Best 6 Islands to Explore near Pulau Tioman for Diving & Snorkeling

Tioman Island is a beautiful island located east to Malaysia. It is the biggest among the 64 islands of that area. The island attracts a heavy load of tourism all year round. The island is quite famous for its white sand beaches, Asah waterfalls and The Marine Park Centre. The other main tourist attractions of this place are it’s diving and snorkeling activities. The various sites most thoroughly enjoyed for this activity are Magician Rock, Tiger Reef, Soyak, etc. Although it’s Tioman, that’s most sought after for this purpose, there are many islands close to it that provide a good opportunity for diving and snorkeling.

The various Islands that are worth exploring for diving and snorkeling are-

1.Pulau Tulai

This island lies east to Tioman and is fairly close to it. It is a good for both snorkeling and scuba diving. It is one of the island is considered suitable for beginners. It takes 30 minutes by a dive boat or a speedboat to reach this island from Salang village in Tioman. You will find yourself swimming with sharks here.

2.Pulau Labas

This is one of the ideal islands for diving because of lesser currents and shallow reef. It is very suitable for beginners. It takes 40 minutes by a dive boat or a speedboat to reach this island from Salang (situated in the north region of Tioman). The main fish you will spot here are barracuda, angelfish, moray eel, lion fish, etc.

3.Pulau Chebeh

This island is located on the northwestern side of Tioman Island. Its reef is composed of volcanic rocks. You can reach this island from Salang (situated in the north region of Tioman) via a dive boat in half an hour. The main sea fauna here includes angelfish, black tip shark, bumphead parrotfish, etc.

4.Pulau Rawa

There are two ways to reach this island either take a ferry from Mersing or take a dive boat from Tekek (Tioman). It is a great place to enjoy shallow dives and diving in general. Main fauna of this region is damselfish, angelfish, spotted groupers, coral trout, morays, sweetlips, etc

5.Pulau Tinggi

This is one of the most peaceful islands near Tioman. It is a very green island and not just for Diving, this place is also worth visiting for its natural beauty. A jetty can take you from Mersing to Tinggi Island.

6.Pulau Renggis

This island is famous for its night dive. The sea is filled with coral reefs and a variety of marine life on this island. A speedboat from Tekek village can take you here. You can swim with the sharks here. Wreck diving is also a main attraction of this place.

Marine Park Centre Tioman – Fellowship of Nine Islands

This may sound like something taken out of a J.R.R. Tolkien book but let me assure you that it’s as far from ‘Mordor’ as possible. ‘Heaven within nine heavens’ would be a more appropriate title to it. This Marine Park Centre comprises of nine islands namely Tioman Island, Sepoi Island, Gut Island, Labas Island, Chebeh Island, Tulai Island, Sembilang Island, Tokong Bahara Island and Seri Buat Island. It is located in the vicinity of these islands.

Tioman Island is easily the largest island among the many islands located off the southeastern coast of Malaysia. It is the king of these islands so access to Marine Park Centre from Tioman makes absolute sense.

Highlights of the Marine Park-

The water park is great for kids and a fun time with family.

1. Beach Experience– This place offers vast white sand beaches for people to enjoy. Your kids can build their sandcastles while you relax and relish the sun. Getting a tan that you can show off to your friends back at the office and make them all jealous is one of the reasons that we even go on a holiday. You can make a nice picnic out of the day by packing food and drinks. If you’re in a group and looking for some physical activity, volleyball is the answer. A Frisbee on the other hand is good to keep your children busy and make memories with them. A walk or stroll on the beach in the evening with your loved one of the most romantic things you can do on this holiday. Watching the sunset and clicking candid shots is all that your Instagram page needs.

2. Snorkeling and Scuba Diving– The Marine Park offers a great deal of sea life that will enlighten your visit. There are not just a variety of different sea animals that you’ll find but also beautiful corals to watch. The corals are in many colors and an underwater camera is a must while visiting this place. They offer a Diving certificate package for beginners. This is something you must consider if you want to take advantage and turn your holiday into a learning experience. If that’s not what you’re looking for then the Centre provides you with professional divers who would help you enjoy your diving and snorkeling experience. While diving you can witness the wrecks of fishing vessels and incredible sea creatures. The crystal clear waters offer no hindrance in the activity. Just gear up with your fins and goggles if it’s snorkeling that you’re looking for or hire your full costume and oxygen cylinder if you’re an enthusiast diver.

How to reach the Marine Park-

There are many resorts located close to the Marine Park for the ease of accessibility. Paya Beach Spa and Dive Resort and Tioman Dive Resort are one of the few such resorts. If you’re staying in a resort further away, you can always find cheap and easy transport to the Centre, which your resort will provide happily.