu To Bintulu [2024]

Exploring awesome Sarawak and wondering how to go from Sibu to Bintulu? We can help! Bintulu and Sibu are major…

Tawau Waterfront

EXACTLY How To Go From Sandakan To Tawau [2024]

Want to explore more of Sabah and wondering how to go from Sandakan To Tawau? We can help! Sandakan and…

Berjaya Times Square Shopping Centre KL

Best Hotel Near Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur For All Budgets [2024]

If you are looking for a hotel near Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur, you are in the right place. We…

Typical part of the trail in Niah Caves National Park

EXACTLY How To Get From Batu Niah To Miri [2024]

Exploring Sarawak and wondering how to get from Batu Niah to Miri? We can help! Batu Niah, or Niah Caves,…

Walking through Taman Negara

EXACTLY How To Get From Cameron Highlands To Taman Negara [2024]

Cameron Highlands is a great place to go to in Malaysia if you want to beat the heat because of…