Located off the eastern coast of Malaysia this island is a popular travel destination for those either travelling to Malaysia or Singapore. Over the years it has gained the reputation for providing its tourists with great diving and snorkeling opportunities. They have various Diving Schools and Centre to help people enjoy this experience in a safe environment. They are-
1. Blue Heaven Divers-
With the user ranting of 4.7 and excellent reviews this dive centre is rated as the best in Pulau Tioman.
2. Tioman Dive Centre-
This dive centre has been awarded 4.6 out 5 stars and doesn’t lag behind the Blue Heaven Divers in any sense. Guests have claimed them to be professional, helpful and well equipped.
3. Bayu Dive Centre- 4.3 out 5 is a great enough rating to keep this dive centre going. They have satisfied guests who leave good reviews by the end of it. They have claimed to be the only dive shop to dive the Bayuhouse Reef.
Weather for Diving
The weather that’s ideal for diving is when the sea is calm and there is no forecast of a storm or thunder. When the sea is excessively rough, it affects both diving and sea seasickness increases. The best season for Scuba Diving in Tioman is the Dry Season- February to November. The water temperature ranges from 27 to 29°C. In terms of Visibility March to May are considered the best.
Things you will need when going for a dive are-
3. Buoyancy Compensator
Best diving locations in Tioman-
1. Teluk Kador
2. Tiger Reef
3. Soyak Island
4. Magician Rock
5. Soyak Wreck
6. Chebe Island
7. Malang Rock
8. Fan Canyon
Difference between Snorkelling and Diving
It is one of the activities that can be enjoyed by most people in Tioman. The warm water and various areas of shallow depth provide ample opportunities for the tourists to relish sea-life without hassle. It is fairly cheap as compared to diving. There is no need for previous lessons in case of snorkeling or even carry oxygen cylinder. Beginners can undertake this activity without actually having to go under water and using immense physical strength and training. Renggis Island and Salang Island provide a great environment for snorkeling and are much preferred. Viewing the coral reef in Coral Island also happens to be top of the list for most travellers.
While the amateurs savor their fair share of sea life via snorkeling the experienced would settle for nothing lesser than diving. The Islands provide not one but many sites for the divers to enjoy the Asian marine flora and fauna. The cost of diving here is as low as RM 110 for 5 or more dives, including equipment rental and RM 95 excluding equipment rental. They also have provisions for night diving and beach diving. This opens a whole new world in Pulau Tioman for diving enthusiasts. They travel the island with the sole purpose of appreciating the sea life and most of their quality time in the island is spent on the same. The various sites most thoroughly enjoyed for this activity are Magician Rock, Tiger Reef, Soyak, Renggis, etc.