Diving and Snorkeling, Pulau Tioman
I love snorkelling and went every place/time I got the chance in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Tioman was definitely without a doubt the best snorkelling experience I had. The visibility is amazing and there is so much to see. I went from Monkey beach and swam all the way out to the small island from there. I didn't mean to go that far but it was so beautiful and there was so much to see. I saw two big turtles on the way. It was magic. If you leave towels on the beach though the monkeys steal them :-)
Oh one thing to be careful about though. If you spend too long out there and the tide goes out, it is really hard to get back to the beach because of all the coral, be careful you don't let this happen!
Tioman is known for its beautiful corals n other underwater creatures so...you have to try out snorkeling here.
Most of the places offer 4 spots snorkeling trip, daily at 10.30 a.m till about 1.30 p.m. Some even have afternoon trips. The price is about RM50 per person including equipment.
If you're lucky enough you might come across baby sharks, turtles and barracuda n other interesting stuff. If not, there're plenty of colourful fishes, sea urchins, corals, sea cucumbers n others waiting to be seen.
You might want to bring some bread for the fishes n some for yourself.
Well what can I say?!! My first dive was fantastic!! Our instructor Adrian was very attentative.
We chose the Sealantis Dive Centre along the pathway just before you enter the Paya Beach Resort. They also do the full Padi Dive Courses. There were quite a few that were doing an advanced dive on our trip.
Scuba Diving on Tioman is very cheap. Also Pulau Tioman is a world renowned diving hotspot.
Full first dive story in the travelogue below.
You'll get to see turtles, stingrays, cuttlefish, jellyfish, eels, giant clams, starfish, batfish, pufferfish, angelfish, clownfish (Nemos), sea stars, sea cucumbers, sea fans, barracudas, boxfish, parrotfish, sergeantfish, rabbitfish, sea urchins, groupers, sweetlips, cardinalfish, lizardfish, dameselfish, wrasses, filefish, squirrelfish, lionfish, porcupinefish & etc...
Things to do:
1. Lazing on the beach
2. Snorkeling at Renggis or Marine Park
5. Diving, There are different diving courses as well starting from the beginners
6. Jungle Trekking
7. Bath in the Water Falls
8. Timout at the Pub on the Beach
10. Swimming in the Cyrstal Clear Beach
The snorkling is awesome! Most accommodation to Pulau Tioman is sold as a package deal including meals and a snorkling trip. This trip is well worth it!!
I totally recommend it!!
Tioman has one of the best diving and snorkelling sites i know(theres my disclaimer). But the best of the best is at Pulau Tulai or Coral Island. This is where you can get the Sea Fan and many caverns and tunnels. Its great diving, and a deserted island. What else can i ask for.
This is a typical scene for every live aboard dive trip that we had. Beers, cig & some grass are just some of the pastime & naughty thing that we do when we’re few nautical miles from all authorities.
What a great feeling when you're surrounded by gazillions metric liters of water and finally overcome the shortcoming of breathing underwater. Thanks to these regulator & compressed air in the dive tank.
One need not rent a boat to be able to snorkel. The island's marine sanctuary is located just off the shore.
For colorful corals, one can rent a boat and go farther to a nearby small island near Berjaya Tioman Beach Resort.
If you want to enjoy more in Tioman Island, you can discover the aquatic life with snorkelling or scuba diving. Marine Park is a good location for diving. Feeding the fish underwater is amazing. You can rent scuba equipment from many shops available all around the island.
In Tioman, snorkelling is a must. You don't really have to travel with boat out for fantastic snorkelling. Just infront of Salang Sayang, you can view many kinds of colorful fish. Snorkelling equipment for rental is easily available from all resorts and small shops along the walkway. Rental of fin is at Rm7 per day. Similarly for life jacket. I don't know the exact rental cost for mask and snorkel as I bring my own set. But I remember vaguely is about RM15 for full set.
Most of tourist or travel came around here to experience snorkel or even go for scuba diving beside just to relax on the white sand beach.
My self, I took the opportunity to experience snorkel and get to know the friendly underwater creatures. I am amazed since this was my first timer do snorkel and I really found it intriguingly that would make me wanted to see more.
The main reason people come to Tioman for, a snorkelling trip or dive. Usually the snorkelling comes with the accomodation package. However you can charter boats to explore different areas of Tioman for nominal sums. (Maybe 20 ringgit)
Snorkelling or diving is a must if you go to Pulau Tioman. However, the conditions are not as good as Pulau Redang as some of the beaches have been artificially refilled with light brown sand which causes the water to become murky, which kills the corals. However, there is still some marine life to see such as the giant clam.