Melina's beach is as good any any place on Tioman, except for the cleared coves at the northern end. Most nice beach photos on Tioman are taken on high tide, showing only the sandy beach and water. At low tide the coral rubble and rocks and reefs many places prevent you from good swimming. At Melina there are a few channels that get you out beyond the reef for swimming/snorkelling. On medium to high tide this is not a problem, and the beaches and boulders there were wonderful.
TIOMAN REEF DIVERS is run by Reeno and his Japanese wife since 1992. During my leisure trip in Oct 2007, there are a couple of Japanese divers diving with them. Both of them can converse very well in English and Berhasa Melayu.
My group was lead by Abect, one of the dive masters, with Tioman Reef Divers. They owners and their dive masters are very friendly and is able to help us with the booking of the accomodation with Babura Resort which is just next door to the dive centre.
As my colleague is a regular at this dive centre, a special rate is given to her and her friends each time they go for dive trips with them.
Total cost of the 4D3N trip is cheaper than the usual 3D2N trip with Singapore dive operators.
When I was there, this part of the island seems less crowded then the Paya Beach which I went to for my earlier 2 trips.
Equipment: Available for rental, enquire with Tioman Reef divers for rates directly.
This is another wonderful site. Lotsa nudibranches. All types. And the most amazing thing is the swim throughs. Imagine the light shining through when you are in some tunnels/caves, it is incredible.
For avid photographers, you will get to see good stuffs like fat nudibranches, moray eels, lion fishes, very nice gorgornians, etc.
Equipment: Scuba equipment
For the more adventurous divers. It is out in the open sea pretty far away from the main island. The surface current may be very strong and you need to be able to swim and cannot be a lazy diver.
The site is fabulous. Lotsa moray eels and gorgeous coral gardens. Once you have overcome the surface current and get down there, you will definitely enjoy this site. The best way is to do a quick descent with your dive buddy once you are in the water. As the drift may be quite horrendous, try to stay close when on the surface.
A fabulous site. Highly recommended.
Equipment: Scuba equipment.
This is a nearby dive site. Well, there are 7 wrecks at the marine park. It is easy to mavigate under water. Just follow the ropes which are tied from one wreck to another.
This site is pretty normal as to the stuffs you will see, but if you are like me who love wreck dives, you will have a great time exploring.
Equipment: Scuba equipment
The Rate depend how you bargain with the counter.as my dad and i affliated to the club .we only pay the buggy fees.anyway its not that expensive.The course quite tough and narrow but you will enjoy the scenery and forest surround .Beware of the monkey for taking your ball.
Also a recommended site.
The wreck is situated near to the shallower Soyak Reefs.
Deepest you can get for the deeper wreck (there are 2 wrecks too) is 28m.
Sometimes, you get to see school of batfishes and mind you, there are huge. A lot of nudibranchs, especially the falballina, big and small. Big sweetlips, grouper, barracudas, etc etc.
Divers will usually navigate from the deepest wreck to the second one which is shallower before ending their dive at the Soyak Reef. I will write more about the Soyak Reef.
Equipment: Scuba dive gear.
Very nice dive site. There are 2 wrecks there. Some of the stuffs which you can spot are :
- 3 resident huge scorpion fishes (beware where you put you hand)
- Huge moray eels
- Extremely friendly batfishes
Max depth is 33m.
This site is highly recommended.
Equipment: Scuba diving gear.
Tioman's only golf course is located wihin it's only international standard resort - the Berjaya Tioman Beach, Golf & Spa Resort.
This 18 hole international championship golf course is surrounded by massive granite boulders, jungle and waterfalls is said to be one of the most picturesque golf course in Malaysia, providing golf addicts with an experience in itself with its surrounding environment. The atmosphere here is laid back and leisurely. The golf-course definitely provides a unique challenge yet relaxing to the avid golfer.
Equipment: The usual golf equipments.
Now that you've gone through "half the fun" in getting here, HERE's the other half of the fun ...jungle trekking, canoeing, snorkeling, scuba diving, playing beach volleyball, riding on a banana boat or just hang out the GONE FISHING sign. A full range of equipment is available at the SEA SPORTS CENTRE.
Equipment: It's best to bring your own fins, masks, snorkels, swim/wet suits if you intend to snorkel and scuba dive but if you do not have, you can rent them there.
You can't complain that you have nothing to do on this island. A few steps takes you into the jungle. A few steps in another direction and you're knee deep in breath-taking clear water with tortoises, colourful fish, and coral. The tiny shops are duty-free (cheap beer!) and beautiful sunsets. Accomodations were rustic, but clean. You'll sleep like a baby.
Equipment: Bring flippers and snorkle, good walking shoes.
if you're staying in berjaya resort, you mihgt like to try the donkey ride.. when we were there, this seems to be very popular.. but we didn't try as the donkey looks very weak.. poor things!
Equipment: everything will be provided!
tioman is a popular spot for new divers as the dives are simpler and there's lots to see.. everything including cuttlefish, barracuda, sting ray, turtles, etc.. there are also quite a few dive spots to choose from..
i've dived with tioman dive centre and the berjaya resort dive centre.. and i definitely recommend tioman dive centre.. i've also heard that barbura dive centre is good..
expect to pay about rm100 per dive with equipments..
Equipment: bring along all your diving gears.. or you can rent them from the dive shops..
snorkelling in tioman offers a nice peek into the marine world.. there are lots of colourful fishes.. interesting corals just off the shores of the island.. the waters are pretty safe, so even if you don't swim, you can put on a life jacket and enjoy a snorkel!
Equipment: mask, snorkel, life jacket (if u don't swim well), fins.. actually you don't have to bring your own as it is available for rent everywhere on the island.. all snorkelling trips will include them as well..
half day fishing trip , after the trip you can bring your harvest to the nearby restaurant for a seafood dinner
Equipment: the guide (usually the boatmen) will provide all the fishing equipments.Remember to bring your own sunblock lotion and seasick pills ; )