Coral Island, Pulau Tioman
Generally there are two types of tours; Trip 1 includes 4 sites and Trip 2 includes 6 sites. Check for prices. The most expensive we found (as a guideline) were:
Trip 1 : 9:30am to 13:30pm 60RM per adult
Trip 2 : 9:30am to 15:30pm 80RM per adult
Trip 1: Coral island, Malang Rock, Marine Park, Rengis Island
Trip 2: Coral Island, Malang Rock, Salang Village for lunch (extra cost if you eat), Monkey Bay, Marine Park and Rengis Island
We settled for the Coral Island/Snorkelling tour RM 60 which covers 6 sites namely Coral Isle, Malang rock, Salang Village (Lunch Stop), Monkey Bay, Marine Park & Rengis Isle. Each stop at each site was approx 1 hr & duration was 5.5hrs (0930hrs-1500hrs). There were about 11 pax signed up for the same programme with us & on the speedboat. While Snokkel gear & mask, life jackets were provided readily, i was rather disappointed that Fins were not provided.
We booked this tour with the 'Tourism Association of Tioman' tour desk at the reception area in Berjaya Tioman. Next to the tour desk was the in-house Berjaya Tour desk. We picked the former as there were more stops as compared to the itinerary planned by Berjaya.
At RM100, there was another tour available as well...' Round Island & Coral Island Tour' with duration 7hrs (0930hrs-1630hrs). & the difference is the lunch stop at Juara Village instead of Salang & additional stops at "Dragon's Horn" twin peaks & trekking up Mukut Waterfall which didn't quite excite me much which explains our choice.
If you were lucky, you might just catch a glimpse of a blacktip shark. My lucky friend spotted one at Rengis Isle.
I would say this is the highlight activity of my stay at tioman. Highly recommended for those whom lurvee the waters/ocean.
Tip : Bring a towel, sun block, drinking water, cash for lunch, a waterproof camera & Plentiful FISH FOOD (bread) sold at RM1 from 'shady bakery' along Tekek Village. We saw many various species of colourful fishes thanks to the 'fish food'.
I set about shooting the beautiful landscape around the beach. The place was straight from the scene of ‘The Blue Lagoon’ and the blue sky and the clean blue water were complimenting each other. There was absolute silence everywhere and the only sound was that of sea waves hitting the shores and disappearing into the wilderness. I wish I could have stayed here longer. All good things come to an end and so was our stay at this beautiful island. Some of the best shots I had was during my 2-hour stay at coral island.
After 1 hour of snorkeling, we moved forward to second destination for the day, which is popularly called Coral island. Locally, it is called Pulao Kulai. It is the most important destination, in the sense that the water is absolutely crystal clear and visibility is again 15-30 feet. The corals are bigger and more colorful. But the effect of over commercialization was evident on the corals. The corals are missing on the vibrancy of colors and I was told that the growth has come to a standstill. Most of these corals are dead.
If you are keen snorkeller, is a must to join the day trip to coral island. The snorkelling there is just wonderful. More coral and marine fish to see. Cost RM50 per pax include snorkelling equipment. Leaving morning 10.30am and returning at around 3pm. They will bring you to 3 places at coral island. Remember to bring lots of drinking water and packed lunch. There is a stop whereby they drop you at a beach for about an hour, you can snorkel, swim or just laze on the beach. However be warned, there are sandflies on this beach. My husband got quite nasty bite after his return. Do spray some insect repellent upon alighting at the beach.
Most places offer 2 main snorkelling trips a half day and full day trip. The half day is the 1 we did which took us snorkelling at a couple of locations then to a beach on "Coral Island" and finally another coral spot to feed fish and snorkel. The trip starts at around 10.00am and returns at around 2.00pm. Think it cost around 50 RM per person. The coral spots are fairly average though if it is your 1st time snorkelling you'll probably love it. The beach is also average though well worth going to.
The high part of the trip was watching 1 of the big iguanas going for a swim through a bunch of screaming tourists, was a hoot.
We were able to do the trip and still have time to get boats, buses and arrive in Singapore that night so if you are pressed for time it is possible to squeeze it in.
Corals are a must-see in Tioman. You can go to any beach and see corals.Be sure to rent snokelling equipment from shops or sign up for trips to coral island or other beaches in Tioman.
Other must-sees include:
1. Tropical fishes
You get a clear view at night if you are lucky.
3. Perfect sunset at the beach